Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for July 29th
7/29/1966 (54 years ago today) - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker make their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, kicking off one of rock's most influential runs by a group that had one of the shortest careers ever: just two years later in 1968 they called it quits, having exhausted a musical legacy that combined psychedelic blues, hard rock, versatile vocals, pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and, oh yeah, those never-to-be-replicated guitar solo's. Quite a band!
7/29/1967 (53 years ago today) - The Doors start a three week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with the edited version of "Light My Fire" -- Because the band is so charismatic and their live shows quickly becoming the stuff of legend, it only takes a few weeks to roll by before they break the barrier: by overwhelming public demand, radio stations give in and start playing the full-length seven minute LP version. The 1960's, kids. Stuff like this was actually meaningful.
7/29/1968 (52 years ago today) - On the eve of The Byrds going on tour in South Africa, Gram Parsons quits the band (or was he fired?) -- Either way, he refused to play to segregated audiences. Over 50 years ago this was. Think about it...
Share your what-you-got's with the Calendar here on our web site and on the WBLM Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #TommysCoffeeBreak.
"The time to hesitate is through...", xoxo!