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This Week In History: Elvis, The Jacksons, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, and Eminem

Hey gang, it’s Joe Causi back at you again with another week in music history!

This week we go back in the day with ‘The King’, Elvis Presley; we get a major announcement from The Jackson 5; we head over the bridge to New Jersey with Johnny Electric; a little bit of album trivia; and finally, a NASTY family court battle!

Here we go!


The ’60s

It happened this week in 1968, The King – Elvis Presley – appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his “comeback special”.

The show would feature Elvis performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience, dressed in black leather and performing many of his early hits.

A very special moment in Elvis history!


 

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The ’70s

 

It was this week in 1975, when The Jackson Five would announce that they were leaving Motown Records for Epic Records.

The move would make the brothers change their stage name to The Jacksons, since Motown owned the other name.

Meanwhile… It would be this week in 1979, when Sony would introduce a new way to take our music with us and The Walkman was born.

(AP Photo/Naokazu Oinuma)

(AP Photo/Naokazu Oinuma)

Over the next 30 years they would sell over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions.

That’s a whole lotta Walkmans!

Wait… Walkmen?

 


 

Bon Jovi (Getty Images)

Bon Jovi (Getty Images)

The ’80s

 

Can you imagine it was this week in 1983, a New Jersey-based quintet calling themselves Johnny Electric would sign a deal with Mercury Records.

They would later change their name to Bon Jovi and sell over 130 million records worldwide and perform more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.

Check out some more facts about Bon Jovi that you may not have known HERE.

 


Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images

Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images

 

The ’90s

 

It happened this week in 1997, the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of The Moon spent its 1056th week on the US album charts.

It was rumored at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro.

Very interesting connections could be made between the two.

Also, some people had a lot of time on their hands back in ’90s.

 


 

(Courtesy Interscope Records)

(Courtesy Interscope Records)

The 2000’s

 

Say it aint so… It would be this week in 2000, when Detroit rapper Eminem‘s mother would head to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single “My Name Is”.

But, mom… it was only a song!

 

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