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This Week In History: Paul is Dead, King Fu Fighting, Bob Marley, Diana Ross, and Sly Stone

Hi guys! Joe Causi once again with another Week in Music History and talk about one of the wildest weeks ever. Get ready for some highs and some real lows as its back through the 1960s to the 2000s.


The ’60s

Paul McCartney: The Early Years.

AP Photo

Say it isn’t so!

It happened this week in 1969; The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. A Detroit radio station picked up on the story and it went worldwide.

By late October 1969, the hoax was so huge that McCartney came out of seclusion at his Scottish farm to deny the story.

 

When McCartney was asked to comment by a reporter visiting Macca’s farm, he replied, “Do I look dead, I’m as fit as a fiddle.”

 

 


The ’70s

Can anyone say “10 Million in 10 Minutes?”

It was this week in 1974 when Carl Douglas was at #1 with “Kung Fu Fighting.”

The song was recorded in ten minutes, started out as a B-side, went on to sell over 10 million units, and made Douglas a one hit wonder.

 

 


The ’80s

(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

It was this very week in 1980 when, during his North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park. After intensive hospital tests, he was diagnosed with cancer.

Marley played his last ever concert two nights later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He died of cancer on in May 1981.

 

 


The ’90s

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Let’s take it back to 1999 when Motown’s Diana Ross was arrested on a Concorde flight after an incident at Heathrow Airport.

The singer claimed that a female security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated by rubbing her hands down the security guard.

 

 


The ’00s

Finally it’s back to 2011, the year the New York Post reported that Sly Stone was living in a van, parked in the notoriously rough Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw.

The 68-year-old was quoted as saying, “I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

 

 

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