#1 Song 1967:   “Respect,” Aretha Franklin


Born:   Hattie McDaniel, 1895; Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett), 1910; Gerald Gregory (the Spaniels), 1934; Shirley Alson (the Shirelles), 1941; Faith Evans, 1973




1957   The Bobbettes’ immortal “Mr. Lee” (#6) was released today along with such doo-wop standards as “Happy Happy Birthday Baby” by the Tune Weavers and “Desiree” by the Charts.


1967   An interesting mix of talent performed at the Fantasy-Faire and Magic Mountain Music Fest in Mount Tamalpais, CA, including the Miracles, Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, and the Doors.


1972   Chuck Berry’s album The London Chuck Berry Sessions charted on its way to #8 pop, the most successful album of his career. One side of the recording consisted of sides cut in a London studio with the Faces,  while the other side was a live and unauthorized (by Berry) recording with the Average White Band at the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, England.


1978   George Benson’s remake of the Drifters’ 1963 hit, “On Broadway,” leveled off at #7 on the pop charts. Ironically, the Drifters’ version fifteen years earlier also reached #7, but on the R&B charts.



1991   Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin sang at the burial of Temptations’ lead singer David Ruffin. Michael Jackson paid for the funeral.


1991   The James Brown—Living in America live pay-per-view TV special aired. The show featured Bell Biv Devoe, Hammer, En Vogue, and C&C Music Factory, among others.


1996   Diana Ross performed at Boston Symphony Hall for a benefit for the  Anti-Defamation League. The diva raised $450,000.


1998   Diana Ross received the Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s twenty-ninth annual awards in New York. The presentation was made by Whitney Houston. It is interesting to note that Diana never wrote any of her hits and neither did her presenter. (Maybe they ran out of writers to honor.)

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