The Registry

Tue, 03.14.1933 story

Quincy Jones, Composer, Musician, and Producer born

*On this date in 1933, Quincy Jones was born. He is a Black musician, composer, producer, and arranger.

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Sun, 11.25.1928 story

Etta Jones, Singer born

On this date in 1928, Etta Jone, an African American jazz singer, was born in Aiken, South Carolina.

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Sun, 07.15.1923 story

Philly Jo Jones, Jazz Musician born

Philly Joe Jones was born on this date in 1923. He was an African American musician.

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Mon, 02.12.1934 story

Bill Russell, Basketball Player, Coach, and Activist born

*Bill Russell was born on this date in 1934. He was an African American professional basketball player and coach.

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Mon, 09.02.1946 story

Billy Preston, Versatile Musician born

*Billy Preston was born on this date in1946. He was an African American musician and singer.

From Houston, Texas, and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. William Everett Preston in addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Wed, 11.23.1949 story

Gayle Jones, Writer born

*Gayle Jones was born on this date in 1949.  She is a Black writer. Jones is from Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Franklin and Lucille Jones. She grew up in Speigle Heights, a neighborhood, in a house with no indoor toilet. Her father was a restaurant cook and her mother, who wished to be a writer, stayed home.  She […]

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Tue, 04.06.1937 story

Billy “Dee” Williams, Actor born

*Billy Dee” Williams was born on this date in 1937.  He is a Black actor, voice actor, and artist.   William December Williams Jr. was born in New York City, the son of Loretta Anne a West Indian-born elevator operator at the Lyceum Theatre. She was an aspiring performer from Montserrat, and William December Williams, Sr., a Black and Native American caretaker from Texas.  He grew up in Harlem.  He used to go […]

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Mon, 07.04.1938 story

Bill Withers, Singer, Lyricist born

*Bill Withers was born on this date in 1938.  He was a Black singer-songwriter and musician. William Harrison “Bill” Withers Jr., the youngest of six children, was born in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia.  He was the son of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. He was born with […]

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Sun, 02.21.1915 story

Claudia Jones, Pan-African Nationalist born

*Claudia Jones was born on this date in 1915.  She was a Black Caribbean journalist and activist.  Born Claudia Vera Cumberbatch, she was from Trinidad.   When she was nine years old, her family emigrated to New York City following the post-war cocoa price crash in Trinidad. Her mother died five years later, and her […]

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Sun, 06.27.1948 story

Bill Summers, Global Percussionist born

*Bill Summers was born on this date in 1948. He is a Black Afro-Cuban jazz/Latin jazz percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist. From Detroit, as a child, his mother influenced his musical path. In 1953 he was enrolled at the Detroit Conservatory of Music, where he learned Piano, Composition, and Theory for 5 of his 10 Years there. […]

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