Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 11th
7/11/1970 – (44 years ago today) Three Dog Night begins a two-week stint in the No. 1 spot on the U.S. singles chart with their version of Randy Newman‘s “Mama Told Me Not To Come”. Journalists and critics start looking into who the heck is this songwriter, and why haven’t we heard of him before? It’s a big break for the notoriously shy Mr. Newman, who at this point in his career (this was way-way-way before scoring Disney classics) remained uncomfortable in the “spotlight”. “Mama…” has also been covered by Eric Burdon and Tom Jones!
7/11/1971 - (43 years ago today) The Bruce Springsteen Band opens for Humble Pie at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park, N.J. After the show, Pie’s lead guitarist is mightily impressed - Peter Frampton tells Bruce that he would like to have his band open for Humble Pie on a national basis! Frampton also says that he would be more than happy to arrange an audition for Bruce and the band with his label, A&M Records. For reasons known to no one, Springsteen’s then-manager Tinker West declines both offers on the spot. Look at Frampton here in 1971, oozing total rock cool. The “hip” dopey TV host doesn’t.
7/11/1959 – Happy Birthday to a really underappreciated guitar wiz, “former” Bon Jovi axe-man Richie Sambora, 56 years old today. The guy is damned good, kids, and Jon needs him back…pronto, if you please.
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