ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: FEBRUARY 16

#1 Song 1959:   “Stagger Lee,” Lloyd Price

Born:   Bill Doggett, 1916; Otis Blackwell, 1932; Herman “Sonny” Chaney (the Jaguars), 1939; James Ingram, 1957

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1956   Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ second hit, “I Want You To Be My Girl” (#13 pop, #3 R&B), was recorded. Its B-side, “Who Can Explain?,” reached #7 R&B.

1957   Ray Charles hit the R&B charts with “Ain’t That Love,” an eventual #8 hit. It became his seventeenth Top 10 R&B hit in  a row. Ironically, is next single, “Swanee River Rock” would fail to reach the Top 10 (#14), but became his first pop chart single in November, reaching #34.

1959   The Coasters charted on the way to 32 R&B and pop with the novelty classic, “Charlie Brown.” As big a hit it was, the million seller was the first of four singles in a row to not make #1. The chart toppers before it were “Yakety Yak,” “Youngblood,” and “Searchin’. ”

1962   Pioneering vocalist Louis Jordan performed at the Ali Baba Club in St. Petersburg, FL. Meanwhile, the Edsels (“Rama Lama Ding Dong”), the Corsairs (“Smokey Places”), the Sensations (“Let Me In”), the  Crystals (“There’s No Other”), Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Erma Franklin (sister of Aretha) played the Apollo in New York.

1964   The Crystals embarked on a British tour backed by Manfred Mann.

1980   Legendary vocalist Charley Pride bounced onto the country charts with “Honky Tonk Blues,” reaching #1. It was his twenty-third of twenty-nine #1 country smashes in a career as the most successful Black country entertainer. Pride started Country Music Association.

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