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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for August 25th

Coupla birthdays for a coupla artists who are exact opposites; a classic British rocker makes his U.S. debut; and a smoky No. 1 single has the country talkin’!!!

Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry discussing ideas for her BBC TV show, July 1968. (Keystone/Getty Images)

8/25/1967 – (47 years ago today) We never did find out what got thrown off the bridge: The ridiculously underrated/over-looked Bobbie Gentry starts a four-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with the notorious “Ode To Billy Joe”. An amazing vocal performance gets her eight Grammy nominations, three of which go to her; another win is for arranger Jimmie Haskell. The story and lyrics about a  mysterious Southern couple create an astounding buzz in a pre-digital world.

8/25/1970 – (44 years ago today) Kicking off a 17-date American tour at L.A.’s Troubadour, a new British artist named Elton John plays for the first time here in the U.S. His debut single, “Border Song”, had just entered the chart at number 92.

8/25/1949 – Happy Birthday to Chaim Witz, a.k.a. Gene Simmons of Kiss65 today. He went out with Cher, you know.

8/25/1954 – Happy Birthday to Declan McManus, a.k.a. Elvis Costello, who turns 60 years old today. He got punched in the face by Bonnie Bramlett, you know.

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