Joe Causi back at you again with another awesome week in music history! This week we go back to the ’60s when a no-name garage band would go one to be one of rock and rolls biggest artists; The ’70s when the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ takes to the skies; The ’80s, when the ‘King of Pop’ goes ablaze; The 90’s and one of rock history’s biggest finds; and finally to the 2000’s with one of our own from Staten Island, NY!
Let’s start it off back to 1966 when two dozen local groups appeared at a ‘battle of the bands’ gig at the Matawan-Keyport Roller Rink in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each.
The Rogues won first place, in second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, featuring a very young Bruce Springsteen on vocals. The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
Can you imagine third place???
It was this week in 1975, Elvis Presley bought a sleek, shiny Convair 880 Jet airliner formally owned by Delta Airlines for a cool $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Elvis would then spend another six hundred grand refurbishing the Jet to include his personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.
Talk about flying the friendly skies!
It back to 1984, when the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, underwent surgery at a Los Angeles hospital to repair the damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
It happened this week in 1995 when Peter Hodgson of Liverpool, England found a tape in his attic containing SIXTEEN of The Beatles earliest recordings made way back in 1959.
The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl,’ a Lennon-McCartney composition that The Beatles never recorded and Ray Charles‘ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.”
The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson’s father had lent to Paul McCartney during tuff times. Pretty cool, huh?!
It would be this week in 2004, one of our very own from Staten island R&B singer Eamon started a four week run at number 1 on the UK singles chart with “@#$% It”, (I Don’t Want You Back)’ his debut single.
The song would make history and a listing in the Guinness World Records for “the most curse’s in a No.1 song”, with 33. Really, what the @#$%!