Today In Black History – Ray Charles Records “What’d I Say” [VIDEO]
During Black History month, we are honored to highlight the historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. From the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement and the countless inventions that have changed the way we live. We tell their stories.
Get interesting historical facts on how these individuals, their inventions and fearless acts influenced change in America.
1973- Harlem Renaissance artist Palmer Hayden, dies.
1959- Ray Charles Records "What''d Say", his first big crossover hit.
The story goes, the legendary Ray Charles ran out of songs to play one night at a show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he ended up improvising by playing an untitled song he lhad been working on. The audience loved it and the rest is history. On this day in 1959, he recorded "What'd I Say." The song would become a No. 1 R&B charts and No. 6 on the pop charts, his first big crossover hit.
1931- Toni Morrison was born.
1896- H. Grenon patents the razor stropping device
First formal protest against slavery by organized white body in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly meeting. The historic "Germantown Protest" denounced slavery and the slave trade.