November 7: This Day in Black Music
FEATURED: Joe Frazier
1837: Elijah P. Lovejoy was murdered by a pro-slavery mob while defending his newspaper press in Alton, IL. from being destroyed for the 3rd time.
1876: Edward A. Bouchet received the Ph.D. in physics at Yale University and became the 1st black to receive a doctorate at an American University.
1876: Edward Bannister became the 1st black artist to win wide critical acclaim and be awarded a prize at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for his work, Under the Oak.
1938: R&B singer Dee Clark was born. His 1961 song ‘Raindrops’ sold over a million copies. He died of a heart attack in 1990, aged 52.
1942: Pioneering pianist/composer Thomas “Fats” Waller, the King of Jazz Piano, jumped on the R&B charts for the first and last time with “The Jitterbug Waltz,” rising to #6.
1943: Actor Austin Stoker turns 71 today. His role as Lt. Ethan Bishop in Assault on Precinct 13 and was one of the few heroic roles for a black actor in an action film in the 70s.
1949: David S. Ware was born. He was a jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader. He passed in 2012, aged 62.
1950: Dr. Alexa Canady turns 63 today. She is noted as the 1st African American woman to become a neurosurgeon (1981).
1953: Blues pianist and singer Memphis Slim & His House Rockers entered the R&B hit list with “The Come Back,” reaching #3.
1955: The Supreme Court ruled against Atlanta, Georgia’s ‘separate but equal’ precept in public golf courses.
1960: “Save the Last Dance For Me” by the Drifters was the number one song this day.
1960: The Heartbeats’ perennial “A Thousand Miles Away” charted for the second time in four years.
1963: Elston Howard became the 1st African American to win the MVP award.
1964: Troy Beyer turns 49 today. She is an actress, film director, screenwriter and author.
1967: The Spingarn Medal was presented to Edward W. Brooke for his public service as the 1st black U.S. senator since reconstruction.
1967: Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, OH, becoming the 1st African American mayor of a major American city.
1969: Ike & Tuna Turner were the opening act on a Rolling Stones U.S. tour that started in Denver.
1972: Barbara Jordan and Andrew Young became the 1st African Americans from the south elected to Congress since Reconstruction.
1976: Melyssa Ford turns 37 today. She is a Canadian model and actress.
1981: The Four Tops, who had just signed with Casablanca Records, hit #11 pop and #1 R&B with their debut on the label, “When She Was My Girl.”
1988: Patrick Okogwu aka Tinie Tempah turns 25 today. He is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, CEO and composer.
1989: David Dinkins becomes the first African American to be elected mayor of New York City.
1989: Douglas Wilder wins the governor’s seat in Virginia, becoming the 1st elected African American governor in the United States.
1991: Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1991: Magic Johnson announces that he has HIV and retires from the NBA.
1991: Carter Cornelius of Cornelius Bros. & Sister Rose fame died of a heart attack, aged 43.
1993: Adelaide Hall passed away, aged 93. She was a jazz singer, actress and dancer whose career spanned more than 70 years.
1995: Michael Jackson reportedly merged his TV Music catalog with Sony for a sum in the neighborhood of $90 to $100 million.
1995: Comedian & actor Slappy White passed away, aged 74.
1995: Barack Obama’s mother Stanley Ann Dunham passed away, aged 52.
1996: John Lee Hooker was given the Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Los Angeles.
2008: Rev. Abraham Woods passed away, aged 80. He was a longtime Birmingham civil rights leader who stood behind Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech. He had been pastor of St Joseph Baptist Church since 1967.
2011: Boxing legend Joe Frazier passed away, aged 67 of cancer. He was a former heavyweight champion (1970-73) whose fights with Muhammad Ali stand as an epic rivalry in boxing history.