#1 Song:   “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” The Supremes


Born:   Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bulluck), 1938



1955   The Turbans appeared on the R&B charts with their rock ‘n’ roll classic “When You Dance,” reaching #3 and #33 pop. The group’s gimmick was to actually wear turbans on-stage.


1965   Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Otis Spann performed at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, NY.


1970   Pearl Bailey, Dionne Warwick, and The Supremes appeared on an Andy Williams NBC-TV special.


1982   Rick James, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin peformed at the Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego bay, Jamaica, before more than 45,000 fans.


1983   Michael Jackson’s single, “Thriller” reached #10 on the British charts a full six months before the record’s release in America.


1991   ABC-TV aired the Gladys Knight Holiday Family Reunion, which had been taped in September on the campus of UCLA.


1994   James Ingram, Roberta Flack, and Peabo Bryson began the Colors of Christmas tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.


1994   R.Kelly’s album 12 Play charted in England, reaching #39. Interestingly, it charted five times in a year before finally reaching #39. All told, it sold more than 300,000 copies. (If at first you don’t succeed. . . .)


From the book “On This Day In Black Music History,” by Jay Warner.

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