#1 R&B Song 1948:   “It’s Too Soon To Know,” the Orioles


Born:   Jimi Hendrix, 1942



1954   Sarah Vaughn made the hit list with “Make Yourself Comfortable” (#6) her biggest single of thrity-three hits.


1961   Ray Charles had his eighteenth of a career of seventy-six chart singles when “Unchain My Heart” reached the Top 100.


1965   The Royalettes, a Baltimore vocal group in the image of the Chantels and the Shirelles, charted with “I Want To Meet Him,” peaking at #26 R&B. The group is better known for its scintillating recording of “It’s Gonna Taske a Miracle” from earlier in the year.


1969   Tina Turner and Janis Joplin sang together at the Rolling Stones concert in Madison Square garden.


1982   The Pointer Sisters’ contagious dance track “I’m So Excited” reached #30 pop. A slightly different version of the song, with a more pulsating mix, would be released two years later and would reach #9.




1982   Marvin Gaye’s album Midnight Love reached #10 in England and eventually #7 in America. The album was recorded in belgium with old Moonglows mate Harvey Fuqua co-producing with Marvin. Despite its success, Gaye was so heavily in debt to the IRS that he soon had to sell his million-dollar home to pay the taxes.


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


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  1. jimmy was the man and tina my homegirl (memphis) did u know he played guitar for her in Ike’s band

  2. Ann


    In addition to playing backup as a pickup guitarist, Jimi also played backup for other well-known musician/singer/songwriters: B.B. King, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.

    Jimi formed his first band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.

    After a trip to London, England, Jimi formed the band he would become well-know for: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    With his debut album, “Are You Experienced?”, Jimi became a force to be reckoned with, as he is one of the world’s premier guitarists. (Incidentally, I still have a black vinyl copy of “Experienced”, and it still plays good 🙂

    Thanks for your comments, Rawdawg, and thanks for stopping by.

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