A couple of very special birthdays today. Funk musician George Clinton was born on this day in 1941. Also, comic and actor Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947.
Clinton was the driving force behind 1970s bands Parliament and Funkadelic. (That's a video of Parliament's track "Flash Light" above.) Still curious about Clinton's musical stylings? Check the music samples of seemingly every other 1990s rap song.
It's highly unlikely a rap act will ever find any use for Brooks' best material. However, he's been in some memorable films - from Taxi Driver to Lost in America to Broadcast News to Finding Nemo. (And let's not forget the underrated Defending Your Life.) He has brought the funny to every thing he's done over a 40-year career. (Fun fact: He was born Albert Einstein but changed it when launching his career for obvious reasons.) Below is a scene from Broadcast News. "Buried the lead" is journalism-speak for underplaying the most significant part of a story.