Last year, we brought you five decades of music, from the 1970s through the 2010s, and now we’re bringing it all back with WYEP’s Decades: Volume 2.
Every day the week of May 16th- May 20th, 2022 we’ll be listening to the music of a different decade, beginning with the songs of 1972.
Monday – May 16th
Most Popular Movies of 1972
1. The Godfather 2. Fiddler on the Roof 3. Diamonds Are Forever 4. What’s Up, Doc? 5. Dirty Harry
Most Popular TV Shows of 1972
1. All in the Family 2. Sanford and Son 3. Hawaii Five-O 4. Maude 5. Bridget Loves Bernie
Sports Outcomes of 1972
NBA Championship: The Los Angeles Lakers beat The New York Knicks, 4-1 NHL Stanley Cup: The Boston Bruins beat The New York Rangers, 4-2 NFL Super Bowl: The Dallas Cowboys beat The Miami Dolphins, 24-3 MLB: World Series The Oakland A’s beat The Cincinnati Reds, 4-3
Music History Made in 1972
Geoge Harrison and Friends’ triple live album “The Concert for Bangladesh” was released in the United Kingdom. He and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were involved in a minor car accident a month after the album’s release.
David Bowie releases his breakthrough album “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” He would go on to sell out his 1st show at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Elvis Presley recorded a live album at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was his first live concert in NYC since the 1950s and was one of the best-selling live albums of the 1970s.
Paul & Linda McCartney and their band Wings were arrested in Gothenburg, Sweden on drug possession charges when customs officials discovered a package of hashish. Police would later find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney’s farm that same year.
Muddy Waters won his first GRAMMY for the album “They Call Me Muddy Waters”
Bruce Springsteen signed his record deal with Columbia Records, and would later go on to record “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” later in the year.
Smokey Robinson goes solo.
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) almost burns down the Playboy Mansion.
NBA Championship: The Los Angeles Lakers beat The Philadelphia 76ers, 4-2 NHL Stanley Cup: The New York Islanders beat The Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 NFL Super Bowl: The San Francisco 49ers beat The Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21 MLB World Series: St Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3
Music History Made in 1982
Ozzy Osbourne reportedly bit the head off a bat on stage.
The Doobie Brothers split up
Rod Stewart was mugged at gunpoint on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. The gunman also stole his $50,000 Porsche.
Decca Records released The Beatles’ audition from 1962, twenty years after Ricards Paul Rowe rejected them. He was quoted as saying “guitar groups are on the way out” and “The Beatles have no future in show business”
Jamaica issued a Bob Marley postage stamp. A year after he died at the age of 36.
Marvin Gay released his last studio album “Midnight Love.”
Michael Jackson releases his 6th studio album, “Thriller”
1. Aladdin 2. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York 3. Batman Returns 4. Lethal Weapon 3 5. A Few Good Men
Most Popular TV Shows of 1992
1. 60 Minutes 2. Roseanne 3. Home Improvement 4. Murphy Brown 5. Murder, She Wrote
Sports Outcomes of 1992
NBA Championship: The Chicago Bulls beat The Portland Trailblazers, 4-2 NHL Stanley Cup: The Pittsburgh Penguins beat The Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 NFL Super Bowl: The Washington Redskins beat The Buffalo Bills, 37-24 MLB World Series: The Toronto Blue Jays beat The Atlanta Braves, 4-2
Music History Made in 1992
Eric Clapton performed on MTV “Unplugged” at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. This recording won six GRAMMY Awards and became his bestselling album and the bestselling live album of all time.
Courtney Love (Hole) and Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) get married on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii
Madonna signed a $60-million deal with Time Warner Inc. to create Maverick, an entertainment company.
Mary J. Blige released her debut album, “What’s the 411?”
Sinead O’ Conner ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live as a protest against child abuse in the Catholic Church. She was later banned from the show for life.
Frank Zappa would give his final performance in Frankfurt, Germany, and receive a 20-minute standing ovation.
Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled, debut album was released.
1. Spider-Man 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 3. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Most Popular TV Shows of 2002
1. CSI 2. Friends 3. Joe Millionaire 4. ER 5. American Idol
Sports Outcomes of 2002
NBA Championship: The Los Angeles Lakers beat The New Jersey Nets, 4-0 NHL Stanley Cup: The Detroit Red Wings beat The Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1 NFL Super Bowl: The New England Patriots beat The St. Louis Rams, 20-17 MLB World Series: The Anaheim Angels beat The San Francisco Giants, 4-3
Music History Made in 2002
The Osbournes premiered on MTV
American Idol Debuts on Fox.
Dark Horse Records released “Brainwashed” posthumously. It would be George Harrison’s 12th and final album.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez dies in a car crash at the age of 30.
Joe Strummer, the lead singer of The Clash, dies at the age of 50.
1. Marvel’s The Avengers 2. The Dark Knight Rises 3. The Hunger Games 4. Skyfall 5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Most Popular TV Shows of 2012
1. NCIS 2. Sunday Night Football 3. The Big Bang Theory 4. NCIS: Los Angeles 5. Person of Interest
Sports Outcomes of 2012
NBA Championship: The Miami Heat beat The Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-1 NHL Stanley Cup: The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersy Devils, 4-2 NFL Super Bowl: The New York Giants beat The New England Patriots, 21-17 MLB World Series: The San Francisco Giants beat The Detroit Tigers, 4-0
Music History Made in 2012
The infamous hologram of late rapper Tupac was featured on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at the Coachella music festival.
Taylor Swift released “Red”, her 4th studio album.
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube.
We lost a lot of iconic musicians including Whitney Houston, MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb of The Beegees, Andy Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Davy Jones of The Monkees, and Levon Helm.