ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: DECEMBER 30

#1 Song 2000:   “Independent Women, Part I,” Destiny’s Child

 

Born:   Bo Diddley (Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel), 1928

 

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1950   Billy Ward & the Dominoes (with bass Bill Brown on lead) recorded their monster hit, “60 Minute Man,”  which spent three and a half months at #1 R&B in 1951 (#17 pop).

 

1957   Alan Freed’s Brooklyn Paramount Christmas Show extravaganza featured the Moonglows, the Heartbeats, the Dells, the G-Clefs, and the Three Friends.

 

1972   The Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” hit the Pop Top 100, leveling off at #2 while going to #1 R&B.

 

 

1972   Jermaine Jackson charted with “Daddy’s Home,” reaching #2 R&B and #9 pop. The song was originally a hit for Shep & the Limelites in 1961, reaching #2 pop. Jackson once said of his famous sibling, “A lot of Michael’s success is due to timing and luck. It could have just as easily been me.”

 

1995   LL Cool J and Boyz II Men’s single, “Hey Lover,” reached #3 pop and R&B.

 

1995   The Neville Brothers played at Warfield Theater in San Francisco.

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