This Week In Music History

Good morning and happy frigid, February Friday! Month of unnecessary candy consumption, awkward conversation hearts and…uh, love. Right. That. Well, if there’s something I love, it’s music and to start off your February here is today’s weekly fix of music history.

In 1964 the epitome of sanity, Indiana Governor Welsh, decided that The Kingsmen’s hit “Louie. Louie” was undoubtedly pornographic. He requested that the Indiana Broadcasters Association ban the record. Many stations, and by many I mean those with half a wit about them, claimed that the lyrics were impossible to decipher. They claimed the rendition by The Kingsmen, rightfully so, was pretty much unintelligible. Governor Welsh maintained that “his ears tingled” whenever he heard the song…you might wanna get that checked out, man.

In 1992, Elton John and George Michael did a duet of Elton John’s track “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, from his 1974 release Caribou. All of the proceeds from the song went to AIDS charities and became number one in both the U.S. and U.K.

Finally, today in 1968 in Memphis, Lisa Marie Presley was born to Elvis and Priscilla Presley. In April of 2003, she released her debut album To Whom It May Concern. It reached number five on the Billboard 200 chart. She is also notoriously the ex-wife of Michael Jackson and was also briefly married to Nicolas Cage.  She is 45 years old today.

By Alexandra Parker

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