Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for April 7th
4/07/1956 (64 years ago today) - The CBS Radio Network could smell money in the air (figuratively and literally) when they decided to premiere a nationally broadcast rock & roll program -- Legendary DJ Alan Freed hits the radio waves with the very first of his "Rock 'N' Roll Dance Party" shows; some of the tracks featured on this debut show included Gene Vincent's "Hound Dog" and "Be-Bop-A-Lu-La", "Maybelline" and "Roll Over Beethoven" from Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & The Comets' "Rock Around The Clock", plus LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Etta James and The Platters -- Teenage minds are blown from coast-to-coast! Yeah, you best warn the village elders: The horses are out of the barn and you ain't gettin' 'em back!!!
4/07/1970 (50 years ago today) - There was a time when you could hear radio stations mix it up and not worry about it -- Take a ganderoo at this weeks U.S. Top 5 singles chart: No. 5 - "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel; No. 4 - "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum; No. 3 - "Instant Karma!", John Lennon; No. 2 - The Jackson Five's "ABC", and at No. 1 - The Beatles' "Let It Be" -- Sure looks and sounds like whatcha call them thar good old days, eh Gramps?
4/07/1979 (41 years ago today) - Kinda hard to believe it's taken 'em this long to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this was their only Number One LP: The Doobie Brothers top the U.S. album chart with "Minute By Minute" which breezily sells over three million copies and receives four Grammy Awards as well -- The song sequencing is nearly perfect too; you got the title track, "Here To Love You", "Sweet Feelin'", "Dependin' On You", "What A Fool Believes", all solid soulful stuff, really...
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"What seems to be/Is always better than nothing...", xoxo!