October 9: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Nona Hendryx
1806: Benjamin Banneker passed away, age 74. He was an astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, farmer and author of the Almanac.
1895: Eugene Bullard was born. He was the first African-American military pilot and his life has been surrounded by many legends. He was one of only two black combat pilots in World War I. His was dubbed the Black Swallow of Death. He passed in 1961.
1900: Elmer Snowden was born. He was a jazz banjo/guitar play. He contributed greatly to jazz in its early days as both a player and a bandleader, and is responsible for launching the careers of many top musicians. He passed in 1973, aged 72.
1920: Yusef Lateef turns 93 today. He is a Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
1939: O.V. Wright was born. He was a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and sideman. He died of a heart attack in 1980.
1944: Nona Hendryx turns 69 today. She is a vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress.
1952: The Five Keys recorded one of their most beautiful ballads, “Someday Sweetheart.”
1954: The Drifters’ “Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You” was issued, as was the Orioles’ “If You Believe.”
1954: Shirley Gunter & the Queens, a Los Angeles female quartet, hit the R&B singles survey with ”Oop Shoop.”
1960: Kenny Garrett turns 53 today. He is a Grammy Award-winning post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis’s band.
1961: ‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles was the number one song on this day.
1964: The Supremes made their first visit to England and performed on the British TV show Ready, Steady, Go!
1974: Frank Robinson became the 1st black Major League Baseball Manager.
1976: Warm-voiced West Indian vocalist Joan Armatrading hit the album Top 200 for the first time with her self-titled LP, eventually reaching #67.
1982: Diana Ross charted with “Muscles,” reaching #4 R&B and #10 pop. The song was written and produced by Michael Jackson .
1984: Tony Royster, Jr. turns 29 today. He is a drummer who won the Guitar Center National Drum-off Competition in 1995 at age 11.
1984: W. Wilson Goode became the first African American mayor of Philadelphia.
1991: Actor of film and television, Thalmus Rasulala, died of a heart attack. He was 51 years old.
1999: Milt Jackson passed away at age 76. He was a fustian, composer and bandleader.
2003: Protesters gathered to demonstrate outside an Urban Outfitters store in Philadelphia regarding a board game ‘Ghettopoly’ being sold at the store.