November 14: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Mabel Fairbanks
1905:Blues singer and guitarist John Henry Barbee was born. He died of a heart attack in 1964, 11 days before his 59th birthday.
1915:Educator, author, orator & presidential advisor Booker T. Washington passed away, aged 59.
1915:Mabel Fairbanks was born. She was a skater, coach & the 1st African American inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She passed in 2001, aged 85.
1936:Cornell Gunter was born. He was an R&B singer (The Coasters) and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He was fatally shot in 1990, aged 53.
1936:Award-winning blues singer & harmonica player Carey Bell was born. He passed away in 2007, aged 70.
1942:’Stormy Monday Blues’ by Earl Hines was the number one R&B song this day.
1942:The Royal Harmony Quartet charted with “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” reaching #10 R&B.
1947:Happy Birthday to Buckwheat Zydeco who turns 66 today. He is one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success.
1950:Lydia M. Holmes of Florida received a patent for the plans for several easily essembled wooden pull toys including a bird, truck & a dog.
1950:Billy Ward & the Dominoes made their recording debut with four sides including “Do Something For Me” which reached #6 R&B.
1960:The Shirelles (formerly known as the Poquellos), with writer Carole King playing drums, had their soon-to-be standard “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” released today.
1960:Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” became his first pop E#1 and second million-seller. After hearing his chauffeur repeatedly sing the standard, Ray decided to record it.
1961:Ray Charles was arrested in his Indianapolis hotel room after a performance and charged with heroin possession. A judge would later determine that the search was illegal, violating Ray’s constitutional rights, and had the case thrown out.
1964:Happy Birthday to Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons)
1967:The Jimi Hendrix Experience began a British tour at the Royal Albert Hall, playing twice a night for fifteen days along with Pink Floyd and others.
1969:Diversity Information Resources was incorporated.
1970:Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “If I Were Your Woman” was released on this day.
1970:The Spinners charted in Britain with “It’s A Shame,” reaching #20.
1973:Professional skateboarder & founder of Axion Footwear Kareem Campbell turns 40 today.
2000:Dr. Earl W. Renfroe passed away. He was a history-maker in the field of orthodontics and in breaking down the barriers of racism.
2003:Actor, dancer and choreographer Gene Anthony Ray died of complications from a stroke. He was 41 years old.
2012:Joe Gilliam Sr. passed away, aged 89. He was an assistant and later head coach who guided Tennessee State football for over 40 years.