Queer for April 5

1961

Barbra Streisand made her network television debut when she appeared on NBC’s “Tonight with Jack Paar,” with guest host Orson Bean. Bean had recently performed with her in a nightclub and invited her to be on the late-night program for some national exposure when he filled in for Paar. She sang “A Sleeping Bee” and “When The Sun Comes Out.” Phyllis Diller andGore Vidal were also on the show.

1975
Olivia Newton-John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow, a number one hit had dropped to number 9

1977
David Bowie was one of the guests on The Dinah Shore Show.

1984
Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was named Top Female Video and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2nd annual MTV Music Awards.

1985
UB40, the Style Council, Spandau Ballet, Alison Moyet, Bronski Beat, the Pogues and Frankie Goes to Hollywood were featured on the U.K. music show The Tube.

1988
Tracy Chapman released her great self-titled debut album on Elektra Records.

2001

David Bowie started his BowieRadio on-line radio station.

2005

Lisa Marie Presley’s album “Now What” was released.

2008
Lady GaGa had the #1 U.K. album with her debut The Fame.

2017
Barry Manilow comes out as gay.

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