This Week In History: The Monkees, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and Adele

It doesn’t get any weirder than this week in music history as we head back with the introduction of the Monkees; The East Street band plays to the smallest crowd ever; Sir Paul gets busted in Japan; Jimmy Buffet should have flown a little higher over Jamaica; and Adele is larger than life!


The ’60s

Let’s start it off back in 1966 when NBC-TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 fall schedule.

The series centered on the adventures of The Monkees, a struggling rock band from LA and introduced a number of never before seen new-wave film techniques to television.


AP Photo/Columbia Records

The ’70s

It’s back this week to 1973 when Bruce Springsteen would appear at Villanova University in Philly to an audience of 25 people. The concert went unadvertised, making this probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.



Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The ’80s

Taking a trip back to 1980, it was this week when Sir Paul McCartney would hit the slammer for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.

McCartney said in 2004, “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”

Bad move, Paul!


Jimmy Buffett (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1996, when Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett‘s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane.

U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. But guess what, the incident gave Jimmy the inspiration to write a song called ‘Jamaica Mistaica’.

Ya Mon!


(Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)

The 2000’s

We head back just five years ago to 2012 when Adele would break an American chart record that stood for years after being set by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Adele’s second album “21” chalked up 16 weeks at No.1 on the US chart matching the success of the Titanic movie soundtrack and beating The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.


–Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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