#1 R&B Song 1974:   “I Feel a Song In My Heart,” Gladys Knight & the Pips


Born:   Walter “Brownie” McGhee, 1915; Johnny “Shuggie” Otis, 1953; June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters), 1954


1956   The Jive Brothers recorded their immortal “Bad Boy” (#36 pop, #7 R&B). For their lead vocalist, thirty-nine-year-old Clarence Palmer, who had been performing since the ’20s, the hit ended a thirty-year drought.


1959   The Five Satins’ “Shadows” charted, becoming their third of seven Top 100 singles. Their classic “In the Still Of The Night” charted three of those seven times.


1960   Jackie Wilson’s “Talk That Talk” charted, reaching #3 R&B and #34 pop.


1963   The Supremes charted with  “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” reaching #23 and becoming their first pop record hit.


1968   Sly & The Family Stone’s “Every Day people” hit the Top 100, eventually reaching #1 pop and R&B.




1988   LL Cool J performed at the first rap concert in Cote D’Ivoire, in Africa. The Ivory Coast was apparantly not ready for rap, as fights broke out, the stage was attacked, people fainted, and the police ended the performance halfway through the show.


1994   En Vogue performed at Wembley Arena in England. They quit the tour, ostensibly because of member Cindy Herron’s pregnancy, though rumors indicated their departure was due to stress related to working with Luther Vandross.

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