ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: DECEMBER 28

#1 R&B Song 1974:   “Boogie On Reggae Woman,” Stevie Wonder

 

Born:   Billy Williams, 1910; Johnny Otis (John Veliotes), 1921; Leonard “Chick” Carbo (the Spiders), 1927

 

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1956   Alan Freed’s Christmas show at the Brooklyn Paramount set a one-day attendance record of  $27,200. The show was part of his eight-day Christmas extravaganza featuring the Moonglows, Shirley & Lee, the Dells, the Heartbeats, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Jesse Blevins, and the G-Clefs.

 

1957   Jackie Wilson, the Five Satins, the Ravens, and the Hollywood Flames performed at Chicago’s Regal Theater.

 

1966   Jimmy Ruffin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Martha & the Vandellas performed at the Fox Theater in Detroit in what became known as the Motortown Revue.

 

1968   The top two singles on the pop charts were both by Motown acts Marvin Gaye at #1 with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and Stevie Wonder at #2 with “For Once In My Life.”

 

 

 

1968   Richie Havens, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, and others performed at the Miami Pop Festival in front of more than 100,000 fans at Gulfstream Racing Park In Hallandale, FL.

 

1994   At the seventeenth annual Kennedy Center Honors, ahown on CBS-TV this night, honoree Aretha Franklin was feted with performances by Patti LaBelle, the Four Tops, and Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church choir.

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