Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 17th
An amazing voice passes on; The Fab Four head to No. 1 (again!); and the tape machines are rollin’ to capture one of 1970′s most amazing concerts!
7/17/1959 – (55 years ago today) It doesn’t get much sadder: While under arrest for heroin possession and with police officers stationed outside the door of her hospital room, one of the real-bona-fide all-time great singers of the 20th century, the incomparable Billie Holiday passes away in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver following years of alcohol abuse. In the final years of her life, she had been gradually swindled out of her earnings; Billie died at age 38, leaving behind $0.70 in the bank. Fact: there will never be another voice like hers. Check out this vintage TV clip with Mike Wallace from CBS introducing her back in ’57:
7/17/1967 – (47 years ago today) It doesn’t get much more predictable: It’s the U.S. release of The Beatles latest single “All You Need Is Love” backed with “Baby, You’re A Rich Man” (which was originally titled “One Of The Beautiful People”). It becomes their 14th U.S. No. 1. Talk about being taken for granted…Now this is the way you’re supposed to hear ‘em: in GLORIOUS MONO!
7/17/1975 – (39 years ago today) It doesn’t get much more electrifying: Bob Marley and the Wailers absolutely drive everyone wild during the first of two nights performing at The Lyceum in London, with both evening’s shows getting recorded for the upcoming November release of what will become their classic “Live!” album. At this point in time, Bob and his band were one of the best live outfits on the planet! The video quality of this clip is superb; the audio…well, not so much, but it’s still worth checking out. As you watch, keep in mind this was from way back in 1975! It’s like they’re from outer space.
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