August 10: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Isaac Hayes
1872: Bill Johnson was born. He was a jazz musician, considered the father of the ‘Slap’ style string bass playing and was founder and manager of the first jazz band to leave New Orleans and tour widely in the 1910s, The Original Creole Orchestra. He passed away in 1972 at the age of 100.
1927: Vernon Washington was born. He was an actor of film and television. He passed away in 1988 at age 60.
1943: Ronnie Bennett was born. She is a rock & roll / popular music singer and was the lead singer of the girl group ‘The Ronettes’. She turns 70 today.
1946: ‘Stone Cold Dead in the Market’ by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan & His Tympany was the Number One Song on this day.
1948: Lucille Bogan passed away. She was a blues singer and one of the first to be recorded. She was 51 years old.
1950: Patti Austin was born. She is a Grammy Award Winning singer and songwriter. She turns 63 today.
1956: Almost two years after their original hit, the Penguin’s re-recorded version of “Earth Angel” was released when the group signed with Mercury Records.
1959: The Platters’ four male members were arrested in a Cincinnati, OH, hotel room for soliciting prostitutes. That three of the women were White probably had more to do with the incident becoming a scandal than anything else. Though the group was let off with a warning, radio stations began deleting Platters platters from their play lists.
1959: Lloyd Price charted with “I’m Gonna Get Married,” reaching #1 R&B and #3 pop.
1963: Stevie Wonders’ “Fingertips, Part 2″ reached #1 pop for three weeks and #1 R&B for six weeks. It was the first live recording to top either chart.
1964: Aaron Hall was born. He is a R&B singer and songwriter and current member of the group ‘Guy’. He turns 49 today.
1967: Riddick Bowe was born. He is a retired professional boxer who has won many championships during his time int he ring. He turns 46 today.
1967: Lorraine Pearson was born. She is an author, singer and founding member of ‘Five Star’ a pop group.
1967: The Temptations performed at the Copacabana in New York, starting a two-week engagement.
1968: The Chambers Brothers (four brothers and drummer Brian Keenan) debuted on the pop charts with “Time Has Come Today.” The mixture of psychedelic soul and their fusion of folk, gospel, pop, and blues made for an exciting style.
1968: Michael Bivins was born. He is the founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe. He turns 45 today.
1971: Kevin Randleman was born. He is a retired mixed martial arts fighter and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He turns 42 today.
1989: Colin L. Powell, four star general was nominated by President George Bush as Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1991: The Fifth Dimension received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996: Jacob Latimore was born. He is a dancer, actor and singer. He turns 17 today.
2006: Barbara George passed away. She was an R&B singer and songwriter. She was 64 years old.
2007: Irene Morgan Kirkaldy passed away at age 90. She was a black woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers triggered a landmark US Supreme Court decision more than 10 years before Rosa Parks gained recognition for doing the same.
2008: Isaac Hayes passed away. He was an Oscar winner and a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer, actor and voice actor. He was 65 years old.