Sunday, June 21, 2020

Music History Today: June 22, 2020

June 22, 1953: Cyndi Lauper is born in Astoria, Queens, New York.

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Cyndi Lauper burst onto the charts with her debut album, She's So Unusual (1983). She scored a string of hits that included "Time After Time" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and won the 1984 Grammy Award for best new artist. 
Read more:  Biography
June 22, 1967:  The Bee Gees had the fastest-rising song on this date--79 to 42, with "To Love Somebody."
The Bee Gees had not been in Britain long when they recorded “To Love Somebody”, their third UK single. They had arrived from Australia in November 1966 and signed a management deal with Robert Stigwood, who found them a contract with Polydor Records. Stigwood, an astute Australian who worked for Brian Epstein, touted the Bee Gees as a rival to the Beatles, and persuaded Otis Redding that the material the brothers Gibb wrote might suit him.  
Read more:  Financial Times


June 22, 1974: Madonna, 15, goes to her first concert: David Bowie at Cobo Arena in Detroit. "I recognized myself in him somehow and he gave me license to dream a different future for myself," she says. 
It defies logic a little bit, but the biggest hit off of a diamond-selling album by one of the biggest pop stars of all-time has become underrated. On the crit-praise aggregator website AcclaimedMusic.net,  “Like a Virgin” ranks as the No. 230 most-beloved song ever — a solid ranking, but a couple of hundred spots below “When Doves Cry” and “Billie Jean,” the signature songs from two of Madge’s megastar contemporaries, Prince and Michael Jackson.  
Read more:  SPIN
Eleven years to the day, June 22, 1985, her album, "Like a Virgin," became the first album by a female artist to reach five million in sales. 



June 22, 1974: Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to murdering John Lennon in December of 1980 and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison. 
As documented in the press, Chapman is known for an obsessive devotion to "The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger's novel about teenage alienation. (He) suffers from depression and was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by Dr. Bernard Diamond, a psychiatrist for the defense. 
Read more:  CNN
Empty Garden
Elton John 




June 22, 1988: Robert Palmer releases "Simply Irresistible" in his native UK, where it peaks at #44. It fares much better in the US, where it lands at #2.
"Simply Irresistible" is the first single released by English rock singer Robert Palmer from the 1988 studio album Heavy Nova and is presented in one of the most distinctive and memorable music videos of the 1980s. 
Read more: Wikipedia


June 22, 1990: Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to play at Yankee Stadium when he performs at the first of two sellout shows.
You hate to say Yankee Stadium had a better week when its team was out of town, but not much the Yankees have tried so far this year has come close to the triumph Billy Joel registered Friday night before some 60,000 happy rock 'n' roll fans.  
Read more:  NY Daily News


True Colors 
Cyndi Lauper


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