Music Birthday: Mary Wells

🔊🥳 Today, May 13, 1943, Mary Esther Wells was born in Detroit, Michigan. Wells has a signature song called ‘My Guy,’ and it peaked at no. 1 on the US Hot 100 on May 15, 1964. The song was produced by Smokey Robinson, and used by Whoopi & The Ronelles as part of ‘The Lounge…

Music Birthday: Ritchie Valens

🔊🥳 Today, May 13, 1941, Ritchie Valens was born Richard Stevens Valenzuela was born in Los Angeles, California. Two days before passing away in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly & The Big Popper on February 3, 1959, Valens charted a song on the US Hot 100 called ‘La Bamba.’ Valens popularized the…

Music Birthday: Craig Mack

🔊🥳 Today, May 10, 1970, Craig Jamieson Mack was born in The Bronx, New York City, NY. Mack did a song with Diddy in 1994 called ‘Making Moves With Puff.’ This song, a production by Rashad Ringo Smith, is included on Craig Mack’s “Project Funk Da World” album. In 1996, Dru Hill sampled ‘Making Moves…

HomageCollage: Selena, “Entre a Mi Mundo”

🔊💜Today, May 6, 1992, Selena released her third studio album “Entre a Mi Mundo.” The album was produced by Selena’s brother, A.B. Quintanilla, and it peaked at no. 97 on the US Billboard 200. “Entre a Mi Mundo” spawned four singles, three of which reached positions on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart: ‘Como La…

Music Birthday: James Brown

🔊🎉 Today, May 3, 1933, the late James Joseph Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. On May 3, 1986, his ‘Soul Power’ single peaked at no. 78 on the UK Official Singles Chart. The song was written and produced James Brown, and it has backing vocals by Bobby Byrd.

Rest in Paradise: Chris Kelly

🔊🙏🏾Today, May 1, 2013, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly passed away in Atlanta, Georgia. Kelly, a part of the dancin’ Kris Kross, earned their first platinum certifications from the RIAA for their iconic debut single ‘Jump.’ The song, a production by Jermain Dupri, was certified on May 19, 1992. The late Nipsey Hu$$le sampled ‘Jump’ in…

Rest in Paradise: Muddy Waters

🔊🙏🏾 Today, April 30, 1983, Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, passed away from heart failure in Westmont, Illinois. Muddy Waters has an album called “Fathers and Sons,” and it peaked at no. 70 on the US Billboard 200. “Fathers and Sons” is the seventh studio album from Waters, and it was originally released as a…

Music Birthday: Tammi Terrell

🔊🥳 Today, April 29, 1945, Tammi Terrell was born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The late, great soulful songstress passed away too soon, leaving us with beautiful songs to keep her alive. One of those sweet melodies is the 1967 love song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ Terrell sang the song with Marvin Gaye,…