This Week in History: The Beatles, Don McLean, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, and Diana Ross

Welcome to a new year and a new edition of ‘This Week in History!’

This week we take a look back at the Beatles’ first album here in the States; the biggest hit ever from the 70’s; Cyndi Lauper makes history; David Bowie celebrates the BIG 5-0; and Diana Ross should have “Eased Down the Road.”

The ’60s

And it’s off to 1964 when the first US Beatles album, ‘Introducing The Beatles’, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album would show John, Paul and George with their famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold.

Can anyone say “Mucho Money?!!”

 


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The ’70s

It was this week in 1972, Don McLean‘s historic hit ‘American Pie’ started a four-week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song recounted “The Day the Music Died” — the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

The song was listed as the No.5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century.

And also one of the best bar karaoke songs EVER!!!!

SEE ALSO: A Look Back at February 3, 1959 — “The Day the Music Died”

 


(Photo by Hulton Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images)

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images)

The ’80s

It’s off to the 80’s we go when this week in 1984, Cyndi Lauper would make history when she becomes the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five GRAMMY Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Talk about doing no wrong!

 


1997, David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.

(Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The ’90s

And it’s back to 1997, when the late David Bowie performed his ’50th Birthday Bash’ concert here in the city at the Garden with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo.

Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children Fund.

 


Diana Ross

Diana Ross (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

It happened this week in 2003, when Diana Ross appeared front and center in a US court after being charged with driving while twice over the drunk-driving limit. Police in Tucson reported that Lady Di could not walk in a straight line, touch her nose or count to 30 after she had been stopped for swerving across the road.

Boy, she must have had one LOVE HANGOVER after that!

SEE ALSO: Win Tickets To See Diana Ross At NY City Center

 

Joe Causi/WCBS-FM

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