Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for March 16th
3/16/1968 (49 years ago today) - The Otis Redding classic "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" starts a five week run at No. 1 on the singles chart -- With sales of over four million worldwide, it became the very first posthumous chart topper in U.S. history. Otis died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, just three days after recording the song; he was only 26 at the time.
3/16/1971 (46 years ago today) - The big winners at this years Grammy Awards were Simon and Garfunkel and The Carpenters -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" won for Album Of The Year, as well as Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), Best Engineered Recording, Contemporary Song (Songwriters Award), Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year! A clean sweep for Paul and Art; they won every category they were nominated for; while The Carpenters picked up the Best New Artist and Contemporary Vocal Group Awards (for "Close To You"). Time-tunnel-memory-jog: Flip Wilson won Best Comedy Recording for "The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress" and Miles Davis' now-landmark "Bitches Brew" picked up the Best Jazz Recording statue.
3/16/1936 - Born on this day, singer-songwriter Fred Neil...you're thinking "Who?". OK, as a performer, he didn't find much success on his own (mostly due to his reluctance to tour), but some of his songs became classics thanks to lots of other artists who admired Fred's songwriting prowess: Harry Nilsson's version of "Everybody's Talkin'" (from the 1969 film "Midnight Cowboy") was a huge success; "The Other Side Of This Life" was covered by The Lovin' Spoonful, The Animals, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Youngbloods and Jefferson Airplane; and "The Dolphins" was recorded by Linda Ronstadt, It's A Beautiful Day and Tim Buckley -- Fred co-founded The Dolphin Research Project in 1970, and spent the last 30 years of his life helping that organization's efforts to preserve and protect dolphins. Mr. Neil was 65 years old when he passed away from natural causes due to skin cancer in 2001.
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