#1 R&B Song 1976:   “Wake Everybody (Part 1),” Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes


Born:   Elsberry Hobbs (the Drifters), 1936; William Hart (the Delfonics), 1945; Sheila Hutchinson (the Emotions), 1953



1970   Billy Stewart, known for hits like “Sitting In the Park,” “I Do Love You,” and creative soul reworkings of standards like “Summertime” and “Secret Love,” died when his car plunged into the Neuse River, just south of  Smithfield, NC, while he was on tour. He was only thirty-two.


1971   Marvin Gaye sang “The National Anthem” at the Super Bowl V in Miami before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Colts.


1990   Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at their fifth annual induction ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Ballard broke down in tears during the ceremony while dedicating the award to his wife, Theresa, who had been killed by a hit-and-run driver three months prior in New York City. Also inducted were the Platters, Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, and the Four Tops by presenter Stevie Wonder.


1992   Michael Jackson’s TV show on CBS, Michael Jackson. . .The Legend Continues, aired with guests Smokey Robinson, Dick Clark, and Quincy Jones.


1993    Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC at “An American Reunion: The People’s Inaugural Celebration.” Vandross sang “Stand By Me” with the song’s original hitmaker, Ben E. King.


1996   Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Mariah Carey. Also inducted were the Shirelles.


1997   The Isley Brothers performed at New York’s famous rock venue, the Beacon Theater.

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