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Debbie Gibson: Happy Birthday!

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Shar Jackson: Happy Birthday!

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Joe Budden: Happy Birthday!

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Richard Gere: Happy Birthday!

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Chris Tucker: Happy Birthday!

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GEOFFREY BEENE: Happy Birthday! (1924-2004)

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Peggy Lipton: Happy Birthday!

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Robin Harris: Happy 65th Birthday!

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FRED HAMPTON: Happy 65th Birthday! (1948-1969)

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Lyrica Anderson: “UNFUCK YOU”!

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Eva Marcel: Model Baby!

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Fergie and Josh: Its A Boy!

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Michael Jackson:Happy 55th Birthday!

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INGRID BERGMAN:Happy Birthday!

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Isabel Sanford: Happy Birthday!

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Diah Washington: 50th Anniversary

dinah-washington-5-t1002Friday, December 13, 1963 started off like most days in Dinah Washington’s life.  She woke up being her fabulous self and decided to go shopping for Christmas presents, dropping $2,400 in one store alone. Later that day, a mink-trimmed sofa was scheduled to be delivered to the Buena Vista Ave., home she shared with Dick “Night Train” Lane on Detroit’s west side.

Her sons, Bobby and George, were to arrive home from a prestigious Michican prep school, and Washington looked forward to a quiet evening at home with family and maybe a friend or two.  The friends left, the boys went to bed and the Lane’s retired for the evening with the television still running in their bedroom.

Dick woke up around 3:45 a.m., and found Dinah on the floor.  He tried to revive her but all she let out was one long last blue moan.  Lane called “the doctor” instead of an ambulance, and soon the whole household was upset because they already sensed what the doctor was soon to pronounce: that the Queen had finally abdicated her throne at the age of 39.  Sitting over on the nightstand was one glaring object that wasn’t there the night before – a brand new, open pill bottle. It wasn’t suicide!  She had taken just one pill too many.

There were pills to loose weight, pills to gain weight, pills to sleep, pills to wake up, nerve pills – you name it, there was a pill for it and the doctors were only too happy to prescribe them. Dinah Washington had an aversion to the use of street drugs and there are people who want us to know that her drugs were legal drugs as if that makes it any better. Her system finally weakened under the strain.  The medical examiner’s report showed an excess of barbituates in her blood, more than twice the normal dosages of amobarbital and secobarbital – two different types of sedatives.  It is thought Washington took them by mistake because they were not properly identified.

She wanted to be laid to rest in Chicago, her exciting adopted hometown. But that monday after her death, there was a memorial service at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.  The Rev. C. L. Franklin handled the services and his daughter Aretha sang a solo as thousands braved the below zero temperatures to pay their last respects.  By the time Dinah’s body arrived in Chicago to lay in state at the United Funeral Home on Sacramento Blvd., thousands more were gathering.  The actual funeral was scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, at 2:00 p.m., at the St. Luke’s Baptist Church, seating capacity 600.

By 2:00, literally thousands of people had jam-packed the church. Mourners had to be escorted from the balcony for fear it would collapse.  Between the two cities, it is estimated that 25,000 to 30,000 or more people viewed Dinah’s body with many more outside freezing in the brutal winter temperatures.

Dinah was laid out in a solid bronze casket wearing a diamond tiara. She was dressed in a yellow chiffon evening dress, a white mink stole, white evening gloves, and her feet were covered in jeweled slippers. (Top, Dinah’s father, Ollie Jones says goodbye to his daughter. Below, Dick Lane views his famous wife one last time).

One writer called the funeral a “soul-wrenching, heart-draining, foot-stomping, rocking and shouting going away party.”  Gospel stars Sallie Martin and then the Roberta Martin Singers rocked the house. Mahalia Jackson (left) sat forlorn and alone & then brought everybody to hysterics during her solo. Clara Ward (ab0ve) had to be restrained in her seat.

There were many celebrities in the church including Ella Fitzgerald, who was spotted in the back of the church with her head hung in grief.

Flamboyant ministers such as the Rev. Clarence Cobb and the infamous Prophet Jones made themselves known in other ways.  Fans grabbed for souvenirs and funeral programs while Rev. Clay Evans grabbed the mike and sternly reminded everyone that “THIS IS NOT A SHOW.”

Comedian George Kirby was an honorary pallbearer.  Slappy White and Redd Foxx helped to carry the casket. Foxx had jokes when his foot slipped and he told the funeral directors to double-check the body because “she’s probably laying on her side by now.” (L-R, Redd Foxx, Slappy White, Prince Spencer, George Kirby and Herman Roberts.)

Rev. Eugene Ward of the Temple Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH eulogized Dinah and whipped the crowd into an emotional frenzy. It was said that he “screamed, cried, pleaded, jumped and bounced” in his delivery.  Three or four hours later, the steps of the church were icy and Dinah’s mother had to be helped into her limousine. There were at least 25 Cadillac limousines, and more than 100 other cars in the procession that tied up traffic for 7 blocks. (Dick  “Night Train” Lane helps Dinah’s mother, Mrs. Alice Jones Kimbrough from  the church with Dinah’s brother George at her side.  Friend and agent,  Ruth Bowen is in the white mink hat.)

By the time the funeral was over, the sun had gone down and The Hawk was whipping through the Windy City streets.  The mourners finally assembled at Burr Oak Cemetery on the city’s southwest side. It was fourteen degrees below zero and well past closing time. Cemetery workers tried and tried again to lower the casket into the open grave but the winch was frozen solid.

Just a few weeks earlier while watching President Kennedy’s funeral, Dinah remarked that “nobody will ever see the Queen lowered into the grave like that” and she was right.  They had to leave the casket in the snow overnight until the grave attendents could lower the Queen deep into the bitter earth from which she came and often sang of.

Barbara and Bobby: Scandelist Affair

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Singer Bobby Womack married Sam Cooke’s widow today (February 24,  1965).

 

 The marriage was scandalous from the start and since Bobby Womack wasn’t even  21 years old yet, he had to receive his parents’ permission.

 

But the main issue was the fact that Sam Cooke’s family was still grieving  over his death, which had occurred just three months earlier

It was Sam Cooke who discovered Bobby Womack and The Womack Brothers,  Cleveland natives who were signed to Sam Cooke’s label SAR Records.

As The Valentinos, Sam Cooke had produced the group’s single “Looking For a  Love,” as well as “It’s All Over Now,” which was re-recorded by The Rolling  Stones.

But on December 11, 1964 music history would be changed, when Sam Cooke was  shot and killed by a motel owner in East Los Angeles.

Within months of Sam Cooke’s death, Barbara Cook was flashing a new  engagement ring that was a gift from Sam’s friend Bobby Womack, who had just  proposed to her.

To make matters worse, Bobby had been seen driving around Los Angeles in  Sam’s car, along with his wife, and he was even wearing the late singer’s  clothes.

This was too much for most of Sam Cooke’s family members, including his  brother Charles Cooke Jr.

When Bobby Womack and his new wife Barbara decided to go to Chicago that  summer, they ended up in a violent confrontation with Charles. Charles, 38, went to pay the Womack’s a visit at a local motel, for what he  described as a “personal talk.”

Charles had told Bobby in so many words that he would be assaulted if he ever  showed his face in Chicago.

Bobby Womack had decided he would not live his life in fear after marrying  Barbara, so he phoned ahead to let Charles know that he would be in Chicago to  attend the wedding of Sam Cooke’s niece.

Barbara had loaded a gun with bullets in anticipation of the visit, while  Bobby Womack also prepared for the altercation.

“I figured if Charlie was going to do something, I wanted to get it over and  done with,” Bobby Womack said in his autobiography “Midnight Mover: The True  Story of the Greatest Soul Singer in the World.”

“Barbara and I flew to Chicago,” Womack said. “We checked into the Roberts  Motel and I called Charlie. I told him ‘I’m here. We’re in 2112. In the motel  room, Barbara busied herself loading bullets into a pistol. Barbara had a mean  streak in her.”

When Charles arrived with his brothers David and L.C., he pistol whipped  Bobby and beat him to the point that his teeth went through his lips, rendering  him unconscious.

“I opened the door and Charlie punched me. He beat me so bad my whole head  swelled up like a melon…he even broke my jaw,” Bobby Womack revealed.

Barbara attempted to fire the gun at Charlie, but Bobby Womack had already  taken the bullets out of the pistol, just before Charles and the rest of Sam’s  brothers arrived.

Charles Cooke was hit with a number of charges, including assault.

He was released on $1,000 bail, but since Bobby Womack refused to prosecute  Charles, the charges were eventually dropped.

For all of their troubles and tribulations, Bobby Womack’s marriage to  Barbara Cooke ended in 1970.

According to Bobby, he was also having sex with Sam Cooke’s teenaged daughter  Linda, which was too much for Barbara to take.

Bobby Womack and Barbara Cooke Womack eventually divorced in 1970.

Sam Cooke’s daughter Linda went on to marry Bobby Womack’s brother Cecil  Womack.

Linda and Cecil eventually had seven children together and moved to Africa,  where they changed their name to the Zekkarriyas

Cecil Womack passed away on February 1, 2013 in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

Honey: The Raw Report!

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Crab Stuff Mushrooms!

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms 1Ingredients:
24 Portabella mushrooms…
1 Pound Blue Crab meat
8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1 1/2 cups Italian style bread crumbs
1 cup chicken stock
4 Tablespoons concentrated crab boil (liquid)
3 stalks of green onions
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of garlic paste
Shredded Mozzarella/Provolone mixed cheese
Cooking spray
Salt
Pepper

Preparation:

To prepare the crab… Add crab boil to crab meat and refrigerate. I let mine sit overnight and it was perfect but I like a lot of spice. So just remember the longer you let it sit the more intense the flavor/heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Wipe mushroom caps with a damp cloth and remove stems
Saute chopped green onion and garlic paste in butter
Remove onion mixture from the heat and let sit about 5- 10 minutes.
Add the broth, breadcrumbs, cream cheese and crab. Mix thoroughly. (don’t over stir but do make sure that the cream cheese is evenly distributed.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Spray a large flat pan or cookie sheet generously with Pam or other cooking spray.
Fill each mushroom cap with the filling.
Top generously with shredded mozzarella/provolone cheese.
Bake 20 – 25 minutes

Ivory Joe Hunter: Happy Birthday!

ivy jo hunterIvy Jo Hunter, born George Ivy Hunter and sometimes credited as Ivy Hunter, is a former R&B songwriter, record producer and singer, most associated with his work for the Motown label in the 1960s.
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Hunter was trained in orchestral music—primarily trumpet and keyboards.

After a stint in the United States Army, Hunter began performing as a singer in the proto-soul venues around Detroit, where he became friends with songwriter Hank Cosby. Cosby introduced him to Motown’s first A&R man, William “Mickey” Stevenson.

He played keyboards on Motown sessions before Stevenson began working with him as a songwriter. He became a principal in the Motown Records house band and began to write some of the most significant hits of the early Motown years. With Marvin Gaye and Stevenson, he cowrote the Martha and the Vandellas hit “Dancing in the Street” which, in the fall of 1964, provided …an American counterpart to the British Invasion. Hunter also produced and wrote songs for Motown artists like The Marvelettes,

The Temptations and Gaye, for whom he produced the Top 40 hit single “You” in 1968, and The Contours’ 1964 hit, “Can You Jerk Like Me”.

He continued to write, produce, serve as session musician and perform throughout the 1960s. As a vocalist he recorded a great deal of material with Motown during the 1960s, including demos of his own compositions, but nothing was released until 1970.

In 1970, Motown issued an Ivy Jo single on their soon to be discontinued VIP label entitled “I Remember When (Dedicated to Beverly)”. The following year another single on VIP was issued entitled “I’d Still Love You”. An album was also planned with the title Ivy Jo is in this Bag, but was shelved. Shortly after this he left Motown.

In 1970, he contributed to Funkadelic’s “Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic?” on that band’s eponymous first album. He also co-produced an album for Wee Gee (William Howard), the former lead singer of The Dramatics. In 2009 he took part in celebrations to mark Motown’s 50th anniversary.

Hunter should not be confused with either blues singer/pianist Ivory Joe Hunter or Motown pianist Joe Hunter who was leader of the label’s houseband The Funk Brothers from 1959 to 1964.

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