1873:’The Father of the Blues’ #WCHandy
was born. He was a composer, songwriter, musician, bandleader & author. He passed in 1958, aged 84.
received a patent for inventing new & useful improvements in Railway-Switches.
was born. He was a Creole accordionist specializing in Cajun music. He passed in 2007, aged 91.
1930: Author & professor #ChinuaAchebe
was born. He passed away March, 2012, aged 82.
founding member of the Manhattans was born. He passed Dec.10, 2014
& His Orchestra charted with “Hawk’s Boogie,” reaching #3
1963: The Coasters recorded “Taint Nothin’ To Me”, their last chart single of the ’60s and the B-side of “Speedo’s Back in Town” featuring Cadillacs’ lead Earl “Speedo” Carroll.
’s Electric Ladyland album topped the American charts, becoming his biggest seller of twenty-eight career albums.
1974:’Woman to Woman’ by Shirley Brown was the number one song this day.
won six W.C. Handy Awards at the seventh annual National Blues Awards Show, hosted by B.B. King.
1991:R. Kelly charted with “She’s Got That Vibe,” his debut single, reaching #7
passed away, aged 70. He was a playwright, actor, director, educator and the 1st African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1995:Happy birthday to former child prodigy #NoahGrayCabey
. He is an actor and pianist.
died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 29 years old.
2001:Representing Nigeria, #AgbaniDarego
was crowned Miss World and the 1st black African to win the title.
passed away, aged 85. He was a pioneering black network TV program executive who broke color barriers at NBC in the ‘60s and ‘70s and later was a movie studio production executive.