#1 R&B Song 1946:  “Stone Cold Dead In the Market (He Had It Coming),” Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5

Born:  Patti Austin, 1948; Michael Bivins (New Edition), 1968


1956   Almost two years after their original hit, the Penguin’s re-recorded version of “Earth Angel” was released when the group signed with Mercury Records.

1959   The Platters’ four male members were arrested in a Cincinnati, OH, hotel room for soliciting prostitutes. That three of the women were White probably had more to do with the incident becoming a scandal than anything else. Though the group was let off with a warning, radio stations began deleting Platters platters from their play lists.

1959   Lloyd Price charted with “I’m Gonna Get Married,” reaching #1 R&B and #3 pop. It was his second #1 in a row and his tenth straight R&B Top 10 single in seven years.

1963   Stevie Wonders’ “Fingertips, Part 2” reached #1 pop for three weeks and #1 R&B for six weeks. It was the first live recording to top either chart.

1967   The Temptations performed at the Copacabana in New York, starting a two-week engagement.

1968   The Chambers Brothers (four brothers and drummer Brian Keenan) debuted on the pop charts with “Time Has Come Today.” The mixture of psychedelic soul and their fusion of folk, gospel, pop, and blues made for an exciting style. Though the single eventually reached #11 (their album reached #4), the group’s recording career lasted only three years, during which they had six chart albums. Truly, their “time had come” today.”

1991   The Fifth Dimension received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The original quintet then began a reunion tour after having been two separate entities (The Fifth Dimension, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis) for sixteen years.


SOURCE (Photo by Tom Lohdan)

2008   On this day, Isaac Hayes passed away. He was a soul legend in the world of  film and music with his well-known albums of Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft (for which he won an Oscar), and for his role as “Chef” in the cable animation comedy series, South Park. Isaac was sixty-five years-old.

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