Rhythm and Blues in History

Rhythm and Blues: Rhythm and Blues Singers

Events in Music


Music release#1 in the Charts

1952-02-02 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-08-19 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • 1992-06-30 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994-11-29 "My Life" 2nd studio album by Mary J Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • 1996-02-13 "The Score" 2nd studio album by Fugees is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1996)
  • 1996-05-21 "You're Makin' Me High" single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 1997)
  • 1998-06-21 "Don't Be Cruel" 2nd studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 1990)
  • 1998-11-03 "400 Degreez" 3rd studio album by Juvenile is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1999)
  • 1999-03-03 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000-11-07 "TP-2.com" 4th studio album by R. Kelly is released (American Music Awards Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist 2001, Billboard Album of the Year 2001)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002-02-17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule

Music releaseMusic Single

2004-02-17 "If I Ain't Got You" single released by Alicia Keys (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004-03-23 Usher releases his 4th studio album “Confessions” (2004 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Contemporary R&B Album 2005)

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Music releaseMusic Single

2005-03-29 "We Belong Together" single is released by Mariah Carey (Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2006, Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 2005-09-15 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Bilge (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

Music releaseMusic Single

2006-10-23 "Irreplaceable" single released by Beyonce (Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single 2007, Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

  • 2007-11-09 Alicia Keys releases her 3rd studio album “As I Am” (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2008, 2008 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2011-09-12 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Birthdays in Music


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1916-07-07 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1921-12-28 Johnny Otis [Alexandres Veliotes], American R&B musician, producer and talent scout, born in Vallejo California
  • 1928-02-11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-29 Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1929-07-18 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1929-11-11 LaVern Baker, R&B vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934-01-26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1939-12-17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, Rhythm and Blues musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-06-02 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares)
  • 1945-06-29 Johnnie Richardson, R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1945-11-16 Teenie Hodges [Mabon], American rhythm and blues guitarist (Take me to the River), born in Germantown, TN, (d. 2014)
  • 1949-02-23 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • 1951-04-13 Peabo Bryson, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1969-09-24 Gene Hunt, R&B musician (Acid Man)
  • 1970-10-13 Mel Jackson, American actor and R&B musician
  • 1973-04-03 Kelly Price, R&B vocalist (Friend of Mine), born in Queens, New York
  • 1984-11-12 Omarion, American R&B musician
  • 1988-05-07 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious

Weddings in Music

  • 2004-06-20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-03-04 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1995-08-16 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 2000-02-12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • 2012-01-17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • 2014-06-22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2014-12-13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2015-11-10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), dies at 77