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Michael Silver
May 24, 1999
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May 24, 1999


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Louis Armstrong (right) sponsors a New Orleans semipro team called Louis Armstrong's Secret Nine.

Dancer Bill (Bojangles) Robinson is best man at the wedding of Pittsburgh Crawfords pitcher Satchel Paige. During Paige's days with the Kansas City Monarchs, from 1940 to '47, Robinson occasionally tap-dances on the team's dugout during games.

The Treniers release Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song), featuring a cameo voice-over by the Hall of Fame outfielder. The single isn't a hit; it never makes the Billboard R&B chart.

Five months before becoming heavyweight champion, Cassius Clay releases an album, I Am the Greatest.

Celtics K.C. Jones (below) and Tom Sanders release their duet, The Basketball Twist, as a single.

A few months after their victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, four members of the New York Jets dub themselves the Four Jets and fumble a country and western tune on The Ed Sullivan Show. Later that year the L.A. Rams' Fearsome Foursome, including Deacon Jones (below), sing on TV.


Attempting to produce a sound "like Wembley Stadium full of football supporters," British glam rocker Gary Glitter records Rock and Roll Part II (Hey!), which will become the most ubiquitous—and annoying—anthem in U.S. sports history.

After winning the heavyweight championship, Joe Frazier hits the road with a Memphis-style soul revue dubbed Smokin' Joe and the Knockouts.

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