Tuesday, June 20, 2017


In Music History

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2013'50s country singer Slim Whitman, who enjoyed a career revival in the '80s thanks to a television direct-marketing campaign, dies of heart failure at age 90.
2012Fiona Apple releases her fourth album, The Idler Wheel..., her first since Extraordinary Machine in 2005.More
2012R&B singer Bobby Brown winds up a 2-year engagement to his fiance (and manager) Alicia Etheredge by tying the knot. The couple get married at a modestly pleasant ceremony in Hawaii.
2006Duane Roland (guitarist for Molly Hatchet) dies of natural causes at age 53.
1999In an interview published in Melody MakerBritney Spears says, "I would have to be totally happy in every aspect before I would get married. I believe marriage is for life."

She ends up getting married twice... in 2004.
1997"Jingle Bell Rock" singer Bobby Helmsdies from emphysema and asthma at age 63.
1996Comedic composer Vivian Ellis, known for the 1929 musical number "Spread A Little Happiness," popularly covered by Sting in 1982, dies at age 92.
1987Mötley Crüe begin their Girls, Girls, Girls tour with a show in Tucson, Arizona. The stage show features an inflatable Harley, lots of pyro, and a contraption that spins Tommy Lee and his drum kit upside down while he plays. Whitesnake is the opening act; later on the tour an new band called Guns N' Roses takes that slot.
1983Rapper Macklemore (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born Ben Haggerty in Seattle, Washington.
1980Donna Summer is the first artist to sign with Geffen Records.
1973Roberta Flack... The First Time Ever TV special airs on ABC.
1973Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" is certified Gold.
1973The Rocky Horror Show musical debuts at London's Royal Court Theatre. Two years later, it starts a brief Broadway run and is adapted into the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
1971Carole King's album Tapestry hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 15 weeks.
1969Metal guitarist Brian Welch (of KoRn) is born in Torrance, California.
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Katy Perry Begins A Hot Streak With "California Gurls"

"California Gurls" hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from Katy Perry's Teenage Dream album - a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson's Bad.
Written with the help of "I Kissed a Girl" producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, along with frequent collaborator Bonnie McKee, Perry's West Coast summer anthem is an answer to Jay Z's New York City tribute "Empire State of Mind." California-born Snoop Dogg adds to the beachy vibe with his rap, "I wish they all could be California girls," a nod to the 1965 Beach Boys hit.

Landing at #1 in its fourth week on the charts, it ties a 43-year-old record for the fastest rise to the top of the charts by a Capitol Records artist, a feat first made by Bobbie Gentry in 1967 with "Ode To Billie Joe." That's nothing compared to what happens next. Perry continues her hot streak with four more #1 singles: "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T.," and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Not since Michael Jackson's Bad(1987) has an album spawned five #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

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