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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 9th

Today, a piece of American history is recorded; one of the ’80′s biggest hits gets to Number One; and one of rock’s All-Time Greats is born…

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L-to-R: Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers; circa 1980 (Photo by Showtime/Getty Images)

7/09/1962 - (52 years ago today) Bob Dylan records “Blowin’ In The Wind” during an afternoon session at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan originally wrote just a two-verse version of the song, performing it for the first time in public at Gerdes Folk City a few months earlier. Shortly after this, he added the middle verse. Years later, it becomes part of your Grammar school’s English lessons class!

7/09/1983 – (31 years ago today) Some of us are trying to wrap our heads around the fact that it’s been just over three decades(!) since The Police started an eight week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Every Breath You Take” (which also hit the top spot in the U.K.). Sting won “Song of the Year” and The Police won “Best Pop Performance” for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

7/09/1946 – Ronald Belford Scott was born this day in Forfar, Scotland; Bon Scott was lead vocalist for AC/DC from 1974 until he passed away in 1980. Brought up in Scotland, Bon was only six years old when his family moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1952. Having arrived from “Bonnie Scotland”, he was dubbed ‘Bon’, and the nickname stuck! He was found dead in the backseat of a friend’s car in South London on February 19th, 1980; the cause of death subsequently listed as “acute alocohol poisoning”. The word legend truly applies to Bon Scott, who was the real deal: a genuine Rock & Roll Star.

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