queer for april 17


1971

Janis Joplin was at 7 with her former #1 “Me And Bobby McGee”,

Little Richard and the Platters guested on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”


1972
Elton John released the single “Rocket Man.”


1976

Queen had song #9 with the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody


1982

“I Love Rock ‘N Roll”, Joan Jett’s musical declaration, spent a fifth out of seven weeks at #1. The Go-Go’s remained at #2 with “We Got The Beat”, : Olivia Newton John had #5 with “Make A Move On Me”


1992
The “Bodyguard Soundtrack” was the #1 album on this date, one of 20 weeks it ruled the Album charts


1993
David Bowie went to the top of the UK album chart with “Black Tie, White Noise”, his eighth UK #1 LP.


2004
At the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s song writing piano went for $140,000.

Queer for April 10, with allies


1927
George Antheil presented the scaled-down version of his “Ballet Mécanique” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the first symphonic work that used an airplane propeller and other mechanical contraptions not normally associated with the ballet.


1962

Film director Michael Curtiz died of cancer at 75. (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Captain Blood, The Sea Wolf, The Sea Hawk, Angels with Dirty Faces, Life with Father, Young Man with a Horn, Passage to Marseille, King Creole, The Comancheros, I’ll See You in My Dreams, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Jazz Singer, Mission to Moscow)


1970

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin teamed up for the first time on the album Elton John, which was released on this date.


former #1 “Me And Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin was now #6,


1978
Cher appeared on the cover of “People” with her boyfriend Gene Simmons (Kiss).

1982

The Go Go’s edged up to #2 with “We Got The Beat”
Vangelis hitting #3 with “Chariots Of Fire – Titles”.
Olivia Newton-John at #5 with “Make A Move On Me”


1985
Madonna kicked off her very first North American tour by playing the first of three nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on this 40-date Virgin Tour.


2009
“Hannah Montana: The Movie,” starring Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment and Billy Ray Cyrus, opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

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