ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: SEPTEMBER 27

#1 R&B Song 1969: “Oh, What a Night,” the Dells

Born: Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd), 1970

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1952 The son of a former Memphis preacher, Johnny Ace (actually John Alexander Jr.) hit #1 today on the R&B charts with his first single, “My Song.” His “song” would stay there for nine weeks. Sixteen years later (1968), Aretha Franklin would reenergize “My Song” to the tune 0f #10 R&B (#31 pop).

1968 The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, and Shorty Long performed at a benefit for the Mayor of Gary, IN, at the Gilroy Stadium in Gary. The Jacksons were originally called the Ripples & Waves Plus Michael. (Ah. . . .thank God they changed that name.)

1969 The Originals’ “Baby I’m For Real” (#1 R&B, #14 pop) was released. Freddie Gorman of the quartet had penned the Marvelettes hit “Please Mr. Postman” eight years earlier.

1987 Marvin Gaye received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 The Neville Brothers performed in Luciano Pavarotti’s horse stable in Modena, Italy (now there’s an interesting venue), as a fund-raiser to benefit lukemia research.

1994 George Benson sang a duet with the Muppets for the “Kermit Unpigged” album, which was issued today.

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