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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 20th

 

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The Beach Boys, Nov. 1964. Brian Wilson second from left. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Today, Bowie records a classic; Hendrix gets paid the most; and a Beach Boy birthday that really does matter!

6/20/1969 – (45 years ago today) Though it wouldn’t become a hit until re-released in 1975, today’s the day that David Bowie was booked into London’s Trident Studios for the sessions that turned into his classic single “Space Oddity”. Bowie would later on return to his character of “Major Tom” for his songs “Ashes To Ashes” and “Hello Spaceboy”.

6/20/1969 – (45 years ago today) It’s the Newport, California Music Festival with tickets that would cost…$15!!! Over the next three nights, you could catch The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, Eric Burdon, Love and Johnny Winter. Not bad for under twenty bucks! Hendrix received $125,000 for his set (remember, this is in 1969 dollars!); at the time, it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance. Oh, here’s why - check out this live version of “Red House” (1969):

 

6/20/1942 - We gotta give it up for the genius of the one and only mastermind behind The Beach Boys:  72 years old today – Happy Birthday to Brian Wilson. It definitely feels like calling some of those albums classics just isn’t enough.

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