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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 8th

Today it’s one of the strangest double-bills EVER; there’s yet another ban on rock concerts due to rowdy fans; and a beloved 1970’s classic single is top of the pops!

The Monkees
A talk with management awaits: The Monkees, 1967. (Keystone/Getty Images)

7/08/1967 (48 years ago today) – We really wish we could have seen just one of these nights: The Monkees kick off a 29-date tour with none other than The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act! After only six shows, Jimi was politely dropped from the tour — apparently his act was deemed unsuitable for The Monkees teeny-bopper audience. Unbelievable it lasted six nights, really…

7/08/1971 (44 years ago today) – The kids got a little…enthusiastic: The prestigious Royal Albert Hall in merry olde London pulls the plug on rock concerts at the historic venue after a Mott The Hoople gig during which there were fights, injuries,┬áhundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to the theatre’s seats and more. The band had to pay for the repairs to the property; history, nonetheless, is made…

7/08/1972 (43 years ago today) – It was his only U.S. Number One single: Bill Withers tops the chart for three weeks in a row with his legendary “Lean On Me”. Hmmm, thought “Ain’t No Sunshine” was the biggie, but it turns out that only went as high as No. 3; the fantastic “Use Me” did make it to No. 2 later in ’72. OK, now we gotta get ourselves a Bill Withers compilation…

Thoughts and threats re: the Calendar are most welcome right here on the ol’ web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

“Please swallow your pride/If I have things/You need to borrow…”, xoxo!


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