This Week In History: Springsteen, Donna Summer, the Spice Girls, Tiffany, + More

Hi guys! Joe Causi here with another week in music history. This week we take a look back at the starting point for ‘The Boss’; the Queen of Disco goes to ‘Macarthur Park’; We meet the youngest artist to have a number one in the ’80s,; PLUS, the Spice Girls create a worldwide epidemic AND we learn about the most expensive piece of lasagne you’ll ever eat!

The ’60s

It happened this week in 1965 when The Castiles, which featured a young singer called Bruce Springsteen, appeared at a “Teenage Go, Go Dance” at the Fire House in Hazlet, New Jersey.

History would be made that night in the Garden State!

 


Donna Summer (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Donna Summer (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The ’70s

It would be this very week in 1978 when Ms Donna Summer started a three week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with her version of ‘MacArther Park’, which was also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968.

 


(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriugez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriugez/Getty Images)

The ’80s

Off we go this week to 1987, when cute little Tiffany became the youngest act to score a number one hit in the US since Michael Jackson with ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’.

 


(Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)

(Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1997, when the Spice Girls zoomed to number 1 on the UK album chart with their second album Spiceworld — which was also the name of their tie-in film.

The album became a huge hit worldwide, starting a worldwide epidemic called “Spicemania” fever at the time. It produced four singles all of which saw commercial success and has now sold over 20 million worldwide!

 


(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

And it would be this week in 2014, when two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for!

At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.

That was one expensive piece of pasta!!!!

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

 

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