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queer culture for march 18

1979

Sister Sledge released the single “We Are Family”.

1986

Whitney Houston released the single “Greatest Love Of All”.

1995

Madonna ruled for a fourth week with “Take A Bow”. Soul for Real held down #2 with “Candy Rain” with the former #1 smash “Creep” by TLC third. “Baby” from Brandy followed that trio with another TLC smash–“Red Light Special” leaping from 18 to 5.

In New York, Madonna celebrated the premiere of her “Bedtime Story” video with a pajama party. The gathering was for 1,500 guests that were in pajamas and had teddy bears.

1998
Elton John told a British TV interviewer that tributes to Princess Diana, killed in a car crash the previous August, should stop. He said it was “time to give it a rest.” John’s recording of “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which he performed at the princess’s funeral, became the best-selling single in history and raised millions for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

2002
George Michael‘s single “Freeek!” was released in Britain.

2013
David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the No.1 spot in the UK in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first No.1 since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.

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