Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Chuck D

Age: 52

Occupation: Rapper, Producer and Activist

Known For: Creating politically and socially-conscious music with the legendary rap group Public Enemy on controversial songs like ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ and ’911 Is a Joke,’ co-hosting ‘Unfiltered’ on the now-defunct Air America radio network, and a famous appearance before Congress in which he voiced his support of peer-to-peer MP3 file sharing

Adam Duritz

Age: 48

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician

Known For: Being the dreadlocked frontman and co-founder of the band Counting Crows, hits such as ‘Mr. Jones,’ ‘Round Here,’ ‘Accidentally in Love’ and ‘A Long December,’ renowned work scoring movies like ‘Shrek 2,’ and collaborating with other artists including The Wallflowers and Nanci Griffith

Robert Cray

Age: 59

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician

Known For: Rock/blues songs such as ‘Smoking Gun,’ ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ and ‘The Forecast (Calls for Pain),’ winning five Grammys, working with musicians like Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker, and being an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame

Joe Elliott

Age: 53

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician

Known For: Being the lead singer of rock band Def Leppard on hits including ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Photograph,’ fronting the David Bowie tribute band the Cybernauts, and maintaining an in-home recording studio called Joe’s Garage where he’s recorded and produced work by many major artists


Age: 49

Occupation: Rapper and Actor

Known For: His unruly hair, songs such as ‘Fantastic Voyage’ and the Grammy-winning ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ performing the theme for the late 1990s Nickelodeon show ‘Kenan & Kel,’ and placing second in the 2012 Food Network reality series ‘Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off’

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