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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for May 19th

Brit radio bans…Paul Simon? — The Supertramp album you must have… — Coupla Beatles play a guitar and its worth skyrockets ridiculously

Harrison And Lennon
George and John backstage, April 2, 1964. (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty Images)

5/19/1973 (44 years ago today)Now it sounds rather quaint…: Paul Simon‘s super-catchy-and-lyrically-clever “Kodachrome” is released as a single — It’s a big hit in the U.S., reaching No. 2 on the chart, but in England, it doesn’t even get on the radio due to a BBC ban because they will not air a song with a trademarked name. What a load of stiff-upper-lip crap…

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5/19/1979 (38 years ago today)…and it still gets played on radios all over the world every friggin’ day…: Supertramp reach No. 1 with their sixth studio album, the just-about-perfect “Breakfast In America” — It remains in the top spot for six weeks in a row while proceeding to sell over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone(!); it also goes to No. 1 in Australia, Canada, Norway, Austria and France, where it is one of the five biggest selling albums of all time!!!Kinda weird: while here in the U.S. the record boasted four major Billboard hit singles (“The Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Take The Long Way Home” and the title track), over in their British homeland only “The Logical Song” and “Breakfast…” got into the Top 10, the only two times it ever happened for them there

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5/19/2013 (4 years ago today)Take a deep breath before you read the price…The guitar was custom-made in 1966 by VOX: George Harrison played it during “I Am The Walrus” in the “Magical Mystery Tour” TV special; John Lennon used it later that year in the video for “Hello, Goodbye” — On this date, an unidentified buyer in New York purchased the instrument at auction for...$408,000!!! What the…

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