Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for August 7th
Lennon gets a warning! Herman gets a No. 1! A Wolf gets married! And more proof that ’70′s Concert Festivals had the coolest line-ups!
8/07/1957 – (57 years ago today) Minus Paul McCartney (who was away at Boy Scout summer camp), The Quarry Men get to play Liverpool’s Cavern Club. At this point, the venue was known primarily for hosting jazz, though the current “skiffle craze” was tolerated ’cause they could make some dough. As always, leave it to Lennon; when John and the boys rip through “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes”, the club owner was not amused and sent a note to the stage saying (among other things) ”Cut out the bloody rock!”. Just six years later…
8/07/1965 – (49 years ago) The British Invasion appears unstoppable: The No. 1 single on the U.S. charts is Herman’s Hermits migraine-inducing ditty “I’m Henry The VIII I Am”. Weirdly (or…maybe not) the single is only released here in the States. Long before lead singer Peter Noone annoyed the living hell out of Simon Cowell as a guest judge on an early season of “American Idol”, he gained notoriety in his homeland for being one of the few Brits to interview Elvis Presley for U.K. music paper New Musical Express.
8/07/1970 – (44 years ago today) Another awesome three-day rock event gets underway, this one in Leoni, Michigan, where over 200,000 attend The Goose Lake International Music Festival to check out Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, The James Gang, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Rod Stewart, Brownsville Station, MC5 and The Flying Burrito Brothers! You’re right: they don’t make ‘em like that anymore!
8/07/1974 – (40 years ago today) J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf marries actress Faye Dunaway in Beverly Hills. J. Geils himself told me that the cover photo for their “Monkey Island” album was taken at Dunaway’s apartment in The Dakota building, New York City! The marriage ends in divorce five years later; “Love Stinks” looms. Meanwhile, a reminder of how good these guys once were:
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