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On this day in music history: June 27, 1987 - “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on July 4, 1987, and peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on June 20, 1987. Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, it is the fourth chart topping single for the pop and R&B vocal superstar from Newark, NJ. After the massive whirlwind success of her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston begins recording her sophomore release in the Fall of 1986. Having produced the smash “How Will I Know” on the first album, producer Narada Michael Walden produces the majority of the new album, working on eight of the eleven songs on the finished LP. George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, the husband and wife songwriting team responsible for writing “Know”, and the pop vocal duo known as Boy Meets Girl, are invited back to contribute a song to Whitney’s album. Initially, the pair come up with “Waiting For A Star To Fall” for Houston and submit it to Arista. The song is rejected as not being suitable for Whitney, and the duo end up keeping it for themselves, and scoring a major pop hit with “Fall” (#5 Pop) in 1988. Instead, they write the equally bouncy and infectious “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, in a similar vein to “How Will I Know”. All involved agree that it is a smash, and Whitney and Narada record the song. Issued as the first single from “Whitney” on April 30, 1987, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #38 on May 16, 1987, it shoots to the top of the chart six weeks later. The 45 and import 12" versions of the single are backed with the non-LP track “Moment Of Truth” which also becomes a fan favorite. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” win Whitney her second Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1988. Houston’s second album also enters the Billboard Top 200 at number one on the same date that “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” tops the singles chart, making her the first female artist in history to debut in the top spot on the US album chart. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

listen i’m really sorry i don’t mean to be dramatic but ON JUNE 24TH, 1987 LIONEL ANDRES MESSI WAS BORN IN ROSARIO SANTA FE ARGENTINA AND 10,896 DAYS LATER HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL FOR FC BARCELONA AGAINST REAL MADRID ON APRIL 23RD 2017 AND TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF TO SHOW A SILENT BERNABEU HIS NAME AND I WAS ALIVE, BREATHING, AND WATCHING IT WITH MY OWN TWO EYES

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  HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, SASHA VELOUR   (June 25, 1987) 

I’m an over-thinker with a fighter’s spirit. I hope my legacy is that sometimes that level of thought is an asset, especially now in this political moment, because this political moment is very anti-intellectual, anti-information, and anti-historical. Clearly, I love queer history, learning, thinking about things really hard, and having these discussions about them… I hope that’s my legacy: this serious person with a tough veneer is about all these things, about what queer culture has been and should be, because we need that in order to combat from this political era. We need a historical, political kind of drag.”

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Happy 30th Birthday to the legend, Lionel Messi! {June 24, 1987}

“I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream.”

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Today is the 30th Birthday of one ugly mother$&%*er! On June 12, 1987, PREDATOR was released theatrically!

I still can’t believe that Jean-Claude Van Damme was the first choice to suit up as the PREDATOR! Footage of the Belgian actor performing in costume does actually exist. Rumor has it, the original alien suit was hotter than a Mickey Mouse costume in July in Disney World. Stan Winston was called in to re-design the creature. Kevin Peter Hall replaced JCVD and the rest is history!

George and Dhani Harrison, 1987, photographed by Terry O'Neill (source: National Portrait Gallery)

“‘He’s lovely,’ says Harrison. 'He’s good fun, good company. He can play When We Was Fab on the piano.’ Asked for further description, Harrison laughs. 'Well, I mean, he’s only a little schoolboy. It’s not as though he’s hosting The Tonight Show.’” - People, 19 October 1987 [x]

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“Dhani, the son of whom he [George] was so proud.” - Sir George Martin [x]

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“My dad was my hero, my best friend.” - Dhani Harrison, 2012 [x]

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Happy birthday G.O.A.T Lionel “Leo” Andres Messi Cuccittini !!! [24th June 1987, Rosario,Argentina ]

“It is clear that Messi is on a level above all others. Those who do not see that are blind.” “I am asked this question [is Messi the greatest player on the planet?] every season and every time I say the same thing. He’s a fantastic player and moreover he is my friend.”- Xavi