Posts tagged "early r&b"

Today in Music History: Little Willie John

On this date forty-three years ago, Little Willie John dies at age thirty of pneumonia in Washington State Penitentiary.  He is serving time for manslaughter.  Here is his timeless ’56 classic, covered by Peggy Lee, the McCoys, and others:    

Today in Music History: Jimmy Soul, Archie Bell & Drells, Simple Minds

On this date forty-eight years ago, Jimmy Soul’s entertaining hit If You Wanna Be Happy starts a two-week run at the top.  Five years later, Archie Bell and the Drells start their own two-week run at the top with the soul classic Tighten Up  (“We dance just as good as we walk”).  Seventeen years after... Read more »

Today in Music History: Frankie Lymon

On this date forty-three years ago, Frankie Lymon is found dead of a suspected drug overdose at his mother’s New York house.  He is twenty-five.  Here, Frankie and the Teenagers perform a great one on the ’56 movie Rock Rock Rock:        
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