The latest edition of This Week in History with Joe Causi takes us back to an historic first at Abbey Road Studios, a big week for the Bee Gees, Cat Stevens being crushed, Cher’s return to the top of the charts, and Shakira’s honest hips.
Let’s head back this week to 1967 when The Beatles were working at Abbey Road studios in London.
The Fab Four finished the recording of “She’s Leaving Home” after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg, who was part of the string section on the track, became the first woman ever to play on a Beatles recording.
The 1970s was one of the biggest decades for the brothers Gibb and that was certainly the case this week in 1978. The Bee Gees held the top three spots on the US singles charts: “Night Fever” sat at #1;
The Bee Gees held the top three spots on the US singles charts: “Night Fever” sat at #1; “(Love is) Thicker Than Water” by brother Andy – co-written by Barry Gibb – came in at #2; and Samantha Song’s “Emotion” – written and produced by The Bee Gees – took the #3 position.
Talk about “Win, Place, Show!”
It was this week in 1989 when a radio station in California arranged to have all of their Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
Let’s go back to 1999 when Cher started a four week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with “Believe.”
Cher would become the oldest woman to top the Hot 100 at the age of 53. Even at 53, she can butter my toast any morning! Love that Lady!
Shakira became the first pop star to release a single only in the form of a mobile download in 2006.
“Hips Don’t Lie” would not be issued in the US as a CD or as a download via the internet, but would be available to phone users connected to Verizon. Historic!