This Week In History: The Ronettes, Elvis, Tina Turner, Music Bootlegging, & Fats Domino

Hey guys, Joe Causi here with another week in music history…

From The Ronettes’ only top 10 hit to Elvis’s body; Tina Turner’s “love” to arresting bootleggers and saving Fats… get ready for another wild week!

 

The ’60s

 

It would be this week in 1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with “Be My Baby”. It would be the girl group’s only top 10 hit.

Lead singer, Veronica Bennett who later became Ronnie Spector, took producer and ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.

 


The ’70s

 

(Photo by Alfred Wertheimer Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)

(Photo by Alfred Wertheimer Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)

Can you imagine?!? It happened this week in 1977, when three people were arrested in Memphis, TN after trying to steal Elvis Presley‘s body.

As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland.

Way too creepy…

 


The ’80s

 

(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Talk about luck and hitting it big… It would be this week in 1984, after a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo number one single in the U.S. with “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.

Now get this… the song was originally written for Cliff Richard, but he rejected it.

It was then offered to Donna Summer, who said she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it — and then it went to Tina… amazing!

 


The ’90s

Cash Money (Clipart.com)

(Clipart.com)

It happened in 1999, The largest music bootleg bust in US history was made. It was estimated that this operation was responsible for $100 million in lost revenues.

Recording equipment valued at $250,000 was confiscated, as were almost one million CDs and tapes.

 


The 2000’s

(AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

(AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

It would be this week in 2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina.

He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

Fats, when you gotta go, you gotta go!

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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