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.
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.
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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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!