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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for April 20th

Dolly goes “Woof!”… — Props for a Motown legend… — Aerosmith‘s BIG ONE!

"Get A Grip" album cover, April 1993. (Courtesy of Geffen Records)
“Get A Grip” album cover, April 1993. (Courtesy of Geffen Records)

4/20/1959 (58 years ago today) – The song was “Puppy Love” and it was released by the Goldband record label on this date by a then-just-13-year-old artist named Dolly Parton. She wrote the song and actually first recorded it a couple years earlier at age 11, but neither version managed to chart. A different “Puppy Love” went on to become a big 1960 hit for Paul Anka, and again in 1972 for Donny Osmond, but the fact is we prefer this one. We’re rather fond of Dolly around here…

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4/20/1969 (48 years ago today)Paying tribute to those who also served: Motown session drummer Benny Benjamin passed away on this date after having a stroke; he was just 43 years old — Inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2003 and it’s easy to hear why: Benny (nicknamed Papa Zita) laid down the drum parts on such classics as “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong, “Do You Love Me” by The Contours (wicked!), “Get Ready” and “My Girl” by The Temptations, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” by Stevie Wonder, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Going To A Go-Go” by The Miracles, and, yes, there are plenty more…Check out the film “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” (2002) which highlights his work. Truly classic stuff.

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4/201993 (24 years ago today)Aerosmith released their 11th studio album, “Get A Grip”, and it goes on to become their hands-down best-selling record by far, with sales estimated at over 20 million!!! No wonder, look at the track listing: “Crazy”, “Eat The Rich”, “Cryin'”, “Livin’ On The Edge”, “Amazing” (featuring Don Henley on backing vocals). Nice work, boys. Oh, by the way, how in the hell did this record get to be almost 25 years old?!?! What’s happening!?!?

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“With the blink of an eye/You finally see the light…”, xoxo!


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