This Week In History: The Beatles, Compact Discs, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson

Ready, set, let’s go back with another ‘Week in History’ where we find out what The Beatles were really thinking about themselves; what Paul & Linda were smoking; a new way to listen to music; Whitney goes larger than life; and the ‘King of Pop’ goes incognito!

The ’60s

Okay, here we go back to the ’60s!

It was this week in 1966 when John Lennon‘s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.”

See Also: #Imagine This: John Lennon On Twitter

Christian groups in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.

 


(Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Republic Records)

(Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Republic Records)

The ’70s

It would be this week in 1975, when a California policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Beatle Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda.

The cop detected a smell of marijuana and, on searching the car, found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence.

 


Credit: EkaterinaZakharova/Thinkstock

Credit: EkaterinaZakharova/Thinkstock

The ’80s

Remember the ’80s? Barely…

Well it was this week in 1983 there would be a new way to listen to music.

A new digital audio system, a five-inch flat and shiny disc containing up to 1 hour of music was launched by Sony, Philips and Polygram — and the Compact Disc was born!

 


(Photo CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

The ’90s

It happened this week in 1993, after 14 weeks at number 1 on the US singles chart, the amazing song ‘I Will Always Love You’ gave Whitney Houston the longest ever US chart topper, taking over from Boyz II Men‘s hit ‘End Of The Road,’ and became the second biggest selling single in the US.

Definitely one of music’s greatest ballads of all time!

 


(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The 2000’s

It would be this week in 2004 when a worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask.

Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as the ‘King of Pop’ himself, Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children.

 

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