October 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
1893: Clarence Williams was born. He was a jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer and publisher. He passed in 1965, aged 72.
1894: Norbert Rillieux passed away. He was an inventor of the multiple-effect vacuum evaporator, which revolutionized the processing of sugar.
1901: The Harlem Branch of the YMCA was established.
1930: Faith Ringgold was born. She is an artist best known for her painted story quilts. She turns 83 today.
1934: Singer, Doc Green of The Drifters fame was born. He passed away in 1989, age 54 of cancer.
1940: Fred Cash was born. He is a singer and was a member of the Impressions. He turns 73 today.
1941: Civil Rights activist and minister Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. was born. He turns 72 today.
1950: Robert ‘Kool’ Bell was born. He is a singer, songwriter, bassist and founding member of the band Kool & the Gang. He turns 63 today.
1962: Sam Cooke and Little Richard toured England. Sam would soon tour the U.S. with Jackie Wilson.
1962: Solomon Linda passed away. He was a South African Zulu musician, singer and composer who wrote the song “Mbube” which later became the popular music success “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
1967: Teddy Riley was born. He is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He turns 46 today.
1968: Corey Penn aka CL Smooth was born. He is a rapper and 1/2 the duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. He is 45 today.
1977: Patti LaBelle had her first R&B solo chart single with “Joy To Have Your Love” (#31). She would have thirty-five more solo R&B hits through 1998.
1977: “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” by Barry White was the number one R&B song this day.
1977: The Emotions “Don’t Ask My Neighbors” (#7 R&B, #44 pop), the follow-up to their huge hit “Best Of my Love” (#1 R&B and pop). It was the 17TH of 30 R&B hits they would have between 1969 and 1984.
1980: Nick Cannon was born. he is a comedian, actor, television host, rapper and radio personality. He turns 33 today.
1985: Actress Kimberly Williams was born. She turns 28 today.
1988: Ziggy Marley & the Wailers tumbled onto the R&B hit list with “Tumblin’ Down,” reaching #1.
1989: Chuck Berry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the same day that the legend’s movie/biography Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll premiered.
1992: The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Derek Walcott, a writer & poet.
1993: Darrell Wallace, Jr. was born. He is a professional stock car racing driver. He turns 20 today.
1994: Fats Domino and Michael Bolton sang “Jailhouse Rock” at the Elvis Aaron Presley: The Tribute concert at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, TN.
1995: Boyz II Men performed at Camden Gardens Yards in Baltimore, MD, home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, as part of the welcoming ceremonies for Pope John Paul II, who was there to celebrate Mass with more than 50,000 Catholics.
1996: Micheal Jackson was denied a permit to hold a concert in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia by the local government, which refused because of the “effect it would have on the young.” what?
2004: Wangari Maathai, an ecologist from Kenya became the 1st African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
2009: Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Abu Talib passed away at age 70. He recorded with Ray Charles & Little Walter.
2010: Dancer, choreographer, and actor Reggie Leon Battise passed away at age 55. He was also a member of the nostalgia rock group Sha Na Na for more than 20 years. He died of prostate cancer.
2010: Grammy-winning singer known as the “Queen of Gospel” Albertina Walker passed away. She was 81 years old.