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On August 28, 1966, was born Melanie Susan Appleby "Mel" (1966 - 1990), half of the sister duo, Mel & Kim.
English-born sisters Mel and Kim Appleby rose to prominence in the late '80s thanks to the producing team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman. In late 1986, Mel and Kim released their debut single, "Respectable." The song combined '80s dance-pop with Stock, Aitken & Waterman's trademark slick production. "Respectable" became a huge international success, helping to launch their debut album F.L.M. up the charts in 1987. The album produced two other singles: "F.L.M." and "Showing Out."
F.L.M. was to be the sisters' only album. In 1988, Mel was diagnosed with cancer and died of the disease early in 1990.Kim recorded a solo album in the early '90s, but it was not as successful as her work with Mel and Kim.
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