Walt Disney Picture’s 32nd animated feature, The Lion King, premiered on this day in 1994. Though an original story, The Lion King was heavily influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Music for the film was written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer wrote the film’s score. The story of young Simba who “can’t wait to be king” is given the privilege earlier than expected when his father, Mufasa dies at the hand of his bitter brother, Scar. Though a mature storyline and somewhat darker than Disney’s usual fare, the film was a huge hit becoming the highest-grossing release of 1994. The film won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. Since its release, two direct-to-video sequels were created, a Broadway adaptation of the film was produced and a two TV shows (Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard) have been made for children.
Kathy Troccoli is Born
Perhaps Christian music’s most famous singer from Brooklyn, New York was born on this day in 1958. Italian through and through, Kathy Troccoli attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for one year studying jazz and opera. Her first break was opening for the gospel group GLAD in 1980. By 1982 she had her first album titled Stubborn Love and was given a Grammy nomination in 1984. She became best known in 1991 when she released the song “Everything Changes” which made it as high as 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, “Help Myself to You” became her first No. 1 single and a bunch more music award nominations. In 1996, Troccoli was featured on the Beach Boy’s album, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1. Trocolli’s most recent albums include 2012’s 30 Years/Songs: The Kathy Troccoli Collection and 2013’s Worshipsongs: ‘Tis So Sweet.