Hi Guys, Joe Causi welcoming you back to another Week in History! This week the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ ties the knot and the ‘King of Pop’ goes incognito; The Bee Gees send everyone to the disco; The Cranberries take the matter into their own hands; and we find the greatest guitar riff of all time!
OK let’s start it off this week in 1967, when 32-year-old Elvis Presley would marry 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met back in 1959 when she was just 14-years-old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Priscilla moved into the singer’s Graceland mansion with her family’s blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost a cool $3,500. The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9, 1973.
The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost a cool $3,500. The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9, 1973.
Remember the ’70s? Of course, you do! Music history was made this week in 1978 when ‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees would rocket to number 1 on the UK singles chart.
The group’s third number 1 and the theme from the film ‘Saturday Night Fever. The soundtrack started an 18 week run at No.1 and sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
It would be in 1989, when a Los Angeles security guard would alert the police after a man wearing a wig, fake mustache, and false teeth would walk into a Zales Jewelers in California.
Three squad cars would be called and detained the man who would turn out to be the King of Pop, Michael Jackson in disguise.
Let’s head back to 1996, when Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan received both a public apology and a donation of $12,750 to the Warchild charity from The Sport newspaper after they ran a story claiming she had performed a gig in Hamburg Germany without wearing any underwear.
Oh, the SHAME!
Finally this week in 2004, Total Guitar magazine’s readers voted Guns N’ Roses’ anthem “Sweet Child O’ Mine” as the greatest guitar riff ever beating out Nirvana’s grunge anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” followed by Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.”
The editor Scott Rowley said: “To a new generation of guitarist’s, Guns N’ Roses are more thrilling than the Sex Pistols.”