Tori Amos (Aug. 22, 1963)
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In 1984, she was in a television commercial for Kellogg's "Just Right" Cereal. To get her face on the box, Amos beat out a few other actresses, one of them being the equally-unknown Sarah Jessica Parker. (thanks, Iscariot - Tempe, AZ)
She started playing the piano at 2 years of age. At age 5, she won a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, becoming the youngest person ever admitted.
At 17, she changed her name to Tori Amos. Her name given at birth was Myra Ellen Amos.
Her favorite pianos are Bosendorfers.
In 1988 she formed a band called "Y Kant Tori Read" (with Guns'n'Roses drummer Matt Sorum, among others) and they released their self-titled album. It did not do very well. (thanks, Aimee - Auckland, New Zealand, for all above)
When she was 16, she played in a piano bar in Washington, DC, where she learned to play just about any song that was requested.
Amos told Event magazine that her earliest memory is, "Playing a black upright piano and not being able to reach the keys very well." She added: "My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister and when he went to church in the morning she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I'd crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play. I played with both hands from the start."
Tori Amos was easily obsessed as a preteen. She recalled to The Metro: "I was crazy. I was writing long letters to basketball coaches. I had to take a step back."
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