Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 6th…
Today, it’s a rare live Lennon appearance; a legendary session-man passes away; and a birthday for one of Springsteen‘s favorite ’60′s rockers!
6/06/1971 – (43 years ago today) John & Yoko jammed live onstage with Frank Zappa at The Fillmore East; some of those recordings were released in 1972 on Lennon‘s third post-Beatles album, the critically panned “Some Time In New York City”. Though it was poorly received (to say the least) and barely cracked the charts, it did feature nifty artwork and packaging (the sleeves looked like a just-published newspaper), and the passage of time has been good to a couple of tracks - “Attica State” and “New York City”, are two decent, pretty straight-forward rockers. Phil Spector produced, so there you go. Here’s rare footage from this night at the Fillmore:
6/06/2000 – (14 years ago today) William Everett “Billy” Preston died of kidney failure at age 60. The Grammy-winning piano/organist gigged with some of the greatest names in music, including The Beatles, Little Richard, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, for whom he played keyboards on their 1975/’76 World Tours as well. Not a bad resume. In fact, alongside Tony Sheridan, Billy was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording! (The single release of “Get Back” was listed as being by The Beatles with Billy Preston.) Billy’s classic hit album “That’s The Way God Planned It” was produced by George Harrison. This is a fantastic live version of that LP’s title track, from 1973:
6/06/1939 – Happy Birthday Gary U.S. Bonds, 75 years old today. Famously covered by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Gary’s sole No. 1 single was the classic “Quarter To Three”, which topped the charts in 1961. Twenty years later, in 1981, he recorded a rockin’ comeback album (“Dedication”), which was produced by Miami Steve Van Zandt and featured all members of the E Street Band backing him up! The following 1961 TV performance is totally groovy and outta sight! (I love the caucasian hep-kats gettin’ down with it!)