queer for april 19


April 19, 1824
Poet George Gordon Byron, known as Lord Byron, died of fever at 36.


1969
Smile (later to be known as Queen ) appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.


1974

While in New York, David Bowie sees Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia at Carnegie Hall, and attends the aftershow party.


1975

Elton John fired bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson, but, brought them both back in 1980.


Elton John ruled the charts with “Philadelphia Freedom”,


1978
Patti Smith released the single “Because the Night.”


1986

Whitney Houston dominated the Album chart, spending a ninth week (out of 14) at #1 with her self-titled debut.


George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder), which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person.


2000

Britain’s Daily Express won the right from the Court of Appeal to keep their source a secret. Elton John had sued for the name of the source that had leaked information about his forthcoming action against Price Waterhouse Coopers.


2014
The White House refused to comment on a campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US. Around 275,000 people had signed a petition on its website calling for the Canadian singer to be removed from the country. The campaign had been set up in January of this year when the 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving and illegal drag racing.
Bieber has suggest he is bisexual, but is probably queerbaiting. Which shows how the qmunity is a market niche less marginalized than previous century/decades.

queer culture match 20

March 20, 1971
Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her – especially, he has said, in the line “Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away.” Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

March 20, 1975
Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.

March 20, 1976
, Queen entered the Top 10 with A Night at the Opera at number 9

March 20, 1982
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song had been a B-side from 60’s bands The Arrows.

The Go-Go’s were to this point the top self-contained all-girl group of the Rock Era (The Bangles would later pass them.) The Go-Go’s album Beauty and the Beat was #1 for a third week.

Olivia Newton-John was Physical at #8 ,

1993

“Simple Life” by Elton John was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.

Whitney Houston scored her 16th Top 10 song in 20 releases–“I Have Nothing”.

1994

Madonna snags her third Razzie for Worst Actress at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards. Her first came in 1987 for Shanghai Surprise, and the second followed in 1988 for Who’s That Girl. This time around, it’s her role as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence that underwhelms the judges.

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