#1 R&B Song 1963: “Heat Wave,” Martha & the Vandellas

Born: Koko Taylor, 1935


1946   The Ink Spots charted with “To Each His Own,” reaching #3 R&B and #1 pop. The song was written for the film of the same name but never used in it.

1956   Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium hosted a rock ‘n’ roll show featuring West Coast groups the Coasters, the Six Teens, the Turks, the Gassers, and the Dots.

1963   San Francisco’s Cow Palace hosted a Surf Party featuring the Coasters, Bobby Freeman, Dionne Warwick, the Drifters, Dee Dee Sharp, the Righteous Brothers, and the Beach Boys.

1987   Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight guested for a week on the TV show $10,000 Pyramid.

1988   Anita Baker and Luther Vandross performed in Washington, DC, at the start of their The Heat tour.

1996   Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Brandy, and Tamia sang together on the hit “Missing You” from the film Set It Off. The record reached #10 R&B and #25 pop today.

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