April 13th Ought to Be a Holiday

Tony_Dow_Barbara_Billingsley_Jerry_Mathers_Leave_It_to_Beaver_1959 Tony Dow

It’s the birthday of Wally Cleaver. Tony Dow is 69. That’s him in the photos, then and more recently.

Paul Sorvino is 75 today. Sorvino has more than 100 credits at IMDB, including a season as Detective Sergeant Philip “Phil” Cerreta on Law & Order and Henry Kissinger in Nixon.

The Reverend Al Green is staying together at 68.

With his incomparable voice, full of falsetto swoops and nuanced turns of phrase, Al Green rose to prominence in the Seventies. One of the most gifted purveyors of soul music, Green has sold more than 20 million records. During 1972 and 1973, he placed six consecutive singles in the Top 10: “Let’s Stay Together,” “Look What You Done for Me,” “I’m Still in Love With You,” “You Ought to Be With Me,” “Call Me” and “Here I Am (Come and Take Me).” “Let’s Stay Together” topped the pop chart for one week and the R&B charts for nine; it was also revived with great success by Tina Turner in 1984. In terms of popularity and artistry, Green was the top male soul singer in the world, voluntarily ending his reign with a move from secular to gospel music in 1979.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Chess champion Gary Kasparov is 51.

Rick Schroeder, just nine when he won a Golden Globe, is 44.

It’s also the birthday of playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett, born on this date in 1906. Waiting for Godot was published in 1952.