Let’s start on this day in 1961, when Jackie Wilson was shot twice by Juanita Jones, a jealous lover. He recovered after 21 days in a coma, but lost a kidney and carried the bullet for the rest of his life.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded “Ticket To Ride.” This was the first song in which Paul McCartney was featured on lead guitar. The term “ticket to ride” referred to the prostitutes in Hamburg having a clean bill of health.
On that same day, Nat “King” Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer at 47.
Six music students at Chicago’s DePaul University formed a rock ensemble called the Big Thing on this day in 1967. Later, with added member Peter Cetera, they changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority, then shortened it to Chicago.
On this day in 1975, Gino Vannelli became the second Caucasian artist to perform on the syndicated TV dance show, “Soul Train.”
It was 1993 and Little Richard received his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys…….in the non televised portion of the show. Richard said, “This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly.”
On this day just two years ago, “Saturday Night Live,” celebrated its 40th anniversary.
And finally it was just last year that we lost Vanity. She sang with Vanity 6 and appeared in multiple movies. She passed away at 57.
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