#1 R&B Song 1960:   “Shop Around,” the Miracles


Born:   King Floyd, 1945



1943   Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra charted with the often-covered “That Old Black Magic,” reaching #2 R&B and #15 pop, and making it one of music history’s most popular versions.


1954   The Vocaleer’s collector’s classic “Will You Be True” ($300) and the Charmer’s “The Beating Of My Heart” ($800) were issued today.


1965   LaVern Baker charted with “Fly Me To the Moon,” reaching #31 R&B. It was the last solo hit for Little Miss Sharecropper, as she was known, though she did have one more chart single in a duet with jackie Wilson on “Think Twice” (#37 R&B). In all, she had twenty-one hits starting in 1955 and was considered one of the finest female R&B singers of the ’50s.


1965   Junior Walker & The All-Stars charted wit “Shotgun,” eventually reaching #1 R&B for four weeks and #4 pop. The song came about when the band, playing a benefit in Benton Harbor, MI, noticed a few teens doing a new dance called “the Shotgun.” That night in his hotel room, Walker wrote the song to match the dance.



1978   Al Green Day was announced by the city of Los Angeles as he performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Most artists given a day in their honor usually have that honor bestowed by their hometown. Green was from Forest City, AK. but apparnatly, Los Angeles decided to adopt him.


1984   Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit “There Goes My Baby” peaked at #21 pop and #20 R&B.



1993   Dr. Dre’s (formerly N.W.A.) debut solo album The Chronic reached #3 pop with new rapper Snoopy Dog performing several raps on the record. The twenty-two-year-old Snoopy (Calvin Broadus) had already had a career’s worth of destructive lifestyle  anchored by his teen membership in the Long Beach Insane crips gang, along with jail time for selling cocaine and gun possession. (According to his admirers, Snoopy can rap.)

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