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Celebrity Birthdays for January 8 – David Bowie, R. Kelly and More

David Bowie, R. Kelly
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Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

David Bowie
Age: 65
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Actor
Known For: His innovative, gender-bending style in the 1970s, groundbreaking albums like ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ singles including ‘Space Oddity,’ ‘Fame,’ ‘Under Pressure,’ ‘Suffragette City’ and ‘Let’s Dance,’ working with other artists such as Brian Eno, and his longtime marriage to the stunning model Iman

R. Kelly
Age: 45
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Producer
Known For: Being considered one of the most successful and influential R&B artists of all-time, winning three Grammys for the single ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ producing and remixing songs for a slew of other artists, and his much-mocked legal woes stemming from a 2002 home video that allegedly depicted him having sex with an underaged girl and, uh, “relieving himself” on her

Dame Shirley Bassey
Age: 75
Occupation: Singer
Known For: Recording the theme songs to the James Bond films ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Moonraker,’ being a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and being named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II

Bob Eubanks
Age: 74
Occupation: Television Personality and Music Manager
Known For: Hosting the game show ‘The Newlywed Game’ on and off since 1966, where he coined the family-friendly catchphrase “makin’ whoopee,” and a far less public career managing country music artists like Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard

Stephen Hawking
Age: 70
Occupation: Scientist
Known For: Being a theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity, his contributions to the study of black holes, being a longtime sufferer of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and because of it using his now-famous voice synthesizer

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