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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for August 28th

A couple of the best records of the 1960′s were released on this date; and then there was a rather disturbing threat made to “The King”…

Simon & Garfunkel
Y’know, they started out as “Tom & Jerry”. Really! (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

8/28/1961 – (53 years ago today) It was the first Motown song to reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart: Tamla Records releases The Marvelettes debut 45-r.p.m. piece of vinyl, the super-classic “Please Mr. Postman”. Whacko!!! It was their biggest hit and went on to sell over one million copies, a monumental achievement for that time (remember, you had to go the record store to buy it!!!) It was No. 1 on the R&B chart as well. Four guys not yet 20 years old over in Liverpool, England, were, as they say, gob-smacked by this record.

8/28/1968 – (46 years ago today) Speaking of merry olde England, it’s gettin’ near the end of summer when Simon and Garfunkel begin five weeks in a row at Number One on the LP chart with their masterpiece “Bookends”. It was their fourth studio album with Paul Simon‘s songwriting talents just about blowing away all competition: “America”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “A Hazy Shade Of Winter”, “At The Zoo”, “Fakin’ It”. A landmark slice of late Sixties America if ever there was one, and definitely a must-have for any serious music collection.

8/28/1970 - (44 years ago today) This might be where he started to play with guns: It’s a month-long engagement at Las Vegas’ International Hotel for Elvis Presley when a security guard gets a phone call telling him Elvis is going to be shot and killed during the final performance. The caller also wants $50,000 before revealing the potential assassin’s identity. But wait! There’s more!! The story actually gets creepier!!! A few hours later, a menu is discovered in Elvis’ hotel mail: The King‘s face is destroyed and there’s a drawing of a gun aimed at his heart! Everyone takes the threats more-than-seriously, and Elvis plays that last show without anything out-of-the-ordinary happening.

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