Aaliyah, singer
birth name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton


January 16, 1979, Brooklyn, NY ~ August 25, 2001, Abaco, the Bahamas

At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. […] After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million. […] In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single ‘Try Again.’ The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. ~ Wikipedia: Aaliyah ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Wikipedia

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January 16, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) The Searchers, Love Potion Number Nine ~ #2 (1) The Beatles, I Feel Fine ~ #1 (2) The SUpremes, Come See About Me


She was on her way to the summer house that Jay-Z shared with her boyfriend of a year, Damon Dash, Jay's partner in Roc-a-Fella Records. She wore a dark-green hoodie and matching shorts so small they showed off most of her long, curvy legs, down to the little treble-clef tattoo on her right ankle. She wore all-white Nike Air Force Ones with white socks. Around her neck hung a small Roc-a-Fella pendant. In her left arm she clutched a large, fluffy pillow in a black pillowcase. She got on the helicopter, nuzzled into Dash's shoulder and went to sleep. I was there reporting a story on Jay-Z, and I was struck by Aaliyah's presence, the way she was in person, as she was onstage - sexy without losing her girlish sweetness. Throughout the weekend, she was quiet but not quite shy, quick to flash her wide, bright smile, quick to laugh at Dash's jokes and quick to dance with him in the middle of the living room when Michael Jackson's Off the Wall came on. ~ Rolling Stone: Aaliyah Obituary ~ October 11, 2001 © Rolling Stone

Aaliyah ~ Ranked #48 VH-1 100 Greatest Women In Music in 2012.

Aaliyah ~ One In A Million (1996) ~ Ranked #90 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Nineties in 2011 ~ The seventeen-year-old could sell a sexy song like a pro, but these songs could have sold themselves - with writing by Missy Elliott and production by a then-unheard-of Timbaland, One in a Million unleashed the futuristic Virginia Beach funk that would soon take over the radio. ~ 2012 © SPIN

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