September 23: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: John Coltrane
1863: Mary Church Terrell was born. She was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. She was president of NACW, an activist and author. She passed in 1954 at age 90. He passed away at age 51.
1906: Bardu Ali was born. He was a jazz and rhythm & blues singer, guitarist and musical promoter. He died in 1981 at age 75.
1907: Tiny Bradshaw was born. He was a jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, singer, composer, pianist, and drummer
1907: Albert Ammons was born. He was a pianist and player of boogie-woogie style in the 30s and 40s. He died in 1949 at age 42.
1923: Nancy Green passed away at age 89. She was a storyteller, cook, activist, and one of the first African-American models hired to promote a corporate trademark as “Aunt Jemima”. She used her financial freedom to become an activist and engage in antipoverty programs.
1926: John Coltrane was born. He influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in jazz history. He passed in 1967 of cancer. He was 40 years old.
1927: Mighty Joe Young was born. He was one of Chicago’s leading blues guitarists. He died in 1999, aged 71.
1930: The legendary Ray Charles was born. He was a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, musician and composer. He passed in 2004 at age 73.
1943: Walter & Wallace Scott were born. They are original members of the Whispers. They turn 70 today.
1957: The Rays’ “Silhouettes” (#3 R&B and pop) was issued.
1961: The Cleftones, the Drifters, the Platters, Dee Clark, the Jarmels, Brook Benton, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Gene McDaniels, Curtis lee, and Phil Upchurch performed at the Opera House in Chicago.
1961: President Kennedy names Thurgood Marshall to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
1961: chi McBride was born. He is an actor, singer and songwriter. He turns 52 today.
1966: The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Martha & the Vandellas, Jimmy Ruffin, Stevie Wonder, and a host of lesser acts started a week-long engagement at Detroit’s Fox Theater in what is historically known as the Motortown Revue.
1966: Ike & Tina Turner kicked off a tour of England with the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1967: Aretha Franklin’s “A Natural Woman” was released, eventually reaching #2 R&B and #8 pop.
1967: LisaRaye McCoy was born. She is an actress and fashion designer. She turns 46 today.
1972: Jermaine Dupri was born. He is a record producer, songwriter and rapper. He turns 41 today.
1974: Layzie Bone was born. He is a is rapper and hip-hop artist known primarily for being a member of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He turns 39 today.
1978: Solomon Burke charted with his thirty-first and last 45 when “Please Don’t You Say Goodbye to Me” hit the R&B hit list at #91.
1978: ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ by Earth, Wind & Fire was the number one song this day.
1978: MLB player Lyman Bostock was fatally shot this day at age 27. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
1979: Baseball player Lou Brock stole 935th bases and became the all-time major league record holder.
1984: Matt Kemp was born. He is a MLB outfielder for the LA Dodgers. He turns 29 today.
1987: Dionne Warwick was praised for her philanthropic work when the city of New York honored her for raising more than a million dollars for AIDS research.
1990: Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) performed in his hometown of Macon, GA, for the first time in thirty-five years when he appeared at the City Auditorium. A street was also named for him as Penniman Boulevard.
1998: Prince, Larry Graham, and Chaka Khan played the MCI Center in Washington, DC.
2000: Carl Rowan passed away on this day. He was a government official, journalist and author. He was one of the most honored reporters in the United States.
2006: Etta Baker passed away at age 93. She was a blues musician and civil rights activist. She played Piedmont Blues for ninety years, starting at the age of three when she could not even hold the guitar properly.
2011: Orlando Brown passed away at age 40. He was a former NFL player who was accidentally hit in the eye with a penalty flag and missed three NFL seasons while temporarily blinded.