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April 18, 2014

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Paul Rothchild, revered producer of The Doors and Janis Joplin, would have been 79 today.

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On this day in 1970, Joe Cocker's cover of The Boxtops' "The Letter" began working its way up the charts to #7 as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" peaked at #3 and Badfinger's "Come And Get It" topped out at #7. Each song was the artist's first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1981, after recording 11 albums in 13 years, Yes announced they were splitting up. Within two years, they re-formed for the hugely successful "90125" album and tour.

On this day in 1981, after the huge worldwide success of their "Back In Black" album, AC/DC's U.S. record company finally released the Aussie's 1976 "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album. It soon began a six-week run at #3.

On this day in 1981, Ozzy Osbourne's first solo album, "Blizzard Of Ozz," entered the charts on its way to #21 and over four million sold.

On this day in 1987, Whitesnake's seventh album, called "Whitesnake" in the U.S., began a climb to a 10-week run at #2 with over eight million sold.

On this day in 1988, Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" box set was released. Its overwhelming commercial and artistic success paved the way for many other artists' compilations — most of which were extremely inferior.

On this day in 1992, "Adrenalize," Def Leppard's follow-up to their 20-million-selling "Hysteria" album and the death of guitarist Steve Clark, began its rapid assent to a five-week run at #1.

On this day in 1992, in a very strange business move, Bruce Springsteen released his "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" albums on the same day. Instead of scoring one great, multi-million selling LP, "Human Touch" reached #2 and "Lucky Town" #3.

On this day in 2012, Dick Clark died of a heart attack at the age of 82. In the earliest years that Rock & Roll was sweeping the nation, Dick developed his unique, fan-driven dance program, "American Bandstand," helping transform Rock & Roll into a cultural force. Famed as "America's oldest teenager," he eventually made himself into one of Hollywood's most successful entrepreneurs.

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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 Deep Purple as well as more of Joe's conversation with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. Check out the promo!

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AC/DC Rumor-mania Part 2

While AC/DC is not splitting up, guitarist Malcolm Young is in fact suffering from a health crisis that is forcing him to step away from the band. The official statement says: "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support." Frontman Brian Johnson has reconfirmed the boys will be getting together to record in May in Vancouver in preparation for a 40-date 40th anniversary tour, and multiple sources report that Malcolm's place may be once again taken by his nephew Stevie who replaced him a few years back for a tour. Let's hope that Malcolm gets better before the tour.

Quadrophenia & More

Last year's Quadrophenia & More Tour that saw The Who performing its classic 1973 concept album "Quadrophenia" in a full multi-media production drew accolades from around the world. Now you and I will be able to see the final performance of the acclaimed tour (Wembley Arena on July 8, 2103) when the "Quadrophenia: Live in London" DVD is released in multiple configurations on June 10th. Rock on!

Foreigner Reunion (Maybe)

Sounds like there's a chance Foreigner's founding duo, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, may actually pull off a mini-reunion next year. The famously turbulent relationship between the two, which existed long before health problems forced Gramm out of the line-up in 2003, seems to have mellowed following their performance at last year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction. Mick recently said, "Lou told me a few weeks ago he's discovered a few songs we were writing in the Eighties, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults." Jones was quick to caution, however, that any work with Gramm would run parallel to Foreigner's ongoing commitment to Kelly Hansen, the vocalist who replaced Lou after his most recent departure. "If Lou and I do something, it'll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly," stressed Jones.

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

It was Alice Cooper who said: "Mediocrity is your greatest enemy."

It was David Allen who said: "You can do anything, but not everything."

It was Fran Lebowitz who said: "Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep."

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Amazing April Factoids

1. Only 30% of us can flair our nostrils.

2. 75% of us store our dollar bills in rigid order with singles leading up to higher denominations.

3. 90% of us believe in divine retribution, but only 10% believe in the 10 Commandments.

4. 47% of us drink straight from the carton when no one else is looking.

5. The average American bra size today is 36C, whereas 20 years ago it was 34B.

6. 85% of American women wear the wrong bra size.

7. Four out of five of us sing in the car, though it's unknown how many actually sing in tune.

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