This Week In History: Jackson 5, Van McCoy, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson + Mariah Carey

Joe Causi here with another amazing week in music history as its back to the ‘60s with the Jackson 5; into the ‘70s with Van McCoy; off to the 80s with Peter Gabriel; the ‘90s with the ‘King of Pop’; and finally into the 2000’s with Mariah Carey!


The ’60s

It happened this week in 1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records.

Two years later they would make music history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The songs were ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’, ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.


Van McCoy (AP Photo)

Van McCoy (AP Photo)

The ’70s

It was this week in 1975 when Van McCoy and the Soul City went to number one on the US singles chart with their single ‘The Hustle’ creating a new style of music for people to dance to… and DISCO was born!


via Giphy

via Giphy

The ’80s

It would happen this very week in 1986 — Peter Gabriel would head to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’.

The song’s music video would win a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV VMAs.

‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.


Michael Jackson (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It’s back this week to 1992 when The ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson, made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street.

28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.


Mariah Carey (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Mariah Carey (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)


The 2000’s


It happened this week in 2002 when Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital after suffering from “extreme exhaustion.”

Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.


–Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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