#1 R&B Song 1975:   “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” Major Harris


Born:   Billy Butler (the Enchanters), 1945; Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), 1958




1979   Chuck Berry performed at the White House by the special request of President Carter. A month later (July 10), he was sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion.


1980   Joan Armatrading hit the Top 200 albums with her fifth and bigest success, Me, Myself, I. It reached #28. Though she had charted twelve times on the album Top 200, Joan never had a single on the R&B charts. Lack of commercial product was her eventual undoing in America.



1980   Bob Marley and the Average White Band performed at the Summer of ’80 Garden Party at the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl in London.


1993   Chuck Berry was among those who attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.


1993   Prince, who turned thirty-five today, decided to celebrate by changing his name to a symbol that doesn’t exist on a computer keyboard. The press began calling him the Artist Formerly Known  as Prince. (Maybe they should have just referred to him as $).


1997   New Edition’s “One More Day” charted en route to #22 R&B and #61 pop. It would be the last of twenty-five R&B hits for the quintet since starting in 1983.

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