This Day in Black History: Oct. 15, 1970

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10:  Singer Ginuwine performs with TGT at Soul Train Awards Weekend Live in Concert at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)

This Day in Black History: Oct. 15, 1970

Ginuwine, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, was born on Oct. 15, 1970.

Published October 15, 2013

The entertainer known as Ginuwine has had a notable career as a singer and songwriter as well as a dancer and actor. He was born in Washington, D.C., as Elgin Baylor Lumpkin and had a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles. He is widely regarded as one of the top R&B artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

His first single, “Pony,” was from the 1996 album, Ginuwine … The Bachelor. His second album, 100% Ginuwine, was released in 1999. In 2001, Ginuwine had a No. 4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single "Differences," which also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hop-Hop Singles and Tracks chart.

Ginuwine's fifth album, Back II Da Basics, was released in 2005. The album debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, selling nearly 100,000 copies. Ginuwine stated on BET's Top 100 countdown that the album went gold with sales of 500,000 copies.

Ginuwine, along with R&B singers Tank and Tyrese, formed the group TGT in 2007 and recently released their debut album, Three Kings, in August.

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 (Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)

Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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