ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: DECEMBER 7

#1 Song 1968:   “Love Child,” The Supremes

 

Born:   Barbara Weathers (Atlantic Starr), 1963

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1963   Dionne Warwick charted with the haunting “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” reaching #8. It was her first pop Top 10 hit.

 

 

1967   Otis Redding and co-writer Steve Cropper recorded their new song, “(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay,” in Memphis, but Redding would never live to see his biggest hit released (see December 10).

 

 

1985   With her mother, Cissy, singing backup vocals, Whitney Houston jumped onto the hit list with “How Will I Know,” an eventual #1.

 

 

1992   On this Pearl Harbor Day, B.B. King began the Japanese portion of his Asian tour in Osaka, Japan.

 

1992   The Temptations performed at Walt Disney World in Florida.

 

1995   Super Jam 95 at Boston’s Fleet center featured Shai, Brian McKnight, Montell Jordan, Coolio, Salt-n-Pepa, After Seven, and Silk, among others. On the day before, Salt-n-Pepa had received a commendation from the governer of Massachusetts for portraying positive images for women.

 

1996   Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” hit #1 on the pop charts and stayed there for eleven weeks.  It would become her fourth #2 hit on the R&B charts. The song featured backing vocals by Shanice Wilson.

 

 

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

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