September 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Dorothy Dandridge
1882: Sarah Mapps Douglas passed away at age 76. She was an abolitionist, teacher and lecturer.
1907: Buck Leonard was born. He was a first baseman in Negro league baseball and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He passed in 1997 at age 90.
1923: Wilbur Ware was born. He was a jazz double bassist known for his hard bop creative use of time and space, his angular, unorthodox solo technique and a distinctive percussive sound.
1939: Guitar Shorty (David W. Kearney) was born. He is a blues guitarist well known for his explosive style and wild stage antics. He turns 74 today.
1940: Willie Tyler was born. He is a ventriloquist, comedian and actor. He turns 73 today.
1946: L.C. Greenwood was born. He is a former defensive end (NFL), 4 time Super Bowl Champion and a Hall of Famer. He turns 67 today.
1954: Ruby Bridges was born. She is known as the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. She turns 59 today.
1956: Maurice Cheeks was born. He is a retired NBA player and currently the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He turns 57 today.
1956: ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ by Shirley & Lee was the number one song on this day.
1956: ‘In the Still of the Night’ by the Five Satins charted. The song was written by lead singer Fred Parris on guard duty while serving in the army. At around 3:00 am, he put down his rifle and picked up his pen and wrote one of the greatest ballads of all time.
1957: Jackie Wilson’s solo debut ‘Reet Petite (co-written by Berry Gordy, Jr.) was released.
1958: The Selah Gospel Singers, one of the oldest groups in the country signed with Savoy Records.
1962: Thirteen days after its release, the Crystals’ ‘He’s a Rebel’ charted on its way to #1 for two weeks.
1962: Switching from twisting to limboing, Chubby Checker charted with ‘Limbo Rock’ which became a hit at #3.
1965: Singer and actress of stage and film, Dorothy Dandridge passed away of an accidental over-dose. She was 42 years old.
1972: Bobby Bland, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Otis Spann and Muddy Waters performed at the Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival in Michigan.
1973: Gabe McNair was born. (No Doubt) He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and backing vocals. He turns 40 today.
1975: Larenz Tate was born. He is an actor of film and television. He turns 38 today.
1980: Rapper Slim Thug was born. He turns 33 today.
1980: Neferteri Shepherd was born. She is a model, actress and Playmate of the Month June 2000. She turns 33 today.
1981: Roy Wilkins passed away at age 80. He was a legendary civil rights activist and Executive Director of the NAACP.
1984: Chaka Khan charted with ‘I Feel for You’ her biggest hit (#3)
1985: Yendi Phillipps was born. She is the winner of the Miss Jamaica World 2007 beauty pageant and the 2010 Miss Jamaica Universe pageant. She turns 28 today.
1987: Wiz Khalifa (Cameron Thomaz) was born. He is a rapper, singer and songwriter. He turns 26 today.
2000: Lead singer of the Fantastic Four, Sweet James Epps died of a heart attack on this day.