Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for April 16th
Major record labels make major splashes with their artists first LP releases, and we really need to take a minute and pay tribute to one of the greatest female pop singers ever (yeah, that's her in the picture)...
4/16/1964 (56 years ago today) - Yeah, it's only one of The Top Five Greatest Debut Albums in the History of Man, no big deal...: Hello, Great Britain, where the first Rolling Stones album is released on this day and it becomes an instant media frenzy success -- A mere two weeks later it hits Number One and remains there for eleven weeks, staying on the chart for 40 weeks total -- "Not Fade Away", "Route 66", "Walking The Dog", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Tell Me", totally solid from start-to-finish, 12 tracks, 32 minutes, Good Lord kids, it's a freakin' master class in British R&B, and a must-have. Go buy it right now.
4/16/1969 (51 years ago today) - It's called "Biting the hand that feeds...": Elektra Records drops critic's darlings MC5 from their label after the Detroit band, on their own behalf, take out an ad in a local paper which featured the Elektra company logo. Imagine doing this today: in big, bold print that left no room for interpretation otherwise, the band proudly exclaimed "F--K HUDSONS", a Michigan department store that refused to stock the MC5 debut. Points for righteous bluntness...
4/16/1939 - Born on this date, one of the U.K.'s finest ever, the remarkable Dusty Springfield, truly a bona-fide 1960's top-chop vocal Queen! Back when 45-rpm singles were the currency, Dusty scored time and time again: "I Only Want To Be With You", "Wishin' And Hopin'", "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and the jaw-dropping perfection of "Son Of A Preacher Man" -- Her credibility as a soul artist was sealed when she recorded the classic "Dusty In Memphis" LP (which she did in Memphis, Tennessee with Atlantic Records producers along with The Sweet Inspirations and The Memphis Cats as her back-up), a spectacular album that's consistently ranked as one of the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone, VH-1, New Musical Express, and is also in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Well worth checking out; Dusty passed away March 2, 1999.
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"Being good isn't always easy/No matter how hard I try...", xoxo!