ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: JUNE 28

#1 R&B Song 1952:  “Have Mercy Baby,” the Dominoes

Born:  Blues singer “Honey Boy” Edwards, 1915

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1947   Louis Jordan entered the R&B hit list with “I Know What You’re Putting Down,” reaching #3.

1947   Ella Fitzgerald and the Andy Love Quintet (a vocal group) charted with a beautiful version of “That’s My Desire,” reaching #3 R&B.

1957   An all-star show at the Apollo Theater included the Jesters, the Charts, the Heartbeats, the Velours, and the Sensations.

1965   The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, the Supremes, Martha Reevs & the Vandellas, the Ronettes, and the Four Tops performed onthe It’s What’s Happening, Baby special on CBS-TV.

1986   Sade and Hugh Masekela performed at an anti-apartheid concert at Clapham Common in London. Also appearing were Sting, Boy George, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel, among others. Nearly a quarter of a million people attended.

1990   Tina Turner became the first woman and only the second rock ‘n’ roll act (Pink Floyd being the other) to perform at the Palace of Versailles in France.

1996   R. Kelly was involved in a fight at a health club in Lafayette, LA, and as if his day couldn’t get any worse, the local Cajundome’s Commission commandered his and his band’s equipment for ostensibly failing to fulfill a commitment to perform a concert.

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