Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 6th
6/6/1960 (57 years ago today) - File under: "No, we're NOT kidding!!!": Old school crooner and questionable father figure Bing Crosby is presented with a Platinum disc to commemorate his...200 millionth record sold!?!?! True that, and yikes! The sales figures were based on a combined total of 2,600 recorded singles and 125 albums (you better read that again, it's reasonably astounding) -- Dah Binger's global lifetime sales on 179 different labels in 28 countries totaled 400 million records, so it's a White Friggin' Christmas all over the place....
6/6/1965 (52 years ago today) - My Dad absolutely loved this song and quoted it quite often...: The Rolling Stones released "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on this date; it's not only three of the greatest minutes of human existence on the planet, but also the band's first No. 1 single! -- It wasn't released as a 45 in their homeland, though, until August, 1966, and even then it was initially only aired on pirate radio stations due to its "sexually explicit and suggestive" lyrics. "Hey, hey, hey!!!" indeed.
6/6/1944 - Hey, he was born in Lewiston, Maine(!!!) on this day, Clarence White, bluegrass-country guitarist and singer, member of the legendary bluegrass outfit The Kentucky Colonels, but probably most famous for his stint as a member of The Byrds from 1968 to 1973 -- As a session musician, he played on recordings by Linda Ronstadt, The Monkees, Randy Newman, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Jackson Browne and many more -- As if that wasn't cool enough, Clarence is also credited (with frequent collaborator Gene Parsons) for inventing the B-bender, a guitar accessory enabling the player to mechanically bend the B-string up a whole tone to create the sound of a pedal steel guitar -- Tragically, Clarence died on July 14, 1973, after being struck by a drunk driver while he and his brother were loading equipment into their car following a Kentucky Colonels reunion gig in Palmdale, California; he was just 29 years old.
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