Archives for : November2014

Happy 39th Birthday Tamika Scott



Happy Birthday to Tamika Scott…actress and singer, and former member of the female R&B group Xscape, (born November 19, 1975).

Happy Birthday 58th Birthday Garry George “Jellybean” Johnson





Happy Birthday to drummer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and musician Garry George “Jellybean” Johnson (born November 19, 1956). A member and drummer of the band named The Time who worked along with famed producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, he went on to help record several songs with other artists including Alexander O’Neal, Cherrelle and most notably with Janet Jackson.

Happy 56th Birthday Terrence C. Carson

Happy Birthday to singer and stage, film, and television actor Terrence C. Carson (born November 19, 1958). He is best known for portraying Kyle Barker on the FOX sitcom Living Single.

Happy 45th Birthday Erika Alexander


Happy Birthday to actress Erika Alexander (born November 19, 1969). She is best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as Maxine Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single.

Happy 65th Birthday Ahmad Rashād



Happy Birthday to Ahmad Rashād (born Robert Earl Moore on November 19, 1949)…sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former professional football player.

Happy 48th Birthday to Gail Devers



Happy Birthday to Yolanda Gail Devers (born November 19, 1966)…retired three-time Olympic champion in track and field for the US Olympic Team.

Happy Birthday Meg Ryan



Happy Birthday to actress and producer Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born November 19, 1961)…professionally known as Meg Ryan.

Happy 52nd Birthday Jodie Foster




Happy Birthday to actress, film director, and producer Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster; November 19, 1962).

Happy 72nd Birthday Calvin Klein



Happy Birthday to fashion designer Calvin Klein (born November 19, 1942).

He launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry.

Happy Birthday 81st Larry King



Happy Birthday to Larry King (born November 19, 1933)…television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards.

Happy 78th Birthday Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett



Happy Birthday to Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett (born November 19, 1936)…former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussions.

Happy Birthday 35th Birthday Nate Parker




Happy Birthday to Nate Parker (born November 18, 1979)…actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride.

Robert Willie White (November 19, 1936 – October 27, 1994)




Robert Willie White (November 19, 1936 – October 27, 1994) was an African-American soul musician, one of the guitarists for Motown’s in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, White is best known for performing the guitar riff on The Temptations’ number-one hit single “My Girl”, but played the guitar on many successful Motown records, including “Can I Get a Witness” by Marvin Gaye, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, “Something About You” by the Four Tops and “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners.

Oscar Moore and Wes Montgomery were among White’s influences. Among the guitars White used to record were the Gibson ES 335 and the Gibson L-5.

White died of complications from open heart surgery in his home town of Detroit in October 1994, aged 57.

Happy Birthday Joseph Edward Hunter (November 19, 1927 – February 2, 2007)


Joseph Edward Hunter (November 19, 1927 – February 2, 2007) was an African-American musician, known for his recording session work as a pianist in Motown Records’ in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. One of the original Funk Brothers, Hunter served as band director for the band from 1959 until 1964, when he left Motown and was replaced by Earl Van Dyke.

Hunter was born in Jackson, Tennessee, United States. Though his time with the Funk Brothers was short, his unique style of piano playing was integral to the “Motown Sound” . Hunter left a lasting impression on future Motown session musicians, and artists such as Stevie Wonder.[citation needed] He also produced and arranged various soul tracks during the 1960s. He was involved with Pied Piper Productions. Some artists that Hunter can be affiliated with are The Metros, Dennis Edwards, The Hesitations, and Freddy Butler

Hunter’s influences include Art Tatum, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Nat King Cole. Among the many records he performed the piano for are “Shop Around” by The Miracles (though the Gerald Posner book, Motown, credited Berry Gordy, Jr), “Do You Love Me” by The Contours, and “Heat Wave” by Martha & the Vandellas.

Joe Hunter died of natural causes on February 2, 2007, at the age of 79. He was a full-time musician in the Detroit area at the time of his death. He is survived by his son Joe jr, daughter Michelle, and three grand children Joe III, Nathan and Isaac.

He is not to be confused with the Texan pianist Ivory Joe Hunter, who died in 1974; nor with the Motown producer and songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter.

Happy 75th Birthday Pete Moore


Warren “Pete” Moore (born November 19, 1939, Detroit, Michigan) is an African- American soul singer, record producer, and songwriter, notable as the bass singer for Motown group The Miracles from 1955 onwards, and is one of the group’s original members. He is also a 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and a BMI and ASCAP award-winning songwriter, and was the vocal arranger on all of the group’s hits.

Jimmy Ruffin: Rest In Peace


Legendary Motown singer, and brother of the late great, David Ruffin has passed away  at the age of 78, Wednesday morning from a long illness, he died in Las Vegas NV, Wednesday says a close family member, details about the upcoming funeral arraignments have yet to be announced.

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