This Week In History: ‘Monster Mash’; The Police Hit CBGB; Axl’s Ultimatum; Elton Breaks a Record; The Ronettes Lose Big

Hey Guys, Joe Causi all set to take you into another “Week in Music History!”

This week we take a look back on a Halloween classic; the Police’s NYC starting point; Axl Rose laying down the law to his band mates; Elton John raising a boatload of cash for charity; and a bad day in court for The Ronettes.


The ’60s

It would be this week in 1962 as the world was getting ready for the upcoming Halloween season, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the ‘Monster Mash’.

Who would think that the song would be banned by the BBC in the UK and deemed offensive for being “too morbid”?


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The ’70s

Well, you have to start somewhere — and what place better than right here in New York City in the East Village?

It was this week in 1978 when The Police made their US debut at CBGB & OMFUG. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their own instruments as hand luggage.

And so it began!


(Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)

The ’80s

It was this week in 1989, during a gig at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose announced that this would be the last Guns N’ Roses concert unless his band members “got their #$%* together.” He was referring to their use of heroin.

He just about had enough!


(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

The ’90s

And it’s back to this week in 1997, when Elton John‘s ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ would be declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with an amazing 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days.

The song raised more than 38 million dollars for charity.


The Ronettes. (General Artists Corporation-GAC / James Kriegsmann)

The Ronettes. (General Artists Corporation-GAC / James Kriegsmann)

The 2000’s

And finally it would be in 2002, after a 15-year court battle, the State of New York’s highest court ruled that The Ronettes, did NOT have the right to share the money earned by their producer Phil Spector through the use of the group’s songs in movies, television and advertising.

Citing a 1963 contract signed by the group, the court also substantially reduced the amount they stood to gain from royalties on sales of records and compact discs.


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