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Queer for April 5


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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


David Bowie started his BowieRadio on-line radio station.


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

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

Barry Manilow comes out as gay.


queer culture march 15

March 15, 1973
Elton John had the #1 album in the US with “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player”, which contained two hit singles, “Crocodile Rock” and “Daniel”. According to Philip Norman’s 1990s authorized biography, Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player”, so naming the album.

Whitney Houston entered a drug rehabilitation program.

Lisa Marie Presley announced that she would release her first new album, in five years, “Storm and Grace”.