Hi guys! Joe Causi back with another week in Music History! This week we take a trip back to Ed Sullivan Studios here in the city, a bizarre funeral for Janis Joplin, Axl Rose takes matters into his own hands and more…
It happened this week back in 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show here in the city, performing ‘Around And Around’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’.
A riot broke out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, ‘I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.’
The Stones went on to make another five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
It would be this week in 1970 when a wake was held at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin.
The singer, who died of an accidental drug overdose, had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin’s close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests.
Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
It happened this week in 1986, for the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top three spots were held by female solo acts.
Talk about a win, place and show!
The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house.
Finally, let’s go back to 2002 when Richard Harris, who had the 1968 number 2 hit in the U.S., ‘MacArthur Park’, died of cancer.
The 72-year-old Irish-born actor had been undergoing chemotherapy at a private clinic in London. Harris was better known for his acting roles on stage and film, most recently playing Albus Dumbledore in two Harry Potter films.