Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 28th
Was it the largest rock concert ever held? Throw in some classic rocker birthdays and it’s a pretty decent Monday after all…
7/28/1973 – (38 years ago today) Many historians claimed it was the biggest gathering of people in the history of the United States!: The Watkins Glen Outdoor Summer Jam featuring The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Band was held outside of Watkins Glen, New York, with a rough estimate of over 600,000 people attending. 150,000 tickets were sold for $10 each; for everybody else, it was a free show! The crowd was so huge that most of the audience couldn’t even see the stage.
7/28/1944 – Born on this day, legendary guitar wiz Mike Bloomfield, founding member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag (with Buddy Miles). That’s Mike on Bob Dylan‘s “Highway 61 Revisited” album; also worth checking out are “The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper”, along with the ahead-of-its-time “Super Session” LP (with Al Kooper again, along with Stephen Stills and featuring the world’s best-ever version of “Season Of The Witch”). Truly one of the guitar greats of that time. Mike passed away on Feb. 15th, 1981.
7/28/1945 – Born on this day, Pink Floyd founding member/keyboardist Richard Wright. Rick was with The Floyd from their first album, 1967′s “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”, up until his unceremonious sacking by Roger Waters (Rick doesn’t play on “The Final Cut” album at all!). That’s okay, though, as just some of his notable contributions include “Time” and “The Great Gig In The Sky” (both on “Dark Side Of The Moon”) and most of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. Now those are the Pink Floyd classics we love to hear. (I don’t remember the last time gave “The Final Cut” a spin. Who does?) Rick passed away from cancer back on Sept. 15th, 2008.
7/28/1949 – Happy Birthday Simon Kirke, 65 today. Probably one of rock’s most taken-for-granted time-keepers: Simon’s drumming for Free and Bad Company make him one of the most reliable players around. The good ones always make it look easy.
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