June 19 in Music History: Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson release their solo debut albums

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Diana Ross self-titled solo debut

1970 – Diana Ross releases her self-titled, solo debut album.

1971 – Carole King’s album Tapestry hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 15 weeks.

1973 – Smokey Robinson releases his solo debut album, Smokey.

1973Roberta Flack … The First Time Ever TV special airs on ABC.

1974 – The Delinquents, a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash), make their debut at Queen Elizabeth College in Kensington, England.

1976 – Future Smiths singer Steve Morrissey has a letter published in this week’s edition of music magazine Record Mirror and Disc asking the editor why they had not included any stories on The Sex Pistols.

1980 – Donna Summer is the first artist to sign with Geffen Records.

2012 – Fiona Apple releases The Idler Wheel … (full title: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do.)

 

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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