This Week In History: The Beatles, Ray Stevens, James Brown, Keith Richards, + Lance Bass

“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.

Here we go with another week in music history, and this week let’s all settle back for a week of historic FIRSTS; one of the BIGGEST fads of the ’70s; the Godfather of Soul forgets the word “stop”; Keith Richards reaches for the wrong book; and *NSYNC’s Lance Bass wants to REALLY get out there!


The ’60s

 

It was this week in 1967 when The Beatles were selected from a group of many musicians to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast.

The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, written by John Lennon.

The track was ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the ‘summer of love’.

 

You can watch the broadcast HERE.

 


(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum)

(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum)

 

The ’70s

 

Okay, is it me but is this one of the wildest fads ever in the history of man?!

It was this week in 1974, when Ray Stevens started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the novelty song ‘The Streak’.

The song capitalized on the then popular craze of — yes, streaking! I remember like it was yesterday when my principal of my high school sent out a letter saying ‘any student caught streaking at this year’s graduation would not graduate!!!!’

I wanted to do that so bad!!!!

 


(Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

The ’80s

 

When the Police say stop, you stop right? Not for the Godfather of Soul!

It was this week in 1988, when James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, following a car chase near his home. He was charged with assault, resisting arrest and being in charge of illegal weapons and was given a six year jail sentence.

What was he thinking anyway?!

 


(Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

(Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

The ’90s

 

It’s back this week to 1998, when Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home.

The fall broke his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates that year on their Bridges To Babylon tour.

He should have had both hands on the book I guess?


(Photo by Space Adventures/Getty Images)

(Photo by Space Adventures/Getty Images)

 

The 2000’s

 

Strap yourself in for this one! It was this week in 2002 when Lance Bass of boy band *NSYNC underwent hospital treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Why? Well, Lance was hoping to qualify for a seat on board a Russian rocket flight to the International Space Station. He never actually made it off the planet.

Lance, just keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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