Three Famous People Born on October 17
The world knows their names: Alan Jackson, Norm MacDonald and Eminem. They all were born on October 17.
1958 – Alan Jackson, Newnan Ga, country singer (Here in the Real World)
One of the most popular country singers of the 1990s, blending both honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. In his career, he has recorded twelve studio albums and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than fifty of his singles have reached Top 30 on the Billboard country charts, including twenty-five Number Ones. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
1963 – Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
Canadian comedian, actor and professional poker player. He is known for his three years anchoring Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update.
He performs as a stand up comedian in comedy clubs across Canada, the United States, and Australia. In Los Angeles, he wrote for the popular sitcom Roseanne and performed on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He also produced and co-created “The Norm Show” which ran from March 1999-April 2001. Comedy Central named him #83 on the five part mini-series 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
1972 – Eminem, American rapper and movie star (‘The Real Slim Shady’, ‘Stan’ and ‘8 Mile’)
American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling hip hop album in history. It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project D12 to mainstream recognition.
The Marshall Mathers LP and his third album, The Eminem Show also won Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LP’s. In 2002, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” from the film 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead. “Lose Yourself” would go on to become the longest running #1 hip-hop single. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album since 2004’s Encore, titled Relapse, on May 15, 2009. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the decade, and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide to date, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Eminem is also ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. He was also named the Best Rapper Ever in an online reader-poll by Vibe Magazine. Including his work with D12, Eminem has achieved eight #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200 and 12 number one singles worldwide.