#161 Ricky Nelson / Toni Tennille / Peter Benchley – 08 May 1940

Ricky Nelson

Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985), better known as Ricky Nelson or Rick Nelson, was an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and actor. He placed fifty-three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973, including nineteen top-ten hits, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.

Toni Tennille

Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille (born May 8, 1940, Montgomery, Alabama) is one-half of the 1970s’ Grammy Award-winning duo Captain & Tennille. Tennille has also done musical work independently of her husband Daryl Dragon. Tennille sang backup vocals on Pink Floyd’s, The Wall, and she also did backup singing for Elton John’s recordings: performing on at least three John albums, including Caribou, Blue Moves, 21 at 33 and most notably on the song, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.

Peter Benchley

Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author, best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley (with Carl Gottlieb) and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep and The Island.


Also born on this day :
Lech Woszczerowicz is a Polish politician.
James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington is a British businessman.
Alison Halford is a former senior police officer who became a politician.
Archie Blue is a Scottish-born footballer who played as a centre forward.
Marceli Kosman is a Polish historian.
Irwin Cotler PC , OC , MP  was Canada ‘s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Emilio Delgado is an American actor.
Eddie “Jet” Joyal is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre.
William “Bill” Owens was an admiral in the United States Navy and later Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Terry Huntingdon is Miss USA 1959.
Nidhi Eoseewong is a prominent Thai historian , writer , and political commentator .
Karl Erik Harr is a Norwegian painter , illustrator , graphic artist and author.
Wolfgang Steinert was a German electrical engineer.

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