Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 18th
7/18/1953 – (61 years ago today) A truck driver named Elvis Presley (his real name, by the way) makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 at the Memphis Sun Recording Studios to sing two songs, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”. It’s intended to be a gift for his mother; only the receptionist in the tiny lobby out front is impressed enough to jot down the singer’s name on a note pad, you know, just in case. 37 years later, the so-called “vanity disc” surfaces as part of an RCA compilation called “Elvis — The Great Performances”.
7/18/1964 – (50 years ago today) It’s the first time we ever hear of ‘em: The Rolling Stones debut on the U.S. singles chart with a cover of Buddy Holly‘s “Not Fade Away”. It ends up peaking out at No. 48. Won’t take long for ya to check out this rare clip of a very early American TV appearance. Mick rules!!!
7/18/1973 - (41 years ago) Here’s why somebody has to invent a “time-travel machine”. It’s the first of four nights at Max’s Kansas City in N.Y.C. The headliner? Some cat named Bruce Springsteen. And on their first-ever North American tour, the opener call themselves Bob Marley & The Wailers, from Jamaica, apparently. We suggest you read that again, and think about it long and hard.
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