#1 R&B Song 1956:  “Rip It Up,” Little Richard

Born:  Blues slide guitarist Crying Sam Collins, 1887


1956   Shirley & Lee charted with their soon-to-be rock ‘n’ roll classic, “Let the Good Times Roll” (#20 pop and 31 R&B).

1956   Billy Ward & the Dominoes charted pop for the first time (after five years and eleven R&B chart singles) with “St. Theresa of the Roses,” reaching #13. The lead singer of the venerable group was superstar-to-be Jackie Wilson.

1958   The Spaniels’ classic version of “Stormy Weather” ($60) was issued.

1962   Formerly known as the Primettes, the newly named Supremes hit the Hot 100 with, “Your Heart Belongs To Me” (#95), their first of forty-seven pop hits through 1976.

1962   Booker T. & the M.G.’s charted with the tight, percussive instrumental “Green Onions.” It went on to #3 pop and #1 R&B. M.G. stood for Memphis Group, as they were all session musicians at Stax Records in Memphis. Booker T. Jones had originally played in a band with Maurice White, later of Earth, Wind & Fire.

1969   Diana Ross invited 350 guests to the Daisy Club in Beverly Hills to unveil her new discovery, the Jackson 5.


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