This Week In History: The Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, & U2

Hey guys! Joe Causi with you once again as we take a trip back in the day with another week in music history! This week, the Rolling Stones get the cheapest payday ever; Jerry Lee Lewis goes after The King; Michael Jackson gives us “Thriller”; Whitney will always love you — and a whole bunch more!

The ’60s

It’s off to 1969, when during their North American tour, The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden.

The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000.

I think they get that for one song now.


Jerry Lee Lewis (AP Photo/Rene Perez)

Jerry Lee Lewis (AP Photo/Rene Perez)

The ’70s


It happened this week in 1976, ten hours after his last arrest, when Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley‘s Graceland home in Memphis, TN demanding to see ‘the King.’

When police arrived, they found Lewis in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.


Michael Jackson 's RIAA platinum record for "Thriller" (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images).

Michael Jackson ‘s RIAA platinum record for “Thriller” (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images).

The ’80s

It would be in 1983, Michael Jackson‘s 14-minute video for Thriller was premiered in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis and co-starring former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray. The video (like the song) contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price.

The video was filmed at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, the zombie dance sequence at the junction of Union Pacific Avenue and South Calzona Street in East Los Angeles and the final house scene in the Angeleno Heights neighborhood at 1345 Carroll Avenue.


(Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GettyImages)

The ’90s

This week in 1992, The Bodyguard opened nation-wide featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

The film, which was Houston’s acting debut, was written by Lawrence Kasdan in the 1970s originally for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross.

It became the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992 with the soundtrack becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 42 million copies worldwide.


(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

It would be in 2004 when U2 shot the video for ‘All Because Of You’ from a moving flat bed truck on the streets of Brooklyn in New York City.

Later in the day, they performed a brief concert under the Brooklyn Bridge, which was taped by MTV for a later showing.



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