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Originally posted 07/16/18: On July 16th, in 1952, Stewart Copeland, the drummer for the Police was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He's credited with song writing, composing and producing music for films, video games, operas, orchestras and ballets. Copeland was also a member of the band Curved Air who predate the Police with a 1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv'. The Police created several top 10 US & UK charting songs during the '80's.
On July 16th, in 1995, Female Emcee/Singer/Actress, Founder of the Flavor Unit, and formerly a member of the Native Tongues, Queen Latifah, was car-jacked (Living Single Sit-com days). The car-jacking did not go as planned for the jackers or Latifah's entourage. Her bodyguard was shot and wounded in the process. (Who else is in this picture? Leave your responses in the comments section.)
On July 16th, in 2012, Hungarian-American bass player, Bob Babbitt died at aged 74 from a bout with brain cancer. The seminal drummer from Motown's Hey Day studio band the Funk Brothers played the music for LPs released on the Motown imprint from 1966-1972. He played the funky licks on Stevie Wonder's Signed Sealed Delivered, Edwin Starr's War, Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles & most notably-Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye, Band of Gold by Freda Payne, and Ball of Confusion & Just My Imagination by the Temptations.
On July 16th, in 2015, A vehicle owned by Hip Hop Pioneering Dee Jay Grandmaster Flash, which had several valuable vintage LPs in it, was parked in a Manhattan, NY parking garage for a couple of hours. Upon returning to his vehicle, Flash learned that it had been erroneously given to another person by the parking attendant. The attendants defense was that he thought it belonged to someone else and gave it to the person he thought was the rightful owner. Sidebar: The pose/face Flash has in the pic above is probably the same way he looked at the attendant that gave his car away. 2 years later, on this same day, DMX was charged with tax fraud by the IRS. The 16th isn't a good day for Hip Hoppers. Peace
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