#1 R&B Song 1974:   “Be Thankful for What You Got,” William DeVaughn


Born:   Ada Jones, 1973; Marie Knight, 1925




1946   The Ink Spots, pioneers of what would become R&B, entered the charts with yet another hit, “The Gypsy,” reaching #1 R&B for three weeks while spending thirteen weeks at the top of the pop carts.



1959   The Flamingos’ fabulous “I Only Have Eyes For You” charted on its way to #11 pop, #3 R&B, and immortality.



1960   The Hitmakers of 1960 tour started at the Gardens in Cincinnatti, OH. These late ’50s and early ’60s tours were usually a series of grueling one-nighters, and it was not uncommon for acts to perform several times a day. The artists on the travelogue were the Drifters, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Billy Bland, bongo pro Preston Epps, Marv Johnson, Ray Bryant, Doc Bagby, and, for a change of pace, comedian Redd Foxx.


1960   The Flamingos performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand  daytime show singing one of their rare uptempo tunes, “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do.”


1962   The “5” Royales, Jackie Wilson, Big Maybelle, and the Corsairs entertained New York’s Apollo Theater crowd tonight.


1963   The Chiffons, a quintet of teenagers from the Bronx, NY, charted with “One Fine Day,” which went on to #5 pop. The recording was originally done by Little Eva of “Locomotion” fame and produced by the song’s composers, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, for the Tokens, who were the Chiffons’producers. The Tokens decided to acquire the recording and subsequently erased Little Eva’s vocal, replacing it with the Chiffons.


1991   The Temptations lead singer David Ruffin died of a drug overdose at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.


1991   Seal’s self-titled debut album reached #1 in Britain during its first week on the charts. The background vocals were by Wendy & Lisa.


1994   The Songwriters Hall of Fame held their twenty-fifth annual awards in New York and honored Little Richard by inducting him.

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