In 1984 “Relax” the controversial debut single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, became the longest running chart hit since 1967

One of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the decade “Relax” sold a reported 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in the UK Singles Chart’s history and would be the first song to emphasize the then, shock impact of Frankie members Holly Johnson’s and Paul Rutherford’s open homosexuality

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The Metal God Rob Halford turns 72

The charismatic lead singer of Judas Priest owns one of the most powerful wide-ranging voices of all time which he has been using very well since the 1970’s in defining Heavy Metal and he has also contributed immensely to the LGBT community and cause after coming out in 1998

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Singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram turns 54

In 1988 at age 19 Tanita Tikaram scored two major hit singles with “Twist in My Sobriety” and “Good Tradition” from her debut album “Ancient Heart”. She’d never repeat the same success again but remains an active musician and singer

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Lesley Gore, the voice of the 1960’s hit “It’s My Party” was born on this day in 1946

Lesley Gore was one of the most successful teen acts of the early 1960’s, she became famous with the smash hit “It’s My Party”, which she remains heavily associated with, later in life she became an activist for LGBT rights. Gore was born on this day 77 years ago

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