July 7: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Dorothea Towles Church
1851: Rev. Dr. Charles Tindley was born. He was a Methodist Minister and gospel music composer and often referred to as the Prince of Preachers. He passed away in 1933 at age 82.
1906: Leroy “Satchel” Page was born. He was a pro baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted based upon his play in the Negro leagues. He passed away in 1982 at age 75.
1921: Ezzard Charles was born. He was a professional boxer and former World Heavyweight Champion. He defeated numerous Hall of Fame fighters in three different weight classes. He retired with a record of 93 wins, 25 losses and 1 draw. He passed away in 1975 at age 53.
1951: “Rocket 88″ by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (with Ike Turner) was the number one R&B song this day.
1956: The Teenagers’ “I Promise To remember” was released, eventually reaching #10 R&B and #57 pop.
1956: Little Richards’ “Rip It Up” charted , reaching #17 pop and becoming Richards’ second #1 R&B single. Richard was so hot that even his B-sides were becoming hits. “Reddy Teddy” made #8 R&B (#44 pop), and his last single’s flip side, “Slippin’ and Slidin’,” hit #2 R&B (#33 pop).
1957: The Coasters opened for a week at the Apollo Theater.
1961: Award winning author Eric Jerome Dickey was born. He turns 52 today.
1984: Prince topped the pop and R&B charts with “When Doves Cry,” which went on to be the best-selling single of the year.
1990: Public Enemy charted with “Brothers Gonna Work It Out,” reaching #20 R&B.
1995: The Neville Brothers played the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
1996: Cree Summer was born. She is a singer-songwriter, voice actress and actress
1997: Michael Jackson’s Thriller album reached the 25 million sales mark, as ratified by the RIAA.
2006: Dorothea Church passed away. She was the first successful black fashion model in Paris.