Hi Guys, Joe Causi with another round of This Week in History. This week we go back to the 60s with two of the luckiest girls on earth; the 70s with a look back at The Carpenters; the 80s with a very, very shy Prince; the 90s and the year Willie Nelson should have saved his receipts; and back to the 2000s and the biggest Super Bowl malfunction ever!
Let’s kick it off to 196!
While the Fab Four were working at Abbey Road studios in London on the recording Across The Universe, John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road, and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.
Talk about getting “ONE BIG BREAK!”
It was this week in 1974 when The Carpenters started a four week run at #1 with their album The Singles 1969-73, featuring 12 hits. Who would think it would be this same week nine years later we would lose the extremely talented Karen Carpenter to anorexia nervosa.
Remember 1980? Sure you do. It was this week thirty-seven years ago when Prince made his TV debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. When interviewed after his performance, Prince froze and struggled to reply to the questions he was being asked.
It was this week in 1993 when Willie Nelson was in the hot seat as he agreed to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owed the Internal Revenue Service. His accountants, Price Waterhouse, had not been paying Nelson’s taxes for years and, in addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson’s situation was worsened by the weak investments he had made during the early 1980s.
Seems like yesterday but it was in 2004 when our network CBS apologized for its broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson had that world famous wardrobe malfunction when Justin Timberlake ripped off her top. Talk about a back field in motion!