ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: MARCH 29

#1 R&B Song 1969:   “Runaway Child, Running Wild,” the Temptations

 

Born:   Camille Howard, 1914; Pearl Bailey, 1918

 

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1951   The Ravens recorded “You Foolish Thing” for Columbia, now a $2,000 collectible.

 

1965   Dionne Warwick performed at London’s Savoy Hotel in the  intimate setting of a cabaret.

 

1975   LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” reached #1 in America  and became a million-seller. The group was formerly known as Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles.

 

 

1980   The Spinners reached #2 pop and #6 R&B with the medley “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl,” the first time a medley of a hit and an original song had reached the Top 5. “Working” was originally a hit for the Four Seasons in 1966.

 

 

1980   Lionel Richie performed “Endless Love” at the Academy Awards’ fifty-fifth annual ceremonies in Los Angeles.

 

1992   MTV began promoting its My Dinner With Michale Jackson contest in which 100 lucky contestants would have a dinner with the superstar in Los Angeles. More than 4 million people responded.

 

1996   Boyz II Men were honored with the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Entertainment at the Soul Train tenth annual Music Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The award was presented by Bill Cosby. Patti LaBelle was also honored with the Heritage Award and sang “Over the Rainbow.” Hosting the show were Anita Baker, LL Cool J, and Brandy.

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