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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 18th

Today, you got a wicked big birthday, a big technological development in how to listen to music, and a big one-and-only for Fleetwood Mac

Paul McCartney
Circa 1962. (Keystone/Getty Images)

6/18/1948 (67 years ago today)Columbia Records begin the first mass production of 33-1/3-RPM vinyl “long players”, so named because this newly developed format could contain up to 23 minutes of music per side, versus the three-minutes-max that was being squeezed onto the then-standard 78 RPM disc. Whoo-hoo’s all around!

6/18/1977 (38 years ago today) – Legend has it she wrote the song in about 10 minutes while taking a break at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California: Fleetwood Mac go to Number One on the U.S. singles chart with “Dreams”, a Stevie Nicks composition from the “Rumours” LP. Kinda weirdly, it is the Mac‘s first and only U.S. No. 1 single. Hmmm…

6/18/1942 – Born on this day, the undisputed most successful rock composer of all-time, Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney, 73 years old today. Fact: Paul has written (or co-written) 188 records that have charted; 91 of those reached the Top Ten and 33 made it to No. 1that’s 1,662 weeks on the charts. Decent live performer, too.

Got any thoughts or suggestions for the Calendar? Do ’em up right here on our web site and/or on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

“You say you want your freedom/Well, who am I to keep you down?…”, xoxo.

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