This Week In History: The Beatles, Grand Funk, The Boss, Mariah, and Macca

“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

 

History was made this week in 1968, when The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album.

The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released under the Apple label.

The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’ and as they say — the rest was history.

 


 

Members of the American rock band Grand Funk Railroad, (Left to right): Mel Schacher, Don Brewer, and Mark Farner, 1970s (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

Members of the American rock band Grand Funk Railroad, (Left to right): Mel Schacher, Don Brewer, and Mark Farner, 1970s (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

The ’70s

Whenever you talk about some of the historic concert events at Shea Stadium back in the day, The Beatles are first to mind when they invaded Queens back in the summer of 65.

But it would be this week in 1971, when one of the biggest rock and blues band, Grand Funk Railroad would smash a record held by the fab four when they sold out Shea Stadium in 72 hours…

Pretty amazing!

 


(AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

(AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

The ’80s

Seems like it was just yesterday, but it happened this week in 1984! The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, released the historic album “Born in the USA”.

It would become the best selling album of 1985 here in the U.S. as well as giving us seven Top 10 singles off the LP.

 


 

(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It was wedding bells this week back in 1993 for a very young Mariah Carey who tied the know with Sony Music President Tommy Mottola here in Manhattan.

Guests included Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Streisand and Ozzy Osborne. Imagine sitting at the table during the cocktail hour.

By the way, not all turned out well for the couple when they would separate four years later in 1997.

 


(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The 2000’s

“No, Not The Ring!!!!”

It happened this week in 2002, during a huge argument at the posh Miami Turnberry Isle Hotel in Florida.

It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiance’ Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during the spat. Security guards at the resort combed the grounds using metal detectors for hours and later found the ring — worth a cool $25,000.

 

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