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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 18th…

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British Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham examines the latest high-end goods, Dec. 1948. (Photo: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

Today’s the anniversary of the “long player”, a classic bands only #1 single, and a Beatle birthday!!!

6/18/1948 – (66 years ago today) Megabytes, Shmegabytes! Columbia Records begins the very first mass production of the 33-RPM long playing disc. This exciting new format could contain up to twenty-three minutes of music per side versus the old three-minute maximum that was being squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc. (It will be ten more years before stereo is introduced.) And now, a look at a real turntable from 1948:

6/18/1977 – (37 years ago today) Stevie Nicks has said it took her just ten minutes to write the song that would become Fleetwood Mac‘s only No. 1 single: on this date, “Dreams” goes to the top of the U.S. singles chart; in the U.K., it peaks at No. 24. Check this clip out in case you’ve (probably) forgotten how cool this band was back then.

6/18/1942 - Happy Birthday Paul McCartney, 72 years old today. John Lennon was so impressed by Macca’s ability to tune a guitar, he asked Paul to join his band. You gotta start someplace. Here’s Paul on British TV after The Beatles returned from their first trip to America:

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