Joe Causi here with another week in history and talk about a week of record breakers. This week it’s back with Motown’s biggest girl group; We take a look at the greatest punk band of all time; The most historic moment ever in radio; George Michael does the naughty thing in public; and we pay tribute to Nirvana’s Curt Cobain.
First off, we go back to 1964, when The Supremes record ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ at Motown Studios in Detroit. That song would become their very first US No.1 single.
Originally calling themselves The Primettes in the motor city back in 1959, the Supremes would become the most commercially successful of all of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group with 12 number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Remember the ’70s?!? I know it was a little hazy, but it was this week in 1977 when CBS Records would release the self-titled first album by The Clash in the UK.
The album would be widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Meanwhile, CBS here in the US refused to release it until 1979 and Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time.
It happened this week on April 5th, 1985, At exactly 10:50PM EST, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa ‘We Are The World’.
The single went on to be a No.1 in the US & UK, and most Western territories and raise of $63,000,000.
It would be this week back in 1998, George Michael would be put under arrest at The Will Rogers Memorial Park for committing a sex act in a public toilet.
After all was said and done, he would later be fined $810 after being convicted of a “lewd act.”
Okay, all you Millennials… it’s back to 2011 we go when it was this week a statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain’s death. The statue would feature a concrete guitar was eight and a half feet tall and also featured a ribbon with lyrics written on it from Nirvana’s “On a Plain.”
It reads: “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home.”