Musical Queers for Feb 18

1978

Queen’s News of the World was third on the LP charts

with “We Are The Champions” remained fourth on the song chart.

1984

Culture Club remained at #1 with “Karma Chameleon”.

1990

At the 11th Brit Awards, Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance with Queen. They received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

2012

Whitney Houston had an invitation-only memorial at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly. Kevin Costner read a moving and personal Eulogy.

queer music for feb 16

1957
Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” begins a six-week run at #1 in America.

February 16, 1974
Barbra Streisand had her second #1 song as “The Way We Were” reached the top spot.

Olivia Newton-John’s first big hit “Let Me Be There” was number 6

on the LP chart
Former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John at #5

February 16, 1975
Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show premiered on CBS with guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler. The series lasted for two seasons.. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.

1978

The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square’s Warner Theatre.

1980
Barry Manilow was on top of the Adult Contemporary chart with “When I Wanted You”. It was his 17th AC hit, and an incredible 16 of those had gone Top 10 with 10 #1’s in just six years of his career.

Queen was up to #2 although many stations already had “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” #1.

1985
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.

Wham! hit #1 with “Careless Whisper”.

1990

Singer k.d. lang was pictured on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

1991
Whitney Houston had her 8th #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”

Queen, which was always bigger in their native England, scored their seventh #1 album in the U.K. with Innuendo.

2001

Sex researcher/author William Masters, of the research and writing team of Masters and (Virginia) Johnson, died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. (Human Sexual Response, Human Sexual Inadequacy)

2006

Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

2015
Leslie Gore, who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1963 and 1967, including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, She’s A Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me”, died of cancer at the age of 68.

\ American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, died of lung cancer aged 68. She is best known for the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’ which was produced by Quincy Jones. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own’, written with her brother Michael.

queer music by and inclusive of for Feb 14, 2021

February 14, 1956
Actor Tab Hunter receives over 62,000 Valentines from a large following of female fans. A year later, he would have his first hit record with “Young Love”. His Heartthrob Status faded, and in the 1970s, he would make Jon Waters movies and later come out as gay, exposing the sexual oppression in Hollywood.

February 14, 1973
A male fan tries to kiss David Bowie, who was wearing a white dress during his Valentine’s Day show at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Which David Bowie collapsed at the end of, reportedly from exhaustion.

1974
Rolling Stone reported that David Bowie had turned down a Gay Liberation group who asked him to compose the “world’s first Gay National Anthem.”

February 14, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any.

1981
ABBA continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song with the fantastic “The Winner Takes It All”.

1984

Rod Stewart and Olivia Newton-John are among the guests at Elton John‘s marriage to studio engineer, Renate Blauel, in Sydney, Australia. The couple stayed together for four years, although John later admitted he knew he was homosexual before the marriage.

1985

Whitney Houston’s self titled debut album is released by Arista Records on Valentine’s Day. The LP will produce four giant Billboard hits, “You Give Good Love” (#3), “Saving All My Love For You” (#1), “How Will I Know” (#1), and “Greatest Love Of All” (#1).

1998

Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ set a new recorded for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.

Madonna performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.

1999
Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV Elton John did a version of “Your Song” on an episode titled “I’m With Cupid.”

The “Titanic” Soundtrack was the #1 album for the fourth straight week. Celine Dion was a solid #2 with Let’s Talk About Love. Listeners couldn’t get enough of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, which was on both albums.

2001

“Timeless–Live in Concert,” winner of four Emmy Awards and billed as Barbra Streisand‘s farewell concert, aired on Fox-TV.

2012

Whitney Houston, whose majestic voice helped her place 32 songs on the Billboard Pop chart between 1985 and 2001, passed away at the age of 48. Daughter of Cissy Houston of The Sweet Inspirations.

2015
Lady Gaga got engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!,” she captioned a photo of a heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram two days later. They split up in 2016.

Musical Queers Feb 13

February 13, 1971

Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection Lp rose to number 5.

while the self-titled Elton John LP had fallen to number ten

February 13, 1973
David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

February 13, 1974
David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’

February 13, 1977
US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any

1984

Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit “There Goes My Baby” peaked at #21 pop and #20 R&B.

1988
In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 15th Winter Olympics opened.

kd lang performed

1989

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album “Whitney” becomes Houston’s first single to be certified platinum with shipment of over one million units

1999

Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

2005
Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years

7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’

Queer Music February 2

queer music
February 2, 1957
Closeted Actor Tab Hunter topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with his version of “Young Love”. A month later, the record would rise to #1 on the Billboard chart where it would stay for six weeks.

1989
George Michael accepts an apology and an undisclosed cash settlement from The Sun newspaper to settle a libel suit after the publication printed an article that claimed that Michael was drunk and abusive at a party hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

1991

Whitney Houston achieved her 12th Top 10 in her last 13 releases with “All the Man That I Need”.
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Boy George was roughed up by two bouncers after he tried to jump the queue outside The Ministry Of Sound in London where George had been a guest DJ.

2003

Falsely marketed as a lesbian Russian girl duo: Tatu, started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All The Things She Said’. The song had been a hit on the Russian charts three years earlier. Tatu were the first Russian act to score a UK No 1.

also marketed as faux lesbians
2008

The Spice Girls cut short their reunion world tour.

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