Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 2nd
7/02/1956 – (58 years ago today) Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios, New York. It’s the first time The Jordanaires work with Elvis; take 31 is the version that’s selected for release. Everything is different from here on out, that’s a fact.
7/02/1962 - (52 years ago today) After breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump, Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers. Bet alotta ya didn’t know that James was an Armed Services Vet!
7/02/1969 – (45 years ago today) Seven years later, on the same date as his discharge, Jimi Hendrix learns that his Experience bandmates have decided to give notice: bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell call it quits a day after performing at the Denver Pop Festival. Jimi convinces Mitch to give it one more try, and they hook up with an Army buddy of Jimi’s, Billy Cox on the bass. Briefly calling themselves Gypsy Sun, this is the trio that goes on to play at Woodstock. Here’s the original Experience line-up smokin’ it in 1968:
7/02/1979 - (35 years ago today) The world welcomes a new way to listen to music as Sony introduces their latest hi-tech gadget, “The Walkman”, the very first portable audio cassette player! Yowza! Over the next 30 years, over 385 million Walkmans are sold, in cassette, then CD, then mini-disc and digital file versions. Mr. Walkman is the king of the hill until the arrival of Apple’s iPod.
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