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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for August 28th

Today it’s all about 1960’s landmark classics; Holy Vinyl Batman! 8/28 turns out to be one heckuva date for legendary recordings

Simon & Garfunkel
They didn’t always show it: Art and Paul used to fight a lot back in the day, y’know. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

8/28/1961 (54 years ago today) Motown offshoot Tamla Records releases the first single from The Marvelettes and it goes on to sell over one million copies: “Please Mr. Postman” hits the top of both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts, and is notable for being the first Motown single to reach the Number One spot on the Hot 100 Pop Chart! The Beatles were taking notes…

8/28/1968 (47 years ago today)The album that couldn’t be stopped even in The Beatles homeland: “Bookends” by Simon and Garfunkel starts a five-week run at No. 1 in the U.K. The duo’s fourth studio album is a master-class in songwriting and vocal arrangements: “America”, “Fakin’ It”, “At The Zoo”, “A Hazy Shade Of Winter”,. “Mrs. Robinson”. Wowza! A genuine masterpiece of the era without a doubt.

8/28/1968 (47 years ago today) – It becomes one of the most covered songs in the history of country music: Tammy Wynette records “Stand By Your Man” which she co-wrote with producer Billy Sherrill in (get this…) one quick fifteen minute work-out! It proves to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career, achieving the kind of notoriety and fame that most artists never dare dream about. The song has appeared in a variety of films, too: “Five Easy Pieces”, “The Blues Brothers”, “The Crying Game”, “Sleepless In Seattle”, “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and even in the James Bond adventure “GoldenEye”!

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“Check it and see/One more time for me…”, xoxo!

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