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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for August 26th

Today you’ve got a Fab Four“miscalculation”, let’s say; an early ’70’s festival line-up that’s flat-out unbelievable; and Cher’s original better half goes for it!!!

L-R: George, the Maharishi, John.
Late 1967; the guy in the middle knew a thing or two about wagon-hitching. (Keystone/Getty Images)

8/26/1967 (48 years ago today)At least they got The White Album” out of it: At University College in Bangor, North Wales, The Beatles hold a press conference with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to announce they have become disciples of the guru and that they now also renounce the use of drugs (say what?). Fans eyebrows arch in vague disbelief — as members of the Maharishi‘s “Spiritual Regeneration Movement”, the boys are obligated to donate one week’s earnings each month to the organization. A fantastic Monty Python-esque misadventure is about to get underway…

8/26/1970 (45 years ago today) Ahhh, so this is what “legendary” really means…: It’s the third annual Isle of Wight music festival over in England. For the next three days you can catch sets from The Doors, The Who, The Moody Blues, Spirit, Sly & The Family Stone, Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Chicago, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Free, and, in what would turn out to be his last ever performance in the U.K., Jimi HendrixYeah, we really can’t come up with what a 2015 version of this would be like. Just as well…

8/26/1987 (28 years ago today)All that’s missing is Rod Serling‘s intro…: The one and only Sonny Bono announces he’s running for Mayor of Palm Springs, California. Even though he once proudly stated in an interview that he never even voted until he was 53, Sonny goes on to win the election the following year (he served as Mayor for four years) and in 1995, he even won a seat in Congress! Tragically died in a skiing accident while in office in January of ’98. The epitaph on his headstone reads “And The Beat Goes On”.

Whatever you think about the Calendar, we’d love to read your suggestions and more, so why not let us know right here on the web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

“Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce/Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss…”, xoxo!

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