Today in Music History: Hendrix, Knight, Wonder and a Badly Tuned Piano

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Culture

Published on December 16, 2011 with No Comments

Gladys Knight and the Pips invented the "dougie"

Gladys Knight and the Pips invented the "dougie"

December 16, 1966: “Hey Joe,” off The Jimi Hendrix Experience is issued on Polydor. The losers at Decca Records initially passed on the group.

December 16, 1967: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” the monster jam by Gladys Knight & the Pips is #2 on pop and #1 on R&B charts. The song was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson in 1966. Knight’s version was the third version. Marvin Gaye cut a new version a year later, and it would go on to become his landmark hit.

December 16, 1972: Billy Paul’s “Me & Mrs. Jones” is the #1 R&B song in the country. The song was later reinterpreted by everyone and their mother, including Hall & Oates, Michael Buble and James Sampson.

December 16, 1994
: Stevie Wonder performs in Ghana at the Panafest Concert. On a blatantly out-of-tune piano, no less. Legend as legend does. Wasn’t the first time, either.

Happy Born Day
Michael McCary (the guy who sang bass in Boyz II Men). He’s 39.

TRU

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