This Week In History: The Monkees, ABBA, Bowie & Jagger, Sir Elton, and Rod Stewart in Vegas

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

From The Monkees’ job application to Rod Stewart’s Vegas debt… get ready for another wild week!

 

The ’60s

 

(NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

(NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

It happened this week in 1965, The Hollywood reporter ran the following advertisement:

“Madness folk & roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for 4 insane boys.”

437 people applied for the job. Four were picked and The Monkees were born.

 


The ’70s

One of the biggest hits of the 1970s took hold this week in 1976, as ABBA would shoot to #1 on the singles chart with “Dancing Queen.” The song was a #1 hit in over a dozen countries and stayed at the top of the Swedish charts for an amazing 14 weeks.

 


The ’80s

This week in 1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1964 hit “Dancing In The Street.” The song had been recorded as part of the Live Aid charity appeal; the original plan was to perform a track together live with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at the JFK Stadium in the States. It was soon realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay and the performance would be impossible.

 


The ’90s

It’s off to 1997, when Sir Elton John would record a new version of “Candle In The Wind” after performing the song live at Diana Princess of Wales funeral. An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched Elton play the special tribute to Diana. The track went on to become the biggest selling single of all-time.

 


The 2000’s

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It happened this week in 2005, Rod Stewart was ordered to pay a Las Vegas casino $2 million for missing a New Year concert in 2000. Stewart had said he was unable to play at the Rio hotel and casino because his voice disappeared after an operation to remove a cancerous thyroid tumor. The singer said his voice only recovered in time to begin a world tour in June 2001 and he had since performed 150 shows.

Not Nice. Vegas always wins.

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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