2005 – Lyn Collins, one of James Brown’s “Funky People,” dies in Los Angeles aged 56. The singer, nicknamed the “Female Preacher,” was sampled on Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock’s hit “It Takes Two.”
1994 – Funky Bunch rapper Marky Mark Wahlberg is sued by a woman from Oregon who says she was trampled after the crowd rushed the stage during one of his shows.
1976 – Wild Cherry release their sublimely daffy single “Play That Funky Music.”
1949 – Keyboardist George “Funky” Brown of Kool & the Gang is born in Jersey City, N.J.
1944 – Jeff Beck is born in Surrey, England. FEATURED Biography Jeff Beck isn’t your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar. “I don’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound,” says Beck. “Finding ways to […]
1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a […]
1942 – Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Texas. Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer, and actor. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an […]
1941 – Producer Willie Henderson, whose work includes “Funky Chicken, Part 1,” is born in Chicago.
1935 – Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) is born in Macon, Ga., the son of a minister. He has 14 top 10 hits on Chart Toppers’s R&B singles chart. His biggest pop hit is “Long Tall Sally,” a No. 6 song in 1956. Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the […]
1900 – Although jazz legend Louis Armstrong always claimed to have been born on this date, later scholarship established that his birthday was on August 4, 1901. Louis Armstrong (4 August 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 20s […]