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Olivia Newton-John’s name in lights, the Maven of House music & more: Your weekly bop rewind

To paraphrase DJ Caspar: “Take it back now y’all, five bops this time!”We’ve finally reached the end of the week, and it couldn’t come soon enough. The vibes have been a bit of a mix bag: Trump was raided by the FBI, Black trans women made history, and gay conservatives dropped the most embarrassing app made in years. A true whirlwind.Our time machine look through queer music hist’ry this week is also a fairly mixed bag, with a good balance of bops and ballads.From a morning angel to a love that’s faithful, here’s your weekly bop rewind:This breezy, romantic tune was one of Johnny Mathis’ first pop chart hits, and a lovely entry at that.
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