#1 R&B Song 1961:   “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye


Born:   Sarah Vaughn, 1924; Walter “Bunny” Sigler, 1941; Brenda Knight (Gladys Knight & the Pips), 1941; Mariah Carey, 1970; Andre 3000 Benjamin (Outkast), 1975



1951   The Larks recorded their immortal ballad “My Reverie.” Today an original copy goes for $8,000.



1954   The Spaniels’ 45 “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” was released. An original 45 today is valued at about $1,000.



1965   The Miracles’ classic doo-wop/soul ballad, “Ooo Baby Baby” charted, reaching #4 R&B and #16 pop.



1967   Fats Domino performed on his first British tour at London’s Saville Theater with the Bee Gees and Gerry & the Pacemakers.

1971   Ike & Tina Turner’s raucous remake of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” reached #4 pop and #5 R&B, giving the tempestuous duo their first Top 5 hit. Ike, who began as a self-taught musician backing the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, became a disc jockey at Clarksdale, MS’s WROX radio station before graduating to talent scout for LA’s Modern Records. He went on to discover B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf, whom he drafted for the label in 1952.





Ya know, every now and then
I think you might like to hear something from us
Nice and easy
But theres just one thing
You see we never ever do nothing
Nice and easy
We always do it nice and rough
So were gonna take the beginning of this song
And do it easy
Then were gonna do the finish rough
This is the way we do proud mary

And were rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Listen to the story

I left a good job in the city
Working for the man every night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleeping
Worrying bout the way things might have been

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud mary keep on burning
And were rolling, rolling
Rolling on the river

Cleaned a lot of plates in memphis
Pumped a lot of tane down in new orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
Till I hitched a ride on a riverboat queen

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud mary keep on burning
And were rolling, rolling
Rolling on the river

If you come down to the river
I bet you gonna find some people who live
You dont have to worry if you got no money
People on the river are happy to give

Go head on, Ms. Tina, with your bad self. Break every rule!


1993   Prince and Lenny Kravitz performed at New York’s Apollo Theater singing Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” the concert was Prince’s first at the famed venue and was a special invitation show for underpriviledged children from the area.

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