Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 28th
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.
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"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!