ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: JULY 17

#1 R&B Song 1954:  “Honey Love,” the Drifters

Born:  Peppermint Harris (Harrison D. Nelson Jr.(, 1925; Diahann Carroll (Carol Diann Johnson), 1935; Regina Belle, 1963

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1943   The Four Vagabonds charted R&B with one of the most beautiful ballads of the ’40s, “It Can’t Be Wrong,” reaching #3. The superb quartet from St. Louis never had another hit.

1954   The Clovers, the hollywood Flames, the Crows, the Chords, the Robins, and the Four Tunes appeared at the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll jubilee held at Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium.

1961   The Shirelles’ “What A Sweet Thing That Was” charted a week after it’s A-side “A Thing of the past” did the same thing. Consequently, the songs killed each other off on the race up the pop charts, with “what” reaching #53 and “Thing” halting at #41.

1965   The Four Tops began their first tour of Europe with sellout shows in London. The British part of their tour was handled by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

1967   In one of the most bizarre performance pairings in history, the Monkees appeared at Forest Hills Stadium in New York with show stopper Jimi Hendrix.

1991   Little Richard was quoted in USA Today saying, “If I had been white, there never would have been an Elvis Presley.”

1994   Whitney Houston performed at the World Cup soccer finals between Italy and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

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