November 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Lionel Richie
1927: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Hank Ballard, singer and songwriter, was born. He passed away in 2003, aged 75.
1936: Jazz trumpeter & pioneer of world fusion music Don Cherry was born. He passed in 1995, aged 58.
1936: Singer, composer, arranger & record producer Jimmy Radcliffe was born. He died in 1973 of kidney failure. He was 36.
1948: NFL player Jack Tatum aka ‘The Assassin’ was born. He died of a heart attack in 2010, aged 61.
1952: Happy Birthday to Delroy Lindo who turns 61 today. He is an actor of film and television.
1956: Fats Domino sang his hit “Blueberry Hill” on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
1956: Happy Birthday to Warren Moon who turns 57 today. He is a former NFL quarterback and a current broadcaster.
1964: The NBC-TV variety show Shindig! featured the Supremes (who sang “Baby Love” and “Come See About Me”) and the Righteous Brothers also performed.
1968: Retired MLB outfielder Gary Sheffield turns 45 today. He currently works as a sports agent.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland album was certified gold.
1970: Happy Birthday to actor and comedian Mike Epps who turns 43 today.
1971: Singer, musician and Blues Hall of Famer Junior Parker died during surgery for a brain tumor. He was 39 years old.
1972: Bill Withers sang his recent hits “Lean On Me” and “Use Me” on the syndicated dance show Soul Train.
1972: ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now’ by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes as the #1 R&B song this day.
1972: Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” entered the pop charts
1977: Happy Birthday to rapper Fabolous who turns 36 today.
1977: Happy Birthday to rapper Pastor Troy who also turns 36 today.
1979: Chuck Berry was released from California’s Lompoc Prison farm after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1983: Happy Birthday to Mila J or Japollonia who turns 30 today. She is a singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer.
1993: In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.
1994: Bandleader, singer, songwriter & Grammy Hall of Famer inductee Cab Calloway passed away, aged 86.
1996: Lionel Richie received a Lifetime Achievement Award in London at the 1st Music of Black Origin (MOBO) ceremonies.
2009: James Armstrong passed away, aged 86. He was a Birmingham barber for more than 50 years and had a long history of involvement in the civil rights movement. One of his clients was Rev. M.L. King, Jr.