Get Tickets: CBS-FM's #HolidayInBrooklyn | On Sale Now

This Week In History: The Archies, 8-Tracks, Sugarhill Gang, Frankie Says Relax, Fleetwood Mac, and Elton John

Hey guys, Joe Causi with another Week in Music History. So let’s all sit back, relax and head back with some of the biggest moments in music from the 1960’s straight onto today.

The ’60s

It happened this week in 1968 — the first episode of the comic strip ‘The Archies’ was aired on US TV.

The studio recording group had contributions from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry, and others. The following year The Archies started a eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sugar Sugar,’ becoming the longest running one hit wonder in the UK.

 – – – – –

Meanwhile, three years earlier in 1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US.

I loved my 8-track player… didnt you?? J.J. sure did! Look at him up there!

 

 

 


The SugarHill Gang (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

The SugarHill Gang (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

The ’70s

It would be this very week in 1979 when a few friends of mine from New Jersey would give us a new sound that would change the face of music.

Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” was released on September 16th, 1979.

While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is considered one of the very first hip hop songs in the United States and around the world. If you search deep into the Internet you can hear a New York radio personalty who would go on to record the radio spot for Sugarhill’s album in 1980, making him the “first” radio personality to “Rap” lyrics on the radio.

That personality would be yours truly!!!

JoeCausi-Headshot

Joe Causi – Rapper

 

 

 


Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

The ’80s

 

It’s off to 1984, and it would be this week when Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax” would become the longest running chart hit since Engelbert Humperdink’s “Release Me” –after spending 43 weeks on the UK singles chart!

Still don’t know how they were able to get those lyrics played on the air!

 

 

 


Stevie Nicks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stevie Nicks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It would be this week in 1990, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac called it quits as they announced they were leaving the band at the end of their current tour.

At the time, some believed that Nicks’ and McVie’s departures were caused by bad blood in the wake of Mick Fleetwood’s book, Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac.

Mick Fleetwood (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Mick Fleetwood (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

 

 

 


Elton John (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Elton John (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

And it’s off to 2000, when one of the worlds biggest hissy fits was thrown by Sir Elton John who threw a tantrum when he was set to appear at a sell-out show in Lisbon.

Elton was so unhappy after the audience was slow in leaving a VIP dinner before the concert, that Elton left the building and flew home on his private jet without playing a single note.

That’s when you know you have enough money!

 

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

More from Joe Causi
Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From WCBS-FM 101.1

Big Show PodcastScott Shannon Weekly Podcast
Sunday 7am-11amScott Shannon's new show featuring artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Scott.

Listen Live