This Week In History: Elvis Gets Hitched, Bruce Jumps a Wall, Blondie Hits #1, Jimi’s Guitar Auctions and Mariah Lights the ESB

“Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi has been around a few blocks, quite a few times — so when he’s got some music history for you, you’d better take heed.

This time around we look back on the marriage of Elvis & Priscilla, The Boss going over a wall, and Blondie’s first number one hit. Plus Mariah gets lit up and HOW MUCH did you pay for that Fender Strat?

Here we go…


The ’60s

It was this week in 1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley marry a very young 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14-years-old.

The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas — and although the marriage license cost only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500!

The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9th, 1973.

 


 

Bruce Springsteen (Michel Gangne/AFP/Getty Images)

Bruce Springsteen (Michel Gangne/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The ’70s

 

What was Bruce Springsteen thinking about anyway back this week in 1976? While after a gig in Memphis, Bruce would take a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall.

A guard took him to be another over-the-top fan and apprehend him.

Read the FULL story on Backstreets.com!

 


 

Blondie (AP Photo/Private Stock Records)

Blondie (AP Photo/Private Stock Records)

The ’80s

 

It was this week in 1980 when Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, thanks to Richard Gere’s movie American Gigolo. It would go on to become the band’s biggest selling single.

Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined.

 


 

(AP Photo/File)

(AP Photo/File)

The ’90s

 

Talk about cool! It was this week in 1990 when a Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000.

His two-hour set at the 1969 festival became the longest of his career.

Talk about a piece of pure rock and roll memorabilia!

 


(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The 2000’s

 

And it happened this week in 2008 right here in NYC when our very own Empire State Building would light up in Mariah Carey‘s motif colors, lavender, pink, and white, in celebration of her achievements in the world of music.

Carey was the first person in history to be honored with this event.

 

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