October 14: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Paul Robeson
1834: Henry Blair of Greennosa, MD was granted a patent for a corn planting machine.
1916: Sophomore tackle and guard Paul Robeson was excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play against a black person.
1926: Son Thomas was born. He was a Delta Blues Musician and folk artist/sculptor. He passed in 1993.
1930: Robert Parker turns 83 today. He is an R&B singer & musician. His song ‘Barefootin’ was a big hit in 1966.
1947: Norman Harris was born. He was a guitarist, producer, arranger and songwriter and founding member of MFSB. He died in 1987 of Cardiovascular disease. He was 40 years old.
1948: Singer Marcia Barrett turns 65 today. She was one of the original members of the group Boney M.
1957: The Rays’ timeless tune “Silhouettes” charted en route to #3 in the nation.
1959: Alphonse Trent passed away. He was a jazz musician and founder of the Alphonso Trent Orchestra that toured the country and had a lengthy career.
1960: The Vibrations, B.B. King, Joe Hinton, and Harvey Fuqua (of the Moonglows) performed at Chicago’s Regal Theater.
1964: Dr. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
1965: Karyn White turns 48 today. She is an R&B singer who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
1967: ‘Soul Man’ by Sam & Dave was the number one R&B song this day.
1967: Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was released and quickly rose to #2.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience peaked at #65 with “Purple Haze,” their debut American release. Though Jimi would have seven pop chart singles in his career, the psychedelic blues guitarist would never chart R&B. In fact he had more hits in England (eleven) than the U.S.
1967: Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s brought the Soul Explosion Tour to England, performing at Finsbury Park in Astoria, London.
1968: Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Hines became the 1st man ever to break the “ten-second barrier” in the 100-meter sprint in the Summer Olympic Games held in Mexico City with a time of 9.95 seconds.
1972: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes charted with their first Top Five hit, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” reaching #1 R&B and #3 pop.
1978: Usher turns 35 today. He is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
1990: John Lee Hooker won Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for The Healer, Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist, and Blues Vocalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards at the National Blues Awards in Memphis.
1992: Seventy-five-year-old John Lee Hooker, still performing and touring, appeared at NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show.
2007: Rapper Kenneth (“Big Moe”) Moore suffered a heart attack on the 7th and had been in a coma and on life support. He passed away this day without regaining consciousness. He was 33 years old.