July 11: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Beverly Todd
1905: W.E.B. Du Bois and 29 individuals met at the Niagara Falls in Canada to for the Niagara Movement (a direct-action civil rights organization).
1915: Mifflin Wistar Gibbs passed away this day. He was a Little Rock businessman, a politician, and the first elected African-American municipal judge in the United States. He was 56 years old.
1946: Beverly Todd was born. She is an actress, producer and screenwriter. She turns 67 today.
1950: Bonnie Pointer was born. She is an R&B singer and member of The Pointer Sisters. She turns 63 today.
1953: The flip side of the Flamingos’ debut single (“If I Can’t Have You”), Someday, Someway,” was released.
1953: Leon Spinks was born. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist and once held the world heavyweight champion title. He turns 60 today.
1958: Kirk Whalum was born. He is a smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured as Whitney Houston’s opening act for several years and soloed in her single “I Will Always Love You”, the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. He turns 55 today.
1959: Rossiere ‘Shadow’ Wilson passed away. He was a jazz drummer and worked with some of the greats during the swing jazz era.
1969: Kellita Smith was born. She is an actress and model. She turns 44 today.
1970: ‘The Love You Save’ by the Jackson Five was the Number One song this day.
1974: Lil’ Kim was born. She is a rapper, singer-songwriter, author, record producer and actress. She turns 39 today.
1977: Soul / R&B singer-songwriter Goapele was born. She turns 36 today.
1982: Rapper and actor Lil’ Zane was born. he turns 31 today.
1987: The Temptations sang backup vocals for actor Bruce Willis’s passable version of the Drifters’ 1964 hit “Under the Boardwalk.: Though it only reached #59 pop in America, the Brits loved it to the tune of #2.
1992: Jazz singer Patti Austin and Vanessa Williams performed at the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee fund-raiser.
1992: Herb Kenny passed away. He was was the bass singer for the Ink Spots and Bill Kenny’s twin brother. He was 78 years old.
1994: Saxophonist Charles “Lefty’ Edwards passed away this day. He was 67 years old.
1995: Donna Summer sang at the Nautica Stage in Cleveland, OH, at the start of a U.S. tour.
2002: Rosco Gordon passed away. He was a blues singer, songwriter and pianist. He was 74 years old.
2010: Walter Hawkins passed away. He was a Grammy-winning gospel singer, composer, and pastor. He was 61 years old.