This Week In History: The Beatles, Woodstock’s Max Yasgur, George Harrison, U2 + Madonna!

Hey everybody! Joe Causi back at you with another Week in Music History!

This week it’s back to the time The Beatles stepped down on American soil for the first time; We take a trip upstate to Woodstock; The quiet Beatle writes a BIG CHECK; U2 is really into lingerie; And Madonna takes it all off… just to get by!

 

The ’60s

And off we go to 1964! It’s the year that Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at JFK in Queens.

The flight would bring the Beatles to the US for the first time, causing riots as they touched down!

 


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The ’70s

Let’s head back in the day to 1973, when upstate New York’s legendary dairy farmer Max Yasgur would pass away of a heart attack at the age of 53.

He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York which would be the site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.

See Also: Musicians That Said ‘No Thank You’ Woodstock [Photos]

 


AP Photo/Dave Thomson

AP Photo/Dave Thomson

The ’80s

It’s off to the ’80s we go in 1982, when Beatle George Harrison presented UNICEF with a check for $9 million, ten years after the Concert For Bangladesh.

That’s a lot of cash!!!

 


U2 (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

U2 (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1997 when U2 held a press conference, not at City Hall, not at a record company, but in the Lingerie Department at KMART right here in NYC’s Greenwich Village where the band would announce their Pop Mart World Tour.

I hope there was a BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL going on at least!

 


(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)

(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)

The 2000’s

Let’s head back in the day to 2009 when a full frontal nude photo of Madonna taken back in 1979 before she became famous, sold at auction for $37,500.

The black and white photo was taken at a time when Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet here in the city!

And to think I knew her when!

 

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