March 13: Births and Deaths

1928: Ronnie Hazlehurst born

Ronnie_HazelhurstEnglish composer and conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst (died October 1, 2007) was responsible for the theme tunes for many well known British sitcoms and gameshows of the 1970s and the 1980s.

20th Century Highlights

  • Are You Being Served?
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
  • Last of the Summer Wine
  • The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  • To the Manor Born
  • Yes, Minister
  • Yes, Prime Minister
  • Three Up, Two Down
  • Butterflies
  • Sorry!
  • The Two Ronnies
  • Blankety Blank
  • Odd One Out
  • Bruce Forsyth’s The Generation Game
  • Wogan

1933: Mike Stoller born

Mike_StollerLyricist Jerry Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and composer Mike Stoller were American songwriting and record producing partners. They found success as the writers of such crossover hit songs. In the 1950s they created a string of ground-breaking hits that used the humorous vernacular of teenagers sung in a style that was openly theatrical rather than personal. They were the first to surround black music with elaborate production values, enhancing its emotional power, which influenced Phil Spector.

Leiber and Stoller most famously wrote hits for Elvis Presley and, in all, wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart hits. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

20th Century Highlights

  • “Hound Dog” (1953); UK #2 for Elvis Presley, 1956
  • “Lucky Lips” (1957); UK #4 for Cliff Richard, 1963
  • “Jailhouse Rock” (1957); UK #1 for Elvis Presley
  • “King Creole” (1958); UK #2 for Elvis Presley
  • “Lorelei” (1960); UK #10 for Lonnie Donegan
  • “Stand By Me” (1961); UK #27 (UK#1, 1986 reissue) for Ben E King
  • “She’s Not You” (1962); UK #1 for Elvis Presley
  • “I (Who Have Nothing” (1963); UK #6 for Shirley Bassey
  • “Pearl’s a Singer” (1974); UK #8 for Elkie Brooks, 1977

1935: David Nobbs bornDavid_Nobbs

David Nobbs (died August 8, 2015) was an English comedy writer.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–79)
  • Fairly Secret Army (1984-86)
  • A Bit of a Do (1989)

1939: Neil Sedaka born

Neil_SedakaNeil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.

20th Century Highlights

  • “I Go Ape” (1959); UK #9
  • “Oh Carol” (1959); UK #3
  • “Stairway to Heaven” (1960); UK #8
  • “Calendar Girl” (1961); UK #8
  • “Little Devil” (1961); UK #9
  • “Breaking Up is Hard To Do” (1962); UK #7
  • The Tra-la Days Are Over (1973); UK #13
  • Laughter in the Rain (1974); UK #17
  • Laughter and Tears (1976); UK #2
  • Timeless – The Very Best of Neil Sedaka (1991); UK #10

1942: Geoffrey Hayes born

Geoffrey_HayesGeoffrey Hayes is an English television presenter and actor, best known as the host of Thames Television’s top-rated children’s show Rainbow.

20th Century Highlights

  • Z Cars (1971-74)
  • Rainbow (1974-92)

1942: Scatman John born

Scatman_JohnScatman John (born John Paul Larkin, died December 3, 1999) was an American music artist who created a fusion of scat singing and dance music.

20th Century Highlights

  • “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)” (1995); UK #3
  • “Scatman’s World” (1995); UK #10

1950: Joe Bugner born

Joe_BugnerJoe Bugner is a Hungarian-born British-Australian former heavyweight boxer and actor. He holds triple nationality, being a citizen of Hungary and a naturalised citizen of both Australia and the United Kingdom.

20th Century Highlights

  • Points win vs Henry Cooper (March, 1971), for the British, British Commonwealth, and European titles

1950: William H Macy born

William_H_MacyWilliam H Macy is an American actor. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films, though he has also appeared in summer action films.

20th Century Highlights

  • Homicide (1991)
  • Oleana (1994)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Hit Me (1996)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Mystery Men (1999)

1953: Deborah Raffin born

Deborah_RaffinDeborah Raffin (died November 21, 2012) was an American film and television actress.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Dove (1974)
  • Once is Not Enough (1975)
  • Touched By Love (1980)
  • Sparkling Cyanide (1983)
  • Claudia (1985)
  • Lace II (1985)
  • Noble House (1988)
  • Night of the Fox (1990)

1988: John Holmes died


John Holmes (born August 8, 1944) was one of the most prolific male pornographic film actors of all time. Best known for his exceptionally large penis, which was heavily promoted as the longest, thickest and hardest in the porn industry, Holmes attained notoriety for his reputed involvement in the Wonderland murders of July 1981 and eventually for his death from complications caused by AIDS in March 1988.

1997: Ronald Fraser died

Ronald_FraserRonald Fraser (born April 11, 1930) was an English-born Scottish character actor, who appeared in numerous British plays, films and television shows from the 1950s to the 1990s. An unusual appearance and unique delivery made him a natural comedic actor. Fraser was a familiar figure in West End clubs during the sixties, and despite a long-standing reputation as one of the hardest drinking of British actors he was still working in his last years.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)
  • The Pot Carriers (1962)
  • Private Potter (1962)
  • The Punch and Judy Man (1963)
  • Girl in the Headlines (1963)
  • Victim Five (1964)
  • Crooks in Cloisters (1964)
  • Fathom (1967)
  • The Misfit (TV, 1970-71)
  • Ooh… You Are Awful (1972)
  • Swallows and Amazons (1974)
  • Spooner’s Patch (TV, 1979-84)

1998: Judge Dread died

Judge_DreadEnglish reggae and ska musician Judge Dread (born Alexander Minto Hughes, May 2, 1945 – March 13, 1998) was the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica, and the BBC has banned more of his songs than any other recording artist due to his frequent use of sexual innuendo and double entendres.

20th Century Highlights


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