This Week In History: The Stones, Janis Joplin, Guns N’ Roses, Richard Harris & More

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…

The ’60s

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.

 


(Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

(Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The ’70s

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.

 

 


 

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The ’80s

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.

Cyndi Lauper‘s ‘True Colors’ held down the number 1 position, followed by Tina Turner‘s ‘Typical Male’ at number 2 and Janet Jackson‘s ‘When I Think Of You’ at number 3.

Talk about a win, place and show!

 


(Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week back in 1990, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbor over the head with a bottle.

The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house.

 


(Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

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.

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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