He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, inspiring countless other electric blues and blues rock guitarists. B.B. King was also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
His Eminence Francis Eugene George, OMI was an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.
Percy Sledge was an African American R&B, soul, gospel, and traditional pop singer. He was best known for his song "When a Man Loves a Woman". Sledge was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Günter Grass was known for writing the controversial, but yet classic novel The Tin Drum. In 1999 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer´s pre-eminent man of letters" and "a literary giant of the Latin American left". His best-known works are Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) and Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1982–6).
Geoffrey Lewis was an American character actor. Lewis´s filmography includes television shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and My Name is Earl, as well as films such as Down in the Valley, The Butcher, Maverick, and When Every Day Was the Fourth of July. Lewis worked many times with actor-director Clint Eastwood in several movies.
James Best is best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard.
Manoel de Oliveira was a Portuguese director and screenwriter. Although his career began in the silent film era, he did not attain international recognition until the late 20th century, and his most prolific period was in his senescence. Among his numerous awards were two Career Golden Lions from the Venice Film Festival and the French Legion of Honor.
Tomas Tranströmer is acclaimed as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since the Second World War. He was the recipient of the 1990 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Lee Kuan Yew was the Singapore Prime Minister (1959–1990), Senior Minister (1990–2004) and Minister Mentor (2004–2011). He is recognised as the founding father of modern Singapore, and the only leader known to bring an entire country from third-world to first-world status in a single generation. During his leadership, Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965 and grew from an underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a "First World", Asian Tiger. He has remained one of the most influential political figures in South-East Asia. With his successive ministerial positions over 50 years, Lee was also one of the longest-serving ministers in history.
Jørgen Ingmann was a jazz and pop guitarist from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was popular in Europe, and had a wider international hit in 1961 with his version of "Apache". He will be most remembered in the Eurovision family for having won the Song Contest on behalf of Denmark in 1963 alongside his wife back then, Grethe, and the song Dansevise.
Malcolm Fraser was an Australian politician who was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983. Before being prime minister, Fraser was a member of the Australian Parliament from 1955 through 1983. He served as Minister of Defence from 1966 to 1968 and again from 1969 to 1971 and Minister for Education and Science from 1968 to 1969 and again from 1971 to 1972.
Mike Porcaro was an American bass player known for his work with Toto.