July 28: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Roy Wilkins
1915: 10,000 protesters marched on 5th Avenue in NYC in protest of lynchings.
1924: C.T. Vivian was born. He is a minister, author, and was a close friend and lieutenant of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement. He turns 89 today.
1930: David ‘Junior’ Kimbrough was born. He was a blues guitarist and singer. He passed away in 1998 at age 67.
1956: ‘Treasure of Love’ by Clyde McPhatter was the Number One R&B Song this day.
1956: The Avons’ “Our Love Will Never End”, the Drifters. “Soldier of Fortune”, the Moonglows’ “See Saw”, and the Coasters. “Brazil” were all released this day.
1956: Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers charted with “I Promise To Remember,” reaching #10 R&B and #57 pop
1958: The Quintones’ doo-wop classic, “Down the Aisle of Love,” was issued. It reached #18 pop, and #5 R&B.
1958: Jerry Butler & the Impressions’ “For Your Precious Love” charted, reaching #3 R&B (#11 pop).
1965: Delfeayo Marsalis was born. He is a jazz trombonist and record producer. He turns 48 today.
1973: Barry White’s sultry single, “I’ve Got So Much To Give” charted, reaching #5 R&B and #32 pop.
1977: Roy Wilkins turned over NAACP leadership to Benjamin L. Hooks.
1979: The Crusaders, a much heralded jazz, blues, and R&B band, had their biggest success with the single “Street Life.”
1988: Winnie Mandella’s home in Soweto, South Africa was destroyed by arson.
1990: DeAndre Cortez Way aka Soulja Boy was born. He turns 23 today.
1994: Patti LaBelle, Ruth Pointer, and Bette Midler performed “Over The Rainbow” at the Harbor Lights Pavillion in Boston during LaBelle’s current tour.
1995: Michael Jackson’s video “You Are Not Alone” was premiered.
1995: Jimi Hendrix’ father James Al Hendrix won back the rights to his son’s name, likeness, image and music after a number of companies had profited from them over the years.
2009: Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II aka Reverend Ike passed away. He was best known for the slogan “You can’t lose with the stuff I use!” His preaching is considered a form of prosperity theology. He was 74 years old.