queer music for feb 11
February 11, 1966
Cher recorded “Bang Bang,” written and produced by Sonny Bono. It was her biggest solo hit of the 1960s.
February 11, 1977
David Bowie released ‘Sound and Vision’ as a single, which was taken from his latest album Low. ‘Sound and Vision’ was used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to No.3 on the UK charts.
fourth annual Brit Awards
British Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’
Best British Group went to Wham!
Boy George, lead singer of Culture Club, guest-stars on an episode of The A-Team. George played a singer mistakenly booked into a Country dance hall.
The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite.’ The title alludes to the communist slogan “Workers of the world, unite!”, and the 1966 David and Jonathan hit ‘Lovers of the World Unite’. The photograph on the sleeve is of a young Elvis Presley. (who’s mother’s maiden name was Smith)
Elton John performs at the National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Philadelphia.
Barbra Streisand was named MusiCares Person of the Year by the Grammy organization.
Queen made UK chart history, becoming the first act to sell six-million copies of an album with their Greatest Hits compilation.
72-year-old Barry Manilow was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering what was described as “complications from emergency oral surgery” that he had undergone earlier in the week. His One Last Time tour had to be put on hold and concerts in Kentucky and Tennessee were canceled. To the surprise of many, just three days later Barry was well enough to attend Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party in L.A. where he performed “Mandy” as well as “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from his latest album, “My Dream Duets”.