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Blues pianist and singer, Charles Brown, circa 1948. Mr. Brown was born in Texas City, Texas in 1922 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Prairie View College in 1942. After a brief career as a high school science teacher, Mr. Brown eventually moved to Los Angeles where he joined Johnny Moore and the Three Blazers. Best known for his composition, “Driftin Blues,” he also recorded a very popular version of “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
Julius Lorenzo Cobb Bledsoe (1897–1943) was a once renowned, but now semi-forgotten baritone, and the first African-American artist to gain regular employment on Broadway, subsequent to Bert Williams, William Grant Still, Ford Dabney and others. Jules Bledsoe was born in Waco, Texas, in 1897. After graduating from Bishop College he studied at Virginia Union College and Columbia University.
Patrick Wayne Swayze (/ˈsweɪziː/; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. Patrick Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, the second child of Patsy Yvonne Helen (née Karnes; 1927–2013), a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925–1982), an engineering draftsman.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, where she was raised. Beyoncé attended elementary school in Fredericksburg. She performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in Houston. She rose to fame in the late 90s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. On 4/ 4/08, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were married . On 1/ 7/12, Beyoncé gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter in Manhattan.
August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Women from all fields have joined the production army. Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Naval Air Base and a schoolteacher before the war, is doing her part for victory along with her brother, who is a flying instructor in the Army. Miss Weaver paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings."