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1992-07-28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy

Birthdays in Music

  • 1914-10-10 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1917-01-10 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924-12-24 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1926-08-12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1927-09-01 Tommy Evans, R&B singer (Drifters)
  • 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)
  • 1929-07-18 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1929-12-25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1932-01-31 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • 1932-11-15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1933-01-24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1933-03-09 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer (Just Because), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • 1933-07-16 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 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
  • 1934-02-16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • 1934-08-29 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 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)
  • 1937-01-06 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 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)
  • 1938-03-13 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • 1938-05-04 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1938-05-17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1938-10-15 Marvin E "Marv" Johnson, US gospel/R&B singer (Move 2 mountains)
  • 1938-11-04 Harry Elston, R&B singer (Friends of Distinction ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-02-09 Barry Mann [Imberman], American R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-07-16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1939-11-12 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1941-01-08 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestWilson Pickett

1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

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)
  • 1941-07-09 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient), born in Indianapolis (d. 1971)
  • 1942-01-20 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1942-02-11 Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
  • 1942-03-01 Jerry Fisher, American R&B singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in DeKalb, Texas
  • 1942-09-09 Inez Foxx, American R&B singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, Rhythm and Blues musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1944-04-05 Nicholas Caldwell, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1944-06-02 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares)
  • 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, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-11 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-01-29 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • 1950-07-10 Willie Ford, American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1951-05-10 Ron Banks, US R&B singer (Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get)
  • 1953-12-21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 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)
  • 1957-06-06 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer (Mama Used to Say), born in London, Endland
  • 1959-04-10 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1959-09-07 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer (We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1962-01-16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1966-02-22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-02-17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-06-04 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer

Person of interestR. Kelly

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)
  • 1970-04-10 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-10-13 Mel Jackson, American actor and R&B musician

Person of interestMary J. Blige

1971-01-11 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
  • 1971-01-23 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • 1971-12-16 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-04-30 Akon, American R&B Singer
  • 1973-07-29 Wanya Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 1978-04-26 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978-06-03 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and song-writer
  • 1978-06-14 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • 1979-10-18 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], American pop and R&B singer and songwriter, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 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], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 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
  • 1989-01-25 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France
  • 1989-02-28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer

Person of interestChris Brown

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

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • 1990-11-08 SZA [Solána Rowe], American R&B singer-songwriter, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Weddings in Music


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 (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)

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
  • 2016-02-20 R&B singer Ne-Yo (36) weds Crystal Renay Williams in Los Angeles

Divorces in Music


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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003-09-27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 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

Deaths in Music

  • 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
  • 1971-07-04 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1972-06-13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • 1974-05-08 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1974-11-08 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1976-01-28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1977-05-26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1980-01-03 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1986-12-01 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • 1988-10-25 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), dies at 53
  • 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
  • 1995-01-15 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), dies at 61
  • 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 (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • 2000-02-12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • 2002-09-07 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • 2004-02-16 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67
  • 2004-02-28 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), dies at 69
  • 2005-02-09 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66
  • 2005-11-27 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)

Person of interestWilson Pickett

2006-01-19 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 2008-08-15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • 2008-08-18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • 2010-01-13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • 2012-01-17 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), dies at 90
  • 2012-11-09 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), dies from congestive heart and lung failure at 65
  • 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
  • 2018-01-08 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), dies from complications from surgery at 78