Today in Rhythm and Blues Singer History

Historical Events

  • 1954-12-25 Rhythm and blues singer Johnny Ace, accidentally shoots himself in the head at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas
  • 2003-09-27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Famous Birthdays

  • 1926-08-12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 1926-09-09 Jake Carey, US R&B-singer (Flamingos-I Know Better)
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City)
  • 1929-06-09 Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1932-01-31 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • 1932-11-15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer ('The Drifters")
  • 1933-01-24 Zeke Carey, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Only Have Eyes For You), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1933-07-16 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops)
  • 1934-02-16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • 1934-08-29 Gene Allison, US R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try)
  • 1935-01-06 Paul Wilson, US R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1935-11-12 Terry Johnson, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Know Better)
  • 1936-02-22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936-06-19 Shirley Goodman, US R&B singers (Shirley & Lee-Feels so Good)
  • 1937-03-24 Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • 1937-11-15 William E "Little Willie" John, [Woods], US R&B singer (Fever)
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-05-04 Tyrone Davis, US R&B singer (Are you serious)
  • 1938-10-15 Marvin E "Marv" Johnson, US gospel/R&B singer (Move 2 mountains)
  • 1939-02-09 Barry Mann, R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 1941-05-12 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 1942-02-11 Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
  • 1943-01-26 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943-02-28 Barbara Acklin, [Allen], R&B singer (Love Makes a Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-03-04 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer/guitarist (Woman's Got to Have It), born in Cleveland, OH, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-04-05 Nicholas Caldwell, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1944-10-09 Nona Hendryx, R&B singer (Patti LaBelle & Blue Belles)
  • 1945-09-09 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-11-16 Teenie Hodges [Mabon], American rhythm and blues guitarist (Take me to the River), born in Germantown, TN, (d. 2014)
  • 1947-02-09 Major Harris, US R&B-singer (Love won't Let me wait)
  • 1947-06-11 Glenn Leonard, R&B singer (Temptations)
  • 1948-01-29 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • 1950-07-10 Willie Ford, US R&B-singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • 1951-05-10 Ron Banks, US R&B singer (Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get)
  • 1955-09-25 Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari, Italian R&B-singer (Senza una Donna)
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • 1956-10-02 Freddie Jackson, US R&B singer/songwriter (Rock Me Tonight)
  • 1961-11-10 Junior, [Norman Giscombe], R&B singer (Mama used to Say)
  • 1961-12-07 Lisa Fischer, American R&B singer
  • 1962-01-16 Maxine Jones, Paterson, New Jersey, American R&B singer (En Vogue)
  • 1968-06-04 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1969-01-08 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1969-09-24 Gene Hunt, R&B musician (Acid Man)
  • 1970-10-13 Mel Jackson, American actor and R&B musician

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1971-01-11 Mary Jane Blige, New York, American R&B singer-songwriter

Singer-Songwriter Mary Jane Blige
Singer-Songwriter
Mary Jane Blige
  • 1971-01-23 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • 1973-04-30 Akon, American R&B Singer
  • 1974-07-13 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer
  • 1977-09-29 Debelah Morgan, American R&B singer
  • 1977-11-08 Jully Black, Canadian R&B singer
  • 1978-06-03 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and song-writer
  • 1979-10-18 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], Camden, Arkansas, American pop and R&B singer and songwriter
  • 1981-03-26 Jay Sean, British Asian R&B singer
  • 1981-10-15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer
  • 1983-12-18 Steph Jones, American R&B singer
  • 1984-03-12 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], Newark New Jersey, American R&B singer
  • 1984-11-12 Omarion, American R&B musician
  • 1984-12-27 Pleasure P, American R&B Singer. Former member of Pretty Ricky (band)
  • 1986-01-03 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
  • 1986-08-27 Mario, American R&B singer
  • 1987-03-01 Sammie Bush, Boyton Beach Florida, American R&B singer ("I Like It")
  • 1987-06-11 TiA, Japanese R&B singer
  • 1987-12-02 Teairra Mari, American R&B singer
  • 1989-02-28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1989-05-05 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1974-07-04 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-09-07 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21)

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-08-30 R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 2005-01-08 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-05-10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-07-31 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • 2011-05-22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2012-06-18 R&B singer Bobby Brown (43) weds Alicia Etheridge in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1985-01-07 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married

  • 2004-04-27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2007-04-24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2009-11-04 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2012-04-06 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-12-25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • 1968-02-27 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • 1968-05-26 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • 1969-06-14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1976-10-23 Leonard Lee, US R&B-singer (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40
  • 1984-04-10 Nate Nelson, R&B-singer (Flamingos-I'll Be Home), dies on 52 birthday
  • 1994-04-07 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1994-10-26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • 1995-05-06 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • 1995-08-16 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1999-12-24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Flamingos-I Only Have Eyes For You) and actor, dies at 66
  • 2005-11-27 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)
  • 2010-01-13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • 2012-01-17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • 2013-03-16 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer, dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2014-06-22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2014-06-27 Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70
  • 2015-01-31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2015-11-10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), dies at 77
  • 2016-01-05 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71

Famous Singers