Joe Causi at you again with another week in music history with a lot of huge breakthroughs from the 1960’s straight up to the 2000’s.
So if you think you’re ready — let’s get to it!
We’re kicking this week off back in 1967, the year SO many incredible musicians would come together at the three day Monterey Pop Festival in California. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, and the ‘Summer of Love’ was born.
Also performing were The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag.
Talk about an amazing lineup!
It would be this week in 1978, Andy Gibb from the historic Bee Gees family would become the first solo artist in the history of the US charts to have his first three releases reach number 1, when ‘Shadow Dancing’ hit the top of the chart.
Spending seven weeks at number 1, it became the best selling single in the country in 1978.
Andy Gibb, gone way too soon.
It would happen this week in 1988, while Bruce Springsteen was in Rome, Italy during a world tour, he would be photographed by a paparazzi who took a shot of the Boss in his underwear sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer, Patti Scialfa.
The picture confirmed the rumors that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.
It was on this day in 1997, Puff Daddy, 112 and Faith Evans started an 11 week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’, a tribute to the late Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. who was gunned down in a drive by three years earlier in 1994.
Make way for the King… Again!
It was this week in 2002, 46 years after his first hit, Elvis Presley started a four week run at number 1 on the UK singles chart with the Junkie XL remix of his 1968 hit ‘A Little Less Conversation’, giving Elvis a total of 18 UK number 1 singles, the most by any artist in chart history.
Meanwhile… It would be the same week when it was reported that sales of pirated music CDs had now exceeded more than 500 million a year and accounted for one in every five sold.