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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 8th

Today you got a Southern radio station discovering an “overnite sensation”; a rock legend getting a pink slip; and a glam-rock riot in merry olde England that frightens the elders!

The Monkees
“Hey, hey, we’re…” early 1970′s (NBC-TV/Getty Images)

7/08/1954 – (60 years ago today) Producer Sam Phillips brings his acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing “That’s All Right” to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. It gets aired just after 9:30 that evening, and the phone lines light up with requests for the disc jockey to play the song again. And again. And again. And again. No one’s ever heard anything like it, and they can’t get enough of it!

7/08/1967 – (47 years ago today) From the “Strange But True” files: The Monkees begin a 29-city tour with The (–gulp!!!–) Jimi Hendrix Experience as their opening act! After only six shows, Jimi was politely dropped from the bill after being told his act was not suitable for a teenybopper audience. Ya think? Check out this live Jimi performance from European TV in 1967. Positively mind-blowing!

7/08/1971 – (43 years ago today) Fans were injured and balcony-skyboxes were trashed during a mini-riot at a Mott The Hoople concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Because of thousands of dollars in damage sustained to the classic theatre, politicians were forced to place a temporary ban on rock gigs at the venue. In other words, “Rock On!” And they sure do in this 1971 U.K. clip:

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