Paul Robeson, actor, singer
Apr. 9 1898 – Jan. 23. 1976
Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by George Ford (Lee & Low Books, 2009).
The story of how actor and singer Paul Robeson used his voice to be a spokesman for equal rights for his people.
Carl Perkins, musician
Apr. 9, 1932-Jan. 19,1998
Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
The man who wrote Blue Suede Shoes was from rural Tennessee. A talented singer and songwriter, Perkins sure knew how to shake things up.
Perkins, a 1987 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is featured on a page at RockHall.com.