queer for april 23

1956
Liberace meets Elvis Presley

1966
Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” coming in at #3

April 23, 1977
Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

Thelma Houston’s disco plea “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1975, hits #1 in America.

song chart at #6 , Natalie Cole edged up one with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind; Barbra Streisand’s former #1 “Evergreen” moved back up to #7,

LP chart: The Soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’” would have to settle for #3 , This One’s For You by Barry Manilow at #6 and Unpredictable from Natalie Cole at #8

1979
ABBA released the album Voulez-Vous.

1983
David Bowie moved into the Top 10 with “Let’s Dance” and Thomas Dolby was at #10 with “She Blinded Me With Science”.

David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’

1985
Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera “Another World”. He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.

1988
Whitney Houston topped the pop charts with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” while setting a record for most consecutive #1 singles. It was her seventh, beating out both the Bee Gees and the Beatles, who each had six in a row. (Houston’s record was partly because Elvis Presley’s run of #1 from 1956 through 1957 stopping being counted. )

The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was at #1 on the U.S. Album chart – with More Dirty Dancing from the movie at #3, George Michael’s Faith at #4

The movie soundtrack had a gay band The Blow Monkeys covering Lesbian Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me

1991

Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.

1995

Little Richard performed at the opening of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Falls, TN.

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