Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today is...Chuck Berry, Zac Efron, and Ne-yo's Birthday

Chuck Berry recorded Maybellene, which was an adaptation of the country song Ida Red, in 1955. It sold over a million copies and reached No. 1 on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart.

Berry was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 upon its opening. 

Berry, 85, still performs one day a month at a restaurant in St. Louis.

Zac Efron, though his breakthrough was High School Musical, did not do all his own singing. Singer Drew Seeley's voice was mixed in with Efron's for most of the songs. Seeley went on to perform in the High School Musical concert tour in North and Latin America.

In 2008, Efron was 92 on the Forbes Celebrity 100, which is a list of the most powerful celebrities based on income, Google hits, fan base, press clips and magazine covers. 

Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Chimere Smith and was ranked 57th on Billboard's Artist of the 2000s in 2009. 

Ne-Yo's third album proved his most successful, gaining him seven Grammy Award nominations.

Ne-Yo, besides being a singer in his own right, also writes songs from a variety of artists including Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and Cheryl Cole. He has also made a move into movies by starring in Red Tails and Battle: Los Angeles.

Who is your favorite singer?

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