#1 R&B Song 1972: “I’ll Be Around,” the Spinners

Born: Cleo Laine, 1927; Telma Hopkins, (Dawn), 1948


1964 The Supremes performed in the T.A.M.I. (Teenage Music International) show, a stage extravaganza that included James Brown, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Lesley Gore,the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and the Rolling Stones, among others. The performance at the Civic Auditorium in  Santa Monica, CA, was videotaped for British movie release and American TV broadcast.

1978 Chic’s “Le Freak” charted on its way to #1 R&B for six weeks and #1 pop for five weeks. The disco hit of the age would go on to be one of the best-selling singles of the ’70s.

1978 Turning everything she could her hands on into a disco recording, Donna Summer reached #5 in Britain with the 1968 Richard Harris epic, “MacArthur Park.” It would also make #1 pop and #8 R&B in the U.S.

1989 The Gap Band charted with “All My Love,” an eventual #1 R&B hit and the last of their four chart toppers, starting with “Burn Rubber” in 1980.

1993 George Benson and Patti Austin performed at London’s Wembley Arena, kicking off a five-date British tour.

1994 Seal performed as the opening act for the Rolling Stones at the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, CA.

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