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Published on October 1st, 2016 | by Gerry Galipault

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Today is our birthday: Pauseandplay.com turns 19

Rewind to Oct. 1, 1997.

The Carolina Hurricanes, formerly the Hartford Whalers, lost their inaugural game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. American Home Products withdrew the anti-obesity medication Fen-phen from the market at the FDA’s request over problems identified with valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.

“The Peacemaker,” “In & Out” and “Soul Food” opened that week in theaters. The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” was released; Mariah Carey’s “Honey” was in its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, and LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs” debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart.

Oh, and Pauseandplay.com was born. Yes, today is our 19th birthday!

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, you can see how we looked back then. Yikes!

We’ve come a long way, baby …

Pauseandplay started out as a place for artist interviews, then grew into the big ol’ home for album release dates (and more) that it is today.

To celebrate our big birthday (wait till we turn 20 next year!), we’ve picked out some of our favorite songs and albums from the first five years of our existence.

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

  • “Little Sparrow,” Dolly Parton (Highlights: “Little Sparrow,” “My Blue Tears”)
  • “Discovery,” Daft Punk (Highlights: “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “One More Time”)
  • “Gorillaz,” Gorillaz (Highlights: “Clint Eastwood,” “19-2000,” “Rock the House”)
  • “Acoustic Soul,” India.Arie (Highlights: “Video,” “Brown Skin”)
  • “All for You,” Janet Jackson (Highlights: “All for You,” “Someone to Call My Lover,” “Son of a Gun”)
  • “Songs in A Minor,” Alicia Keys (Highlights: “Fallin’,” “A Woman’s Worth,” “Girlfriend”)
  • “White Blood Cells,” The White Stripes (Highlights: “Fell in Love with a Girl,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” “We’re Going to Be Friends”)
  • “No More Drama,” Mary J. Blige (Highlights: “No More Drama,” “Dance for Me,” “Family Affair”)
  • “The Blueprint,” Jay-Z (Highlights: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Jigga That Nigga”)
  • “Fever,” Kylie Minogue (Highlights: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” “In Your Eyes”)

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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