Welcome back for another wonderful week in classic hits music history with your pal, ‘Brooklyn’s Own’ Joe Causi! This week we’ve got stories on Ray Peterson & Ricky Valance, The Beatles, Elton John, Ray Parker Jr., Woodstock ’94 and Madonna!
It happened this week in 1960, when Decca Records would scrap 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Lover Her’ because they felt the song, which recounts the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, was “too tasteless and vulgar”.
A cover version by Ricky Valance went to No.1 on the UK chart a month later.
It was this very week in 1969 when the photo session for the cover of The Beatles‘ Abbey Road album cover took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road Studios.
Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road, took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic.
The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.
It happened this week in 1976, Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
Who you gonna call??? It was this week in 1984, Ray Parker Jr. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’.
Parker, who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker.
The pair settled out of court in 1985.
It happened this week in 1994, Woodstock ’94 was held in Saugerties, New York, attended by over 350,000 fans, the festival featured Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tickets cost a cool $135.00!
It was this very week in 2000, Madonna gave birth to a baby boy, Rocco Ritchie, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills!