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September 1, 2014

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On this day in 1979, U2 released their first record in Ireland, the "U2-3" EP.

On this day in 1979, INXS made their live debut at the Oceanview Hotel in Sydney, Australia. Before they scored their first American Top 40 hit four years later, they averaged over 250 gigs a year in Australia's many pubs and clubs.

On this day in 1979, Neil Young's million selling classic "Rust Never Sleeps" album hit #8 on the charts.

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Beatles Top The King

Over 50 years since The Beatles first captivated the U.S. with their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a new Harris Poll says the Fab Four have topped Elvis Presley as the most popular music act in America. Led Zeppelin came in at #4 and the Eagles were tied at #7 with Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks. When the same poll was last conducted in 2010, The Beatles and Elvis tied for third place behind U2, who didn't even make it into the Top 10 this year.

Mega Basement Tapes

While a mediocre fan recording of Led Zeppelin in concert was the biggest selling bootleg album of the Sixties and early Seventies, Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" LPs were without a doubt the most famous. Dylan made those historic recordings with The Band during a lengthy 1967 jam in the Woodstock, New York area while he was reportedly recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident. The original "Basement Tapes" album, which was issued in 1975 as a double-album, featured just 16 recordings. The new "Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete" — available on November 4th — will include every salvageable track from those 1967 sessions — over 100 tunes including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances and early versions of many Dylan originals. Better late than never, say we.

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It was Robin Williams who said: "Death is nature's way of saying, 'your table is ready'."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

It was G.K. Chesterton who said: "I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel."

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Labor Day

Organized by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was held on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City. Two years later, union organizers settled on the first Monday in September to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday," and by 1894, 24 states had adopted the holiday. On June 28, 1894, U.S. Congressmen eager to curry favor among the unions made the day a Federal Holiday. The big back-to-school sales and end-of-year model close-out automobile sales evolved around the holiday weekend many, many years later.

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