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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for September 14th

Little Richard cuts it close… — Not The Stones’ best idea… — “The Queen Mother Of Nashville” ain’t who you probably think it is…

Keith In The Zone
Keef in the zone; Stones concert, Syracuse Carrier Dome, N.Y., Nov. 1981. (Keystone/Hulton Images/Getty Images)

9/14/1955 (62 years ago today) – Here’s why you take lunch breaks: Little Richard is in a New Orleans studio, where he is scheduled to do two days of recording. Unfortunately, things are not going well…at allthere’s no mojo, no inspiration, nadda. Richard and producer Bumps Blackwell opt for a much needed break for lunch at next door’s Dew Drop Inn, where there just happens to be a piano over by the bar. Then…it’s like magic happens — probably out of frustration more than anything else — Richard starts bangin’ away like crazy, making it up as he goes along and screaming out some unbridled and definitely lewd lyrics. This is it!!! With only 15 minutes left for them to work with on the studio clock, Blackwell rolls tape and Richard continues going bonkers: “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-lop-bam-boom” — “Tutti Frutti” has arrived…

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9/14/1981 (36 years ago today)The Rolling Stones attempt a secret pre-tour warm-up gig in Worcester, Mass., at Sir Morgan’s Cove Club, capacity 300! Billing themselves as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches fools absolutely no one — local radio can’t keep their giddiness in check and when they announce The Stones have arrived, over 4,000 fans show up to try and get into the venue. Police are called in to control the streets surrounding the club; eleven fans are arrested, not a bad statistic when you remember that Mick and the band are preparing to tour behind “Tattoo You”, one of their best records in years…

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9/14/1914 – Born on this date, the songwriter known as “The Queen Mother Of Nashville”, Mae Boren Axton. She composed over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel”; one of her two sons, Hoyt Axton, became quite famous on his own (Hoyt wrote the Three Dog Night classics “Joy To The World” and “Never Been To Spain”, as well as “The Pusher” by Steppenwolf and the “No No Song” by Ringo). Mae went on to work with Willie Nelson, Reba McIntire, Mel Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Eddy Arnold a many more country greats. She passed away in 1997, having drowned in her hot tub at home in Tennessee after suffering a heart attack; she was 82 years old.

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