ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: JUNE 15

#1 R&B Song 1968:  “Think,” Aretha Franklin

Born:  Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson), 1969

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1953   The Flamingos performed at Gleason’s Night Club in Cleveland as the Five Flamingos. They continued performing under that name for the next two years even though they were recording since 1954 as the Flamingos.

1974   The jazz/funk group Rufus charted, reaching #3 pop with “Tell Me Something Good,” which was originally brecorded by Stevie Wonder. The group was first called Ask Rufus and their lead singer would go on to stardom as a solo act. It was Chaka Khan.

1974   The Stylistics’ “You make Me Fell Brand New” reached 32 pop and #5 R&B , giving them their fifth and last million seller.

1977   Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, formerly of the Fifth Dimension, began co-hosting a summer TV variety show called The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show. It would run for only six weeks.

1982   The Five Satins performed “Memories of Days Gone By” on American Bandstand. It was their first chart hit in twenty-one years.

1991   Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Dione Warwick performed at a benefit concert for the family of the late Temptations lead singer, David Ruffin.

1993   Diana Ross performed “God Bless the Child” at the first apollo Theater Hall of Fame concert from the historic venue, and Ben E. King sang “Save the Last Dance for Me,” the song he made famous as lead of the Drifters. Teddy Pendergrass also performed, singing “Close the Door,” the #1 hit from 1978.

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