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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, hundreds 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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