May 18, 1959 - Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" is number one on the pop charts.
The rock 'n' roll classic "Kansas City" was written by famous songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded by several different artists.
However, Wilbert Harrison's version is the top pick and spends two weeks at the top of the charts. Harrison's song is also the first song to enter the charts at the low position of 100 and go all the way to number one.
Part of a large family of Charlotte musicians, Harrison attended West Charlotte High School.
September 4, 1957: Three years after the US Supreme Court decision in favor of desegregation, four courageous young people change Charlotte forever when they become the first black students to enroll in all-white schools.