“Freeway” Rick Ross

Richard Donnell “Freeway Rick” Ross (born January 26, 1960)[1] is an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s.[2 Biography[edit] Ross attended school at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He played for the tennis team but was unable to get a […]

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Celine Dion posts photo of first Christmas without Rene Angelil

Celine Dion is giving fans a glimpse of her first Christmas without husband Rene Angelil. The 48-year-old Canadian singer shared a rare picture with sons Rene-Charles, Nelson and Eddy on Instagram after celebrating her first holiday season since Angelil’s death. “Holiday memories! Now time to get back to work! Souvenirs des fêtes! Maintenant, on retourne au boulot! #TBT #Vacances #Famille,” […]

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“Major” John Buchanan

“Major” John Buchanan (born in January 12, 1759) was an American frontiersman and one of the founders of present-day Nashville, Tennessee. He is best known for defending his fort, Buchanan Station, from an attack by several hundred Native American Indians on September 30, 1792.[1] The defense at Buchanan’s Station saved early Nashville, which was unprepared after dismissing rumors of an […]

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“King” Bennie Nawahi

“King” Bennie Nawahi (July 3, 1899 – January 29, 1985) was an American steel guitar master from Hawaii, well known throughout the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Celebrated as a virtuoso during his lifetime, his body of work has not garnered the accolades from later generations as have other Hawaiian musical stars of the era.   Benjamin Keakahiawa […]

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Good Day, Fellow Axe Handle

“‘Good Day, Fellow!’ ‘Axe Handle!’” (Norwegian: “God dag, mann!” “Økseskaft!”) is a Norwegian folktale, collected by Asbjørnsen and Moe. Plot[edit] A deaf or hard of hearing ferryman has a wife, two sons and a daughter. They fritter away all their money, and leave him to pay the bill when their credit runs out. He sees the bailiff coming in the […]

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Freeway” Rick Ross

Richard Donnell Ross (born January 26, 1960), known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, is an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s.[2] Biography[edit] Ross attended school at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He played for the tennis team but was unable […]

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Big” Donnie MacLeod

Donald Archie “Big Donnie” MacLeod (December 11, 1928 – January 3, 2003) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Cape Breton West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1981 to 1988. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[1] Born in 1928 at Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia,[2] MacLeod served 23 years […]

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Bassy” Bob Brockmann

“Bassy” Bob Brockmann is a music mixer, producer, trumpet and bass player. He has also musically collaborated with many singers and bands, such as The Fugees, Notorious BIG, Craig Mack, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Cee Lo Green, Soulive, Surface, Brian McKnight, Christina Aguilera, Brandy and Mary J Blige, as well as with other artists such as Faith Hill, Bob Dylan, Sheryl […]

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Lionel Conacher

Lionel Pretoria Conacher, MP (/ˈkɒnəkər/; May 24, 1900 – May 26, 1954), nicknamed “The Big Train”, was a Canadian athlete and politician. Voted the country’s top athlete of the first half of the 20th century, he won championships in numerous sports. His first passion was football; he was a member of the 1921 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. He was […]

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Triple H

Paul Michael Levesque[5] (born July 27, 1969),[6] better known by his ring name Triple H (an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley), is an American business executive and occasional professional wrestler. Levesque is the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE, as well as being the founder and senior producer of NXT and […]

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Big Nick Nicholas

George Walker “Big Nick” Nicholas (August 2, 1922, – October 29, 1997) was an American jazz saxophonist and singer.[1] Strongly influenced by his hero, Coleman Hawkins, Nicholas in turn influenced a young John Coltrane to compose his tribute “Big Nick”, included on the 1962 album Duke Ellington & John Coltrane.[2] Nicholas contributed the 16-bar solo to Dizzy Gillespie’s classic African-Cuban […]

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Big Mama Thornton

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, in 1952,[1] which became her biggest hit, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953[2] and selling almost two million copies.[3] However, her success was […]

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Jim Folsom

James Elisha Folsom Sr. (October 9, 1908 – November 21, 1987), commonly known as Jim Folsom or Big Jim Folsom, was the 42nd governor of the U.S. state of Alabama, having served from 1947 to 1951, and again from 1955 to 1959. Background Born in Coffee County in southeastern Alabama, Folsom was among the first southern governors to embrace integration […]

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Ed Wilkes

Edwin “Ed” Wilkes (June 18, 1931 – December 21, 1998),[1] known professionally as Big Ed Wilkes, was a popular radio personality in Lubbock, Texas, who combined humor with hard news reporting on his own morning talk show on station KRFE (580 AM). Early years and education Wilkes was born to C.E. Wilkes (1903–1980) and Ruby G. Wilkes (1906–1995)[1] in Blue […]

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Guinn “Big Boy” Williams

Guinn Terrell Williams Jr. (April 26, 1899 – June 6, 1962) was an American actor who appeared in memorable westerns such as Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and The Comancheros (1961). He was nicknamed “Big Boy” as he was 6′ 2″ and had a muscular build from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and professional baseball. […]

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Bill Haywood

William Dudley Haywood (February 4, 1869 – May 18, 1928), better known as “Big Bill” Haywood, was a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and a member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party of America. During the first two decades of the 20th century, he was involved in several important labor battles, […]

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Ron O’Brien (disc jockey)

“Big” Ron O’Brien (real name: Richard Walls; October 24, 1951 – April 27, 2008[1]) was a disc jockey who worked at many top radio stations during his lifetime. O’Brien grew up in Des Moines, IA, and worked at the high school radio station. He started his professional career in 1969 at KUDL (now KMBZ-FM) in Kansas City. During the ensuing […]

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Paul Williams (bluegrass musician)

“Big” Paul Williams (Paul Humphreys) is an American bluegrass and gospel musician. He took the surname Williams when he began his musical career in the early 1950s.[1] He was guitarist and lead singer for the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers before replacing Earl Taylor in the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1957, playing mandolin and being featured regularly as a lead singer.[1] He […]

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Dương Văn Minh

Dương Văn Minh (About this sound listen) (16 February 1916 – 6 August 2001), popularly known as Big Minh, was a Vietnamese senior general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and a politician during the presidency of Ngô Đình Diệm. In 1963, he became President of South Vietnam after leading a coup in which Diệm was assassinated. […]

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Jim Tinndahn

“Big” Jim Tinndahn (born January 27, 1961) is a Danish mobster who was president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s European and Asian chapters until June 2012, when he stepped down and Michael “Kokken” Rosenvold became their new president. He founded the Bandidos’ first Scandinavian chapter in Copenhagen in late 1992.[1] Since emigrating to Sweden in 1995, he has been arrested […]

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Jim Martin (musician)

James Blanco “Jim” Martin (born July 21, 1961, in Oakland, California),[1] known professionally as Big Jim Martin, is an American guitarist best known for his membership in the rock band Faith No More from 1983 to late 1993. Martin also played guitar with the groups EZ-Street, Vicious Hatred, Agents of Misfortune, Recluse, and Pigs of Death. Martin was known for […]

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Kamala (wrestler)

James “Jim” Harris (born May 28, 1950) is an American retired professional wrestler and author. For most of his career, Harris wrestled under the ring name Kamala, using a “wild savage” gimmick. Early life Harris was born in Senatobia, Mississippi, and grew up in Coldwater, Mississippi, where his family owned a furniture store. He had four sisters. When he was […]

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“Big” Donnie MacLeod

Donald Archie “Big Donnie” MacLeod (December 11, 1928 – January 3, 2003) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Cape Breton West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1981 to 1988. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[1] Born in 1928 at Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia,[2] MacLeod served 23 years […]

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Ben Bowen

Benjamin David “Ben” Bowen (November 14, 2002 – February 25, 2005),[1] commonly called Big Ben Bowen,[2] was a boy from Huntington, West Virginia, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in 2004. His family has used his story to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to raise almost $4 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowen’s […]

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Leroy Foster

“Baby Face” Leroy Foster (February 1, 1923 – May 26, 1958) was an American blues singer, drummer and guitarist, active in Chicago from the mid-1940s until the late 1950s. He was a significant figure in the development of the postwar electric Chicago blues sound, notably as a member of the Muddy Waters band during its formative years.[1] Early life Foster […]

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“Shotgun” Tom Kelly

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly is the stage name of Tom Irwin, a radio and television personality, two-time Emmy award winner, Billboard Air Personality of the Year winner and recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[1] Born in San Diego, Kelly worked at KDEO, KPRI, KGB, KCBQ, KOGO, KBZS and KFMB-FM before replacing the late Don Steele in the […]

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“Rags” Ragland

John Lee Morgan Beauregard “Rags” Ragland (August 23, 1905 – August 20, 1946) was an American comedian and character actor. Ragland made his show business reputation in burlesque, where he was one of the house comics for the famed Minsky burlesque shows. Minsky striptease star Georgia Sothern remembered him fondly in her 1971 memoir, saying she considered Ragland a close […]

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“Moist” Paula Henderson

“Moist” Paula Henderson is a baritone saxophone player. She is a member of Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar Arkestra,[1][2]’. She is performing with Melvin Van Peebles’ group Wid Laxative. She has also played with The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Amanda Palmer,[3] and TV On The Radio,[2] with whom she appeared on the David Letterman show. In 2013, Henderson contributed a track with […]

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“Major” John Buchanan

“Major” John Buchanan (born in January 12, 1759) was an American frontiersman and one of the founders of present-day Nashville, Tennessee. He is best known for defending his fort, Buchanan Station, from an attack by several hundred Native American Indians on September 30, 1792.[1] The defense at Buchanan’s Station saved early Nashville, which was unprepared after dismissing rumors of an […]

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