October 24: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Rosa Parks
1896: Marjorie Joyner was born. She was a businesswoman and received a patent for the permanent wave machine in 1939.
1911: Sonny Terry was born. He was a Piedmont blues musician and singer. He passed in 1986, aged 74.
1925: Willie Mabon was born. He was an R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. He passed in 1985, aged 59.
1936: Jimmy Dawkins was born. He was a Chicago blues & electric guitarist and singer. He passed away in April of this year. He was 76.
1942: Louis Jordan ushered in a new era in music when he entered the charts with his innovative and irreverent debut disc, “I’m Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town,” reaching #3 R&B.
1942: Billie Holiday hit the R&B hit parade with “Trav’lin’ Light,” as band vocalist with the Paul Whitman Orchestra. The record spent three weeks at #1.
1944: Bettye Swann turns 69 today. She is a soul music singer 1954: Clyde McPhatter recorded with the Drifters for the last time. The only single released from the session was “Everyone’s Laughing.”
1948: Kweisi Mfume turns 65 today. He is a politician and the former President/CEO of the NAACP.
1950: Pablove Black turns 63 today. He is a Jamaican reggae musician, arranger, composer, bandleader, vocalist and producer.
1957: Chuck Willis, known as the Sheik of the Blues because he wore a turban, entered the R&B hit list with “C.C. Rider,” reaching #1 and #12 pop.
1960: Jerry Butler’s “He Will Break Your Heart” charted en route to #1 R&B for seven weeks (#7 pop), making it Jerry’s biggest solo hit.
1960: Aretha Franklin charted with her first single release for Columbia Records, “Today I Sing the Blues,” which reached #10 R&B.
1962: James Brown appeared at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The electrifying performance was taped for a live album, a rarity for a Black artist at the time.
1970: The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) was founded.
1970: ‘I’ll Be There’ by the Jackson 5 was the number one song this day.
1972: MLB Hall of Famer & Legend Jackie Robinson passed away at age 53. In recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
1973: Otis Jackson, Jr. aka Madlib turns 40 today. He is a DJ, multi-instrumentalist, rapper and music producer.
1980: Monica turns 33 today. She is a singer, songwriter, producer, and occasional actress.
1986: Drake turns 27 today. He is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, rapper and actor.
1987: Michael Jackson’s “Bad” reached #1 R&B and pop, becoming his second of five #1s in a row.
1990: LaMarcus Tinker turns 23 today. He is an actor, producer and director.
1991: Fats Domino Day was proclaimed in New Orleans by Mayor Sidney Bathelemy.
2002: Police arrested spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
2004: Rosa Parks passed away at age 92. She was a civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.
2006: Enolia McMillan passed away at age 102. She was the 1st female national president of the NAACP.
2008: Merl Saunders passed away, aged 74. He was a jazz and rock keyboardist who collaborated with acts including Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead.