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June 20, 2018


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Guitar god Chet Atkins would have been 94.
Bassist/songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is 76.
Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is 64.

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On this day in 1969, the 3-day Newport '69 Festival began in Northridge. An estimated 150,000 made it in to hear Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance — the highest fee ever paid to a single rock act for one appearance at that time. Do you know anyone born in the Southland in March 1970? Their folks were probably at the festival — or at least in the parking lot!

On this day in 1970, as Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley" album began its climb to #27, Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" entered the singles charts on its way to #55 and the set list of every bar band in America.

On this day in 2004, Saint Petersburg, Russia was the site of Paul McCartney's 3,000th concert. Macca had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 concerts with Wings and 325 solo shows. And still he rocks today, singing his songs in the same key they were written in!

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Wednesday 6/20/18

The Story @8: John Entwistle of The Who, one of the greatest Rock bassists ever, shares insight into The Who's crazed drummer Keith Moon @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, Johnny Van Zant and Artimus Pyle. Check out this preview!


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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was John Lennon who said: "There's a great woman behind every idiot."

It was Steven Wright who said: "24 hours in a day; 24 bottles in a case of beer. Coincidence? I think not."

It was Ansel Adams who said: "There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."


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Summertime!

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy." Southern California is celebrating the Summer Solstice at 3:07am tonight. Both the longest day and shortest night of the year, this marks the official changing of the seasons. "Solstice" is derived from two words: "sol" meaning "sun," and "sistere," meaning "to stand still." On the day of the solstice, the sun rises an imperceptible amount, in a sense, it "stands still" — what an excuse to party! And when it comes to partying, who knew more than the ancients. An utterly astounding array of ancient cultures built their greatest architectural masterpieces specifically to align with the solstices and equinoxes. Stonehenge is a perfect marker of both winter and summer solstices. Native Americans created countless stone structures linked to equinoxes and solstices, including the 20-acre amphitheatre in Vermont called Calendar One and the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming. Since the time of the ancients, this time of year — between the planting and harvesting of the crops — has also been the traditional period for weddings. Besides fertility, planting seeds, gathering of herbs, pagan rituals and partying in Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice means so much more here in Southern California. OK, it primarily means bikini waxing and sunscreen, but it is meaningful none-the-less. Just be wary of that fertility thing!


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