ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: MAY 13

#1 R&B Song 1967:   “Jimmy Mack,” Martha & the Vandellas

 

Born:   Maxine Sullivan, 1911; Harold Winley (the Clovers), 1933; Candi Staton, 1940; Mary Wells, 1943; Carolyn Franklin, 1944;  Stevie Wonder (Steveland Hardaway Judkins), 1950

 

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1952   The Royals signed with Federal Records and went on to have thirteen hits after they changed their name to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters.

 

1957   The Dell-Vikings signed with Mercury Records. the Spaniels’ “Everyone’s Laughing” ($60) and the Diablos’ “Can’t We Talk This Over” ($80) were released.

 

1960   Frankie Lymon (without the Teenagers), Shirley & Lee, Robert & Johnny, Billy Bland, Major Lance, Barrett Strong, and Irma Thomas performed on a bill together with backing by Ernie Field’s band at the Regal theater in Chicago.

 

1961   Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, the Olympics, and Aretha Franklin appeared at the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis.

 

1971   Reaching his twenty-first birthday, Stevie Wonder was paid all of his childhood earnings while with Motown. Well. . . .not really. He earned more than $30 million but received only one million, resulting in new negotiations with the Berry Gordy company and the establishment of Stevie’s own publishing and production companies.

 

1989   Stevie Wonder spent his thirty-ninth birthday on stage at Wembley Arena in London.

 

1996   Patti LaBelle taped a TV special with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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