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Claudio Baglioni …

Claudio Baglioni

Claudio Baglioni, born 16 May 1951, is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters/singers (“cantautori”) in Italy and one of the greatest figures in Italian musica leggera (pop music).

His success has spanned through several decades. His melodic and highly dramatic love ballads, especially from the 1970s era (such as “Questo piccolo grande amore”, “E tu…”, “Amore bello”, “Sabato pomeriggio”, “E tu come stai”) are part of Italy’s musical and national culture.

Claudio with Pope Francis at a charity event


Jay Benedict …

Jay Benedict

Jay Benedict (April 11, 1951) is an American actor. Born in Burbank, California he has lived and worked in Europe since the 1960s. 

He has worked extensively in television with roles in Jonathan Creek, Bergerac, Emmerdale and Foyle’s War.

An impressive list of film credits includes scenes in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Victor Victoria (1982) Aliens (Special Edition 1986), The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985), The Russia House (1990) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Jay Benedict Website


Lynda Carter … Wonder Woman!

Lynda Carter … Wonder Woman!

The American actress and singer Lynda Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 24, 1951. She is best known as the star of the TV series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.

She attended Arizona State University but later dropped out after deciding to pursue a career in music. In 1972, she won a local Arizona beauty contest and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. In the international 1972 Miss World pageant, representing the United States, she reached the semifinals.


After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she made her first acting appearance, in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia entitled “Roots of Anger”. She then began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch and Cos, and in several “B” movies.. Her acting career took off when she landed the starring role on Wonder Woman as the title character and her secret identity, Diana Prince.

In 1978, she was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by the International Academy of Beauty and the British Press Organization. She had also signed a modelling contract with Maybelline cosmetics in 1977.

She has appeared in numerous roles in TV, film and theatre.
These include Wonder Woman (1975-79), Starsky and Hutch (1976), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Law and Order (2005), Chicago (2005), Smallville (2007), and Supergirl (2016). She has also been in demand as a voice-over artist in several video games.

In “Smallville”

As a singer she has released several albums including Crazy Little Things (2009) and At Last (2011). She and her band tour regularly throughout the USA.

Lynda Carter’s Website

Eric Bibb … bluesman

Eric Bibb (August 16, 1951) is an American born acoustic blues singer-songwriter. Born in New York City, Eric is the son of Leon Bibb, a senior figure on the New York folk scene of the 1960’s.  Eric’s godfather was actor/singer and activist Paul Robeson and his uncle was the composer and jazz pianist John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet  His parents’ house was a center of artistic life where “getting to meet Rev. Gary Davis,  Bob Dylan, Judy Collins or Odetta had a profound effect on me”, reminisces Eric.

He was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar aged seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff”.

Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar.  A few years later he moved to Sweden and settled in Stockholm, where he found a creative environment that, oddly enough, reminded him of his teenage days in Greenwich Village.  He made a handful of albums, starting in 1972, and began meeting and playing with local musicians, as well as other American expatriates.  His breakthrough album, “Spirit & The Blues”, was released in 1994 and led to that modern wandering songster/troubadour embarking on tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany and contracts with new labels.

A career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio & television shows and non-stop touring has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation.

Eric Bibb’s website

Nigel Havers …always the charmer!

Nigel Havers …always the charmer!

The popular English actor Nigel Havers  was born on 6 November 1951. He is well known for his dashing good looks, upper class accent and charming manner.

He has appeared in numerous roles in film, television and theatre. Films include Empire of the Sun (1987), A Passage to India (1984) and Chariots of Fire (1981).

Empire of the Sun

Theatre appearances include leading roles in The Importance of Being Ernest (2015), Rebecca (2011) as well as regular stints in various pantomimes. Among a long list of TV credits are The Charmer (1987), A Perfect Hero (1991), Coronation Street and Downton Abbey.

The Charmer

Patrick Allen …

Patrick Allen …


Sir Patrick Allen was born in Jamaica on 7 February 1951. He is the sixth and current Governor-General of Jamaica. He has held this post since February 2009.

Trevor Eve … life on a Shoestring

Trevor Eve … life on a Shoestring


The well-known English actor Trevor Eve was born on 1 July, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham. He has enjoyed a long and successful acting career on stage, television and film, spanning back to the 1970s. 

In 1979 he gained fame as the eponymous lead in the private detective series Shoestring. He then went on to his first major film role in the 1979 Dracula directed by John Badham, playing Jonathan Harker, alongside Laurence Olivier. He is also known for his role as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in BBC television drama Waking the Dead. 


Trevor Eve as Shoestring

Most recently, Eve played the part of Judge Sir Selwyn Hardcastle in the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley in December 2013, and as Roach in The Interceptor in 2014. He is married to the actress Sharon Maughan.


Trevor Eve & Sharon Maughan.

Lucky Oceans …

Lucky Oceans …


American musician Lucky Oceans was born on 21 April 1951. He is a pedal steel guitarist and a former member of Country/Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. He is now a broadcaster in Perth, Western Australia with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Plantu …

Plantu …


Jean Plantureux was born on March 23, 1951 in Paris. He is a well-known French cartoonist specializing in political satire. He goes by the professional name Plantu. His work has regularly appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde since 1972. His art has been widely exhibited around the globe.


Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …

Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …


Kathy Smith (born December 11, 1951) is a personal trainer who became well known for her workout videos during the late-1980s and 1990s. She has sold over 16 million workout videos since 1980. She is a sought-out educational and motivational speaker.