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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 21st

One of the biggest debuts of all-time…a British legend passes on…an under-rated songwriter’s birthday…

Cat Stevens
Overdue for a re-think: British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens; shown here in Jan.,1972 (Evening Standard/Getty Images)

7/21/1987 – (27 years ago today) “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns ‘N Roses is released on Geffen Records. Artistically, they never really top it. Saleswise, it’s virtually impossible to top: worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the U.S., making it the best-selling debut album off all-time in America!!! And It continues to sell year-in, year-out; Axl continues to be an…Axl. This clip’s a little blurry, but fun, fun, fun, and guaranteed to take you back!

7/21/2005 – (9 years ago today) British blues-rock legend Long John Baldry passes away after battling a severe chest infection. WBLM/Rock & Roll Blimp fans knows him best for “Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll”, but he was much more. In the U.K., John was considered to be one of the founding fathers of British Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1960′s performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies’ R&B All Stars. He later fronted The Hoochie Coochie Men with Rod Stewart, and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll, and later on Bluesology with Elton John (this is where Elton got the idea to use “John” as his last name!). Somewhat oddly, he also narrated on “Winnie The Pooh” recordings for Disney, and was the voice of “Robotnik” on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game. Worth seeking out is his 1971 album for Warner Bros., “It Ain’t Easy”, with one side produced by and featuring Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, the other side with Elton John and his band. Good stuff indeed!

7/21/1947 – Happy Birthday Cat Stevens, 67 years old today. Perhaps somewhat unfortunately known these days more for his conversion to Islam back in 1977, Steven Demetre Georgiou nonetheless was a fiercely talented multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, producer and philanthropist, and an inescapable presence on 1970′s radio and chart-sales. His albums “Tea For The Tillerman” (1970) and “Teaser And The Firecat” (1971) are must-have multi-million-selling classics, not a bad track to be found on either LP; his 1972 release “Catch Bull At Four” sold half-a-million copies in its first two weeks alone, a pretty nifty achievement back in the day. We say it’s time to seriously re-evaluate this guy. His vocals, and in particular his lyrics, on this live performance are something else!

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