ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: MAY 14

#1 Song 1983:   “Candy Girl,” New Edition

 

Born:   Shanice Wilson, 1973

 

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1951   The Dominoes recorded two of their best, “That’s What You’re Doing to Me,” (#7 R&B, $400) and “These Foolish Things (#5 R&B, $300).

 

 

 

1951   Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf recorded one of his earliest sessions at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. The session included his early classics “Moanin’ at Midnight” and “How Many More Years,” which would become both sides of his first chart single.

 

1955   The Five Keys’ single, “The Verdict” (#13 R&B ) was released.

 

1969   Little Anthony & the Imperials recorded two standards, “Ten Commandments of Love” (#82 pop), originally by the Moonglows, and “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (#38 R&B, #52 pop), first done by the Five Keys.

 

1984   Michael Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House from president and Mrs. Reagan. Jackson wore a military styled uniform jacket to the proceedings, which he had asked for and was given by an elevator operator in New York.

 

1988   L.A. Reid and babyface’s group the Deele charted its last of eight singles when “Shoot ‘Em Up Movies” reached the R&B Top 100 on its way to #10. Within a year, Babyface would begin his highly sucessful solo career.

 

1988   The Coasters, with original members Carl gardner, Cornelius Gunter, Will Jones, and Billy Guy, performed at Atlantic record’s fortieth anniversary concert at Madison square Garden in New York City. Sam of Sam & Dave, in a duet with Dan Aykroyd—whose Blues Brothers film gave renewed interest in Sam & Dave’s classic songs—also performed,as did the Spinners.

 

1994   While visiting the Great wall of China, B.B. King was on hand to open the first Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson performed on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.

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