This Week in History: John & Yoko, Springsteen, Donna Summer, Sonny Bono, Vanilla Ice and More

As we welcome 2017, we’re back with another ‘Week in Music History’ as we take you back with John & Yoko’s SHOCKING album cover, Springsteen’s not too popular album, Vanilla Ice gets put on ice and more!

The ’60s

Ready, set, and off to 1969 we go when it would be this week the entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities over in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover.

The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores. YIKES!!!!

 


AP Photo/Columbia Records

AP Photo/Columbia Records

The ’70s

Let’s go back to 1973, when Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen would release his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Recorded in a single week, the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release.

Meanwhile, three years later in 1976, as America was celebrating its bicentennial, the Bay City Rollers would celebrate being No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saturday Night.’

 


AP Photo/Nick Ut, File

AP Photo/Nick Ut, File

The ’80s

It happened this week in 1980, the ‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer scored her third US No.1 album with ‘On The Radio- Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & II.’

Still today one of the best and biggest selling dance albums of all time.

 


J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images

J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images

The ’90s

It would be this week in 1998, a sad day in music history when singer Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe at the age of 62. Bono, who was one half on Sonny and Cher, scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’ and had become a US Congressman.

RIP Sonny Bono!

 


Vanilla Ice (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Vanilla Ice (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

It was 16 years ago this week in 2001, US rapper Vanilla Ice spent the night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair.

Ice aka Robert Van Winkle told police he pulled out some of his wife’s hair to prevent her from jumping out of their truck’s window.

(Photo: Diane Freed/Getty Images)

(Photo: Diane Freed/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, it would be three years later in 2004, Britney Spears has a story all her own when her surprise marriage was annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Vegas with childhood friend Jason Alexander.

The couple married during a night out in Vegas. Guess that’s why they call it “SIN CITY.”

 

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