May 20th in Black History
FEATURED: Malik Sealy (Photo: Tumblr)
1896: Country blues harmonica player, guitarist & singer Jaybird Coleman was born. (Died: 1950)
1926: Randy Jones, bass singer, the Meadlowlarks was born. (Died: 2002)
1936: Singer with the Drifters Rudy Lewis was born. He died in 1964 at age 27.
1940: Singer, songwriter, musician & record producer (Motown’s Soul Records) Shorty Long was born. He drown in 1969 at age 29.
1955: ‘Mama, He treats Your Daughter Mean’ by Ruth Brown was banned in Britain. The BBC felt it might encourage wife beating.
1957: ‘I Really Love You’ by The Channels was released.
1960: Sam Cooke, The Flamingos & The Crests performed at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago.
1961: The Freedom Riders arrived at the Montgomery bus terminal and were attacked by an angry mob of around 300. They were beaten and one rider was covered with kerosene and set on fire. Bobby Kennedy sent Federal Marshalls to the city.
1972: #1 R&B song – ‘I’ll Take You There’ by the Staple Singers.
1972: Rapper, actor & producer Busta Rhymes was born.
1984: Singer, songwriter, rapper & actress Naturi Naughton was born.
1987: NBA forward Julian Wright was born.
1988: Dancer & actress Comfort Fedoke was born.
2000: NBA player Malik Sealy was killed by a drunk driver (going in the wrong direction). He was only 30 years old.