June 20 – Blues Brothers, Beyoncé

1980

In Philadelphia, this poster’s worth a LOT more than 50 bucks.

Release of John Landis comedy film The Blues Brothers (*), starring Saturday Night Live regulars John Belushi and Dan Akroyd.

Jake and Elwood take on ‘a mission from God’ to save the Roman Catholic orphanage in which they grew up. 40 stunt drivers help the brothers destroy sixty ($400) police cars in the chase scene  — a record broken only by the film’s 2000 sequel. ▷Vanity:Making of ▹

Jake: Five grand? No problem, we’ll have it for you in the morning. Let’s go, Elwood.
Sister Mary Stigmata: No, no! I will not take your filthy stolen money!
Jake: Well then… I guess you’re really up Shit Creek.
Stigmata hits Jake Blues with a ruler
Stigmata: I beg your pardon, what did you say?
Jake: I offered to help you… You refused to take our money. Then I said: I guess you’re really up Shit Creek!
Stigmata hits Jake Blues again
Elwood: Christ, Jake. Take it easy man.
Stigmata hits Elwood Blues

Supporting actors in the $30M film include John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Twiggy, Frank Oz, a big chunk of Booker T. & the M.G.’s and many more. The soundtrack album reaches US#18 on the charts.

At 28 years old, Landis had scored in 1978 with National Lampoon’s Animal House. His 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London wins an Oscar.

( BB film site ) ( BB fansite ) Rawhide

2003

Release of Houston-native singer Beyoncé‘s debut album Dangerously in Love.

An international top-5 success, it establishes the lead-singer of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child as a worldwide solo artist. It wins 5 Grammy awards and produces Billboard (US#1) singles Crazy in Love and Baby Boy.

Like all previous albums her eponymous fifth (released Dec. 13, 2013) is an international smash.

In 2008 the singer marries NYC rapper, record producer Jay-Z. ▷2013 interview ▹

See also: List of best-selling music artists

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