So, a lot of things happened on this day in history, not the least of which were the births of George Washington and one of my favorite poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay.
According to thisdayinmusic.com, the #1 song in the USA on 22 February 1971 was The Osmonds' One Bad Apple, while the top song in the UK was George Harrison's My Sweet Lord.
I loved George Harrison, more than I loved Paul McCartney and almost as much as I loved John Lennon. But there is another musician I adore, one who is of the same gender and nationality that I belong to. She's a Filipino national treasure who has transcended geographic boundaries with her talent.
Here she is as Eponine in the musical "Les Miserables," singing one of my favorite songs of all time, "On My Own." This song still brings tears to my eyes.
Here she is accepting the Tony Award in 1991--with intro by Julie Andrews--for her portrayal of the heroine known as Kim in the musical "Miss Saigon." (She also won the Laurence Olivier Award that year for the same role in the same category.)
She was the singing voice of Jasmine in the Disney film "Aladdin," and Mulan's in the animated Disney movie of the same title.
The following clip is a 1999 performance of hers from the musical "Miss Saigon"--a love song titled "The Last Night of the World." Lea was reluctant to reprise the role since the heroine was supposed to be in her teens and she was past that age at the time. But she did agree to do the role once again. Thank God!
I blame this talented woman for my utter lack of a singing voice. Maybe on our birthdate, February 22, 1971, she did something to distract me, to catch all the singing ability that the Lord had to give on that day, haha! But, seeing that it's Lea, I have no major complaints. I am honored (and humbled) to share this special day with her, the dawn of our 36th year on Earth. Happy Birthday, Lea! And yes, I wholeheartedly agree with her Tony Award acceptance speech: dreams surely can come true.
Update: Sanni, that lovely, wonderful lady in Germany, made a poster for me (and for Neila, another blogger who also celebrates her birthday today). Thank you, Sanni; I am so touched. Love you!