ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: OCTOBER 26

#1 R&B Song 1985:  “Part Time Lover,” Stevie Wonder

Born:  Charlie Barnet, 1913; William “Bootsy” Collins, 1951

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1962   The first Motortown Revue began in Washington, DC, at the Howard Theater. Previous rock ‘n’ roll and R&B package tours had consisted of acts from various labels; this was the first time that only acts from one label, Motown, were on the bill. The acts included the Supremes, the Temptations, Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, Little Stevie Wonder, the Contours, Martha & the Vandellas, and Marvin Gaye.

1974   Dionne Warwick teamed with the Spinners and struck gold when their recording of “Then Came You” reached #1 today. After the recording session, Dionne indicated she didn’t think too much of the song. It was the first #1 single for both Dionne and the Spinners, even though Dionne had had thirty-nine previous pro charters over twelve years and the Spinners had reached the Top 100 thirteen times since 1961.

1974   B.B. King hooked up with his old chauffeur Bobby “Blue” Bland for Together For the First Time. . .Live. The album reached #43 pop and hung around the hit list for twenty weeks.

1989   Chubby Checker performed on a British tour starting at Swansea Leisure Center in Swansea, Wales. Earlier, Chubby hd met up with Hank Ballard, who wrote “The Twist,” and had the original recording. Though never friends, the two worked together on a documentary about the twist craze in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

1992   Cissy Houston, Odetta, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, Lucy Simon (Carly’s sister), Lesley Gore, Maureen McGovern, and the Roaches recorded “America the Beautiful” and “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” as the Clintones for torchlight parades across America to promote the Women Light the Way for Change cause.

1996   Former member of the all-sisters group the Braxtons, Toni Braxton reached the Hot 100 with “Un-Break My Heart” (#1), her eleventh hit since 1992.

1996   Curtis Mayfield, still paralyzed from a 1990 accident, charted with the album New World Order, his first album in five years, which he recorded flat on his back.

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  1. Curtis Mayfield’s album NEW WORLD ORDER is amazing! Eric Clapton called the best album of the year. And it was!

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