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.