This Week In History: The Turtles, Woodstock, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, and Neil Diamond

“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.

Talk about a week of up’s and downs! This week we look at what really went on behind closed doors at the White House in the 60’s; The Greatest Triple soundtrack ever; We lose the king of reggae and the king of swing; and another Brooklyn original takes it to the top!

Watch Joe discuss this week in history below!


The ’60s

It was this week in 1969, The Turtles gave a special performance at the White House as guests of the Nixon’s.

Meanwhile stories later circulated concerning members of the group allegedly snorted cocaine on Abraham Lincoln’s desk.

For shame!


Woodstock 1969

AP Photo

The ’70s

Lets head back to 1970, when it was this week the triple soundtrack album Woodstock was released going gold within two weeks.

The album featured tracks by; Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe McDonald, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana and others.

The couple on the album cover are Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline. Guess they were in the right place at the right time!


AP Photo/Files

AP Photo/Files

 

The ’80s

It was this week in 1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumor at the age of 36.

His 1984 album Legend, is considered the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

 


(Photo by Peter Bolton/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(Photo by Peter Bolton/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The ’90s

Can you imagine it was this week in 1998, singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack.

The chairman of the board would go one to give us over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 ‘Strangers In The Night’.

His 1969 single ‘My Way’, re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart.


(Photo: Joe Cingrana, WCBS-FM/CBS Local)

(Photo: Joe Cingrana, WCBS-FM/CBS Local)

The 2000’s

It was this week in 2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album became the oldest artist to have a US number one.

The record was number one here in the U.S., U.K. and new Zealand!

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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