Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jesse Belvin and Wife JoAnn, February 6, 1960

A hit singer who co-wrote the song "Earth Angel" which later became the music group's The Penguins biggest hit was killed in a mysterious hate crime murder after receiving death threats for playing to an integrated audience in Little Rock, Arkansas. A white police officer who came to the scene of the car crash which killed Mr. and Mrs. Jesse and JoAnn Belvin said he believed the tires had been tampered with, but the crash was ruled an accident. Belvin had received death threats before and during the concert which had to be stopped twice before proceeding due to violent agitators in the crowd who did not believe in race mixing. UPDATE: A request has been made to induct Jesse Belvin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The requirements are that the artist must have released an album. His wife JoAnn Belvin who was talented in her own right did not fit the requirements due to her having not released an album.)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see more & more people are opening up this story. A reporter has written a book about it, soon to be released. It's time Jesse Belvin's accomplishments are recognized worldwide...he belongs in the rock n roll hall of fame.

wholestory said...

That was no accident. See Eric Lenaburg's account @ www.fullerup.com

lovinallmusic68 said...

this singer was the bomb! I didnt hear his music til the 1980s, but ive never heard a voice like that!

dasoulman55 said...

everyone always known jesse was murdered its no surprise itll be a surprise if we find out who done it

TheEnglishBeatMan said...

His songs are more popular today in the UK than ever before.

mcwonderful said...

whoa i never knew about this why hasn't there been a movie about him???

bluesbrother said...

bout time their talkin bout jesse b

BIUTIFULBLACKMAN said...

BRANG JESSE BACK!!!!

Jeanette Baker said...

Jesse Belvin.
A beautiful person, songwriter, singer and mentor to so many artist. He will go down in history as one of the greats in
American music.
Jeanette Baker
Astro-Nett.com

jay jay soul said...

He deserves to be in the hall of fame, period

Tommy D'Amato said...

It's a shame he is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Isn't it about time???

Bird said...

Definitely, one of the greatest! Silky, smooth voice. He and my mom grew up together, school, church and family! My mom, Delores Stepper played piano. Should have been in Hall of Fame along time ago! My first time ever going to a double funeral! Wonderful couple and family.