Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 23rd
Today marks ten consecutive UK No.1 singles (for you-know-who); plus, George tops the U.S. chart, and it’s the birthday of a country legend.
6/23/1966 – (48 years ago today) The double-A sided single “Paperback Writer” / “Rain” hits the top in the UK, making it The Beatles tenth No.1 in a row! The tracks featured an obviously boosted bass guitar sound, in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on some of Wilson Pickett‘s records far exceeded the bass on any of The Beatles recordings. And thanks to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process, this single was also cut louder than anything The Fab Four had previously done. Still one of their best efforts…
6/23/1973 – (41 years ago today) George Harrison kicks off a five-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with “Living In The Material World”, his second U.S. LP chart-topper. George wrote all of the songs for his fourth studio solo release, following the highly acclaimed “All Things Must Pass” and The Concert for Bangla-Desh. The album also went to No.1 in Australia and Canada, No.2 in the UK. “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” was also a No.1 single off the album; here’s George performing it years later, live in Japan. Pretty awesome, actually.
6/23/1929 – Born on this day, June Carter Cash, legendary country singer and the second wife of Johnny Cash. June was the real deal – she could play guitar, banjo, harmonica and auto-harp, acted in several films and TV shows and won five Grammy Awards. President Jimmy Carter was a distant cousin! June passed away on May 15th, 2003, at age 73.
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