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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
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Carlisle and Roberts booted from 'DWTS'

Carlisle and Roberts booted from 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Belinda Carlisle and her professional partner, Jonathan Roberts, were the first pair eliminated from this season of "Dancing with the Stars."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 17, 2007.
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Belinda Carlisle back in French

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Belinda Carlisle, pop diva of the 80s, is back with a new French-inspired album, "Voila!" Her first album in a decade, "Voila!" also is Carlisle's first album sung entirely in French.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2006 with 136 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2005 with 136 to follow.
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The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for August 15-21, 2005.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 17, the 230th day of 2004 with 136 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2003 with 136 to follow.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include bluesman Luther Allison, who was born in 1939;Gary Talley of the Box Tops in 1947 (age 55); Boston's Sib Hashian in 1949 (age53); Steve Price of Pablo Cruise in 1951 (age 51); Kevin Rowland of Dexy's Midnight Runners in 1
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2002 with 136 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The Today in Music weekly package for Aug. 17-23.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

BRIT AWARDS Gorillaz are up for six awards in next month?s Brit Awards ceremony.
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Belinda Carlisle
Belinda Carlislie of the Go Go's performs in concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach on February 8, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Belinda Jo Carlisle (born August 17, 1958) is an American singer and best-selling author who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, considered by some to be the most successful all-female band of all time and, historically, the first such group whose members wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. Topping the Billboard charts with the Go-Go's, she sold more than seven million albums and later went on to a successful solo career with hits "Mad About You", "Summer Rain", "I Get Weak", "Leave a Light On" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and others, which were major successes in the United States and United Kingdom as well as internationally. Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, reached No. 27 on the The New York Times Best Seller list and received favorable reviews. On August 11th 2011, she received, as a member of the Go-Go's, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Belinda Carlisle was born in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles to Harold, a travelling salesman (he sold vacuum cleaners) and his wife Joanne, who raised the children at home. The first of seven siblings, with three brothers and three sisters, she was five years old when her father abandoned the family and upon her mother's second marriage, did not have a close relationship with her stepfather, Duke Kurczeski. Growing up in Ventura County's Thousand Oaks, a part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, she was a cheerleader at Newbury Park High School and, at the age of 19, left home.

Carlisle's first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Around this time Carlisle did some back-up singing for the Black Randy and the Metrosquad. Soon after leaving The Germs, she co-founded The Go-Go's (originally named The Misfits), with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olaverria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olaverria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock. The Go-Go's became one of the most successful American bands of the 1980s, helping usher New Wave music into popular American radio, and becoming the first all-female band, who wrote their own music and played their own instruments, to ever achieve a #1 album. The Go-Go's recorded two more studio albums on I.R.S. Records, including 1982 Vacation, which went gold. "Head over Heels", from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to #11, but they never repeated the success of their 1981 multi-platinum debut, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed".

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