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This Week In History: The Beatles, Woodstock, Diana & Lionel, Elvis, Paul Simon, Will Smith & Madonna

Hey Guys, Joe Causi with another week in Music History — and talk about some amazing moments!

From the ‘Fab Four’ who would set a new world record; we head upstate and re-live WOODSTOCK; We lose the King of Rock & Roll; Diana Ross and Lionel Richie take their duet to the top of the charts; Paul Simon played a free concert in Central Park; Will Smith got “jiggy with it” for Men In Black; and Madonna learns the hard way about choosing pets!

The ’60s

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

It would be this week in 1965, when The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in Queens.

The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the show. Tickets were a cool $4.50… Amazing!!!


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

Meanwhile four years later in 1969, it was this week when the Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York.

Over 400,000 people, took to the New York Thruway to see Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker. During the three days, there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

 


 

(Keystone/Getty Images)

(Keystone/Getty Images)

The ’70s

It happened this week in 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42.

His first record for RCA, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. As well as holding the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with 154.

 


Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The ’80s

Yes, it was this week in 1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Endless Love’.

By a show of hands… who out there had this as their wedding song????

 


(Photo JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1991, Paul Simon played a free concert in Central Park before an audience of 750,000 people.


(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Meanwhile it would be six years later in 1997, when rapper/actor Will Smith started a four-week run at number 1 on the singles chart with the theme from Men In Black. The song won Will a GRAMMY in 1997 for Best Rap Solo Performance.

 


(Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

Say it ain’t so! It happened this week in 2005… Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse-riding accident on her country estate.

The accident happened when she fell off a new horse on her 47th birthday.😦

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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