Do you know who these great stars are by their given name
Have you ever seen a name and thought, hmm, I know that person from somewhere only to find out it is the birth name for a famous person that you have seen on TV, the movies or performing a popular song. Every morning, Monday through Friday at 7:35 am we do a “What’s Up” segment on 560 KMON AM that has celebrity birthdays as well as historical events based on the that particular day.
The following is a list of individuals that were born in January that we have honored on “What’s Up.” I thought it would be fun to compile the list and see how many of these names that you knew. I didn’t know very many!
- Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. BKA Slim Whitman (1923 -2013)- Country Music Star
- Ahmir Khalib Thompson BKA Questlove (born 1971) in the musical group The Roots, house band for the Tonight Show
- Nathan Birnbaum BKA George Burns (1896-1996) Comedian and Actor
- Archibald Alec Leach BKA Cary Grant (1904-1986) Actor
- Robert James Ritchie BKA Kid Rock (born 1971) Musician
- Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo BKA Tia Carrere (born 1967) Actress
- Rose Hovick BKA Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970) American Burlesque Performer
- Milton Hines BKA Soupy Sales (1926-2009) Comedian, Actor, Radio-Television Personality, and Jazz Aficionado
- Robert Osbourne Denver BKA Bob Denver (1935-2005) He was Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island
- Woodward Maurice Ritter BKA as Tex Ritter (1905-1974) Country Music Star
- Maria Rosario Pilar Lorenza Emilia Eugenia Martinez Molina Baeza De La Osa Rasten BKA Charo (Born 1951) Singer, Comedian and Guitarist
- Armando Christian Pérez BKA Pitbull (born 1981) Rapper
- George Hegerman BKA Minnesota Fats (1913-1996) Entertainer in the World of Billards
- Jeffrey Allen Townes BKA DJ Jazzy Jeff (born 1965) Disc Jockey best known for Fresh Prince of Belaire
- Robert Stroud BKA Birdman of Alcatraz (1890-1963) Prisoner of Alzatraz
- William Claude Dukenfield BKA W.C. Fields (1880-1946) Comedian, Actor, Juggler, Writer
How many other people are known by an alias? This is a list of just one month and only of names I recognized. It is unfortunate that famous people need to change their name to protect their family, but I also understand why they do it.
Story written by Randy Bogden BKA Randy Bogden (born 1970)
If you have a story idea or something you want to learn more about, give Randy a call at 406-788-3003 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since MAGIE has once again came and went- take a look at this gallery of photos from the annual event: