Stones get banned! / Just say no roots? / Jack Bruce was cool, kids...

Original Stones line-up, Dec. 1963. (Photo: Chris Ware/Keystone/Getty Images)

10/25/1964 (53 years ago today) - The Rolling Stones performed on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the very first time -- They played "Time Is On My Side" and Chuck Berry's "Around and Around" and, of course, a minor mini-riot broke out in the theatre, prompting the aggravated host to announce "I promise you, they'll never be back on our show again!" -- The Stones went on to make a further five appearances on Sullivan's show between 1965 and '69, so I guess he taught us a lesson...

10/25/1970 (47 years ago today) - What, even "Puff, The Magic Dragon"?: Speaking at a U.S. radio conference, President Nixon asked programmers to ban any (in fact, all) songs that contained "drug references". How's that gonna work out; when you make it naughty, then you want it even more...

10/25/2014 (3 years ago today) - Legendary bassist-singer-songwriter Jack Bruce passed away from liver disease at age 71 -- You simply can't overstate his influence on classic rock, not only as the principal songwriter and lead vocalist of Cream, but also his roots in the influential British blues boom of the early Sixties when he played with Alexis Korner, The Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann -- Post-Cream, there's a treasure trove of underrated solo gems (find yourself a copy of "Songs For A Tailor" [1969] or "How's Tricks?" [1977], both fantastic), and a brief stint with guitarist Robin Trower sure to induce goose-bumps. A wicked talent, no doubt about it...

Share your infatuations with the Calendar here on our web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.

"I just want to show you what my politics are...", xoxo!