Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for September 6th
9/6/1970 (48 years ago today) - 12 days from now, he will be found deceased: Jimi Hendrix played at The Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany; it turns out to be his final concert performance.
9/6/1975 (43 years ago today) - Yeah, the big hit singles of 1975 are a bone-crushingly sad bunch indeed: After 26 Top 10 entries on the country chart, Glen Campbell takes over the No. 1 spot on the pop side with "Rhinestone Cowboy" (hard to get that chorus out of your head), his biggest-selling single since "Wichita Lineman" hit No. 1 in 1968 (The other biggie for Glen, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" also from 1968, only went as high as No. 2!). All is not lost: in two weeks, the No. 1 spot gets taken over by David Bowie's "Fame"...
9/6/1978 (40 years ago today) - Another salute to those who also served: Record producer Tom Wilson passed away from a heart attack at the all-too-early age of 47. Some of you may be wondering just who is this guy? In the 1960's, Tom was right there, leading some of the music world's most innovative artists through their formative years in the studio, and the list of classic LP's that Mr. Wilson directed during this time will boggle many a mind -- "Freak-Out!" by The Mothers Of Invention, Simon & Garfunkel's "Wednesday Morning 3 AM" (with "The Sound Of Silence"), "The Velvet Underground & Nico", Al Kooper and The Blues Project's debut "Projections", jazz albums from Eddie Harris and Sun Ra alongside traditional Irish music records from The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and most notably, that incredible trio of early Bob Dylan blueprints, "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" and "Bringing It All Back Home" (featuring "Like A Rolling Stone"). To think he led the way in helping get all this music out before he had a chance to turn fifty is what we'd call astounding!
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"There's been a load of compromisin'/On the road to my horizon...", xoxo!