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8/1 Jerry Ohrbach – Jerry Ohrbach migh have been the most employed leading man of Broadway and film in the 20th Century. He is known for his appearances in “42nd Street,” “The Fantasticks,” “Promises, Promises,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Guys and Dolls” and in movies such as “Prince of the City,” “Dirty Dancing” and TV shows such as “Law and Order” and “The Golden Girls.”
8/8 Connie Francis – The “First Lady of Rock & Roll,” Connie Francis was one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s estimated that she sold over 100 million records worldwide. In 1960, she was recognized as the most successful female artist in Germany, Italy, England, Japan and Australia. She was the first woman to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, beside her other 53 hits.
8/15 Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme – Since they first started working on the Steve Allen show, in 1954, they were one of America’s most popular duet entertainment items until Eydie retired in 2009. They were billed as “Steve and Eydie,” and were married from 1957, until her death in 2009.
8/22 Sam Cooke – Considered to be one of the most influential of soul musicians of all time, Sam Cooke was known as the “King of Soul.” His hits include “You Send Me,” “Cupid” and “Twistin’ The Night Away.” His music and personality led to the rise of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.
8/29 Betty Grable – Long legs, a curvaceous figure and a bubbly personality made this attractive blond one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II and a major star at 20th Century Fox. She co-starred with every single popular male musical star on the Fox lot, and made several comedies, besides her musical films. After 1955, she left Hollywood to perform in nightclubs and TV, and took over the lead in the 1967 production of “Hello, Dolly,” to rave reviews.