This Week in Music History (June 19th-25th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

8078-large6/19- On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson played a concert next to the Berlin Wall, on the west side. He pumped the music way up so that people on the east side could hear. Any east sider who tried to get close to the wall to listen was violently kept back by police.

13335-large6/20- On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan & the Band released Before the Flood, a double live album with final recordings taken from Los Angeles and New York shows.

MI00029147286/21- On this day in 1991, Little Richard received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “overjoyed force of personality in his singing” is one that is easily recognized in tunes like “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti”.

20864-large6/22- On this day in 1990, Billy Joel performed an epic concert at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s been claimed that this was the first major concert in the stadium’s history. 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was more than the seating capacity of baseball games at that time.

102505-large6/23- On this day in 1929, June Carter Cash was born. Performing with her family from a young age, she was already a country music star. Her success continued throughout her entire life, including the 35 years she was married to Johnny Cash.

40960-large6/24- On this day in 1977, some quirky stuff went down in Madison. Elvis was in town for a show, and he spotted a fight between some young men when he was riding down East Washington avenue. After getting out of his limo, he allegedly warned the men, saying, “I’ll take you on.” Not only did this make the men stop fighting, but it left them amazed to have spotted Elvis.

222995-large6/25- On this day in 2009, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away at age 50. His music will forever influence genres from pop/rock to rap and R&B, and many more.

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This Week in Music History (May 8th-May 14th)

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12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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This Week in Music History (May 1st-May 7th)

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MI00014412665/1- On this day in 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. The couple honeymooned in Palm Springs soon after. They were divorced less than five years later…talk about Heartbreak Hotel.

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5/2- A shopper at a Zales jewelry store was stopped by security guards on this date 1n 1988. The guards were concerned that the shopper was wearing a wig and false mustache. They confronted the disguised man due to the suspicious circumstances, and turns out, it was just Michael Jackson!

49768-large5/3- Bing Crosby was born on this day way back in 1903. His baritone voice is known by many, along with his rendition of the song “White Christmas“.

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5/4- The first ever Grammy Awards ceremony was held on this day in 1959. Some winners that night included Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

4999-large5/5- On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin packed Tampa Bay Stadium for a concert, with a jaw-dropping attendance count of 56,800 people.

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5/6- American country star Tammy Wynette passed away on this day in 1998. The 1970s country music charts were frequently topped with her tunes.

19560-large5/7- Bill Kreutzmann was born on this day in 1946. Kreutzmann was drummer in a very beloved American rock band, the Grateful Dead.

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