Today in Music History: Deborah Harry Raps

Blondie had the biggest crossover hit with "Rapture" Today in Music History.
Blondie had the biggest crossover hit with "Rapture" Today in Music History. (Wikimedia Commons)

History Highlight:

Today in 1981, new wave pop-rockers Blondie entered the R&B album chart with Autoamerican, which peaked at #7. "Rapture," from the same album, turned out to be one of the first big crossover rap hits, going to #1 for two weeks.

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1976 - David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for drug possession in a hotel room in Rochester, New York.

1991 - Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 81 in Fullerton, California.

2000 - Soul Coughing disbanded after eight years and three albums.

2004 - Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth.

2008 - Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! died of heart failure at the age of 61.

2008 - A five-year legal row over the use of the Beach Boys' name was settled by two former members of the group.