October 10: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Teresa Graves
1914: R&B pioneer Ivory Joe Hunter was born. He was a singer, songwriter and pianist. He passed in 1974.
1915: Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison was born. He was a jazz trumpeter and member of the Count Basie Orchestra. He passed in 1999, aged 83.
1917: Thelonious Monk was born. He was a jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music. He passed in 1982, aged 64.
1926: Oscar Brown, Jr. was born. He was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor. He passed in 2005, aged 78.
1929: Ed Blackwell was born. He was a jazz drummer born in New Orleans and known for his extensive, influential work with Ornette Coleman. He passed in 1992, aged 62.
1929: Elijah J. McCoy passed away. He was a black Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines.
1935: Porgy & Bess opened on Broadway. This was the 1st American folk opera about the lives of Black Americans.
1946: Ben Vereen turns 67 today. He is an actor, dancer and singer of film, television and stage.
1953: ‘Shake a Hand’ by Faye Adams was the number one R&B song this day.
1958: The Dells opened a weeklong engagement headlining at New York’s Apollo Theater.
1962: Little Richard & Sam Cooke performed at the Granada Theater in Mansfield during their tour of England.
1967: Sargent C. Johnson passed away. He was one of the first African-American artists working in California to achieve a national reputation. He was known for Abstract Figurative and Early Modern styles. He was a painter, potter, ceramist, printmaker, graphic artist, sculptor, and carver. He worked with a variety of media, including ceramic, clay, oil, stone, terra-cotta, watercolor, and wood.
1972: The O’Jays’ ‘Backstabbers’ reached #3 in America while becoming their first of nine hits in England.
1978: Ralph Metcalfe passed away. He was a was a track & field sprinter and politician. He jointly held the world record in the 100-meter dash and placed second to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was 68.
1979: Mya turns 34 today. She is a Singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, designer and actress.
1992: HBO was reported to have paid $20 million for the rights to air Michael Jackson’s recent performance in Bucharest, Romania. The show was called From Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour.
1991: Thanks to their 1977 hit ‘Brick House’ the Commodores were inducted into the national Association of Brick Distributors Brick Hall of Fame in New York.
1992: Shabba Ranks charted with ‘Slow & Sexy’ reaching number 10 R&B.
2002: Teresa Graves’ passed away at age 54. She was the first African American woman to play the lead in a police film and TV show. Her home caught fire, she was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
2003: A monument dedicated to three lynched black men; Elmer Jackson, Elias Clayton and Issac McGhie was unveiled in Duluth, Mr.
2008: Alton Ellis passed away at age 70. He was a Jamaican reggae music pioneer, known as “the Godfather of rocksteady,” who enjoyed a career revival in recent years after a string of hits in the ’60s.
2010: Solomon Burke passed away at age 70. He was a larger-than-life “King of Rock & Soul,” whose songs blended soul, gospel, country, and rhythm and blues.
2012: Actor Leo O’Brien passed away at age 41. He appeared in the cult classic ‘The Last Dragon’ in 1985.