20 June

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2014 The BBC screens the documentary Billy Joel: The Bridge To Russia about his 1987 tour in the Soviet Union.

2012 The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees its theatrical release in the United States, notable in the music world for having "Powerless" by Linkin Park playing over the end credits.

2006 Billy Preston's funeral is held at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Among the mourners are Little Richard, Andrae Crouch, Della Reese, The Temptations' Ali-Ollie Woodson and Joe Cocker, who sings his Preston-penned hit "You Are So Beautiful."More

2004 Paul McCartney performs his 3,000th live show, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2003 For his 54th birthday, Lionel Richie receives a special gift: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Richie, the star's location on Hollywood Blvd. isn't far from the Holiday Inn where The Commodores stayed on their first trip to LA while recording their debut album.

2001 The Cult return with their seventh studio album, and first new recording in seven years, Beyond Good and Evil.

1997 Lawrence Payton (tenor vocalist of The Four Tops) dies of liver cancer in Southfield, Michigan, at age 59.

1988 Saxon release their Destiny album on the EMI label.

1981 Gary U.S. Bonds, last seen on the Hot 100 in 1962, reaches #11 with "This Little Girl," written for him by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen.

1978 Foreigner releases Double Vision.

1975 John Travolta makes his film debut as a Satanist in the horror flick The Devil's Rain, starring William Shatner. Just two years later, Travolta struts his stuff in Saturday Night Fever.

1975 Neil Young releases his 6th studio album, Tonight's the Night. A raw outpouring of emotion inspired by the drug-related deaths of Young's friends, it's initially considered too rough for mainstream release but ends up being one of the iconic albums of the decade.

1975 Screaming Lord Sutch, wearing a leotard and buffalo horns, rides through Romford, England on a white horse to promote an upcoming festival appearance.More

1971 Twiggy Ramirez (guitarist, bassist for Marilyn Manson) is born Jeordie White in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, but will be raised in Coral Springs, Florida.

1969 David Bowie records "Space Oddity," which he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Former Bandmates Bobby Brown, New Edition Release Hit Albums


MCA Records issues landmark albums by two of their hottest young R&B acts: Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel and New Edition's Heart Break.

It's been three years since Bobby Brown left New Edition to embark on a solo career. Brown had been a member of the Boston-bred boy band since its inception in 1978 until he was allegedly forced out of the group for a bout of bad behavior. A meager solo release, King of Stage, spawned just one hit on the R&B charts, "Girlfriend." He was in danger of becoming old news without New Edition. Brown turns his fortunes around when he taps hot R&B producers Babyface and Antonio "L.A." Reid for Don't Be Cruel. The album yields five Top 10 singles, including the title track, "Roni," "Every Little Step," "Rock Wit'cha," and – most notably – the chart-topper "My Prerogative." Written by Brown, "My Prerogative" is an in-your-face new jack swing anthem that embraces his newfound independence. The album spends six weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and becomes the best-selling album of 1989 in the US. Meanwhile, New Edition is ready for the next phase of their career without Brown, introducing their newest addition, Johnny Gill. No longer the little boys who crooned the sticky-sweet pop hit "Candy Girl," they need a new image to reflect their maturity as young men and a new sound to match. They hook up with their own star team: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the producers responsible for Janet Jackson's career-making turn as a sex icon with her breakthrough album Control. With Heart Break, Jam and Lewis coax a smoother R&B sound wrapped around adult themes of love and loss. The album peaks at #12 on the Billboard 200 and lands 5 charting singles, the highest being "If It Isn't Love" at #7 on the pop chart.



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