Elvis, David Bowie And R. Kelly: Three Birthdays, Three Capes

We already celebrated the birthday of Elvis Aaron Presley this morning, but there are two other musical geniuses who are also turning their internal calendars over today. Shape-shifting English rocker David Bowie turns 63 today, while R&B juggernaut R. Kelly turns 43.

It's an incredible cosmic coincidence that three artists with as much influence as Presley, Bowie and Kelly would all share a birthday, so obviously we wanted to take a look at what could possibly have brought the three of them together. And while they all make great music, they don't have a whole lot in common. They grew up in different parts of the world, had varied career trajectories and have had wildly divergent personal lives. We were going to discuss the fact that they all had film careers, though in the end we found it hard to justify Kelly's role as Sylvester in "Trapped in the Closet" really counted.

But there is one thing they have in common, a small but significant item that has defined each of them in one way or another: They've all worn capes.

Elvis, of course, adopted the cape as a stage outfit later in his career (he often paired it with a sequined jumpsuit in the '70s) and it came to define his growing eccentricity and penchant for excess at the end of his career.

Bowie, always thinking fashion-forward, wore several capes over the years. The '80s were his most cape-centric decade, especially when he appeared on stage in this outfit and when he played Jareth the Goblin King in "Labyrinth."

And okay, we had a hard time finding a photo of R. Kelly wearing a cape. However, he has worn a Zorro mask, so he could don a cape at any time. In fact, we're going to get him one for his birthday, just in case.