November 27: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Lisa Hanna, 43rd Miss World
1904: Eddie South was born. He was a classical violin prodigy who switched to jazz due to limited opportunities for black musicians. He passed away in 1962, aged 58.
1928: Edward H. C. Thomas received a patent for the automobile key & license holder.
1932: Evelyn Jarvis died of double pneumonia on this day, aged 36. She was a pioneering stage and screen actress and blues singer. Evelyn was known within the black community as “The First Lady of the Screen.”
1935: Al Jackson, Jr. was born. He was a drummer, producer, songwriter and a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s. He was fatally shot in 1975, aged 39.
1942: Legendary electric guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born. He died of an overdose in 1970, aged 27.
1944: Democrat Texas Congressman Mickey Leland was born. He died in a plane crash during a mission to Ethiopia in 1989, aged 44.
1948: ‘It’s Too Soon to Know’ by the Orioles was the #1 song this day.
1948: Happy Birthday to actor James L. Avery who turns 65 today.
1951: Hosea Richardson became the first black horse racing jockey to be licensed in Florida.
1954: Sarah Vaughn made the hit list with “Make Yourself Comfortable” (#6) her biggest single of 33 hits.
1961: Ray Charles had his eighteenth of a career of seventy-six chart singles when “Unchain My Heart” reached the Top 100.
1964: Happy Birthday to actress Robin Givens who turns 49 today.
1965: The Royalettes, a Baltimore vocal group in the image of the Chantels and the Shirelles, charted with “I Want To Meet Him,” peaking at #26 R&B. The group is better known for its scintillating recording of “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” from earlier in the year
1969: Tina Turner and Janis Joplin sang together at the Rolling Stones concert in Madison Square garden.
1973: Happy Birthday to Twista (one of the fastest rappers in the world according to Guinness World Records). He turns 40 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to rapper Jamarr Stamps aka Bad Azz how turns 38 today.
1976: Happy Birthday to actor Jaleel White who turns 37 today.
1978: Happy Birthday to Jimmy ‘J-Roll’ Rollins, MLB shortstop for the Phillies. He turns 35 today.
1982: The Pointer Sisters’ contagious dance track “I’m So Excited” reached #30 pop. A slightly different version of the song, with a more pulsating mix, would be released two years later and would reach #9.
1982: Marvin Gaye’s album Midnight Love reached #10 in England and eventually #7 in America.
1993: Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica was crowned 43rd Miss World.
1997: Baseball Hall of Famer Buck Leonard passed away, aged 90.
1997: Barry Sanders became the NFL’s 2nd all-time rusher.
1998: Singer and songwriter Barbara Acklin died of pneumonia, aged 55.
1999: Jamaican DJ I-Roy died of heart failure this day, aged 55.
2001: Rastafarian Evison Matafale who blended music with serious political messages died at the age of 32 of severe pneumonia while in police custody.
2005: R&B singer, songwriter & arranger Joe Jones passed away, aged 79.
2007: Reynaldo P. Glover passed away, aged 64. He was the chairman of the Fisk University board of trustees and a Chicago lawyer.
2007: Cecil Payne passed away, aged 84. He was one of the 1st baritone saxophonists in the ’40s to master the intricacies of modern jazz.
2007: Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was fatally shot during a robbery. He was 24 years old.
2007: Bill Willis passed away, aged 86. He was a Hall of Fame guard with the Cleveland Browns who also was Ohio State’s first black football All-American.
2012: Pioneering R&B Guitarist Mickey Baker passed away, aged 87.
2012: Bennie Turner passed away, aged 64. He was a longtime Democrat Mississippi state senator, a lawyer, and champion of public education.