Today in Music History: Remembering Cynthia Robinson on her birthday

Cynthia Robinson
Remembering Cynthia Robinson, on her birthday. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1944, Cynthia Robinson of Sly and The Family Stone was born. Best known for being the group's trumpeter and vocalist, her voice and presence were featured in the hit "Dance To The Music". Robinson was among the first female trumpeters in a major American band, and the first in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the band fell apart in 1975, she was the only original member to continue working with Sly Stone. In 2006, she reunited with the original band members of Family Stone, and on November 23, 2015, Robinson died of cancer in Carmichael, California at the age of 71.

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1968 - The Supremes appeared in an episode of the popular NBC show "Tarzan". The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 - Alice Cooper released his third album Love It to Death which went on to become their breakthrough album reaching number 35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and selling one million copies in the U.S.

1974 - Jim Croce started a five-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with You Don't Mess Around With Jim.

1974 - The Steve Miller Band reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with "The Joker".

1977 - The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer's Stewart Copeland's London apartment, with Henri Padovani on guitar.

1977 - EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months.

1981 - It was reported that the White House had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan and Kiss.

1983 - Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist for Traffic, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Stockholm. He was 38 years old.

1991 - Damn Yankees peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with "High Enough" which was their only top ten single in the U.S. and the highest charting single of Ted Nugent's career.

1995 - The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, the late Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Neil Young, The Orioles and the late Frank Zappa were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1995 - Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Al might be best known for his signature song, "Let's Stay Together", but he had many hits including "Take Me To The River", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You" and "Love and Happiness". With 29 albums and many awards and accolades under his belt, some have referred to him as "The Last of the Great Soul Singers".

2001 - British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess' bottom, refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.

2003 - Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died at a Miami hospital. He was 53. He had suffered a heart attack three days prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery.

2017 - Richard Carpenter said he was owed at least $2 million in royalties for the hits he recorded with The Carpenters. He claimed Universal Music had only paid the band a "minuscule fraction" of the money they were owed from downloads on sites like iTunes and Amazon. T


Long John Baldry was born today in 1941.

Felipe Rose of The Village People is 67.

Blixa Bargeld of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds is 62.

Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan is 51.

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is 51.

Melanie Chisholm, a.k.a. Mel C, a.k.a. Sporty Spice of The Spice Girls is 47.

Zayn Malik of One Direction is 28.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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