Best Stones single ever? Just maybe... -- Lou Reed as "temp" --- B'day for one of rock's most influential drummers...

Drum head used by Keith Moon in 1969. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

8/23/1969 (49 years ago today) - This one was a "game-changer", no doubt about it: Today marks the start of four weeks in a row at No. 1 for "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones -- The band's fifth U.S. chart-topping single was actually inspired by Brazilian gauchos, brave and often unruly skilled horsemen in Portugal and Spain, who were working at the ranch where Mick and Keith happened to be staying at in Matao, Sao Paulo. Really! Still one of the best records ever made by anyone anywhere...

8/23/1970 (48 years ago today) - Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground performed together for the very last time at the legendary Max's Kansas City night club in N.Y.C. -- For the next two years though, instead of making music, Lou went to work as a typist for his father's publishing company earning $40 a week...

8/23/1946 - Born on this day, the irreplaceable/original drummer for The Who, the truly amazing Keith Moon -- His (more than just) unique style of playing got him posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen for that honor (Led Zeppelin's John Bonham was the other, so there you go...) -- In 2011, Keith was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers poll. When you go back to The Who's "Live At Leeds", it's breath-takingly easy to hear why...

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