Singers From New York

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New York has produced a number of Singers who have made it big. These include Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, Paul Sorvino and others.
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Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)
Tupac Shakur
506
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 13, 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

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Lady Gaga
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists & Only Female to Achieve 4 Singles that Sold 10 Million Copies Globally)
Lady Gaga
371
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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Jennifer Lopez
(Singer, Actress, Dancer)
Jennifer Lopez
318
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

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The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
195
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

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Aaliyah
(Best Known as 'Princess of R&B' & 'Queen of Urban Pop')
Aaliyah
57
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

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Alicia Keys
(Singer, Actress)
Alicia Keys
110
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

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50 Cent
(Rapper)
50 Cent
156
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

From selling drugs and getting arrested in his teens to becoming one of the world’s best-selling rappers, Curtis James Jackson III’s journey has been an interesting one. Better known by his stage name 50 Cent, his albums have sold in millions. However, despite being one of the richest celebrities, he filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 due to financial troubles.

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Jay-Z
(One of the Most Influential Hip-Hop Artists in History)
Jay-Z
104
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

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Christina Aguilera
(American Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Four-Octave Vocal Range)
Christina Aguilera
63
Birthdate: December 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, Christina Aguilera is one of the best-selling music artists of the current generation. In 2008, she was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. In 2013, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Billy Joel
(Singer, Composer)
Billy Joel
45
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus

Popularly known as the Piano Man, Billy Joel is a singer-songwriter and musician. Having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, Billy is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He is also America's third best-selling solo artist and the sixth best-selling recording artist. He is also known for his multiple relationships with popular women.

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Barbra Streisand
(One of the Few Performers Who Have Been Awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT))
Barbra Streisand
35
Birthdate: April 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus

Barbra Streisand is one of the most popular American entertainers and one of the few women to win four major entertainment awards - Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award (EGOT). Apart from being a great entertainer, she has also played a major role as a philanthropist; she has raised $25 million for charity organizations through live performances.

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DMX
(Rapper)
DMX
66
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Mary J. Blige
(Rapper, and Actress Known as "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul")
Mary J. Blige
37
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

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LL Cool J
(Known for His Album ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ One of the Best Albums of All Time)
LL Cool J
66
Birthdate: January 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn

LL Cool J is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and record producer. Such is his popularity that LL Cool J was named on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time in 2010. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Over the years, Cool J has had a profound influence on hip-hop.

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Nas
(One of the Most Influential and Greatest Rappers of All Time)
Nas
85
Birthdate: September 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo

Widely considered one of the greatest rappers ever, Nas has seven platinum and multi-platinum albums under his belt in the US. In 2006, he was ranked fifth on MTV's The Greatest MCs of All Time list. In 2012, he was ranked second on the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time list published by The Source. He is also an entrepreneur.

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Neil Diamond
(Singer-songwriter Known for the Hit Song 'Sweet Caroline')
Neil Diamond
27
Birthdate: January 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million records and has had 10 Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart-topping singles. The Lifetime Achievement Grammy-winner was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song Sweet Caroline was preserved in the National Recording Registry for being culturally relevant.
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David Cassidy
(Actor & Singer Best Known for His Role of ‘Keith Partridge’ in the Musical Sitcom, ‘The Partridge Family’')
David Cassidy
25
Birthdate: April 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 21, 2017

Actor-singer and teen idol David Cassidy soared to fame with his iconic role of Keith Partridge in the long-running musical sitcom The Partridge Family. Known for hits such as Cherish and Daydreamer, he was often mobbed by girls in his youth. He spent his later life struggling with alcoholism and dementia.

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Luther Vandross
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Birthdate: April 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 1, 2005

Luther Vandross was an American record producer and singer-songwriter. As a background vocalist, Vandross contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Judy Collins. Regarded as a singer with one of the greatest voices in recorded history, Luther Vandross' works have influenced many artists like D'Angelo, Jaheim, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Usher.

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Art Garfunkel
(Best Known for His Partnership with Paul Simon in the Folk Rock Duo 'Simon & Garfunkel')
Art Garfunkel
22
Birthdate: November 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Eight-time Grammy winner Art Garfunkel is part of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with Paul Simon. He has had a successful solo career, too. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he also earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Sandy in Carnal Knowledge.
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Busta Rhymes
(Rapper)
Busta Rhymes
101
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Method Man
(Rapper And Member Of Hip Hop Collective 'Wu-Tang Clan')
Method Man
34
Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Method Man is part of the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman and Wu-Tang Clan. His collaborative single with Mary J. Blige, I'll Be There for You, won a Grammy. He has also appeared on the show Method & Red, in HBO series such as Oz, and in several films.

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Mariah Carey
(First Artist to Have Her First Five Singles Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Mariah Carey
69
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries

Known for her five-octave vocal range and melismatic singing style, singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist and a female songwriter. She was ranked second on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. 

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Lou Reed
(Lead Guitarist, Vocalist & Principal Songwriter of the Rock Band “The Velvet Underground”)
Lou Reed
17
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 27, 2013
Lou Reed redefined the glam rock genre with his album Transformer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee initially wrote sings for Pickwick Records and performed with the Velvet Underground. He then released 20 solo albums. His parents had made him go through electro-shock therapy to “cure” his bisexuality.
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Pat Benatar
(Rock Singer and Songwriter Known for Her Songs ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’)
Pat Benatar
10
Birthdate: January 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Four-time Grammy-winning rock artist Pat Benatar left her job as a teller to step into the music industry and is best known for her chartbusting tracks Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Fire and Ice, and Love Is a Battlefield. She has platinum albums in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Harry Belafonte
(Singer, Actor)
Harry Belafonte
20
Birthdate: March 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Post Malone
(One of the Best-Selling Pop Singer-Songwriter and Has Won 10 Billboard Music Awards)
Post Malone
262
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

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Cardi B
(The First Female Rapper to Achieve Multiple Diamond-Certified Songs by the RIAA)
Cardi B
195
Birthdate: October 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Rap legend Cardi B rose from being an exotic dancer and internet celebrity to being featured on Forbes and Time 100. Her triple-platinum-certified debut album, Invasion of Privacy, topped the Billboard 200. She was the only female solo artist to win the Grammy for the Best Rap Album.

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Lana Del Rey
(Singer & Songwriter)
Lana Del Rey
33
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Singer and songwriter, Lana Del Rey broke into the world of music when her debut single, Video Games, became viral in 2011. She then gained international fame with her debut album Born to Die in 2012. Over the years, she has released a numerous chart-topping albums. Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass, a collection of poetry, is her first book.

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Paul Stanley
(Co-Founder, Frontman, Rhythm Guitarist and Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Kiss')
Paul Stanley
11
Birthdate: January 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Singer, songwriter, and painter, Paul Stanley is best known for being a co-founder of the rock band Kiss. A rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band, he also wrote or co-wrote many of their hit songs. He has been ranked 18th on Hit Parader’s list of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.

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Sean Combs
(Rapper and Record Producer Known for His Albums: ‘No Way Out’ , ‘Forever’ and ‘Press Play’)
Sean Combs
56
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop legend Sean Combs, known to fans as Puffy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy, started off as a talent director with Uptown and then launched his own record label. His debut album, No Way Out, was certified 7Xplatinum, and his song I'll Be Missing You topped the Billboard charts. 
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RZA
(Rapper)
RZA
39
Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Rapper RZA leads the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and previously performed with Gravediggaz, under the name “The RZArector.” He is also known for his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists; his appearance in films such as American Gangster; and his BAFTA-nominated music in Kill Bill: Volume 1.
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ASAP Rocky
(Member of The Hip-Hop Collective 'A$AP Mob')
ASAP Rocky
131
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Rapper ASAP Rocky gained fame with his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. He released two consecutive Billboard 200-topping albums, Long. Live. ASAP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Fans loved his Grammy-nominated single Fuckin' Problems. He also produces using the pseudonym Lord Flacko and is part of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob.
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Bebe Rexha
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her Debut Studio Album 'Expectations' and Its Lead Single 'I'm a Mess')
Bebe Rexha
94
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

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Lenny Kravitz
(One of The Greatest Artists of Hard Rock Known for His Hits 'It Ain't Over 'til It's Over' and 'Again')
Lenny Kravitz
11
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

A well-known singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz won the Grammy Award for four consecutive years from 1999 to 2002 under the same category - Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. In 2003, he founded a New York City-based company called Kravitz Design Inc. From being an award-winning musician to a successful entrepreneur, Lenny Kravitz is truly a multi-talented individual.

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Idina Menzel
(Actress and Singer Who is Known for Her Work in Musicals on the Broadway Stage)
Idina Menzel
25
Birthdate: May 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini

Actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel has been active in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Beginning her career as a theater artist, she gradually moved to TV and films. As a singer, she has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She is a feminist and LGTBQA+ activist who champions for equal rights for all.

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Neil Sedaka
(One of the Best Selling Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hits 'Oh! Carol' and 'Calendar Girl')
Neil Sedaka
8
Birthdate: March 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces

Singer, pianist, and composer Neil Sedaka initially co-founded the group The Tokens. Most of his collaborations have been with lyricists Phil Cody and Howard Greenfield. He has delivered hits such as Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Bad Blood. He also launched free online mini-concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Steven Tyler
(Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Aerosmith')
Steven Tyler
31
Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries

Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.

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Mos Def
(Rapper, Actor)
Mos Def
21
Birthdate: December 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Cyndi Lauper
(Singer-Songwriter who Ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with Tracks Like ‘She Bop’ and ‘True Colors’)
Cyndi Lauper
31
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

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Alyssa Milano
(Actress and Political Activist Known for Her Role in the 'MeToo Movement')
Alyssa Milano
8
Birthdate: December 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
An unexpected audition led a young Alyssa Milano to her role in touring musical Annie. She became a teen star with sitcom Who's the Boss?. A bit of struggle later, she finally bagged her big break as an adult in the television show Charmed. Alyssa Milano is also a political activist and UNICEF Ambassador.
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Pusha T
(Rapper)
Pusha T
16
Birthdate: May 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Ghostface Killah
(Musician, Rapper, Singer)
Ghostface Killah
25
Birthdate: May 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Pete Seeger
(American Folk Singer Best-Known for His Songs: ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ & ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’)
Pete Seeger
3
Birthdate: May 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger was an American social activist and folk singer. Seeger believed that the power of music could bring about a social change, an ideology that reflected on his works. Through his music, Seeger expressed his support towards counterculture, civil rights, environmental rights, international disarmament, and workers rights.

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Marc Anthony
(Top-Selling 'Salsa' Artist of All Time)
Marc Anthony
16
Birthdate: September 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo

Marc Anthony is a singer-songwriter, television producer, and actor. He is the top-selling salsa artist in history, for which he entered the Guinness Book of Records. Also a well-known philanthropist, Marc Anthony helped launch the Maestro Cares Foundation, which helps orphans and teenagers around the world.

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Peggy Lipton
(Actress)
Peggy Lipton
5
Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 11, 2019

Peggy Lipton achieved fame after playing Julie Barnes in the TV series The Mod Squad; her character Julie became a fashion icon. Peggy is also credited with raising her children Kidada and Rashida Jones—both celebrities—after marrying Quincy Jones. Interestingly, Peggy achieved all these after overcoming nervousness and stuttering as a child after being sexually abused by a relative.

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Harry Chapin
(Singer Best Known for His Folk Rock & Pop Rock Songs)
Harry Chapin
3
Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 16, 1981
Grammy-winning folk rock and pop rock singer Harry Chapin was one of the highest-paid artists of the 1970s, known for tracks such as Cat's in the Cradle. An avid philanthropist, he was part of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He also won a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal
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Arlo Guthrie
(Folk Singer Known for His Song 'Massachusetts', Which Became the Official Folk Song of the State)
Arlo Guthrie
3
Birthdate: July 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is known for his songs that have prominent social themes and talk about his anti-war sentiments or about social injustice. Two of his most popular tracks are Alice's Restaurant Massacree, Massachusetts, and City of New Orleans. He has also starred in films such as Alice's Restaurant.
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Adrienne Bailon
(Television host, singer and actress)
Adrienne Bailon
13
Birthdate: October 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Big Pun
(The First Latino Artist to Go 'Platinum')
Big Pun
17
Birthdate: November 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 7, 2000

Big Pun was an American songwriter and rapper. Well-known for his heavy use of alliteration and exceptional breath control, Pun was also widely regarded as one of the best MCs ever. He struggled with weight issues and obesity throughout his life, which eventually led to his death caused by respiratory failure and a heart attack at the age of 28.

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Raekwon
(Rapper)
Raekwon
11
Birthdate: January 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn