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1957
Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” begins a six-week run at #1 in America.

February 16, 1974
Barbra Streisand had her second #1 song as “The Way We Were” reached the top spot.

Olivia Newton-John’s first big hit “Let Me Be There” was number 6

on the LP chart
Former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John at #5

February 16, 1975
Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show premiered on CBS with guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler. The series lasted for two seasons.. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.

1978

The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square’s Warner Theatre.

1980
Barry Manilow was on top of the Adult Contemporary chart with “When I Wanted You”. It was his 17th AC hit, and an incredible 16 of those had gone Top 10 with 10 #1’s in just six years of his career.

Queen was up to #2 although many stations already had “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” #1.

1985
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.

Wham! hit #1 with “Careless Whisper”.

1990

Singer k.d. lang was pictured on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

1991
Whitney Houston had her 8th #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”

Queen, which was always bigger in their native England, scored their seventh #1 album in the U.K. with Innuendo.

2001

Sex researcher/author William Masters, of the research and writing team of Masters and (Virginia) Johnson, died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. (Human Sexual Response, Human Sexual Inadequacy)

2006

Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

2015
Leslie Gore, who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1963 and 1967, including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, She’s A Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me”, died of cancer at the age of 68.

\ American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, died of lung cancer aged 68. She is best known for the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’ which was produced by Quincy Jones. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own’, written with her brother Michael.

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