This Week In History: Frank Sinatra’s Nickname, Lake’s Skinny Dipping, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wayne’s World, and Chubby Checker’s Lawsuit

Hey everybody! It’s Joe Causi with another installment of This Week in History!

This week we find out how Frank Sinatra got his nickname, Emerson, Lake & Palmer do a little skinny dipping and pay a price, Ronnie Van Zant’s stolen headstone, partying with Wayne’s World, and Chubby Checker gets really worked UP!


The 1960s

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

It was this week in 1961 when Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records. Sinatra founded the label in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings would become the inspiration behind his nickname “The Chairman of the Board.” Reprise later became the recording label for many acts her in US, including Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and the Beach Boys.


The 1970s

Greg Lake (Getty Images)

Greg Lake (Getty Images)

It would be this week in 1974, while on tour here in the U.S. The band members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75.

It was this week in 1974 when Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer found himself in hot water when he decided to jump into his Salt Lake City hotel pool completely naked. The prog rock bassist was arrested and fined $75 for disturbing the waters of their lives.


The 1980s

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

It’s off to 1982! The marble grave stone was stolen from the burial place of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s singer Ronnie Van Zant. Local police would find the grave marker two weeks later in a dried up river bed. Talk about weird!


The 1990s

(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

It happened this week in 1992 when everybody’s favorite movie, Wayne’s World, premiered here in the States. The film featured appearances by Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper and having Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” included in the film propelled the song to #2 on the charts nearly 20 years after its first release. The power of the big screen!


The 2000s

Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images

Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images

It would be this week in 2013 when Chubby Checker launched a half a million dollar lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for including an app on its phones and tablets that was not only named after the musician, but it also measured a man’s manhood based on his shoe size.


–Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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