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This Week In History: John & Yoko, Jefferson Starship, Flashdance, Elvis, and the Osbournes

“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.

Hi Guys, its Joe with another lesson in music history as we bring you a week of highs and lows, ups and downs… and everything else.

 

The ’60s

It happened this week in 1969: the year we put a man on the moon; the year we packed over 350,000 men and women onto an upstate New York farm at the Woodstock Music Festival; and over in Montreal, Canada at the Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an eight-day ‘bed in’.

While in there jammies in room 1742, they would ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Eight days in bed, together…Singing! Hope they took a shower.

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

 

The ’70s

 

Off we go to the West Coast …San Francisco to be exact, when in 1973 rock and roll’s Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when city authorities passed a bill preventing the playing of electronic instruments in the park.

The group would later write the song “WE BUILT THIS CITY” about the ban.

 


(AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

(AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

The ’80s

 

It happened this week in 1983, actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with her single ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’.

Thanks to the movie, ladies everywhere started pole dancing and wearing those leg warmers and oversized sweat shirts.

Gotta love the ’80s!

 


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The ’90s

 

It was this week in 1997 a report showed the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was the world’s best selling posthumous entertainer — with sales across the planet of over one billion dollars.

The funny thing is, when Elvis passed away he died owing $3 million dollars.

Long Live the King!

 


(Handout photo delivered by Getty Images)

(Handout photo delivered by Getty Images)

The 2000’s

 

It happened this week in 2002 we get a big taste of reality TV with the first episode of “The Osbournes” on MTV.

The show focused on the madman and his family who were oblivious to the camera. They would fight, scream, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows.

Now that was reality.

You know, I think I need a reality show. You be surprised what happens to me from day to day!

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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