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2019 Kanye West debuts his weekly Sunday Service series at his home in Calabasas, California. The event, teased on social media by wife Kim Kardashian, features gospel-soul takes of Kanye's hits with the rapper's celebrity pals rounding out the congregation. More

2017 Netflix launches a reboot of the '70s TV series One Day At A Time, this time with a theme song by Gloria Estefan and centered on a Cuban family. Estefan later appears on the show, playing Rita Moreno's sister.

2012 NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino dies of complications from diabetes at age 56.

2012 Wiz Khalifa is sued for $2.3 million over his hit song "Black and Yellow." Max Warren, who raps under the name "Maxamillion," claims Khalifa, his producers, and his label stole the song from him. In the lawsuit, Warren states that the idea for the song was taken from his copyrighted 2007 song "Pink and Yellow." Khalifa claims he's never heard of Warren or his music.

2009 Ron Asheton (guitarist for The Stooges) is found dead of an apparent heart attack in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 60.

2007 "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow (pedal steel guitarist for The Flying Burrito Brothers), suffering from Alzheimer's, dies in Petaluma, California, at age 72.

1999 Jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani dies at age 36. Born with a debilitating genetic condition, he became a top performer in his native France.

1999 Photographed by Annie Liebowitz, the Backstreet Boys appear in a print campaign with milk mustaches to promote the beverage.

1998 11-year-old Zac Hanson becomes the youngest songwriter ever nominated for a Grammy when Hanson's debut hit, "MMMbop," is considered for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

1996 Eazy-E's posthumous single "Just Tah Let U Know" hits #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1993 Lucky Thirteen, a Neil Young compilation album with four previously unreleased tracks, hits stores. It's his second compilation album, with the first being the Decade triple album released in 1977.

1992 Steve Gilpin (vocalist for MI-sex) dies after a severe car accident leaves him in a coma in Southport, Queensland, Australia, at age 42.

1987 In Australia, Elton John has throat surgery to remove a lesion on his vocal chords, forcing him to cancel his upcoming US tour. It's good news: the lesion isn't cancerous and he makes a full recovery.

1986 Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner is born in Sheffield, England.

1986 Following a suicide attempt and an alcohol-fueled nervous breakdown, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford finally goes to rehab. He gets out a month later, completes the Turbo album with the band, and manages to stay sober.

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American Bandstand Audience Teaches Village People YMCA Dance


The Village People appear on American Bandstand, where the crowd does the soon-to-be famous arm movements spelling out "Y.M.C.A." Host Dick Clark makes sure they learn those moves, and they do.

For their Bandstand appearance, the group has choreography for the song that includes throwing their hands in the air during the climactic chorus. But this audience is filled with cheerleaders, who interpret it as "give me a Y!" They also do the M, C and A, creating the iconic dance. When The Village People released their first album in 1977, it was with lead singer Victor Willis, a group of studio musicians, and Felipe Rose, who plays the Indian. They filled in their cast of characters by placing an ad in trade magazines that read: Macho Types Wanted. Must Have Moustache. Willis became the cop, and four others were chosen to portray other male avatars: construction worker, cowboy, soldier, leatherman. It's campy fun targeted to the gay community but accessible to anyone who can still tollerate disco. Their second album, Macho Man, gave them a modest hit with the title track, but it was "Y.M.C.A.," a cut from their third album, Cruisin', that got the attention of Dick Clark. The entire show is dedicated to the Village People, who perform four songs, starting with "Y.M.C.A." They incorporate the gestures into their routine, which audiences quickly pick up on. The song peaks at #2 in America on February 3, but it lives on at weddings, bar mitzvahs, dances and sporting events for years to come, with crowds spelling out the chorus. In the UK, it's an even bigger sensation: on the same day their Bandstand episode airs, it hits #1 in Britain, where it stays for three weeks. In April, they become the first disco group to tour arenas, including a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As disco fades, so does the band. Victor Willis leaves in 1980, and later that year, the group stars in the film Can't Stop the Music (alongside Bruce Jenner), which flops. They release their last album in 1985, but continue as a live act for hire, playing lots of bar mitzvahs. In 2017, Willis gains control of the name and begins performing with a new version of the group. The previous iteration, which includes original members Rose and Alex Briley (the soldier), carries on under the name "The Kings of Disco."


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Felipe Rose from Asbury Park, New JerseyI AM NOT WITH THE KINGS of DISCO, I moved on and began my solo career in 2018. It was an incredible time during the Disco Era and blessed to have a place in American popular music. My new single DANCE AGAIN - Life After Lockdown was released on June 1st, 2021, the official video is on YouTube - Felipe Rose/Dance Again. Please pop over watch it and give it like and sunscribe to my Channel and also watch my new podcast series the "DISCO CHRONICLES " While you're still at your keyboards go to my official website: www.feliperose.com and sign the guest book.

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