ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: DECEMBER 17

#1 R&B Song 1983:   “Time Will Tell,” DeBarge

Born:   Arthur Neville (the Neville Brothers), 1937; Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations), 1939; Wanda Hutchinson (the Emotions), 1951

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1941   The Four Vagabonds recorded “The Duke Of Dubuque,” their first of sixteen singles, just ten days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

1967   The Temptations sang on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV show.

1977   Manchild hit the R&B charts with their single “Especially For You,” which only reached #70 but was the debut chart performance of one of their members, Kenneth Edmonds, later known as Babyface.

1977   Showing the developing power of  TV related to music in the ’70s, Gladys Knight & the Pips’ K-Tel double-album collection of 30 Greatest Hits reached #3 in England.

1984   Rap group Run-D.M.C.’s self-titled album reached only #53 pop but became the first rap collection to be certified gold by RIAA—-largely on its R&B sales, as it peaked at #14 R&B.

1988   Anita Baker hit #3 on the pop charts with “Giving You The Best That I Got.” A week later (perhaps in celebration of the hit) she married her longtime boyfriend, Walter Bridgeforth.

1999   Jazz great Grover Washington, Jr. died. The Saxophonist passed away after taping a performance for CBS’s The Saturday Show. President Clinton, who had played sax with Washington in 1993 after a White House jazz concert, said of him, “Grover Washington was as versatile as any jazz musician in America, moving with ease and fluency from vintage jazz to funk and from gospel to blues and pop. I will miss both the man and his music.”

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