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April 24, 2014

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Drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 69.
Original Jethro Tull bassist Glen Cornick is 67.
The multi-talented Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is 60.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" entered the singles charts on its way to #1. Much later, the world was shocked to find out that Paul McCartney — not George Harrison — had played the lead guitar.

On this day in 1965, The Kinks' "Tired of Waiting For You" peaked at #6 on the U.S. singles charts as The Rolling Stones hit #5 with their "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album.

On this day in 1974, as the band was coming apart behind the scenes, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's double live album "4-Way Street" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1976, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles charts as The Rolling Stones' "Fool To Cry" began its climb to #10.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney's "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" album began its first of seven weeks at #1 just as Led Zeppelin's "Presence" entered the album charts on its way to two weeks at #1 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" entered the singles charts on its way to four weeks at #2 and a Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Award.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Def Leppard and J.B.'s brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott. Check out the promo!

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No More Zep For Plant

Remember to act surprised at this: Robert Plant has ruled out the chance of Led Zeppelin performing live any time soon. In fact, he says there is "zero" chance of another reunion show. With the forthcoming reissue of the band's first three albums, Zep mastermind/guitarist Jimmy Page said he was sure fans would be keen for another reunion show, like the one the band did at London's O2 seven years ago. But as he says, "I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing." While Plant has spent the last seven years denying he'll ever play with the Zeppelin again, Page has spent the last two-and-a-half years working on the reissues. "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it," he said. "I'm authoritative about what was done in the first place." Indeed!

Jovi's Housing

Of course Jon Bon Jovi was on hand at Tuesday's grand opening of the low-income housing development named after him in Philadelphia. And he should be proud that the 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes "will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless... residents will have access to social services provided by Project HOME, a group dedicated to ending homelessness." Jon has long been actively campaigning for affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey as well as Philly, and helped kick start the project with his Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership providing the initial donation for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood of the city. Right so!

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It was Mae West who said: "Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."

It was James Thurber who said: "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

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More Spring Factoids

1. 75% of Americans want to change their bodies in some way, while only 13% say they'd want to change their intelligence.

2. Americans eat almost one million tons of potato chips each year.

3. The can opener was invented 44 years after canned food. In fact, until they came along, the thick-walled metal storage canisters had to be busted open with a hammer and chisel or bayonet.

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