#1 R&B Song 1961:   “Shop Around,” the Miracles


Born:   Jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge, 1911; Ruth brown, 1928; Luther Ingram, 1944; Jackie Ross, 1946; Jody Watley, 1959



1958   The Silhouettes’ standard rocker, “Get A Job,” charted en route to #1. The ’70s group Sha Na Na named themselves after a line in the song.



1960   Dee Clark and Chuck Berry were the performing guests on Dick Clark’s nighttime American Bandstand.

1961   The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” reached the top of the charts (with Carole King playing drums). It was the first single by a rock ‘n’ roll girl group to reach #1.



1965   Shirley Bassey charted on her way to #8 with “Goldfinger,” from the James Bond movie. It was her first of four Top 100 singles. Meanwhile, the best of the blue-eyed soul duos, the Righteous Brothers, entered the R&B hit list with the powerful evergreen “Youve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” peaking at #3 while rising to #1 pop.



1965   The Manhattans had their first chart single, “I Wanna Be (Your Everything),”which went to #12 R&B, on their way to a career full of hits including sixteen pop and forty-six R&B entries through 1990.


1965   Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” charted on its way to #9 R&B. It would be Sam’s last of nineteen Top 10 hits from 1957 through 1965. The song was Sam’s answer to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ I The Wind.” Sam influenced a diverse group of future stars including Micahel Jackson, Otis Redding, and Al Green.


1985   USA for Africa’s “We Are The World” was played on he radio for the first time. Over the next ten years the recording would sell in excess of 7.2 million singles and albums and help raise more than #588 million for the charity.


1995   Babyface received the Best Male Artist, Soul/R&B prize at the American Music Awards twenty-secong annual show in Los Angeles. He also performed his duet hit with Madonna, “Take A Bow.”

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