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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 31st

Tom Jones, Priscilla, Elvis
Tom Jones, Priscilla and Elvis; Las Vegas, July 1971. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hey, we’re just trying to deal with the fact that today’s the last day of July!!! What the Sam Hill is goin’ on…?

7/31/1968 (47 years ago today)High-tech recording is underway at London’s Trident Studios where there’s a brand new 8-track recording machine ready and waiting for The Beatles (apparently, EMI’s studio was still using a 4-track, so…); the boys break in the new toy with four takes of a new Paul McCartney tune titled “Hey Jude”. Turns out all right…

7/31/1969 (46 years ago today) – Some might say it’s the beginning of the endfor alotta different reasons: Elvis kicks off a four-week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel. For his first live-in-concert shows since 1961, Elvis nets $1.5 million. On the menu is an Elvis Special“: polk salad (taproot/black berries/bacon-and-fried onion) with corn muffins and honey.

7/31/1971 (44 years ago today)James Taylor goes to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with his cover of Carole King‘s “You’ve Got A Friend” — classic indeed; in ’72, it wins Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Male Performance and Song Of The Year. The album it’s on, “Mud Slide Slim & the Blue Horizon”, does pretty well too, but in a kinda weird twist, only goes as high as No. 2: Carole King‘s “Tapestry” (which also features “You’ve Got A Friend”) spends the summer at No.1  for 15 weeks in a row (June 19th through September 25th) a pretty impressive feat in and of itself!

Let us know what you think about the Calendar right here on our web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

“Close your eyes and think of me/And soon I will be there/To brighten up even your darkest nights…”, xoxo!

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