ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: JANUARY 29

#1 R&B Song 1955:   “Sincerely,” the Moonglows

 

Born:   Bandleader Paul Gayten, 1920; William King (the Commodores), 1949

 

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1952   One of the best-known artist/songwriters of his day, bluesman Wille Dixon (“Spoonful,” “Little Red Rooster”) died of a heart attack in Burbank, CA, and was buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.

 

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Willie Dixon

 

1960   Brook Benton was the headliner at the Apollo Theater.

 

1967   The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at London’s famed Saville Theatre with the Who.

 

1977   Natalie Cole charted with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind,” reaching #5 pop and #1 R&B for five weeks. It would be her biggest hit of a career eighteen pop hits and thirty-one R&B winners through 1997. The record was also her fourth #1 of her first five chart singles.

 

1994   James Ingram began a tour of Asia starting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

1994   Mary Wilson of the Supremes was seriously injured (though she recovered) in a car accident on a California highway.

 

1998   Bad boy Bobby Brown was convicted of drunk driving charges in a Fort Lauderdale court. The judge sentenced Brown to five days in jail along with having to attend DUI school. He also had to submit to random drug and alcohol testing and spend thirty days in an alcohol and drug rehab facility. Along with that, he had to pay $500 in fines and was ordered to serve one hundred hours of community service along with a one-year suspension of his driver’s licence.

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