1967 Mr. Niceness (PCRL DJ) Born. R.I.P Sir Niceness. 04/05/67 - 26/04/08 (facebook tribute page)
1969 No Place to Be Somebody opens in New York. It will win the Pulitzer Prize the following year. (tr-iokts)
2016 Reggie Torian singer dies. b. Reginald Torian Snr., 22nd November 1950, Chicago Heights, Illinois, U.S.A. d. 4th May 2016, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
2015 B.B. King blues legend dies. Guitarist aged 89 had a very distinct self reverb sound on his guitar he named 'Lucy' a gift from Gibson Guitar Company. From 1991 he ran his own Blues Club in Beale Street, Memphis.2015
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2013 Clarence Burke Jr. dies (The Stairsteps, aka Five Stairsteps & Cubie). (b. Clarence Newton Burke Jnr., 25th May 1949, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. d. 26th May 2013, Marietta, Georgia, U.S.A. Clarence Burke, member of the Stairsteps family, and later, the group the Invisible Man’s Band, has died. He was 64. The cause of Clarence’s passing is, currently, unknown. Clarence and his siblings attended John Marshall Harlan High School in Chicago. His brothers and sister are James Burke, Kenneth (Keni) Burke, Dennis Burke and Alohe Jean Burke.
2016 Marshall Jones musician dies. b. Marshall Eugene Jones (a.k.a. Marshall ‘Rock’ Jones), 1st January 1941, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. d. 27th May 2016, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. The Ohio Players bassist, Marshall Jones, has died. Marshall was 75. Marshall had been battling stage 4 cancer and had, also, suffered a recent stroke. In recent years, Marshall had been in retirement in Jamestown. Marshall was the Ohio Players bassist between 1959 (under the name of the Ohio Untouchables) until 1984. The Ohio Players C.V. included several hits including ‘Fire’, ‘Love Rollercoaster’, ‘Heaven Must Be Like This’, ‘Funky Worm’, ‘Skin Tight, ‘Honey’, ‘Who’d She Coo?’ and ‘Sweet Sticky Thing’. After leaving the Ohio Players in the early '80s, Marshall performed with various blues bands and opened a music studio on Salem Avenue in Dayton. Members of The Ohio Players continue to be involved in the community through donations of time and money to local parks, schools, churches and other worthy charities. (soulwalking)
2013 Marvin Junoir. (The Dells) Singer dies aged 77. Junior died from kidney failure and had a weak heart, his son Marvin Junior Jr. told Chicago’s ABC7 TV. He says his father died surrounded by family in his home in Harvey around 3:15 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Information on the illness of the singer was first posted online in a May 23, 2013 report in the Soulful Detroit blog. The report also mentioned that another member of The Dells, Mr. Chuck Barksdale, was also very ill.2(013
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