Hey guys! As we head into the holidays, here’s another ‘Week in Music History’ full of high profile arrests, divorces, a meeting with rock & roll royalty and more!
Talk about five hundred bucks up in smoke!
It was back this week in 1970, when a stretch limousine carrying Elvis Presley pulled up outside the White House in Washington D.C. The driver handed over a letter from Elvis addressed to President Nixon requesting a meeting to discuss how the “King of Rock and Roll” could help Nixon fight drugs.
The President agreed to give Presley a Narcotics Bureau badge – but only after learning that the chief of the narcotics bureau had turned down the same request earlier that day and told Presley the only person who could overrule his decision was the President.
At Elvis’ request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year. Now that’s the power of rock and roll!!!
Let head back this week to 1980, just 12 days after John Lennon was shot dead here in Manhattan. ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’, which was taken from his Double Fantasy album gave the former Beatle his first ever UK solo No.1 single.
RIP John Lennon.
It would be this week in 1996, The charity record ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ would go to No.1 on the UK singles chart. With the consent of Bob Dylan, musician Ted Christopher of Dunblane, Scotland wrote a new verse for the song in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre.
The cover version of the song included brothers and sisters of the victims singing the chorus, and Mark Knopfler on guitar.
It would be this week in 2006 when Eminem and his high school sweetheart divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried. The couple agreed to share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie. The pair told a judge in Michigan they understood this time the divorce was final — Then remarried in January.
But the rapper filed for divorce less than three months later, saying there had been “a breakdown in the marriage relationship.”