Born on This Day:
1910 James "Yank" Rachell, Blues mandolin player
1942 Jerry Jeff Walker - US singer/songwriter, wrote 'Mr Bojangles'
1959 Flavor Flav born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. - from the Rap group Public Enemy
ON THIS DAY:
1957 The Heartbeats "I Won't Be the Fool" and The Five Satins "Oh Happy Day" were released.
1959 The Platters scored their only UK No.1 hit with 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.'
1968 No. 1 song - "Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay" by Otis Redding. Otis died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967 just 3 days after recording the song.
1970 Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24.
1971 Grammy Awards winners, Simon and Garfunkel won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
B. B. King won Best R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards for his hit single "The Thrill Is Gone".
Dionne Warwick earned her 2nd Grammy, Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female for "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".
1994 A Harlem tribute concert, Swing into Spring, to Lionel Hampton (legendary jazz vibraphonist) was held at New York's Apollo Theater.
1996 : #1 Billboard Pop Hit (for the 16th and last consecutive week): Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day".
2013 Robert "Bobby" Smith, R&B singer with The Spinners, dies.