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Beyoncé, Johnny Cash, and More: This Week in Music History

April 17: Johnny Cash performed at the White House

On this day in 1970, Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. The artist performed his famous “A Boy Named Sue.” Fun fact: famous poet Shel Silverstein actually wrote this song.

April 18: Landing in China

In 1985, Wham! became the first Western act to release a pop album, Make It Big, in China. 

April 19: Because The Night

Notably, in 1978, Patti Smith released the single “Because the Night.” 

April 20: Nothing Else Matters

In 1992, Metallica released the single “Nothing Else Matters.”

April 21: Happy Birthday!

Today, four of the most influential music artists were born. Ranging from four different genres and styles, the musicians made history changing music forever.

First, we have Iggy Pop. An American singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor, Iggy Pop was famous for being the singer and leader of the band The Stooges.

Iggy Pop. He served as the vocalist for the influential proto-punk band the Stooges, which reunited in 2003, and people widely recognize him for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.

Robert Smith English singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, principal songwriter, and only consistent member of the rock band the Cure, which he co-founded in 1976. Additionally, he was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984 and was part of the short-lived group the Glove in 1983.

April 22: The Blues Brothers

In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on NBC’s Saturday Night Live

April 23: Lemonade

Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé. Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records released it on April 23, 2016, and a 65-minute film of the same title accompanied it on HBO.

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