July 31: This Day in Black History
Featured: Whitney M. Young, Jr.
1907:R&B & jump blues singer, drummer & bandleader Roy Milton was born. He passed away in 1983, aged 76.
1918:Jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger & composer Hank Jones was born. He passed away in 2010, aged 91.
1921: Civil Rights leader Whitney M. Young was born. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the U.S. He died of a heart attack at age 49.
1948: The only time in music history that two brothers charted on the same day with separate singles on separate labels happened when Joe Liggins jumped on the R&B hit parade with “Dripper’s Blues,” reaching #9, while Jimmy Liggins entered the charts with “Teardrop Blues,” rising to #7.
1954: The Castelles’ “Over A Cup Of Coffee” ($1,000) was released.
1956:Happy Birthday to Governor Deval Patrick who turns 58 today.
1961: The group that sang backup for most of Chubby Checker’s hits finally hit with one of their own when the Dreamlovers’ “When We Get Married” charted (#10 pop).
1962:Happy Birthday to actor Wesley Snipes who turns 52 today.
1965: Motown Records was in such a rush to get a new Four Tops single in the marketplace after the tremendous success of “I Can’t Help Myself” that they recorded the group on a Thursday singing “It’s The Same Old Song” and had the 45 in stores by next Monday.
1967: Janis Joplin played a benefit for the Free Clinic with Blue Cheer and the Charlatans (with Bill Cosby on drums).
1969:Happy Birthday to film, television & theater actor Shawn Michael Howard who turns 45 today.
1976: George Benson’s Breezin’ album reached #1, selling more than a million copies for the jazz-soul artist.
1976: Natalie Cole secretly married her producer, Marvin Yancy Jr., but they did not announce it until seven months later (on Valentine’s Day) when she also announced she was pregnant.
1976: “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” Lou Rawls was the number 1 R&B song.
1982:Happy Birthday to NFL player Demarcus Ware who turns 32 today.
1986: With apparently no limits to his talent, Stevie Wonder was nominated for an Emmy for his performance on Bill Cosby’s The Cosby Show.
1988: Will Stargell became 200th man inducted into the Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
1996:Rapper Seagram Miller was fatally shot this day. He was 26 years old.