Today in Music: 03/22/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills was born on March 22, 1957, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At age 9, Mills appeared in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn. After a winning streak of several weeks at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, Mills went on to perform as an opening act for the Isley Brothers. Stephanie Mills rose to stardom originating the role of Dorothy in the Broadway run of the musical The Wiz. The song “Home” from the show would become her signature song and a #1 R&B hit. Mills scored four other #1 R&B hits: “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love”, “I Feel Good All Over”, “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me” and “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)”. Mills won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Never Knew Love Like This Before” from the album, Sweet Sensation. “Never Knew Love Like This Before”, written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, became her biggest pop hit, landing in the Top ‘Ten. The song also won a Grammy for Best R&B song. Mills recorded a number of disco classics including “What Cha’ Gonna Do with My Lovin'” and “Put Your Body In It” (the latter being a favorite of Larry Levan at Paradise Garage). Mills has been married three times, most notably to Jeffrey Daniels of the group Shalamar. #stephaniemills #bedstuy #broadway #thewiz #maggieflynn #apollotheater #amateurnight #isleybrothers #dorothy #home #ifeelgoodallover #neverknewlovelikethisbefore #putyourbodyinit #larrylevan #paradisegarage #jeffreydaniels #shalamar #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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