November 30: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: June Pointer
1912: Gordon Parks was born. He was a photographer, musician, writer & film director. He passed in 2006, aged 93.
1915: Piedmont blues singer & guitarist Brownie McGhee was born. He passed in 1996, aged 80.
1924: Politician & the 1st African American woman elected to Congress was born. She passed in 2005, aged 80.
1927: Happy Birthday to Emmy Award winning actor Robert Guillaume who turns 86 today.
1937: Singer & songwriter Luther Ingram was born. He passed away in 2007, aged 69.
1949: Happy Birthday to reggae singer Jimmy London who turns 64 today.
1953: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis who turns 60 today.
1953: Singer & Grammy winner June Pointer was born. She passed in 2006, aged 52.
1956: The Jive Brothers recorded their immortal “Bad Boy” (#36 pop, #7 R&B). For their lead vocalist, thirty-nine-year-old Clarence Palmer, who had been performing since the ’20s, the hit ended a thirty-year drought.
1958: Coed Records released “16 Candles” by the Crests.
1959: The Five Satins’ “Shadows” charted, becoming their third of seven Top 100 singles. Their classic “In the Still Of The Night” charted 3 of those 7 times.
1960: Jackie Wilson’s “Talk That Talk” charted, reaching #3 R&B and #34 pop.
1962: Named the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN, a Birthday shoutout to Mr. Bo Jackson who turns 51 today.
1963: The Supremes charted with “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” reaching #23 and becoming their first pop record hit.
1964: Jazz Musician, arranger, bandleader and composer Don Redman passed away, aged 64.
1968: Sly & The Family Stone’s “Every Day people” hit the Top 100, eventually reaching #1 pop and R&B.
1971: ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
1974: “I Feel a Song In My Heart” by Gladys Knight & the Pips was the #1 song.
1982: Michael Jackson’s 2nd solo album, Thriller, with producer Quincy Jones was released worldwide and became the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.
1987: Happy Birthday to model, dancer & pro wrestler Trinity McCray who turns 26 today.
1988: LL Cool J performed the first rap concert held in Africa.
1994: Tupac Shakur was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York City recording studio. He survived the shooting, but was killed two years later in Las Vegas. Two days later a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a woman, but acquitted him of the more serious sex and weapons charges.
1994: En Vogue performed at Wembley Arena in England. They quit the tour, ostensibly because of member Cindy Herron’s pregnancy, though rumors indicated their departure was due to stress related to working with Luther Vandross.
1999: Rock & Roll violinist & guitarist Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris passed away, aged 61.
2011: Former NFL defensive tackle Chester McGlockton died of a heart attack. He was 42 years old.