May 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jackie Robinson
1901: Negro League Outfielder Norman ‘Turkey’ Stearnes was born. He passed away in 1979 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
1911: Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was born. He passed away at age 27. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 2003 he was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
1925: Asa Philip Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
1932: World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Sonny Liston was born.(Died: 1970)
1943: #1 R&B Song – ‘I Can’t Stand Losing You’ by the Ink Spots.
1943: Duke Ellington & his Orchestra charted with ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ eventually reaching #1.
1950: Jackie Robinson was featured on the cover of Life Magazine.
1951: Happy Birthday to Phillip Bailey who turns 63 today. He is a R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as one of the longtime members of the group Earth, Wind & Fire.
1968: James Brown attended a dinner at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Johnson.
1972: Billy Preston became the 1st Rock Star to headline at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
1992: A monument was dedicated to ‘Muddy Waters, Master of the Blues’ in Roling Fork, MS by local officials.
1992: The Dixie Cups of ‘Chapel of Love’ fame reunited and performed at Radio City Music Hall in NYC for WCBS-FMs 20th Anniversary Concert.
1996: The 8th Annual World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco bestowed honors upon Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and TLC.
2003: Pioneering African American and Native American sportswriter, reporter, columnist, editor & TV/radio commentator Sam Lacy passed away. He was 100 years old.
2011: Studio Musician Cornell Dupree passed away. A guitarist who played on hits such as ‘Respect’ by Aretha, ‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ by Brook Benton and others.
2012: NFL wide receiver for the New York Giants Stacy Robinson passed away from Multiple myeloma. He was 50 years old.