November 29: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Patrice O’Neal
1894:Lucille Hegamin was born. She a singer, entertainer & pioneer recording artist. She passed in 1970, aged 75.
1908:Politician Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was born. H passed away in 1972, aged 63.
1915:Big band composer/arranger supreme Billy Strayhorn was born. Strayhorn was behind-the-scenes glue to many a Duke Ellington hit, collaborating on such classics as “Take The A Train,” “Johnny Come Lately,” and “Rain Check.” He was with Ellington for twenty-eight years.
1940:Happy Birthday to musician & composer Chuck Mangione
1944:The 1st surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Vivien Thomas & Alfred Blalock.
1951:Singer, songwriter, lead singer of Zapp, Roger Troutman, was born. He was fatally shot to death in 1999, aged 47.
1954:Dixieland jazz pianist, clarinestist & drummer Dink Johnson passed away. He was 62 years old.
1964:Happy Birthday to actor, producer & author Don Cheadle
1965:Happy Birthday to actress & comedian Ellen Cleghorne
1969:Jackie Wilson, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, and a slew of other rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ’50s and ’60s performed at Richard Nader’s second Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival concert at Madison Square Garden in new York.
1969:B.B. King performed at the Boston garden in Boston, MA, as the opening act for the Rolling Stones on their current U.S. tour.
1969:The Sylvers charted with “Boogie Fever,” reaching #1 pop and R&B. It would become their biggest of thirteen R&B Top 100 singles in their thirteen-year career.
1976:Free agent Reggie Jackson signed a 5 year pact with the New York Yankees.
1976:Actor & comedian Godfrey Cambridge died of a heart attack, aged 43.
1979:Happy Birthday to actor & rapper The Game
1980:’Master Blaster (Jammin’)’ by Stevie Wonder was the #1 song this day.
1985:Happy Birthday to NBA player Shannon Brown
1987:”Dreamgirls” closed at Ambassador Theater NYC after 177 performances.
1991:The TV show “Roc” had a gay wedding episode – Can’t Help Loving that Man.
1991:Author Frank Yerby passed away, aged 75. He is the 1st black writer to become a millionaire from his pen & a book purchased by Hollywood for a film.
1994:Mary J. Blige’s second album, “My Life”, was released.
1996:James Ingram, Roberta Flack, Aaron Neville, and Peabo Bryson began their Colors of Christmas tour at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Cleawater, FL.
1997:When Whitney Houston was belatedly informed that the Washington, D.C., concert she was to appear at was actually a mass wedding for 25,000 couples of “Moonies,” she apparently came down with flu-like symptoms that prevented her from performing. The show would have netted her a cool million.
2000:Marvel Cooke passed away, aged 97. She was a pioneering American journalist, writer, and civil rights activist. She was the first African-American woman to work at a mainstream white-owned newspaper.
2003:Dr. John ‘Jack’ Kenney passed away at age 89. He was a distinguished dermatologist and pioneer in the study of skin diseases afflicting non-white populations.
2011:Comedian Patrice O’Neal died of complications from a stroke. He was 41 years old.
2012:Dean Brown passed away from a blood clot. He was the starting offensive tackle on Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team. He was 44.