2004 – Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit “Just One Look,” dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Harlem, N.Y., Troy did not restrict herself to R&B. Her distinctive vocals graced the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Pink […]
2003 – Expect to find Alicia Keys in your stocking. The Harlem songstress’ The Diary of Alicia Keys returns to No. 1 in the album charts. The highest new entry is R&B crooner Joe’s And Then… in at No. 26.
1971 – Donald McPherson of the Main Ingredient dies of leukemia. Age 29. The group’s biggest hit is the million-selling No. 3 song “Everybody Plays the Fool.” by Aaron Neville. Much too young! The group was formed in Harlem, NY in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther […]
1967 – The Jackson 5 win an amateur-night competition at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre.
1963 – Sam Cooke’s late show at the Harlem Square Club in Miami, Florida, is recorded by RCA for possible release as a live album.
1944 – Born on this day, Linda Jones, US soul singer. She died on 14th March 1972 aged 26, after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in New York. Jones had the 1967 US No.21 single ‘Hypnotized.’
1927 – Harry Belafonte is born in Harlem, N.Y. His 1956 album “Calypso” tops Chart Toppers’s pop album chart for 31 weeks. Only Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the soundtrack to “West Side Story” have held the No. 1 position longer.
1917 – Singer Lena Horne is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She begins her career as a dancer at Harlem’s Cotton Club. She wins a Grammy as best pop vocal performance (female) for the 1981 album “Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music Live on Broadway.”
1908 – Vocalist/saxophonist Louis Jordan is born in Brinkley, Ark. He dies of a heart attack on Feb. 4, 1975. His song “I’m Gonna Leave You at the Outskirts of Town” was No. 3 during the debut week of Chart Toppers’s first R&B chart, the Harlem Hit Parade, on Oct. 24, 1942. He followed with […]
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 […]