July 5: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Arthur Ashe
1892: Andrew Beard was granted a patent for his rotary engine design (#478,271).
1899: Anna Arnold Hedgeman was born. She was a civil rights leader, politician, educator, writer and the first woman to serve in the cabinet of a New York City mayor. She died in 1990.,
1958: Ray Charles performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI. Atlantic Records recorded the performance for a live album.
1961: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand welcomed a rare blues guest when Slim Harpo came on and sang “Rainin’ In My Heart.”
1962: Little Eva introduced “The Locomotion” to a national TV audience via American Bandstand, helping to take the record to #1. Before recording the song, Eva was the babysitter for songwriter Carole King.
1969: Chuck Berry performed on the same bill as the Who at the Pop Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Albert Hall banned rock ‘n’ roll after over-zealous fans charged the stage.
1969: Comedienne Moms Mabley charted with her version of “Abraham, Martin & John,” reaching #18 R&B and #35 pop. She was probably the oldest artist ever to have a hit that wasn’t posthumous, Moms was seventy-five at the time
1973: R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Joe was born. He turns 40 years old.
1975: Arthur Ashe won the men’s single championship at Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors.
1980: Teddy Pendergrass’ “Can’t We Try,” from the Meatloaf film, Roadie, charted, reaching #3 R&B. His European tour had recently been cancelled due to a reported affair with the wife of Marvin Gaye, who was to tour Britain at the same time.
1986: Janet Jackson’s Control album soared to #1, making the twenty-year-old the youngest artist since thirteen-year-old Little Stevie Wonder to top the album Top 200.
1986: “There’ll Be Sad Songs” by Billy Ocean was the number one R&B song on this day.
1987: Ben E. King performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Elton John at the fifth annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala at London’s Wembley Arena.
1997: Brooklyn rapper, Lil’ Kim charted with “Not Tonight” reaching #33 R&B and #6 pop with the recording help of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Da Brat, and Angie Martinez. Kim would go on to have twenty-two R&B hits through 2004 and a conviction for lying to a grand jury, perjury, and conspiracy in an investigation into a shooting
2001: R&B singer Ernie K-Doe passed away on this day at age 65.
2005: Raymond Davis passed away. He was the bass singer & one of the founding members of Parliament & Funkadelic.
2006: Sandra Brown passed away. She was a gospel singer and founder of the Anointed Minstrels.
2006: Blues, Jazz & R&B musician Joe Weaver passed away.