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This Day in Pop Culture for May 5

Cinco de Mayo

1862: Cinco de Mayo

It may not be surprising to learn that the annual celebration known as Cinco de Mayo is actually more popular in America than in Mexico. Originating back to 1862 on this day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. As a David-vs.-Goliath-like event, the fact that the smaller army took over the larger one was a morale booster. (Unfortunately, the Mexican army was defeated by the French a year later.) Some people confuse the day with Mexico’s Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16. In the U.S., the day became more of a celebration of Mexican-American culture. It is said that Cinco de Mayo rose in popularity in the 1980’s due to advertising campaigns from beer and wine companies. Shocker. (Image: EPCOT/Chloe Rice)

1979: Peaches and Herb are ‘Reunited’

On this day in 1979, the pop duo, Peaches and Herb were “Reunited” (and it felt so good) when the song reached #1 on the Billboard pop chart. But here’s the thing, over the years, there have been actually been seven “Peaches” who partnered with Herb. In the late ‘60’s, Herb Fame (aka Herbert Feemster) was paired with Francine Barker but due to the rigors of touring, Marlene Mack toured with Herb as a stand in. The act ended in 1970.

Peaches and Herb
(Polydor Records)

The act ended in 1970. Then, in 1976, he found a new partner, Linda Greene and the duo had hits with “Shake Your Groove Thang” and “Reunited.” This successful pair recorded seven albums, but split somewhere between 1983-1986 as Greene recorded new gospel music with her husband, Stephen Tovani. The fourth “Peaches” came in the form of Patrice Hawthorne in 1990. In 2002, Miriamm Wright became the fifth “Peaches.” In 2008, it was reported that Wanda Makle would record an album with Herb, but that didn’t pan out as she was dropped in favor or “Peaches” number seven, Meritxell Negre from Spain and the first non-black “Peaches.” Negre is the third recording artist to co-record with Fame.

Birthdays

  • 1903: James Beard (chef)
  • 1927: Pat Carroll (actress)
  • 1944: John Rhys-Davies (actor)
  • 1988: Adele (singer)
  • 1999: Nathan Chen (Olympic skater)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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