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On August 11th, in 1970 A Tribe Called Quest’s Dee Jay & Producer-Ali Shaheed Muhammad was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Mr. Muhammad not only spun and played behind the boards, he also plays drums, guitar, bass, keys and does some vocal work too. Aside from his music with ATCQ, he has some dope joints he did as a member of Lucy Pearl with Raphael Saadiq and Dawn Robinson. He also collaborated with J-Dilla under his Ummah production company, and worked with Adrian Younge helping him scoring for Marvel’s Luke Cage show. He’s 48 today.
On August 11th, in 1969, Diana Ross had set up a special party/meet and greet for the newest Motown act she had ‘discovered’-The Jackson 5. The event took place at The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills, California.
There were over three hundred special guest in the music business, mostly associated with the Motown label, that watched the Jackson 5 do a poolside show. Today marks the day that the Jackson 5 officially signed and became an act on Motown. They became one of the most recognizable groups on the label working with the infamous Funk Brothers, Stevie Wonder and seminal producers on the label.
On August 11th, in 1964, The High Numbers performed a show at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England, UK. Before they took the stage, band member Roger Daltry was approached by his father in-law.
Daltry’s father in-law dragged Daltry outside of the Hotel and fired on him, stole on him, hit him, etc. A fight ensued while the band began their set. Daltry returned to the stage post fight and performed. The band later became The Who.
On August 11th, in 1943, Kenneth Gamble was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He, & Leon Huff penned numerous songs for the Motown imprint in the early and mid 60s. In the early 70s when Motown moved west, Gamble & Huff started their own label-TSOP label (The Sound of Philadelphia).
Notable performers that have sang Gamble & Huff songs, and/or recorded on their imprint include: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Jackson 5, O’Jays, Temptations, Billy Paul, and The Supremes. Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Kenneth Gamble is 75 today!