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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 22nd

A Beatles rarity…An Eagles birthday…and a 30-year-old pot conviction comes back to haunt…

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What’s he smoking? Donovan, the summer of 1968 (Photo by R.Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

7/22/1963 – (51 years ago today) The Beatles’ first American full-length album, “Introducing The Beatles”, was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who believed they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. The Fab Four‘s U.S. label Capitol goes bat-s–t when the LP is released in January, 1964: Vee-Jay gets mauled by lawyers and all kinds of injunctions against the manufacturing, distributing, advertising, and even disposing of any and all Beatles records. Following a trial, Vee-Jay is allowed to release any Beatles records they had the masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964, after which they would no longer have any rights to do so. A fantastic rarity is born! And now, Swiss TV-time, 1963:

7/22/1996 – (19 years ago today) Looks like he did inhale: Donovan has to cancel his U.S. comeback tour because of a thirty-year-old marijuana conviction…in the U.K.!!! American authorities refuse to grant him a waiver to enter the country. There’s some kind of lesson to be learned here, apparently, but I don’t really want to figure it out. Here he is on U.K. TV, a coupla years ago, on the re-issue of one of his best records, the still-cool-and-psychedelic “Sunshine Superman”:

7/22/1947 – Lock up your daughters! Happy Birthday Don Henley, 67 years old today. Writes the songs, then sings ‘em while drumming! ‘Nuff said. The Eagles have five No. 1 albums in the U.S., with “The Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975″ currently listed as the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30 million(!) and still going strong. Glenn Frey sums it up nicely in the recent Eagles documentary: “What have I got to sing for? We got Don Henley!” The band kills it in concert, and Don’s solo stuff is pretty friggin’ good as well. Like this one that’s so right on, it borders on being bone-chillingly scary:

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