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On August 19th, in 1939, Ginger Baker (R), the drummer for Cream was born in Lewisham, South London, UK. His drumming style is known for merging African Rhythms with Jazz beats. He’s been a pioneer drummer in Fusion Jazz, Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Metal and World Music.
Some of the bands he played for and/or founded are: the Graham Bond Organization, Blind Faith, and Ginger Baker’s Airforce. He did some of his funkiest work alongside Afrobeat pioneer, the legendary Fela Kuti (2nd L). Other notable collaborations include: Gary Moore, Hawkwind & Public Image Ltd. He’s 79 today. Give the drummer some!
On August 19th, in 1969, Snoop’s cousin Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale) was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He sang the hooks on the Dogg Pound Crew albums (Daz, Kurupt, Snoop), and he did the same for Dre’s albums. He quickly became the hook singer for a lot other Hip Hop Artists, most notably:
Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Pharaoh Monche, The Game, 50 Cent, Eminem & Xzibit. Nate also had a self-titled solo project that utilized his unique style of singing and emceeing. He’s a member of 213 with Snoop & Warren G. Nate is one of many that invented the G-Funk sound. He died in 2011 at age 41 in the LBC.
“...we’re gonna blow the cobwebs out your mind…’ On August 19th, in 1978, Parliament-Funkadelic figure head George Clinton had their third number 1 US R&B chart hit with One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic). After the Hardcore Jollies LP by Funkadelic:
The group began to have more of a hard edged dance music sound and strayed away further from their hard rock and psychedelic rock sound. The new sound was still dope though. Clinton is a true innovator of the Funk, and it’s visual presentation with his elaborate stage sets, wild costumes and characters associated with the P-Funk movement (Sir Nose, Star Child, Dr. Funkenstein).
On August 19th, in 1999, the once deemed ‘Official’ magazine-The Source, were having their awards show in Los Angeles, California. The best New Female Hip Hop Artist of the Year Award went to Lauryn Hill. R. Kelly pulled in the Best R&B Artists of the year, and DMX took home two awards:
Solo Live Performer & Male Hip Hop Artist of the Year. It was a mixed bag of sounds and styles that evening. All of their careers are riddled with tragedies associated with drugs and inappropriate contact with minors. While others are rumored to have had all types of issues with performing. However, all three artists have had their high points with the music they created over the years.
On August 19th, in 1972-Freddie’s Dead by Curtis Mayfield off the Superfly Motion Picture Soundtrack, was No.2 on the US R&B chart, and No.4 on the US Pop chart. This song was his biggest hit out of the 32 singles he released between 1970-1997. ‘...that’s what I said…'
‘…Girls, ya can’t do what the guys do, no, and still be a lady…’ On August 19th, in 2001, the fabulous Betty Everett died from passed away at her home in Beloit, Wisconsin. She was 61. She sold over a million copies for her single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)’.
‘…now when I say who’s the master, you say, Sho-Nuff!’ On August 19th, in 2008, Sho Nuff (Julius John. Carry the 3rd) passed away in Los Angeles, California from pancreatic cancer (56). He played several rolls in TV shows and movies, but his most memorable one is Sho-Nuff!
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