October 23: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Sam Lacy
1903: Sam Lacy was born. He was a pioneering African American sportswriter, reporter, columnist, editor and TV/radio commentator who worked in the sports journalism field for nine decades. He passed in 2003, aged 100.
1927: Saxophonist and composer Sonny Criss was born. He died of cancer in 1977, aged 50.
1939: Charlie Foxx was born. He was an R&B singer and 1/2 the duo Inex & Charlie. He passed away in 1998.
1947: The NAACP issued a formal petition on racism & discrimination called ‘Appeal to the World’ in the U.S. to the United Nations.
1954: Black radio giant WDIA in Memphis began banning all records with what they considered suggestive lyrics, including the Drifters’ “Honey Love,” the Bees’ “Toy Bell,” and the entire “Annie” series of singles by the Midnighters.
1954: The Castelles’ “Marcella” ($1,200) was issued. The Philadelphia group with high tenor George Grant singing lead, was a forerunner of the falsetto rock ‘n’ roll groups to come.
1956: Dianne Reeves turns 57 today. She is a four-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer.
1957: Martin Luther King III turns 56 today. He is a human rights advocate & community activist.
1958: Michael Eric Dyson turns 55 today. He is an academic, author, and radio host. He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded for the first time, doing tracks on “Hey Joe” and “Stonefree” at London’s De Lane Lea Studios.
1971: The Chi-lites charted with the heavily narrated ballad “Have You Seen Her,” which reached #1 R&B and #3 pop.
1974: DJ Spinbad turns 39 today. He is a DJ, producer and remixer.
1976: ‘The Rubberband Man’ by the Spinners was the number one R&B song this day.
1983: Goldie Harvey was born. She was a Nigerian singer, rapper, songwriter and TV personality. In February of this year, she was rushed to the hospital after complaining of a headache and was later pronounced dead. She was 29 years old.
1988: Michael Jackson visited the original Motown Records home in Detroit, where Berry Gordy Jr. started the label in 1959. While there, Michael donated $125,000 toward the Motown Museum.
1993: Toni Braxton had her first of two R&B #1 singles when “Seven Whole Days” reached the top. She had previously had three singles peak at #2 before reaching the milestone. They were “Give U My Heart,” “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” and “Another Sad Love Song.”
1996: The Fugees performed in Dublin, Ireland, at the Point, where their encouragement of the audience resulted in a near riot, with more than 100 people treated for a variety of injuries.
1997: Happy Birthday Daphne Blunt. She turns 16 today. She is a radio personality, an actress, singer, songwriter, reporter and model.
2006: Lebo Mathosa died in an auto accident. She was a South African hip hop singer. She was 29.
2007: Shalita Middleton, 17, died after being shot and critically injured by a fellow student at Delaware State University.
2010: George Cain passed away, aged 66. He was a writer whose 1970 novel Blueschild Baby was greeted as an important exploration of the black urban experience in the U.S.
2010: David Thompson died of cancer, aged 48. He was the prime minister of Barbados.