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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 1st

Today marks the start of a 15 week run at #1 for a truly classic album; plus, a record contract gets signed, and a legendary D.J. passes on…

Paul McCartney
It’s 1960. He hasn’t made any records. Yet. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

7/01/1967 – (47 years ago today) It’s the first of 15 weeks in a row at No.1 for ”Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It is The Beatles tenth U.S. chart topper. And to think, they only started making records just four years earlier!

7/01/1968 - (46 years ago today) The Band released their landmark debut album “Music From Big Pink”, not long after backing up Bob Dylan on his extensive 1966 tour, when they were then known as The Hawks. Quite an album, just look at the songs on here: “The Weight”, “I Shall Be Released”, “Chest Fever”, “This Wheel’s On Fire”, “Tears Of Rage”. George Harrison cites this LP as one of his all-time favorites.

7/01/1983 – (31 years ago today) Phonogram’s Mercury Records label signs a recording contract with a New Jersey quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi. They go on to sell over 130 million records, and perform more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries to approximately 34 million fans! They did all right.

7/01/1995 - (19 years ago today) Considered “The Master of Ceremonies” on radio for a lot of the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60′s, and later on television during the ’70′s, the one and only DJ Wolfman Jack passed away from a heart attack. Todd Rundgren and The Guess Who write classics about him, and if you haven’t seen “American Graffiti” in awhile, rent it this week and you’ll be pleasantly surprised that even with all the future stars that were in that film (Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, to name just a few), Wolfman Jack was the best thing in it. Really.

 

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