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JANUARY 21

1885 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (Louisiana-born African-American Blues Singer, Composer) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz American Songwriters Los Alamos National Laboratory Writer's Almanac
1941 Plácido Domingo (Spanish Tenor) Placido Domingo Mexico Opera Latin-American Studies
Richie Havens (New York-born African-American Singer, Songwriter) Richie Havens Popular Music African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1942 Edwin Starr (Tennessee-born African-American Singer, Songwriter) Tennessee Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
Mac Davis (Texas-born Singer, Songwriter) Texas Performing Artists Popular Music Nashville Writers Foundation University of Georgia
1965 Jason Mizell "Jam Master Jay" (New York City-born African-American Rapper) New York City Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists Intenet Movie Database African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1984 Jackie Wilson (Detroit-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jackie Wilson Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
2002 Peggy Lee (North Dakota-born Popular Singer) North Dakota Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1939 Harold Arlen's Song "Over the Rainbow" Is Copyrighted Harold Arlen American Composers and Songwriters Wizard of Oz Patents and Copyrights USPTO
1942 Count Basie and His Orchestra Record "One O'clock Jump." Count Basie Popular Music Jazz African-American Heritage New York Times
1987 Aretha Franklin Is the First Woman Inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Aretha Franklin American Woman Performing Artists Historic Firsts Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Michigan

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