May 7: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Clyde McFadder
1878: Joseph Winters received a patent for the fire escape ladder.
1939: Happy Birthday to R&B and soul singer Jimmy Ruffin who turns 75 today.
1946: Happy Birthday to Grammy Award winning singer Thelma Houston who turns 68 today.
1953: Clyde McPhatter signed with Atlantic Records as lead singer of the Drifters.
1954: Clyde McPhatter was drafted into the Army but was stationed in Buffalo, NY and on weekends, he would bus in for gigs with the group.
1955: #1 R&B Song – I’ve Got a Woman’ by Ray Charles & his Band
1968: Aretha Franklin made her 1st tour of Europe. While at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, her performance was recorded for a future album.
1974: English singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer Lynden David Hall was born. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003 and passed away in 2006. He was 31 years old.
1984: Jesse Jackson was featured on the cover of Time Magazine ‘ The Jackson Factor’ – Black Pride, White Concerns.’
1988: Terence Trent D’Arby reached #1 on both the Pop and R&B charts with ‘Wishing Well.’
2009: Mayor Frank Melton of Jackson, Mississippi passed away at age 60.
2013: Singer Teri Moise took her life. She was 43 years old.