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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 28th

Today you got another crime spree thanks to rock and roll; one of the largest music festivals in history; and remembering a great guitarist on his date of birth…

Typical rock festival
From the stage view; rock festival c 1975. (Keystone/Getty Images)

7/28/1969 (46 years ago today)When playing air guitar just doesn’t cut it anymore: Police in Moscow report that thousands of public telephone booths have been vandalized, thanks to a feature in a Russian youth magazine that showed kids how to steal parts of the phones in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric!

7/28/1973 (42 years ago today)The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience could not see the stage: Just outside of Watkins Glen, New York, The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, and The Band headline the “Watkins Glen Outdoor Summer Jam”. Over 600,000 show up — 150,000 of which purchased tickets at $10 each; for everybody else, it was a free show. Some historians believe this was the single largest gathering of people ever in the history of the United States! Rock on…

7/28/1943 – Born on this date, legendary blues/rock guitarist Mike Bloomfield; made his mark with stunning solo’s as an original member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, then The Electric Flag and a number of classic albums and live gigs with keyboardist Al Kooper. Along the way he worked with Taj Mahal, Dr. John and Bob Dylan — that’s Mike playing lead on Dylan‘s “Highway 61 Revisited” LP. The exact circumstances that led to his death are somewhat vague: Mike was found dead of a drug overdose in his car, February 15, 1981. Look him up, there are lots of great records for you to listen to his really fluid, soulful Chicago-blues-style of playing, that’s where his reputation really shines.

Thoughts on the Calendar? Let us know here on our web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

“I got forty red, white and blue shoe strings/And a thousand telephones that don’t ring/Do you know where I can get rid of these things?…”, xoxo!

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