Yearly Archives: 2010

ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: AUGUST 12

#1 R&B Song 1978:  “Three Times A Lady,” the Commodores

Born:  Percy Mayfield, 1920

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1957   Billy Ward & the Dominoes’ “One Moment With You” and the Five Keys’ “Face Of An Angel” were released.

1966   Junior Walker & the All-Stars performed at the Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC.

1967   Aretha Franklin headlined the first New York Jazz Festival at Downing Stadium.

1978   Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” reached #3 pop and #5 R&B. It would go on to earn an Academy Award for Best Song (from the film Thank God It’s Friday) in 1979.

1984   Lionel Richie performed “All Night Long” as the last song of the closing ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The spectacle included 200 dancers and was seen by more than 2.5 billion people around the world.

1986   Prince performed in England for the first time in five years at London’s Wembley Arena. Unlike his last, poorly-attended performance in Britain, all three of his dates were sold out.

1994   Dionne Warwick guested on the Geraldo (Rivera) TV show, but drew criticism when she supported and sympathized with O.J. Simpson regarding the murder of his wife.

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FLINT, MICHIGAN SERIAL KILLER TARGETING BLACK VICTIMS

All but one of the victims are Black men of slight build, ranging in age from 17 to 60, and this story is not receiving national coverage, except here, here, and here.

It would be on all the major networks if the majority of the victims were White females.

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Last Updated: August 10. 2010 11:37AM

Flint killer may be linked to Virginia attacks

Similar vehicle, methods, suspect description reported in both states, cops say

Doug Guthrie and George Hunter / The Detroit News

Flint — The hunt for a suspected serial killer responsible for five deaths and 15 stabbings in the Flint area is extending to Virginia, where three similar attacks are under investigation.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said Monday a Michigan State Police-led task force is working with Leesburg, Va., police to determine whether the Flint-area suspect committed similar crimes in the last week.

“The timeline is such that he could have been in both places,” Leyton said at a press conference Monday.

All but one of the 13 victims who were attacked were black. Investigators said it is unclear if the attacks, on lone victims outside at night, are racially motivated.

The suspect is white.

The suspect had earlier been described as being a muscular, light-haired man, between 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2. Police also added that the man weighs between 180 to 210 pounds and is in his late 20s to early 30s. (Michigan State Police)

Survivors say the man asked for directions before pulling a knife on them.

This week, three similar attacks on dark-skinned males occurred in Virginia.

On Aug. 3, a teenager was jogging when a man jumped out of a vehicle and stabbed him. Two days later, a man was stabbed at his apartment building. Then, on Friday, a 19-year-old man was hit in the head with a hammer.

“The cases were similar to those in Michigan,” said Chris Jones of the Leesburg police. “So we’ve been sharing information with the Michigan police.”

Jones said he learned of the Michigan cases by reading national bulletins issued by Michigan State Police.

Leyton also confirmed that Toledo police are looking at a possible link to an attack over the weekend in which a church janitor was critically injured.

In the Toledo case, the assailant asked for directions after stepping out of a vehicle that is similar to the two-tone green over beige or gold Chevy or GMC sport utility vehicle described by victims in Flint and Virginia.

The Ohio victim said his attacker was a white or Middle Eastern man in his 30s with dark hair.

The descriptions from two survivors of attacks in Flint have been of a white man with a light complexion and light-colored hair in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 180 to 210 pounds.

The suspect in the Virginia cases matches that description.

Victims have been alone

Leyton described the incidents as “crimes of opportunity.”

“He is preying on individuals who have been alone on the street,” he said.

He asked the public to provide any information by calling a toll-free tip line at (866) 246-9500.

As of Monday afternoon, the task force had received about 175 tips, and investigation of those tips has produced more leads in the investigation, Leyton said. Fourteen investigators have been assigned full time to the task force. The FBI also has committed resources.

“There are people out there who can be the eyes and ears of this investigation,” Leyton said.

Flint residents say they are living in fear.

“I don’t leave my house after 7 p.m. anymore,” said Darryl Glover, 56, who was catching a bus on the city’s north side. Glover, who is black, travels with a supplemental oxygen pack over one shoulder due to multiple breathing ailments. “I’m very worried.”

Melvin Bonner, 65, was rummaging through trash cans Monday in downtown Flint, looking for beverage cans he can return for their deposits. He said he used to do this at night to supplement his Social Security income.

“I look homeless, but I’m not. I just need this extra money,” Bonner said. “Well, I don’t go out at night anymore. I’m staying home and watching TV until they catch this guy. He’s crazy, you know?”

The stabbings in Flint began in May. The first victim was David Motley, 31, on May 24 in Flint. The latest was Arnold Minor, 49, also in Flint. Other incidents have been reported in Flint Township, Genesee Township and the Flint suburb of Burton.

Residents are scared

Police reported in an Aug. 2 press conference their belief that a serial killer was on the streets. Some residents are concerned it took so long to put out a warning, but Leyton said the connection between incidents didn’t become clear until the last week of July. He said some of the incidents weren’t reported to police, despite the victim’s serious injuries.

“Some folks are really shook up and scared,” said Charles Harper, a retired General Motors factory worker who serves as a cook at a Catholic Services soup kitchen that feeds up to 300 people a day.

“The sad thing is it makes everyone afraid to help others if they ask for a hand. Nobody is going to help and nobody is going to be on the streets at night.”

Lawrence Hall, 34, isn’t worried because he is an imposing 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, but he has restricted his 15-year-old son to the house after 10 p.m.

“No more summertime nights out,” Hall said. “There is a sick man out there.”

Flint Mayor Dwayne Walling, who has been criticized for making deep budget cuts that affected the police department, welcomed the help of the task force. He said his department has been strained working night and day on the investigation.

“It is a terrible, terrible situation,” Walling said Monday. “As much as our victims have been through, I am grateful to the two, who despite their serious injuries, have helped us with their tremendous descriptions. Now, there is a full-blown law enforcement task force behind the effort. We must take this man off the streets.”

Michigan State Police First Lt. Patrick McGreevy, head of the task force, said, “We’re getting a lot of information almost by the minute. We’ve been in contact with (police in Leesburg) to look at their investigative case, which is evolving very rapidly.

“We don’t know if (the killer) is down there,” McGreevy said. “Obviously, the cases are very similar, but we’re not at a point where we can say for sure if they were committed by the same person.”

The Associated Press contributed.

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The description of the suspect is as follows:

Stabbing Suspect
White Male

Late 20s – Early 30s
5′-11″ – 6′-2″

180 – 210 lbs

May have Light Colored Hair

Usually Wears a Baseball Cap

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THE TRAGIC MULATTO: THE MALE PERSPECTIVE

One of the many stereotypes that Black women have confronted, in addition to the Mammy, Sapphire/Angry Black Woman, and Jezebel stereotypes, is the Tragic Mulatto.

Often portrayed in literature and film as a young woman or young girl, (never an older woman of a certain age), she is seen as doomed in her search for love, validation of her humanity from other non-Black women people, and has to contend with the constant fight against the negation of her womanhood.

The word mulatto has its origins in deriving from the Portuguese and Spanish word mulatto, which is itself derived from mula (from Old Spanish, from Latin mūlus), meaning mule, the hybrid offspring of a horse and a donkey. Many Europeans did not think that the offspring between a White European and a Black African would live very long and most notably is the main reasoning behind the word’s origin (“Mulus”) is that all offspring of such a union would be born sterile and incapable of reproducing themselves.

But, mulattos did not start occurring in America. They started in slave holding pens along the Slave Coast of West Africa, on slave ships bound for the so-called New World, and on afterwards in the original colonies, through race-based slavery, and through Jane Crow segregation.

In historical documentation of mulatto ( a word I will only use in reference to its historical context as it is an outgrowth of how mixed-blood/bi-racial Black people were categorized), light-skinned Black women were often spoken of, literally and figuratively, by authors and historians. So great is the plethora of the written word on mulatto women, that one would think that during American race-based slavery that there existed only female mulattos, and no male mulattos.

Take the famous story of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly.

The principal character, Eliza, is a very light-skinned mulatto.

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Full page illustration by Hammatt Billings for Uncle Tom’s Cabin (First Edition: Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852). The engraving shows Eliza telling Uncle Tom that she has been sold and is running away to save her child.

 

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin theater poster, showing Eliza crossing the ice. Color lithograph, 71×106 cm, 1881. 

SOURCE: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-1298 (color film copy transparency), uncompressed archival TIFF version (18 MB)

Here, in a stage production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:

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Poster for “George Peck’s grand revival of Stetson’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, booked by Klaw & Erlanger,” 1886. (Stage play based on Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

SOURCE:  United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division under the digital ID var.0685.

Also ubiquitously mentioned are the placage women of New Orleans.

 

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Creole women of color taking the air, from a series of watercolors by Edouard Marquis, 1867.

The system of placage was found in other places, as in the cities of Natchez and Biloxi, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; St. Augustine and Pensacola, Florida; as well as Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti). Placage, however, drew most of its fame—and notorious historical legacy—from its public application (left-handed marriage) in New Orleans. Mulattos were not the only mixed-blood women found in the placage–so were quadroons and octoroons–terms that came out of the hated ODR system of categorizing Black people as if they were nothing more than a lesser form of humans.

Other authors besides Stowe, wrote of female mulattos, as in the case of William Wells Brown , in his novel Clotel, The President’s Daughter:

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Front page of the novel, Clotel, the President’s Daughter.

Still, other authors wrote famous novels on mulatto women, such as Nella Larsen (herself the child of a Black Father and Danish mother), with her two most well-known novels of mulatto heroines:  Passing and Quicksand.

Not all women of the placage system were fictional———-some were real-life women:

 

Marie Laveau, a famous Voodoo queen of New Orleans.

  

Henriette DeLille (1813-1862) was born in New Orleans to Jean Baptiste DeLille Sarpy , a wealthy Frenchman who had immigrated to Louisiana and Poupone Diaz, a quadroon.

Even in film, female Tragic Mulatto reign supreme, as in the case of two films based on the novel by Fannie Hurst, Imitation of Life:

 

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Imitation of Life film poster, 1959.

 

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Film poster of Imitation of Life, 1934. The film also starred (not pictured) Freddie Washington, as the doomed Tragic Mulatto character.

As can be seen, there is no dearth of information on female Tragic Mulattos, but, in the case of male Tragic Mulattos, the information is scant at best, or practically non-existent. You would think that nothing but female mulattos were born, and no male mulattos ever existed.

One would think that male multi-racials were either 1) born in low numbers in comparison to females; or 2) because of who wrote much of the history on American race-based slavery (and segregation)–predominantly male authors–that male multi-racials never had any impact on America in any way.

In films and TV, the issue of the Tragic Mulatto as Male has never been shown in large numbers with male representatives, only more so in the person of a woman or girl.

Which brings me to this episode of the situation comedy, The Jeffersons, created by Norman Lear.

In this episode, “Jenny’s Low,” Jenny Willis, daughter of the IR couple, Helen and George Willis, is visiting with her fiance, the Jefferson’s son Lionel, and discusses with him the long absence of her brother, Alan. Two years earlier, Alan simply up and left his family, took off for Europe, and spent two years living in Paris, France. He decides to return back to America, and to his family—-much to the consternation of Jenny. Lionel questions her as to why she is so angry about the reappearance of her brother and chalks it up to a long deep-seated envious jealousy of her brother due to colorism.

But, here the episode gets even deeper that. Even for its sometimes buffoonish antics of the lead character, George Jefferson, played by Sherman Hemsley, this series (like Lear’s famous original All in the Family, from which The Jeffersons is a spinoff), tackles more subjects in its thirty-minute episode, than any of the vapid and listless TV series and Hollywood movies can ever do in taking on the issue of the Tragic Mulatto, and turns the stereotype on its head—–

—–but, this time from the perspective of a man, instead of a woman.

 

Jenny is angry at Alan for being born much lighter than her. She is angry at Alan at leaving the family and then just nonchalantly dropping back in as if nothing happened. She is angry that Alan went away and lived in Europe and did not have to face the issue of race back home.

But, Alan has had some doubts himself about his life in Europe. That no one cared or questioned him on what he was, was just as dismaying to him. That he began to question what he was, not just as a multi-racial, but, as a person with an identity, a history that was part of two cultures (White and Black), and that his life began to seem aimless and without roots, began to push him back towards the world from which he ran two years before. Yes, he passed in France to achieve basic humanity, better economic opportunities, and a social standing that did not defile nor debase him, but, that passing left him devoid of himself. He began to question, “Who am I?” He sorely missed a part of himself, even if it meant returning back to a nation that worshipped the ODR for Black Americans.

He acknowledged that even though passing may have helped him in France, in the end it cut off a very important part of himself—-his family, his relationship with them, his knowledge and understanding of self and the alienation and isolation it caused him in France. That Alan had to deny what he was in Europe (“Because nobody asked. Nobody cared.”) was just as painful as taking a knife to himself in not acknowledging his mixed-blood ancestry. By keeping mum about what his racial ancestry was, Alan was living a lie and that lie was suffocating him.

But————

————there is another aspect of this episode that is not directly addressed.

Besides the racism issue, as well as the colorism issue, the issue of sexism/genderism is not brought out into the open.

“Why you?”

Jenny asks this questioned repeatedly of Alan, but, not only must the issue colorism be acknowledged, so to must the issue of genderism.

Alan, being a man, can traverse the world in ways that Jenny, a woman, cannot.

There are places he can go, to some degree, and not be met with swift condescension, derision, contempt and disrespect.

There are places he can go through and not have to face sexism.

Racism, yes, especially when confronting the bigots of the world who would castigate him for his mixed-blood ancestry.

But, sexism is not a factor he would have to face, conjoined with racism.

That double jeopardy falls at the feet of many a Black woman.

“Why you?”

In her pointed question to Alan, maybe Jenny was seeing only race and color.

In her question to Alan, I saw a much bigger factor of genderism.

I saw that in this scenario, gender trumped race.

Life for a man is just as fraught with perils as it is for a woman, but, life for a woman, involves many intersections of oppression, that include the dismissal of women as always less-than, not-quite adequate as a man, especially if that woman so happens to be a Black woman.

But, the episode is so good on so many levels in how it had the backbone to bring out into the open the issue of color, passing, fear of what one is, running from what is, and finally turning around and facing up to all that is a part of what one is.

That so many films, as well as TV shows, have not shown the Tragic Mulatto from a male perspective is deplorable, but, I will give The Jeffersons its due.

For a series that was produced in the 1970s, it was way ahead of its time.

Today, ten years into the 21ST Century, the idea of making a movie about a prominent multi-racial male character is zero to none.

That many people still conjure up the image of a woman or girl multi-racial is sad.

There are a few novels that address the Tragic Mulatto from a male perspective, most notably James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man .

Yes, there have been a very few movies that have finally tried to address the issue of the Tragic Mulatto from a male standpoint, The Human Stain is one such movie. I have not seen the movie yet, but, here is a trailer of it:

 

Even then, the use of a White male actor still rears its head. What, there were no bi-/multi-racial men who could play the lead part?

But, the fact must be acknowledged that the Tragic Mulatto is not just a feminine subject; it is a masculine subject as well.

In real life—and in reel life—mixed-blood/biracial/multi-racial men do exist.

High time that TV and Hollywood paid more attention to this, and not in the pathetic vein of all mixed-blood people as being tragic.

High time that TV and Hollywood take a page out of The Jeffersons and create more media on the fictional and real multi-racial men:

 

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

 

Jean Toomer

 

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Langston Mercer Hughes

 

The Tragic Mulatto.

It never was something that mixed-blood people ever created. The propaganda of the Tragic Mulatto is a creation of White Supremacy and contempt towards the humanity of Black people with mixed blood.

High time TV and Hollywood started showing and creating films that show the humanity and depth of the life of a people who but for the circumstances of their ancestry still are relegated to the corner of the room and ignored for all they have contributed to this country, even with the hell of a history they have had to shoulder—-and still do.

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NEGRO MOUNTAIN

It is a national monument many people have never heard of. It’s name has been a bone of contention to some Black Americans. One has even lobbied for a name change of this landmark.

It is known as Negro Mountain.

I have known of Negro Mountain for many years.

Many stories have been told about the history of Negro Mountain, but, the one that persists, and that many people all agree on, is that a large, powerfully built enslaved Black man valiantly distinguished himself in battle with the Native Americans who attacked the party with which he was traveling. Thereafter, the mountain on which he died and was hastily buried in an unmarked grave, became known as Negro Mountain.

“The most commonly accepted historical account as to how Negro Mountain received its name can be traced to the 1750s. Colonel Thomas Cresap and his black body-servant, “Nemesis”, were tracking a group of American Indians who some say had attacked a settlement near present-day Oldtown in Allegany County. It was said a family had been murdered and horses stolen. Others write Nemesis was requested to accompany a ranging party that regularly scouted the frontier in order to protect homes from attack. Either way, Nemesis had a premonition he would not return.”

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“John Hyatt, one of the early settlers, was a native of Maryland. He came with several others, accompanied by a number of slaves, to Turkey-Foot soon after-the settlement began. While crossing the Negro mountain, a party of Indians fired upon them and mortally wounded one of the negroes, the strongest man in the company. A piece of a hollow log was found and placed over the negro to shelter him. Throwing it off, he said, ” Save yourselves and never mind me; I shall die soon.” It is said that the Negro Mountain took its name from this circumstance.” SOURCE

For more than 200 years, the mountain has been known as Negro Mountain.

Many people who have driven past the mountain, unaware of its existence, have done double-takes (and have been shocked) upon reading the signs directing them to the mountain’s location, where it winds along the ridge extending thirty miles from Deep Creek lake in Garrett County to the Casselman River in Pennsylvania. The Garrett County portion of the ridge is the highest along U.S. Alternate Route 40, (3,075 feet at its peak). In Somerset County, Pennsylvania, it is the highest point in the state. Driviing along Dunghill Road, past Amish Road, heading towards Bowman Hill road, you will encounter Negro Mountain as these young ladies did:
 
 
 
 
 

 

The U.S. Alternate 40 portion of Negro Mountain, is popular among travelers heading west to Morgantown, W.Va., or south to Deep Creek Lake. In addition to Negro Mountain,there is also the Negro Mountain Trail System: eight miles of challenging stream and terrain crossings that is part of the Savage River State Forest.

Negro mountain winds along a route that is part of the National Historic Road, which covers six states (824 miles) from Maryland to Illinois. Three years ago, Maryland’s National Historic Road officials upgraded the Negro Mountain site by installing a marker detailing the origins of its name.

Strangely enough,  Negro Mountain is not listed on many road maps, and unless you’re driving through Garrett County, you might have never heard of it, and would pass by it if not for the road marker listing its location and history.

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View from Negro Mountain (Mt. Davis highpoint) looking towards Laurel Ridge to the west. (March 2007)

Photo:  Joe Calzarette

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Top of Negro Mountain along US 40, 1938

Photo by Lois Reed

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Summit of Negro Mountain, highest point on the National Road, 72 years later

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Negro Mountain Trail System


8.0 miles
Savage River State Forest 301-895-5759
Located N.E. of Accident, Maryland
Steep slopes along powerlines, some wet areas & stream crossingsmap keytrail map

 


 

 

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There is also a tunnel that passes through Negro Mountain.

Built by the New York Central Railroad as part of the stillborn South Pennsylvania Railroad, in time it became known as “Vanderbilt’s Folly”. The tunnel is located near milepost 116.7 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike where it is ten miles east of the Quemahoning Tunnel (also built for South Penn but never used by the Turnpike), 16 miles east of the Laurel Hill Tunnel (used by the Turnpike but bypassed in 1964), and seven miles west of Allegheny Mountain Tunnel currently used by the Turnpike.

There is also a marker that registers Negro Mountain with the Historic National Road marker series, with Negro Mountain as the highest point on the National Road:

 

Negro Mountain Marker

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I can understand State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood’s  fight to have the name of Negro Mountain changed.

In this day of the need for self identity and less disparaging terms that have been used to described Black Americans, sure, the name can certainly rub some people the wrong way. Also, Polish Mountain is located in Allegheny County, Maryland, and I am sure there are some people who have a problem with a mountain named after the Poles.

But, if the there is to be a name change, it would have to be after the actual name of the man whom the mountain is named for.

Nemesis.

Not known, is that in the most ironic and disrespectful displays shown towards Nemesis is that the mountain itself is actually named Mount Davis.

That in itself should be enough to boil the blood that this mountain that was named after a brave Black man should bear the name of a man who did not fight to save anyone who was in danger of losing their life. To give this mountain area the name of the man who owned land on it, instead of the enslaved Black man who fought bravely, is more egregious to me than the name given during a time when “Negro/negro” is what Black Americans were called.

The real insult is that Negro Mountain is not shown on a map to recognize the Black man, Nemesis, who was courageous in his fight to save his party, and his memory should no longer be slighted, but remembered, for it is because of him that Negro Mountain is so named.

But, efforts have been underway to right that wrong.

The Baltimore African American Heritage & Attractions Guide lists Negro Mountain.

Albert Feldstein is also working to enlighten people on not just the knowledge of Negro Mountain, but, also on the history of Black Americans who live in Allegany County, Maryland.

Negro Mountain.

Named after a Black man who even though enslaved, put his life on the line.

That he gave his life should no longer be relegated to historical amnesia.

That he fought even while in bondage should never be forgotten.

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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: AUGUST 11

#1 R&B Song 1956:  “Rip It Up,” Little Richard

Born:  Blues slide guitarist Crying Sam Collins, 1887

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1956   Shirley & Lee charted with their soon-to-be rock ‘n’ roll classic, “Let the Good Times Roll” (#20 pop and 31 R&B).

1956   Billy Ward & the Dominoes charted pop for the first time (after five years and eleven R&B chart singles) with “St. Theresa of the Roses,” reaching #13. The lead singer of the venerable group was superstar-to-be Jackie Wilson.

1958   The Spaniels’ classic version of “Stormy Weather” ($60) was issued.

1962   Formerly known as the Primettes, the newly named Supremes hit the Hot 100 with, “Your Heart Belongs To Me” (#95), their first of forty-seven pop hits through 1976.

1962   Booker T. & the M.G.’s charted with the tight, percussive instrumental “Green Onions.” It went on to #3 pop and #1 R&B. M.G. stood for Memphis Group, as they were all session musicians at Stax Records in Memphis. Booker T. Jones had originally played in a band with Maurice White, later of Earth, Wind & Fire.

1969   Diana Ross invited 350 guests to the Daisy Club in Beverly Hills to unveil her new discovery, the Jackson 5.

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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: AUGUST 10

#1 R&B Song 1946:  “Stone Cold Dead In the Market (He Had It Coming),” Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5

Born:  Patti Austin, 1948; Michael Bivins (New Edition), 1968

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1956   Almost two years after their original hit, the Penguin’s re-recorded version of “Earth Angel” was released when the group signed with Mercury Records.

1959   The Platters’ four male members were arrested in a Cincinnati, OH, hotel room for soliciting prostitutes. That three of the women were White probably had more to do with the incident becoming a scandal than anything else. Though the group was let off with a warning, radio stations began deleting Platters platters from their play lists.

1959   Lloyd Price charted with “I’m Gonna Get Married,” reaching #1 R&B and #3 pop. It was his second #1 in a row and his tenth straight R&B Top 10 single in seven years.

1963   Stevie Wonders’ “Fingertips, Part 2″ reached #1 pop for three weeks and #1 R&B for six weeks. It was the first live recording to top either chart.

1967   The Temptations performed at the Copacabana in New York, starting a two-week engagement.

1968   The Chambers Brothers (four brothers and drummer Brian Keenan) debuted on the pop charts with “Time Has Come Today.” The mixture of psychedelic soul and their fusion of folk, gospel, pop, and blues made for an exciting style. Though the single eventually reached #11 (their album reached #4), the group’s recording career lasted only three years, during which they had six chart albums. Truly, their “time had come” today.”

1991   The Fifth Dimension received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The original quintet then began a reunion tour after having been two separate entities (The Fifth Dimension, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis) for sixteen years.

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2008   On this day, Isaac Hayes passed away. He was a soul legend in the world of  film and music with his well-known albums of Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft (for which he won an Oscar), and for his role as “Chef” in the cable animation comedy series, South Park. Isaac was sixty-five years-old.

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. . . .AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: “ORIGINAL SIN”, BY INXS

 

You might know of the original sin
And you might know how to play with fire
But did you know of the murder committed
In the name of love-yeah
You thought what a pity
Dream on white boy
Dream on black girl
And wake up to a brand new day
To find your dreams have washed away

There was a time when I did not care
And there was a time when the facts did stare
There is a dream and it’s held by many
Well I’m sure you had to see
It’s open arms

Dream on white boy
Dream on black girl
And wake up to a brand new day

Dream on black boy
Dream on white girl
Then wake up to a brand new day

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