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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 9

Last Updated 05-10-2021

🎵🎸Sonny Curtis -- is 84 in the year 2021 and 85 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1937 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Misc: was also on records by Waylon Jennings, Eric Clapton, Ricky Skaggs, Crystal Gayle, and others.
Group Names: Buddy Holly & the Crickets, The Crickets

✍🎭James L. Brooks -- is 81 in the year 2021 and 82 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1940
Hall of Famer, Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Misc: AP says b. 1937
TV Shows: The Critic, Phenom, Room 222, The Tracey Ullman Show, Taxi, Lou Grant, Rhoda, Phyllis, The Simpsons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (creator)
Movie Titles: As Good as It Gets, Terms of Endearment

🎵🎸Richie Furay -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1944
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Classic Rock Singer
Misc: some say b. May 7
Group Names: Buffalo Springfield, Poco, The Souther Hillman Furay Band

🎭Candice Bergen -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1946 N.S.
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Beverly Hills, Ca.; Louis Malle's wife, Frances Weston & Edgar's daughter
TV Shows: Murphy Brown (star), Boston Legal (as Shirley Schmidt)
Movie Titles: Carnal Knowledge, Starting Over, Rich & Famous, View From The Top, Bride Wars

🏆🏀Calvin J. Murphy -- is 73 in the year 2021 and 74 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1948
Hall of Famer, Basketball Announcer, NBA Player
Misc: NBA All-Star (1979); NBA All-Rookie First Team (1971); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1979); 2x Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (1969-1970); Consensus NCAA All-American Second Team (1968); Rockets #23 retired
Sports Teams: San Diego/Houston Rockets (1970-1983)

⛪🎵Billy Joel -- is 72 in the year 2021 and 73 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1949
Hall of Famer, Jewish, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y.; RFN:William Martin
Song Titles: Piano Man, Just the Way You Are, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Only the Good Die Young, She's Always a Woman, My Life, Big Shot, Honesty, You May Be Right, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, Don't Ask Me Why, Sometimes a Fantasy, Say Goodbye to Hollywood, She's Got a Way, Pressure, Allentown, Goodnight Saigon, Tell Her About It, Uptown Girl, An Innocent Man, The Longest Time, Leave a Tender Moment Alone, Keeping the Faith, You're Only Human (Second Wind), The Night is Still Young, Modern Woman, A Matter of Trust, This is the Time, Baby Grand (with Ray Charles, We Didn't Start the Fire, I Go to Extremes, The River of Dreams
Album Titles: Songs in the Atic, 12 Gardens Live, Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, The Bridge, Storm Front, River of Dreams
Video Titles: The Video Album Volume I, The Video Album Volume II, Eye of the Storm, Live at Yankee Stadium, Greatest Hits Volume III: The Video

🎵🎸Tom Petersson -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1950
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Cheap Trick

🎵🎸David Gahan -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1962 N.S.
Hall of Famer, New Wave Singer, New Wave Musician, English
Group Names: Depeche Mode

🏆🏒Steve Yzerman -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1965
Hall of Famer, NHL General Manager, NHL Center, Canadian
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings (possibly 1983-2006)

🏆⚽Carla Overbeck -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1968
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player

🏆🏁🏊Grant Hackett -- is 41 in the year 2021 and 42 in the year 2022; b.5/9/1980 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🏆🏌Harry Vardon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1870 d.3/20/1937 (66)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: the first of the great modern golfers; Golf's most prestigous award, the Vardon Trophy, was named in his honor. The trophy is given to the golfer with the best scoring average in both the U.S. and Great Britain.

🏆⚽James Scotland "Scot" Symon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1911 N.S. d.4/30/1985 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Cricket Player, Scottish
Misc: wing half and manager

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🎵Hank Snow -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1914 d.12/20/1999 (85)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country Performer, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Misc: Grand Ole Opry regular

⛪📰🎭Mike (Newscaster) Wallace -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1918 N.S. d.4/7/2012 N.S. (93)
Hall of Famer, Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Commentator, Actor, Game Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Brookline, Ma.; RFMN:Myron Leon
Misc: radio narrator of The Green Hornet & The Lone Ranger
TV Shows: 60 Minutes

🏆🎾Richard "Pancho" González -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1928 N.S. d.7/3/1995 N.S. (67)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles, CA
Misc: had a bad temper; won consecutive U.S. Championships in 1947-48 before turning pro at 21; dominated pro tour from 1950-61; in 1969 at age 41, played longest Wimbledon match ever (5:12) beating Charlie Pasarell 22-24,1-6,16-14,6-3,11-9.

🎵🎸Nokie Edwards -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1935 N.S. d.3/12/2018 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Guitarist, Rock & Roll Bassist
Misc: instrumental and surf rock musician
Group Names: The Ventures (lead)

🎵Dave Prather Sr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1937 N.S. d.4/9/1988 N.S. (50)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Sam and Dave

🏆Mirko Sandic -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1942 N.S. d.12/24/2006 N.S. (64)
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Serbian

🏆⛸Laurence Owen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1944 N.S. d.2/15/1961 N.S. (16)
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

🏆⚾Tony Gwynn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/9/1960 d.6/16/2014 (54)
Hall of Famer, MLB Right Fielder
Misc: amassed over 3,100 hits; 8x NL Batting Champion, 15x All-Star, 5x Gold Glove, 7x Silver Slugger; Padres #19 retired
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres (1982-2001)

🏆🎾Anthony Wilding -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/31/1883 d.5/9/1915 (31)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

Albert A. Michelson -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/19/1852 d.5/9/1931 (78)
Hall of Famer, Physicist
Misc: established c as universal constant (Nobel 1907); measured light

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🏆🏁🏊John Arthur Jarvis -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/24/1872 N.S. d.5/9/1933 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, English
Misc: won 108 titles

🎭🏆Graham McNamee -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/10/1888 d.5/9/1942 (53)
Hall of Famer, Radio Broadcaster, Sports Commentator, Sportscaster
Misc: a pioneering broadcaster in American radio; he was the medium's most recognized national personality in its first international decade. He's in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame; Ford Frick 2016 award for NBC Radio

⚛🎭George Dewey Hay -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/9/1895 d.5/9/1968 (72)
Hall of Famer, Inventor, Announcer
Misc: created the Grand Ole Opry; promoter of country music

🏆🎳Pat Patterson -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/30/1925 d.5/9/1972 (46)
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🎵Bob Neal -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/6/1917 d.5/9/1983 (65)
Hall of Famer, Music Figure
Misc: Elvis Presley's manager

🏆🏀John Nucatola -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/17/1907 N.S. d.5/9/2000 N.S. (92)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Basketball Referee

🎨🏆🏁🏍Henry "Smokey" Yunick -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1923 N.S. d.5/9/2001 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Designer, Auto Racer, Motorcyclist
Misc: was an American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports. Yunick was deeply involved in the early years of NASCAR, and he is probably most associated with that racing genre. Also motorcycle racing.

🏆⚽Tom "Tiny" Wharton -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/3/1927 N.S. d.5/9/2005 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish
Misc: referee in the 50s-70s; one of the most iconic and respected officials of his generation.

🏆Gino Pariani -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/21/1928 d.5/9/2007 (79)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Striker, American

🏆🏀Chuck Daly -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/20/1930 d.5/9/2009 (78)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: coached Detroit to two NBA titles (1989-90) before leaving in 1992 to coach New Jersey; retired after 1993-94 season with 638 career wins (including playoffs) in 12 years; coached NBA "Dream Team" to gold medal in 1992 Olympics.
Sports Teams: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (coach 1950-1952), Punxsutawney Area High School (coach 1955-1963), Duke (coach 1963-1969), Boston College (coach 1969-1971), Penn (coach 1971-1977), Philadelphia 76ers (coach 1978-1981), Cleveland Cavaliers (coach 1981-1982), Detroit Pistons (coach 1983-1992), New Jersey Nets (coach 1992-1994), Orlando Magic (coach 1997-1999)

🎵Johnny Gimble -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/30/1926 N.S. d.5/9/2015 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Country Fiddler
Group Names: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

🎵Little Richard -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/5/1932 N.S. d.5/9/2020 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Gay
Names/Places: b. in Macon, GA; NN:The Architect of Rock & Roll; RN:Richard Wayne Penniman
Misc: many say b. Dec 25
Song Titles: Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille, Jenny Jenny, Keep-a-Knockin, Good Golly Miss Molly, Great Gosh A'Mighty (It's a Matter of Time)
Album Titles: Here's Little Richard

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