#1 R&B Song 1965: “Rescue Me,” Fontella Bass

Born: Eddie Holland, 1939


1952 The “5” Royales recorded their biggest hit, “Baby, Don’t Do It” (#1 R&B, $400), and the legendary “Laundromat Blues” ($120).

1954 The Midnighters’ “Annie’s Aunt Fannie” (#10 R&B, $60) and the Rivileers’ “Eternal Love” ($120) were released. In addition, the Charms, with Otis Williams on lead (Not the Temptations’ Otis Williams), charted with “Hearts of Stone,” reaching #1 for an astounding nine weeks R&B while rising to #15 pop. It was a tremendous feat considering that the pasteurized pop version by the Fontane Sisters reached #1 pop.

1971 Michael Jackson charted with his solo hit, “Got To Be here,” reaching #4 on both the R&B and pop hit lists. Michael was influenced from childhood by the recordings of Jackie Wilson and James Brown. The single would be the first of forty-six pop hits for the King of Pop through 2001.

1971 “You Are Everything” by the Stylistics hit the R&B charts, rising to #110 (#9 pop). It was the third of twelve straight Top 10 R&B hits.

1994 Little Richard performed at Washington, DC’s Ford Theater at the Gala for the President with a beaming President Clinton looking on.

1998 The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in Sharon, PA, held its inaugural induction, hosted by legendary deejays Jack “The Rapper” Gibson, Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg (the first Black female deejay), and publisher/author Jay Warner. Among te fourteen groups enshrined were the Platters, the Drifters (with Clyde McPhatter), the Supremes, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Ravens, the Mills Brothers, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Sonny Til & the Orioles.

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