Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 25th
Today we got a night club riot; a TV audience of 200 million(!); and hopefully, one of the all-time greats can finally R.I.P.
6/25/1966 - (48 years ago today) From the “Take That, Future Punk Rockers!” File: Legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson was arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order during a performance at a Port Arthur, Texas nightclub. Wilson had totally whipped the crowd of 400 into a frenzy, then made a point of not following a police order to end the show! He was later convicted of “drunkenness” and fined $30.
6/25/1967 – (47 years ago today) From the “…And There Wasn’t Even Any Cable!” File: an estimated audience of 200 million watched The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love”, live via satellite, part of the “Our World” global TV link-up. Providing backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and a by-invitation studio audience of various fans and hangers-on.
6/25/1945 – From the “She Is A Hotty!” File: Happy Birthday Carly Simon, 69 years old today. Carly was awarded the Best New Artist Grammy in 1971, followed by thirteen Top 40 U.S. hits, making her one of the very few ’70′s artists whose “Best Of” collection actually lives up the title: “Anticipation”, “You Belong To Me”, “Coming Around Again”, “Jessie” (No.11), “Mockingbird” (No.5, a duet with then-husband James Taylor), the iconic “You’re So Vain” (No. 1), and “Nobody Does It Better” (No.2, from the James Bond adventure “The Spy Who Loved Me”.) Her father was Richard L. Simon, influential co-founder of the publishing firm of Simon & Schuster. Look at this fantastic performance of Carly live in 1971! (Hey, isn’t that Art Garfunkel and George Harrison?)
6/29/2009 - (5 years ago today) From the “Maybe Someday He’ll Get Some Peace!” File: Michael Jackson died at age 50 at his home in Beverly Hills. “Thriller” remains the best selling album of all-time with sales of over 50 million and counting. Love this primo “American Bandstand” clip even more, though:
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