Saturday, June 9, 2018

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2017Country songwriter/producer Norro Wilson, who penned hits for George JonesTammy Wynette, Charley Pride, and others, dies at age 79.
2016Brian May of Queen posts a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump's use of "We Are The Champions" at campaign events. "Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool," May writes. The following month, Trump uses the song as his entrance music when he makes his first appearance at the Republican convention.
2012Nat Reese, noted blues guitarist from West Virginia, dies at age 88.
2010Olivia Newton-John plays a celebrity judge on the Glee episode "Journey To Regionals."
2004Bad Religion release their 13th full-length studio album, The Empire Strikes First.
2000Sinead O'Connor comes out as a lesbian during an interview with Curvemagazine, saying, "I would say that I'm a lesbian. Although I haven't been very open about that and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian." She marries a man the following year and says she's "three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay."
1996The Fugees' reworking of "Killing Me Softly," featuring lead vocals by Lauryn Hill, goes to #1 in the UK, where it becomes the top-selling single of 1996.
1991Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound, hits #1 in America. The ballad "Rush, Rush" and the rosy "The Promise of a New Day" both go to #1 on the Hot 100.
1991De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, debuts at #26 on the Billboard200 chart.
1985Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
1984Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.
1981Alex Band (vocalist for The Calling) is born in Los Angeles, California. His father is horror film director Charles Band, known for the Puppet Master franchise.
1974Rick Wakeman departs Yes for a solo career, returns two years later, and leaves again after four years.
1974Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip.
1974Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" hits #1.
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Dolly Parton's "I Will Aways Love You" Hits #1

Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" goes to #1 on the Country chart. Nearly two decades later, Whitney Houston's R&B version tops the Hot 100 and becomes one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Parton wrote the bittersweet ballad of undying [platonic] love for her longtime mentor Porter Wagoner, who saw her rise to success during her seven years as a singer on his television show. The two also recorded 13 duet albums together before Parton decided to part ways. "If I should stay, I would only be in your way," she sings. In reality, Wagoner was standing in Parton's way as mentor and protege continuously butted heads over her decision to go solo. The song was a last-ditch effort to bring her stubborn partner around to the idea. "It's saying, 'Just because I'm going don't mean I won't love you. I appreciate you, and I hope you do great, and I appreciate everything you've done, but I'm out of here,'" Parton explained. It worked, but Wagoner insisted on producing the track.

Not only does the song land at #1 on the country chart in 1974, it does it again when it's re-released in 1982, making Parton the first artist to reach #1 twice with the same song. Meanwhile, an 11-year-old choir girl in New Jersey named Whitney Houston is just beginning to sing solos in church. Little does anyone know, her powerhouse rendition as sung to Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard (1992) will become the defining version to many. It holds the #1 spot on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks and carries the distinction of being the best-selling single ever from a female artist. 

Several other artists have recorded the ballad, including Linda Ronstadt with a pre-Whitney R&B version, but not Elvis Presley. The King's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, tried to get Parton to sign over half her publishing rights before Elvis would record the cover, but she wouldn't be snookered into a raw deal. All in all, it's a lucrative bit of songwriting for Parton that leaves no room for sour grapes. Parton even presented Houston with the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 1994 ceremony, where "I Will Always Love You" also won Record of the Year.

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