ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: JULY 31

#1 R&B Song 1976:  “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” Lou Rawls

Born:  Roy Milton, 1907

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1948   The only time in music history that two brothers charted on the same day with separate singles on separate labels happened when Joe Liggins jumped on the R&B hit parade with “Dripper’s Blues,” reaching #9, while Jimmy Liggins entered the charts with “Teardrop Blues,” rising to #7.

1954   The Castelles’ “Over A Cup Of Coffee” ($1,000) was released.

1961   The group that sang backup for most of Chubby Checker’s hits finally hit with one of their own when the Dreamlovers’ “When We Get Married” charted (#10 pop).

1965   Motown Records was in such a rush to get a new Four Tops single in the marketplace after the tremendous success of “I Can’t Help Myself” that they recorded the group on a Thursday singing “It’s The Same Old Song” and had the 45 in stores by next Monday.

1967   Janis Joplin played a benefit for the Free Clinic with Blue Cheer and the Charlatans (with Bill Cosby on drums).

1976   George Benson’s Breezin’ album reached #1, selling more than a million copies for the jazz-soul artist.

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1976   Natalie Cole secretly married her producer, Marvin Yancy Jr., but they did not announce it until seven months later (on Valentine’s Day) when she also announced she was pregnant.

1986   With apparently no limits to his talent, Stevie Wonder was nominated for an Emmy for his performance on Bill Cosby’s The Cosby Show.

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  1. HeroU2

    Thanks for the great history and education, and especially for those great videos.

    Cheers!

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