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December 4, 2016

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Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is 74.
Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson would have been 72.
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is 65 and glad to be alive.

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On this day in 1965, as The Byrds' cover of Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (lyrically adapted almost entirely from the Bible's Book of Ecclesiastes) hit #1, The Kinks' "A Well Respected Man" was just entering the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1971, Sly & The Family Stone hit #1 with the song "Family Affair" as Santana's "Everybody's Everything" peaked at #12 and Van Morrison's "Wild Night" topped out at #28 on the charts.

On this day in 1971, Badfinger's "Day After Day" — featuring production and guitar work from Beatle George Harrison — entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney released his classic "Band On The Run" album in the States. It would go on to hit #1 three different times and sell over three million copies.

On this day in 1976, Boston's debut album hit #3 for the first of six weeks. When all was said and done, it had sold over 17 million copies.

On this day in 1976, Tommy Bolin, a brilliant guitarist with James Gang and Deep Purple, died of an overdose in Miami at the age of 25.

On this day in 1980, two months after the death of drummer John Bonham, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin released a statement announcing their intent to break up. It read in part, "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."

On this day in 1993, Frank Zappa died in L.A. of pancreatic cancer at the age of 52.

On this day in 2011, 80-year-old blues legend Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's longtime guitarist and a major influence on the early Rolling Stones among many others, died of heart failure in a New Jersey hospital.

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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 Pink Floyd and Joe's brand new conversation with drummer Nick Mason. Check out this preview!

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More Dead

Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead offshoot with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer, will hit the road again next Summer. The really cool news is that they'll jam at the Hollywood Bowl on May 31st.

Bucks Up!

Yep, Taylor Swift was the world's highest-paid musician this past year, topping the Forbes Top 10 with $170 million. But AC/DC (even after replacing their frontman mid-tour) pulled in $67.5 million, finishing #7 just ahead of The Rolling Stones (who only did 27 shows) with $66.5 million. Bruce Springsteen came in at #11 with $60.5 million, followed by Paul McCartney with $56.5 million. Ironically, the oldsters out-earned the younger acts like Justin Bieber. The magazine based its rankings on pretax income from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.

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It was W.G. Benham who said: "When you see a snake, never mind where he came from."

It was Tom Waits who said: "The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away."

It was Siddhartha Guatama who said: "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting."

It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Always act as if others were watching."

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Top 10 Advantages Of Being Over 40

1. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
2. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
3. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
4. Things you buy now won't wear out.
5. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
6. You sing along with elevator music.
7. Your eyes won't get much worse.
8. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
9. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
10. You can't remember where you saw this list.

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