This Week In History: The Beatles, ‘We Are the World,’ 24-Hrs of Zeppelin, Billy Joel, and More

Hey guys and gals! Joe Causi back at you again with another week in music history. This week we take a look back at one PowerHouse Entertainment manager; the fastest number one song ever recorded; one very loooooooong playing song, and a whole lot more!

 

The ’60s

Let’s start it off back in 1962 when The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein signed a management deal with the ‘Fab Four.’

Epstein was to receive 25% of the bands’ gross earnings; the normal management deal should have been only 10%. Talk about four young kids getting railroaded!

 


1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single 'Instant Karma' all in one day. It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stores only ten days later.

(AP Photo)

The ’70s

It was this week in 1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single ‘Instant Karma!’ all in one day.

Still today it ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stores only ten days later.

Totally amazing!

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AP Photo/Nick Ut

AP Photo/Nick Ut

The ’80s

And it’s off to 1985 when this week recording took place for “We Are The World” at A&M Studios in Hollywood.

The song, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by an all-star cast that included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof.

See Also: Watch “We Are The World – 25 for Haiti” featuring 81 Person Celeb/Musician Choir

 


Jay Dickman / Corbis via Getty Images

Jay Dickman / Corbis via Getty Images

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1991, John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for twenty-four solid, ear-piercing hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock.

All went well until police showed up with guns drawn after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack.

Those crazy radio guys!!!!

 


Billy Joel

Billy Joel (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

Meanwhile, it was this week in 2003, Long Island’s Billy Joel was airlifted to a hospital after his car smashed into a tree.

The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 out in the Hampton’s and skidded for 100 yards before crashing.


 

Check out LAST WEEK’s history lesson HERE.

 

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