Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 30th
Today, the Fab Four are unhappy in Japan; years later, George “knocks out” Paul; and did two singers really just get married?
6/30/1966 – (49 years ago today) The Beatles play the first of three concerts at the now legendary Nippon Budokan Hall (yes, that Budokan!) The first show was filmed with the band wearing black suits; for another performance, they were filmed wearing white. Didn’t matter either way as almost all of the country’s leaders (and parents of teenagers) expressed outrage over these long-haired Westerners de-faming a sacred oriental site with their blasphemous rock and roll!!! The boys were not permitted to leave their hotel; with no sight-seeing allowed, gifts and everything else had to be brought to them in their rooms. They got quite grumpy about it apparently. Throw in 3,000 policeman to cover each show for 10,000 fans and John, Paul, George and Ringo restlessly couldn’t wait to get back home. Poor 8mm quality here, but it’s still a gas!
6/30/1973 – (41 years ago today) George Harrison knocks Paul McCartney from the top of the U.S. singles chart: “My Love” has to make room for “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”, George’s second U.S. Number 1. Super rare Paul video here:
6/30/1975 – (39 years ago today) Cher marries Gregg Allman four days after divorcing Sonny Bono. They split up just ten days later. This is a clip of them performing together later on in 1977; you decide:
6/30/2001 – (13 years ago today) American guitarist and producer Chet Atkins passes away in Nashville at age 77. Probably did more to expand country’s appeal to adult pop music fans more than anyone else. Not only did he record 100 albums on his own(!), Chet was at the helm for LP’s by Dolly Parton, Perry Como, The Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley and many, many more. George Harrison and Mark Knopfler have cited Chet’s style as a huge influence on their guitar playing, and they kinda know what they’re talking about.
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