#1 Song 1977:   “You Don’t Have To B A Star,” Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

Born:   Shirley Bassey, 1937; Little Anthony (Gourdine), 1940; R. Kelly (Steven Williams), 1967


1940   The legendary lead singer of the Imperials, Little Anthony, was born in Brooklyn, NY.

1944   Duke Ellington & His Orchestra charted with “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me.” It became his biggest hit, spending eight weeks at #1.

1949   John Lee Hooker’s debut record, “Boogie Chillen’,”debuted on its way to #1 R&B. (One of my all-time favourite Hooker songs! I still have my “Hooker & Heat” double album that has this great song on it. When the ’49 record hit, Hooker was still employed as a janitor at Chrysler Motors in Detroit. The former member of the Fairfield Four gospel group would go on to legendary status as a pioneering blues man.

Hooker ‘N Heat is a double album released by blues-rock/bouggie band Canned Heat and blues legend John Lee Hooker in 1970. The sessions were the last with harmonica player Alan Wilson, who died in September 1970. It was the only album that Hooker & Heat would make together.

It was the first of Hooker’s albums to chart, reaching number 78 in the Billboard charts.)

This video version is 7:56 minutes long; the original album version is approximately 11:33 minutes long.

1960   The Count Basie Orchestra headlined at the Apollo Theater.

1965   Chuck Berry, backed by an English group known as the Five Dimensions, started a British tour with the Moody Blues and Long John Baldry at the Odeaon Theater, Lewisham, London. The grueling twelve nights included twice-nightly performances.

1983   Michale Jackson and Paul McCartney’s duet, “The Girl Is Mine,” reached #2 pop and #1 R&B.

2001   Laura Webb Childress, tenor vocalist for the Bobbettes, died. She and her four schoolmates were barely in their teens when they formed the Harlem Queens but soon became the rage with their classic, “Mr. Lee,” a song they wrote about their fifth-grade teacher, which went to #1 R&B and #6 pop in 1957. It made them the first all-girl rock ‘n’ roll group to have a Top 10 hit.


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