ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: APRIL 30

#1 R&B Song 1966:   “Get Ready,” the Temptations

 

Born:   Mabel Scott, 1915

 

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1949   John Lee Hooker charted with “Hoogie Boogie,” which reached #9 R&B. Considering contracts an acquired taste he had not acquired, Hooker recorded for anyone with the money and between 1949 and 1954 he had seventy singles out on twenty-one labels under no less than ten very diverse names, such as Birmingham, Sma & His Magic Guitar, Little Pork Chops, Delta John, and the ever popular the Boogie Man.

 

1949   Billy Eckstine entered the R&B hit list with “Caravan,” reaching #14 and #27 pop. The singer/trombonist had his own band before going solo in 1947, a who’s who of legendary talent that included Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Gene Ammons. Including his band releases, “Mr. B,”  as he was respectfully known, had eighteen hits between 1944 and 1976.

 

1966   The Platters’ “I Love You 1,000 Times” charted, reaching #6 R&B and #31 pop, their first hit in four years.

 

1983   Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), the crown prince of Chicago blues, died of a heart attack at his Chicago home while sleeping. The man who started out driving a truck for a Venetian-blind company had driven blues to a new level of acceptance with his resonant, deep voice and biting electric guitar style. Muddy was sixty-eight.

Rest in peace, Muddy. The postwar Chicago blues  scene would be unimaginable without your tremendous contributions. Here is my favourite Muddy Waters’ standard, the first track on the album Hard Again, a song that I sometimes consider to be the “National Anthem” of men the world over:

 

 

1990   Prince performed at Rupert’s Nightclub in Golden Valley, MN as a preview of his new Nude Tour. The show was also a fund-raiser, with the $100 admission going to the family of his bodyguard, who had died earlier in the month.

 

1994   James Brown performed “Get on Up” with Jeffrey Osborne, Jim Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bruce Springsteen, and Magic Johnson, among others, at the inaugural night of the House of Blues, Los Angeles.

 

1994   The Staples Singers performed at the twenty-fifth annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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