August 29: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Micheal Jackson
1910: Vivien Thomas was born. He was a surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.was the first African American without a doctorate to perform open heart surgery on a white patient in the United States. He passed away in 1985.
1917: Isabel Sanford was born. She was an actress and in 1981, she became the first African American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She passed away in 2004 at age 86.
1920: Charlie Parker was born. He was a jazz saxophonist and composer. Miles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” He died in 1955 at age 34.
1924: Dinah Washington was born. She was a jazz singer and pianist, cited as the most popular black female recording artist in the ’50s. She is an inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. She died in 1963 at age 39 of a lethal combination of prescription drugs.
1945: Wyomia Tyus was born. She is an Olympic Gold medalist, athlete and the first person to retain the Olympic title in the 100 m. She is 68 today.
1946: Bob Beamon was born. He is a former track & field athlete best known for his world record in the long jump at the Mexico Olympics in ’68. He turns 67 today.
1953: ‘Crying in the Chapel’ by the Orioles was the Number one song.
1954: Capitol Records signed the Five Keys. The group went on to have four Top 1oo hits, including the standard, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.” These hit were in more of a pop style than they had when recording R&B for Aladdin Records.
1958: Recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson, was born. He was a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, dancer, entertainer, choreographer, music producer, actor, businessman and philanthropist. He died in 2009 at age 50.
1958: Alan Freed’s Brooklyn Fox show featured the Cleftones, the Danleers, and the Olympics, among others. The show ran for ten days.
1964: Six years after his first Top 5 hit, Bobby Freeman was back, peaking at 35 with “C’mon and Swim.” The record was written and produced by a San Francisco-area disc jockey named Sylvester Stewart, who would later form his own band, Sly & the Family Stone.
1966: In a tribute to one of the artists who most influenced them, the Beatles performed Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” as the last tune of their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
1968: Meshell Ndegeocello was born. She is a singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist
1981: The Pointer Sisters’ “Slow Hand” reached #2 pop and #7 R&B, becoming their biggest pop hit. The song that kept it from #1 was Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’s “Endless Love.”
1996: Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax Classic ‘Soul Man’ sent a letter of protest to presidential candidate Bob Dole after his campaign supporters changed the lyrics to “I’m a Dole Man” without consent to do so.
1998: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliot, Maze, and others performed in the KMEL-FM All-Star Jam at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.
1998: Janet Jackson was honored with the International Female Artist of the Year award in Oslo, Norway, at their first annual HitAwards.
2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the US Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage.
2011: David (Honeyboy) Edwards passed away at age 86. He was a Grammy-winning guitarist believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman, whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson.