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MC Hammer celebrates 50th birthday

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POSTED April 18, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Last weekend, MC Hammer celebrated his 50th birthday in style at a star-studded birthday bash at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Many celebrities and dignitaries, including the Mayor of San Francisco, were in attendance.

The Oakland native and former batboy for the Oakland A’s, born Stanley Burrell, is a veteran who served in the United States Navy.

MC Hammer had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. He is remembered for a rapid rise to fame for such hits as “U Can’t Touch This” with music videos that included flamboyant dance movements and trademark Hammer pants. Hammer’s superstar status made him a household name and pop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Local businessman Phil Waterford and his wife Rose attended the celebration for their friend Hammer. Waterford said “It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since America first busted a move to “U Can’t Touch This.” MC Hammer is a man of God that has delivered positive messages through his music. He has always been drug-free and has never used any profanity in his lyrics. Waterford is currently negotiating a deal to bring Hammer’s stage show, and his infectious stage presence, to Manteca to perform a free concert.


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