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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for May 18th

1968 festival line-up’s like a perfect time-capsule… — Nakedness rules the chart! — John Hughes soundtrack classic goes to the top…

(Courtesy of A&M Records/Universal Pictures)
(Courtesy of A&M Records/Universal Pictures)

5/18/1968 (49 years ago today) – “Mommy, what were the 1960’s like?” “They were…exactly like this“: Approximately 100,000 music fans attend the first ever Miami Pop Festival, and the artists that got to perform are a near-perfect example of what the 1968 rock scene was all aboutThe Jimi Hendrix Experience were Saturday’s headliners; over the course of the day, there were sets by The Mothers Of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas & Electric and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown — One of the events promoters was Michael Lang, who would become famous as the main-man promoter of the legendary Woodstock Festival the following year — “Miami Pop” was originally scheduled as a two-day weekend event, but the Sunday show was rained out, inspiring Jimi Hendrix to write the classic “Rainy Day, Dream Away”

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5/18/1974 (43 years ago today)“Hopping on the bandwagon” couldn’t get much drearier than this: Ray Stevens kicks off three weeks in a row at No. 1 with the novelty tune “The Streak”, capitalizing on the then-current fad/craze of streaking (“running in a public place without wearing any clothes”). Actually, the practice had been around for decades, but 1974 was such a mess and culturally so friggin’ boring it became a big deal for a little while…

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5/18/1985 (37 years ago today)Simple Minds went to No. 1 on the singles chart with “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from the years big teen drama “The Breakfast Club”It was not a Simple Minds original piece, though; it happens a lot, you work hard, you pay your dues, you get critically acclaimed and then when you finally score a chart-topping single, it turns out to be a cover version — “Don’t You…” was written by Steve Schiff, guitarist and songwriter from Nina Hagen‘s band, and by Keith Forsey who would go on to win an Oscar for writing “Flashdance…What a Feeling!”. What can you do, at least it doesn’t suck…

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“Slow change may pull us apart/When the light gets into your heart…”, xoxo!

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