November 19: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: The Supremes
1921: One of the greatest catchers in the history of baseball, Roy ‘Campy’ Campanella was born. He was one of the pioneers who broke the color barrier in MLB. He passed in 1993, aged 71.
1927: Joe Hunter was born. He was one of the original Funk Brothers of Motown fame. He passed in 2007, aged 79.
1936: Robert White was born. He was guitarist for Motown’s Funk Brothers. He died from complications of open heart surgery. He was 57.
1939: Happy Birthday to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Warren ‘Pete’ Moore who turns 74 today. He was a singer, recorder producer, songwriter and Arranger.
1954: While driving from Vegas to L.A., Sammy Davis, Jr. crashes into another car on Route 66 San Bernadino, CA, and three days later, permanently loses use of his left eye.
1955: The Cues, known mostly as a studio backup group for the likes of Atlantic stars Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, had their first chart single with “Burn That Candle” (#86 pop).
1958: Happy Birthday to actor Terrence T.C. Carson who turns 55 today.
1960: ‘Georgia on My Mind’ by Ray Charles hit #1.
1962: Influential ’50s blues star Savannah Churchill made a comeback performance at the Room at the Bottom in New York’s Greenwich Village. She had been badly injured several years earlier when a fan fell on top of her.
1964: The Supremes became the first all-girl group to reach #1 in Britain when “Baby Love” hit the coveted top spot.
1964: Blues singer and musician Little Johnny Jones died of bronchopneumonia. He was 40 years old.
1966: ‘Knock on Wood’ by Eddie Floyd was the number one song this day.
1966: Happy Birthday to Olympic Hall of Famer Gail Devers who turns 47 today.
1968: The Supremes performed at the Royal Variety Show in London before Queen Elizabeth.
1969: Happy Birthday to award winning actress Erika Alexander who turns 44 today.
1971: B.B. King began a European tour in London on his twenty-fifth anniversary in the music business.
1973: Happy Birthday to tap dancer, actor & choreographer Savion Glover who turns 40 today.
1979: Chuck Berry left prison after a stay for tax evasion.
1983: Tina Turner begins her fabled Eighties comeback when her version of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of Heaven 17, hits the British charts.
1985: Lincoln Perry aka Stepin Fetchit passed away, aged 83. He was the 1st black actor in history to become a millionaire and the 1st black actor to receive featured screen credit in film.
1990: Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It’s True album.
1992: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 album was certified six times platinum (six million copies) by the RIAA.
1994: Actor Dedrick Gobert was fatally shot this day. He was 22 years old.
1995: Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and Clarence Carter appeared at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on the last night of their Heavyweights of Blues caravan tour.
1998: Natalie Cole sang “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” at Frank Sinatra’s eightieth birthday party at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. If that didn’t do it for Ol’ Blues, Little Richard’s rendition of “Old Black Magic” surely did.
2002: While greeting fans from a 5-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks the world by dangling his newborn son over the side of the railing.