17 June

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1987 Kendrick Lamar is born in Compton, California. At 8 years old, he watches Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre film their "California Love" video in his neighborhood and decides he wants to be a rapper.

1986 Longtime radio personality Kate Smith dies of respiratory arrest at age 79 after years of struggling with diabetic complications.

1985 The famously reclusive Bob Dylan opens up on the syndicated radio show Rockline, taking calls from fans.

1981 At Earls Court in London, Pink Floyd play the last of 31 performances of The Wall, a unique stage show where a giant wall is erected (and torn down) as the band plays the album in its entirety. It's Roger Waters' last concert with the band, which breaks up in 1983 and carries on without him a few years later.

1980 Led Zeppelin begin what will be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.

1978 Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing," which he wrote with his brothers, the Bee Gees, hits #1 in America.

1977 At the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas, Judas Priest play their first show in America, opening for REO Speedwagon. The British metal band is looking to make headway in the US, where they're released their album Sin After Sin; they get a better pairing at the end of the tour when they open two shows for Led Zeppelin.

1977 Steve Winwood releases his debut solo album, Steve Winwood.

1973 Dolly Parton records "I Will Always Love You," a song written about her mentor, Porter Wagoner.

1972 The Spinners, recently signed to Atlantic after a decade on Motown, record at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia for the first time with producer Thom Bell. The session is very productive, yielding "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "I'll Be Around," and "How Could I Let You Get Away."

1972 "Jesus Music" (later known as Christian contemporary) takes center stage at Billy Graham's Explo '72 in Dallas, where acts like Larry Norman and Love Song perform along with Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Andrae Crouch. Graham calls it the "Christian Woodstock."

1972 The Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street hits #1 in America.

1969 Elvis Presley releases "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard."

1969 Kevin "KT" Thornton (of Color Me Badd) is born.

1968 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" is certified gold.

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Katy Perry Gives Up Gospel For Pop

2008

Katy Perry's major-label debut album, One of the Boys, is released, featuring the hit single "I Kissed a Girl." It's not her first album: In 2001 she released a gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

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