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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 24th

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January, 1975 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Today it’s a pair of classic birthdays, along with just how much collectables are worth (or, maybe, some things shouldn’t be sold at all!)

6/23/2010 – A rare oversized two-part poster featuring Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians (Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood) and others at England’s Knebworth Park on August 4th and 11th, 1971, was sold for $7,480 at a Christie’s Auction held in London. Fetching $2,244 at the same auction, was a print of Led Zeppelin backstage at Tampa Stadium, June 3, 1977. Time to go through those unmarked cardboard boxes in the attic?

6/23/2012 - The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests that it should be kept as a shrine! Over 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. The auction house then announced it would not sell the crypt until the cemetery “devises a plan that best suits the interests of the fans, while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis.” Proving once again that X-amount of Elvis fans can’t be wrong! Here’s Elvis live onstage in 1956:

6/23/1944 – Happy Birthday to guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Beck (70 years old today). Talented enough to replace Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds, Jeff then went on to form one of the sixties best super-groups, The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass. And yes, they nailed it but good! In the seventies, having decided to dispense with vocals, Jeff made a series of jazz-rock-fusion albums, the first of which, 1975′s “Blow By Blow”, was produced by George Martin, and pretty much set a new standard for guitar-playing and all around musicianship. Frankly, those records sound like they were beamed in from another planet. Jeff Beck‘s set at the State Theatre here in Portland, Maine, has gone down as the stuff of legend. In other words, you had to be there in order to believe how amazing he really is; I distinctly remember he played without a pick and by the end of the show, his guitar was spattered with blood from his fingers. So there you go.

6/23/1944 – Also turning 70 today, how about alotta “Happy Happy’s” for the one and only Mick Fleetwood. Standing at 6-feet-6-inches tall, Mick was just 15 when he dropped out of school in 1963 to persue a career in drumming. Worked out rather quite well, actually. Check out the Mac on “The Midnight Special” (1976):

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