May 28th in Black History:
1863: The 1st black regiment left Boston to fight in the Civil War.
1900: Classic Jazz trumpeter Tommy” Ladnier was born. (Died: 1939)
1910: T-Bone Walker, a critically acclaimed blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was born. (Died: 1975)
1934: Civil rights activist Betty Shabazz was born. (Died: 1997)
1944: The Empress of Soul Gladys Knight was born.
1949: Wynonie Harris charted with ‘Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-o-Dee’ reaching #4 on the R&B chart.
1961: Actor & lead singer of Fine Young Cannibals Roland Gift was born.
1962: The Miracles performed on American Bandstand.
1966: #1 Song – ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ by Percy Sledge.
1968: Rapper Chubb Rock was born.
1981: Jazz pianist, composer & arranger Mary Lou Williams passed away.
1983: Actress Megalyn Echikunwoke was born.
1983: ‘Save the Overtime (for Me)’ by Gladys Knight reached #1 R&B.
1984: D’Urville Martin actor & director in both film & TV passed away.
1988: NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin was born.
1988: Jazz arranger, trumpeter, composer, singer & bandleader Sy Oliver passed away at age 77.
2007: NFL defensive end Marquise Hill drown after falling from a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain.
2010: Actor Gary Coleman passed away.