Alan Freed

Alan Freed: Hail, Hail, Mr. Rock & Roll

Feb. 10, 2014 by

By John Jackson Alan Freed was born Albert James Freed today (December 15, 1921,) near Johnstown, PA. In 1933 the Freed family moved to Salem, Ohio. In high school, Freed formed a band know as The Sultans of Swing, in

Happy Birthday Jesse Belvin

Happy Birthday Jesse Belvin

Feb. 10, 2014 by

R&B singer Jesse Belvin was born today (December 15th, 1932) in San Antonio Texas. Although Belvin’s name may not be a household one now, he was the author of some of the most famous pop songs in music history. In

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5 ROYALES SUE “ROYALS” FOR STEALING NAME; CONCERT PROCEEDS

Feb. 7, 2014 by

Doo-Wop/R&B group The 5 Royales won a court injunction today (February 7, 1953), over a dispute involving their name. The 5 Royales were #1 on the charts today with their hit single, “Baby Dont’ Do It.” But the fellows had

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WHITE MOB SLASHES R&B STARS’ CAR TIRES; JESSE BELVIN DEAD IN CAR CRASH FLEEING SCENE

Feb. 6, 2014 by

Police launched an investigation into the death of R&B singer Jesse Belvin, who died today (February 6, 1960) in a car crash in New Hope, Arkansas. Jesse Belvin was at the height of his career, after writing several hit tunes,

Frankie Lymon

FRANKIE LYMON DEAD OF HEROIN OVERDOSE

Feb. 27, 2013 by

Former teen sensation Frankie Lymon of The Teenagers was found dead today (February 27, 1968) The singer, 26, was found in the bathroom of his grandmother’s apartment in Harlem. Frankie Lymon’s career goes back to 1955, when he formed his