August 22: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Diane Sands
1831: Nat Turner’s slave rebellion commenced just after midnight in Southampton County, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who were killed in retaliation for the uprising.
1917: John Lee Hooker was born. He was a singer, songwriter and musician. He passed away in 2001 at age 83.
1934: Diana Sands passed away. She was a dramatic actress. She died of cancer in 1973 when she was 39 years old.
1936: The “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown was born.
1950: Althea Gibson became the first black competitor in international tennis.
1953: “Dragnet Blues,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, charted R&B, reaching #8. The song was inspired by the TV show Dragnet.
1958: Vernon Reid was born. He is a guitarist, songwriter, composer, bandleader and best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour. He is 55 today.
1960: Jackie Wilson reached #1 R&B for four weeks (#15 pop) with “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend.”
1964: ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ by the Supremes was the Number One Song this day.
1964: Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Streets” charted, eventually reaching #2.
1966: Gary Grice aka GZA was born. He is a rapper, lyricist and songwriter. He turns 47 today.
1968: Michael Curry was born. He is a retired NBA player and currently the asso. head coach of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He turns 45 today.
1973: Anthony Davis aka Beenie Man was born. He is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist. He turns 40 today.
1988: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, one-hour public television documentary, was aired. Appearing on the program with Aretha were Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, and Eric Clapton.
1989: John Lee Hooker performed with Albert Collins, Carlos Santana, and Robert Cray, among others, at his seventy-second birthday party in he San Francisco-area Sweetwater Club.
1989: Huey Newton passed away. He was an activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party. He was 47 years old.
1997: Two of the most raucous rock ‘n’ rollers you’d ever want to see, Little Richard and James Brown, performed at the New York State Fair.
1997: Usher (Usher Raymond) jumped on the R&B hit list with “You Make Me Wanna,” reaching #1 and #2 pop. It was the biggest of his twenty chart entries between 1993 and 2004.
1998: The O’Jays, the Isley Brothers, and Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA.
2011: Nick Ashford passed away. He along with his wife Valerie was an award-winning husband & wife songwriting-production team and recording artist.