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This Week In Music History June 9-15

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JUN 9: Today in 1984, Cyndi Lauper was at #1 with “Time After Time”. She co-wrote the song with Rob Hyman of The Hooters. It would stay at the top for two weeks and garnered a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1985. 
JUN 10: Today in 2004, Ray Charles passed away of complications due to acute liver disease at age 73. 😢 Charles was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at their inaugural ceremony in 1986. He is often referenced as one of the most influential musicians of all time. During his lengthy career, he contributed to the soul music genre by combining blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues.
JUN 11: Happy birthday to Donnie Van Zant, born today in 1952!🎂🎸 He was a member of 38 Special from 1974 until his retirement in 2013. Donnie is the middle brother of three very talented musicians - Ronnie the oldest was the original lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny who is the current lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 2013, Donnie had to retire from music due to inner ear nerve damage. JUN 12: Born today in 1951, Brad Delp of Boston. The lead singer was known for his vocal range and singing all harmony parts, but he was also a multi-instrumentalist. During downtime away from Boston, he lent his vocals to bandmate Barry Goodreau’s side projects and sang in a Beatles tribute band, Beatlejuce. In 2007, sadly Delp committed suicide in his home. RIP😢 
JUNE 13: On this day in 1975, Peter Frampton began playing two nights at the Winterland Ballroom. The recordings from these shows became the album Frampton Comes Alive!. 

JUN 14: Happy birthday to Boy George, born today in 1961!🎂🎤 Best known as the androgynous lead singer of the 80s band Culture Club, Boy George has also had a successful solo career. He was first noticed by the Sex Pistols manager who arranged for him to perform on stage with Bow Wow Wow. George left to form his own band, Culture Club. They had numerous hits through the 80s and have recently performed together on tour. 

JUN 15: Happy birthday to Noddy Holder, born in 1946!🎂🎤 He was lead singer and played rhythm guitar with Slade. Holder formed bands as a teen and drove Robert Plant’s band Tennessee Teens around to gigs using his father’s van. In the mid-60s he was in a band that eventually became Slade. He departed Slade in 1992 to pursue other endeavors. 

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