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54 Persons in the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame:

Althea Gibson

Real/Birth Name:
Althea Gibson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76, 34 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Winner of the French Open in 1956. The first person of color to win a Grand Slam. Also won Wimbledon twice. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1984. International Tennis Hall of Fame 1971. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. National Women's Hall of Fame 2001. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1994. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Theodore Roosevelt Award 1991.

Arthur Ashe

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professional tennis player, first African-American male champion, winning Wimbledon in 1975. Died of AIDS-related pneumonia. He and his doctors believed he contracted the virus from blood transfusions he received during his second heart surgery. International Tennis Hall of Fame 1985. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1993. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1984. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1984. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 1979. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2011. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1992.

Benny Goodman

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet. Jazz and swing music. Song Sometimes I'm Happy. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1957. Kennedy Center Honors 1982. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. Jewish-American Hall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Bill Bradley

Real/Birth Name:
William Warren Bradley
Nickname(s):
Dollar Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team New York Knicks. Book The Journey from Here. Democrat Senator from New Jersey 1979 though 1997. Candidate for president. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Radio commentator on Sirius satellite radio. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1988. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1988. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2010. Little League Hall of Excellence 1989. National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006. James E. Sullivan Award 1965.

Bill Robinson

Real/Birth Name:
Luther Robinson
Also Known As:
William "Bill" Robinson
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
Nickname(s):
Bojangles
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tap dancer. Danced in Shirley Temple movie The Little Colonel. Movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Revue Blackbirds of 1928. National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame 1987. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003.

Billie Holiday

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Billie Jean King

Real/Birth Name:
Billie Jean Moffitt
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
75, 23 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. Played Bobby Riggs and won in a demonstration match called "The Battle of the Sexes" in 1973. International Tennis Hall of Fame 1987. California Hall of Fame 2006. California Sports Hall of Fame 2010. National Women's Hall of Fame 1990. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2009. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009. National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame 2013. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 1999. Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame 2011. Arthur Ashe Courage Award 1999. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1972.

Bob Hayes

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Lee Hayes
Nickname(s):
Bullet Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic runner. Wide receiver. Team Dallas Cowboys. The only man to win both Olympic gold and a Super Bowl ring. Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor 2001. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2009. United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1970. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1997. Black College Football Hall of Fame 2011. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1976. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame 2017.

Bob Marley

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Nesta Marley
Nickname(s):
Tuff Gong
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Song No Woman, No Cry. Album Revolution Experience. Group The Wailers. Died of cancer 1981. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. UK Music Hall of Fame 2004. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 February 2001.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Cab Calloway

Real/Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Charlie Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
Nickname(s):
Charlie
Bird
Yardbird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophone player. Nickname Yardbird because he liked chicken. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1955. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 1994. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Count Basie

Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing orchestra Count Basie Orchestra jazz pianist and swing music. Theme song One O'Clock Jump. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1958. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1981. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 January 1982.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Curt Flood

Real/Birth Name:
Curtis Charles Flood
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center field. Teams St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Redlegs, Washington Senators. Forced free agency by a suit. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1995. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6162 Delmar Boulevard.

Danny Glover

Real/Birth Name:
Danny Lebern Glover
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Christmas Train, The Rainmaker, Predator 2, The Color Purple, Places in the Heart, Lethal Weapon and its sequels. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1990. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2008. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Dionne Warwick

Real/Birth Name:
Marie Dionne Warrick
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
78, 3 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin once removed of
niece of
older sister of
Older than Dee Dee Warwick by 4 years.
first cousin of
daughter of
first cousin of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

TV series Dionne and Friends, Solid Gold. Voice actor on TV series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Sang title song for The Love Boat. Her last name was misspelled on the label of her first single in 1962 - she changed to Warwick. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2013. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 12 December 1985.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Dorothy Dandridge

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Jean Dandridge
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died by drug overdose (suicide.). National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 18 January 1983.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Duke Ellington

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songwriters Hall of Fame 1971. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1956. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. French Legion of Honor. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ella Fitzgerald

Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1992. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 1995. Kennedy Center Honors 1979. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. National Medal of Arts 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Flo Hyman

Real/Birth Name:
Flora Jean Hyman
Nickname(s):
Flo
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 6' 5". Volleyball athlete and Olympic silver medalist. Died during a volleyball match in Japan as a result of Marfan syndrome. Volleyball Hall of Fame 1988. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1986. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. University of Houston Cougars Hall of Honor 1998.

Florence Griffith Joyner

Real/Birth Name:
Florence Delorez Griffith
Also Known As:
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Nickname(s):
Flo-Jo
Dee Dee
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Al Joyner, until she died.
Older than Al Joyner by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Runner. Died of a severe epileptic seizure in her sleep. Jesse Owens Award 1988. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1995. United States Olympic Hall of Fame. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1998. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1998. Olympic Gold Medal 1988 100 m, Olympic Gold Medal 1988 200 m, Olympic Gold Medal 1988 4x100 m.

Frank Sinatra

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Albert Sinatra
Also Known As:
Frank Sinatra Sr.
Nickname(s):
Old Blue Eyes
Chairman of the Board
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
ex-husband of
Older than Ava Gardner by 7 years.
husband of
Barbara Sinatra, until he died.
Older than Barbara Sinatra by 11 years.
son of
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Mia Farrow by 29 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Nancy Barbato by 1 year.
father of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Come Fly with Me, Fly Me to the Moon, I've Got You Under My Skin, It Was a Very Good Year, New York, New York, Luck Be a Lady, Strangers in the Night, The Best Is Yet to Come, My Way, Let It Snow, Mack the Knife. Movies Ocean's 11 (1960), Pal Joey, From Here to Eternity, Scarface, Tony Rome, The Manchurian Candidate. Member the Rat Pack. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Gaming Hall of Fame 1997. Kennedy Center Honors 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Congressional Gold Medal 1997. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1982. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2005. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Cecil B DeMille Award 1971. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 1637 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
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A star at 6538 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
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Las Vegas Walk of Stars: A star at Flamingo Hotel; ceremony: 22 February 2010.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 15 January 1994.

Gene Krupa

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Bertram Krupa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Modern Drummer Hall of Fame 1978. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1972. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Hank Aaron

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Louis Aaron
Nickname(s):
Hammer
Hammerin' Hank
Bad Henry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. From Mobile AL. Long time record of 755 home runs - finally broken. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1982. Mobile Sports Hall of Fame 1988. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2002. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1988. Presidential Citizens Medal 2001. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1975. Braves Hall of Fame 1999. Milwaukee Brewers Walk of Fame 2001. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1970. Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor 2014.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Real/Birth Name:
Jacqueline Joyner
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger sister of
Younger than Al Joyner by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1988. Olympic Gold Medal 1992. Won in heptathlon and long jump. Also competed in 1984 and 1996. California Sports Hall of Fame 2007. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 2003. United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1996. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Dick Enberg Award 2011. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004. Jesse Owens Award 1986. Jesse Owens Award 1987. Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame 2001. National High School Hall of Fame 1989. James E. Sullivan Award 1986. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6683 Delmar Boulevard.

Jackie Robinson

Real/Birth Name:
Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African-American in the major leagues, on the team Brooklyn Dodgers. Subject of movie 42. California Hall of Fame 2007. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1962. California Sports Hall of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1984. Congressional Gold Medal 2003. Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 1991. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1998. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 2007. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1984. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 2011. National College Baseball Hall of Fame 2008. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Los Angeles Memorial Coloseum Court of Honors 2005. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. National High School Hall of Fame 1993. International League Hall of Fame 1960.

Joe Cuba

Real/Birth Name:
Gilberto Miguel Calderón
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Father of Latin Boogaloo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Puero Rican ancestry. International Latin Music Hall of Fame 1999. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.

Joe Louis

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Louis Barrow
Nickname(s):
the Brown Bomber
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Champion heavyweight boxer. Congressional Gold Medal 1982. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1969. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1955. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 2014.

Lee Elder

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Lee Elder
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African-American to play in the Masters Tournament in 1975. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

Lena Horne

Real/Birth Name:
Lena Calhoun Horne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Stormy Weather. Kennedy Center Honors 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1991. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1983. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6282 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
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Lionel Hampton

Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drums and vibraphone. Song Flying Home. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Kennedy Center Honors 1992. Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Arts 1996. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2013. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 June 1982.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Lloyd Price

Real/Birth Name:
Lloyd Price
Nickname(s):
Mr. Personality
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Personality, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Stagger Lee, I'm Gonna Get Married. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.

Louis Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 29 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Hello, Dolly!, What a Wonderful World, I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas, That Lucky Old Sun, When You're Smiling. Movie Hello, Dolly!. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1952. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Muhammad Ali

Real/Birth Name:
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Also Known As:
Cassius Clay
Nickname(s):
The Greatest
The Louisville Lip
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Heavyweight. Olympic Gold Medal 1960. Said, of his boxing, "Float like a butterfly - sting like a bee." Book The Greatest: My Own Story. Movie for television Freedom Road. Conscientious objector to war. Developed Parkinsons later. International Boxing Hall of Fame 1990. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1983. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Presidential Citizens Medal 2001. Liberty Medal 2012. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Arthur Ashe Courage Award 1997. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1974. Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 1985. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater; ceremony: 11 January 2002.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Oscar Robertson

Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Palmer Robertson
Also Known As:
Oscar P. Robertson
Nickname(s):
The Big O
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80, 21 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Point guard. Height 6' 5". Teams University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks. Olympic Gold Medal 1960. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1995. FIBA Hall of Fame 2009. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1980. NBA Most Valuable Player Award 1964. National High School Hall of Fame 1983. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1982.

Paul Shaffer

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced Shay-fer. Known for TV show Late Night with David Letterman. TV show A Year at the Top. Also musical director and producer at induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll hall. Canada's Walk of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002.

Pee Wee Reese

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Henry Reese
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop. NBC play-by-play. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1984. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1956.

Pelé

Real/Birth Name:
Edison Arantes do Nascimento
Also Known As:
Pele
Edson
Nickname(s):
The King of Football
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Brazilian soccer star. The IOC named him Athlete of the Century in 1999. National Soccer Hall of Fame. Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1999. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Ray Charles

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Charles Robinson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Blues Brothers. Songs Hit the Road, Jack, Georgia on My Mind, I Got a Woman, Unchain My Heart, Born to Lose, Route 66. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1979. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 October 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Roy Campanella

Real/Birth Name:
Roy Campanella
Nickname(s):
Campy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher. Teams Washington Elite Giants, Monterrey Sultans, Nashua Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers. Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame 1971. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1969. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1965. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Sarah Vaughan

Real/Birth Name:
Sarah Lois Vaughan
Nickname(s):
Sassy
The Divine One
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 7 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Misty, Smooth Operator, Broken Hearted Melody, Whatever Lola Wants. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2012. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 31 July 1985.
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Smokey Robinson

Real/Birth Name:
William Robinson Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Claudette Rogers by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Motown group The Miracles. Formerly called this group The Matadors. Songs Got a Job, Shop Around, Ooh Baby Baby, The Tears of a Clown, My Girl, Since I Lost My Baby. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Album The 35th Anniversary Collection. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1990. Kennedy Center Honors 2006. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. National Medal of Arts 2002. Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Movie Hollywood Homicide. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2016. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2011 as a member of The Miracles.
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of The Miracles.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of The Miracles.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015 as a member of The Miracles.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Miracles.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 22 February 1983.
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Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: The Miracles for contributions to the recording industry.
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Tank Younger

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Lawrence Younger
Also Known As:
Paul "Tank" Younger
Nickname(s):
Tank
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback and linebacker. Teams Grambling State University, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers. Assistant general manager with team San Diego Chargers. Black College Football Hall of Fame 2010. College Football Hall of Fame 2000. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1973. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003.

Teddy Pendergrass

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass
Also Known As:
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass Sr.
Nickname(s):
Teddy P
TP
Teddy Bear
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B and soul singer. Songs If You Don't Know Me by Now, Close the Door. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1989. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014.

Tito Puente

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nickname(s):
El Rey
The King of Mambo
The King of Latin Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Dance Mania. Guitar Center RockWalk 2000. International Latin Music Hall of Fame 1990. National Medal of Arts 1997. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 August 1990.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tony Bennett

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Album Duets: An American Classic. A respected painter. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 2005. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2011. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Wendell Scott

Real/Birth Name:
Wendell Oliver Scott
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Daytona Beach Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame 2006. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1999. NASCAR Hall of Fame 2015. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame 2000.

Willie Mays

Real/Birth Name:
William Howard Mays Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Say Hey Kid
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Baseball teams New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets. Retired with a lifetime batting average of .302 and 660 home runs. California Hall of Fame 2007. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1979. California Sports Hall of Fame 2008. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1980. San Francisco Giants 2008. San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame 2011. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1977. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2015. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Roberto Clemente Award 1971. New Rochelle Walk of Fame. National League Rookie of the Year Award 1951.

Wilma Rudolph

Real/Birth Name:
Wilma Glodean Rudolph
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome she won three Olympic titles. National Women's Hall of Fame 1994. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1993. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 1967. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1974. James E. Sullivan Award 1961.

Wilt Chamberlain

Real/Birth Name:
Wilton Norman Chamberlain
Nickname(s):
Wilt The Stilt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

7' 1" Center for team Los Angeles Lakers. Only NBA player to make 100 points in a single game. Movie Conan the Destroyer. California Sports Hall of Fame 2007. Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1997. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2004. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1979. National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006. NBA Most Valuable Player Award 1960. NBA Most Valuable Player Award 1966. NBA Most Valuable Player Award 1967. NBA Most Valuable Player Award 1968.
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