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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for September 13th

Today, a “sort of” all Beatles edition of the Calendar…

Beatles Coffee Break
Coffee break during rehearsals for the Royal Variety Performance, Nov. 4, 1963. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

9/13/1965 (52 years ago today)Paul McCartney‘s “Yesterday” was released as the next Beatles single here in the U.S. — With only Paul’s vocal/acoustic guitar and a string quartet, it was (essentially) the first “solo” performance under the group name, and it sure did sound quite different from everything else they had done up to now, so much so in fact, that the boys vetoed its release as a single back home in the U.K.!!! It wasn’t issued as a single in England, under The Beatles name, until 1976.

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9/13/1969 (48 years ago today) – You could certainly call it “ramshackle”, but a stroke of genius nonetheless…: John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly to Canada to perform at The Rock & Roll Revival in Toronto. Also on the bill: Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Chicago, Alice Cooper and The Doors!!! Minor detail: John’s decision to appear was made so late that the band he put together — Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and future Yes drummer Alan White — actually only had time to rehearse for the show while on the plane flight over from England. The set, which some say helped propel the break-up of The Beatles, was later released as the “Live Peace In Toronto 1969″ album…

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9/13/1965 – Happy Birthday to Zak Richard Starkey, son of Ringo and his first wife Maureen, 52 years old today. When Zak turned eight, he was given a drum kit by his “Uncle” Keith Moon; at age 12, having taught himself to play (dad Ringo didn’t really want his son in show-biz), Zak was already in his first band, called The Next. These days he’s best known as the primary drummer for The Who; though he’s never become an “official” member of the band, it’s interesting to note that he’s been their engine since 1994! Zak’s also recorded and toured with Oasis, Johnny Marr, The Waterboys, Paul Weller and Blur’s Graham Coxon

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“Now I need a place to hide away…”, xoxo!

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