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November 1, 2014

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Bassist Ric Grech of Blind Faith and Traffic would have been 68.
Dan Peek of America would have been 64.
Lyle Lovette is 58.
Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 52.
Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard is 51.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles topped the American charts with the "Abbey Road" album. It was so good, it stayed at #1 for 11 weeks and sold over 12 million copies!

On this day in 1969, John Fogerty's classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" entered the charts on its way to #14.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1.

On this day in 1980, Supertramp's live "Paris" album peaked at #8 just as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's "The River" entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with five million sold.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 1986, Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1997, on the strength of their "Good Riddance (Time Of My Life)" single, Green Day's "Nimrod" album hit #10 for the first of two weeks.

November 2, 2014

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Keyboard whiz Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 70.
Former Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention bassist David Pegg is 67.

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On this day in 1974, George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver. It was the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle and the first time George himself had hit the road since 1966.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock & Roll" began its climb up the album charts to #1 with over a million sold.

On this day in 1974, Jethro Tull's "Bungle In The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 — their second highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1976, in an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained that they got the idea to make the Zep's "The Song Remains the Same" movie after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl's Court concerts. Unfortunately, they forgot about writing a simple screenplay so that the film would make some sense.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Small Town" and Dire Straits' "Walk Of Life" entered the singles charts on their way to #6 and #7 respectively.

On this day in 2002, the Foo Fighter's "All My Life" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a Best Hard Rock Group 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 Don Henley as well as extensive conversation with the singer/drummer/occasional Eagle. Check out this preview!

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Metallica For Craig

With Craig Ferguson deciding not to renew his contract to his "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," the cult favorite program will conclude sometime in December. But after a good nine-year run, the Peabody Award-winning host will be going out with a big bang: he's got Metallica playing each night the week of November 17th. Sure, they will be promoting the 10th anniversary release of their wicked "Some Kind of Monster" film, but the volume levels of their performances will blow the walls out at the CBS Television Studio Center on Fairfax!

Iommi CSI

Bet you didn't see this coming. Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has recorded a background piece for the November 9th "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" episode. Tony says, "It's not very long but it was different working with images rather than just music... and I'd certainly be up for doing more." True, the Sab contributed their song "End Of The Beginning" to the "CSI" season 13 finale in May 2013, but that was already finished when the band agreed to let the show use it.

Joe Goes Top 10

People like reading Joe Perry's stories as much as listening to him play in Aerosmith. Perry's memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith," has now spent two weeks on the "New York Times" Bestseller list. It debuted at #8 and is holding at #10 on the prestigious list. Rock on!

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It was Demetri Martin who said: "Don't be so quick to judge others. Take your time and really get into it."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'"

It was Harry S. Truman who said: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

It was William Feather who said: "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."

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Scary Halloween Factoids

"Hallow" is an old word meaning holy, whilst "e'en" is Scottish for evening.

Halloween is believed by some to be the time when the dead and other demonic creatures rise to walk the earth once more.

Black cats are a symbol of Halloween because it was once believed that souls could travel back into the world of the living in the body of an animal — usually a black cat.

The ancient Celtic fire festival called "Samhain" (pronounced "sow-in") is the origin of modern Halloween. It was the "feast of the dead" that marked the close of the harvest and the initiation of the winter season, which continued from Pagan into Christian times.

Halloween marks modern witches' New Year's eve. It is a time spent celebrating death, fertility and renewal.

The tradition of witches riding their brooms didn't come about just because they were the handiest flight objects available. The broomstick was symbolic of the magical powers of females because it was used in the cleansing of ritual places.

It is estimated that between the 15th and 18th centuries two million people were executed for witchcraft, and 80% of that number were women.

Pumpkin Factoids

Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

Pumpkins, gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the family Cucurbitacae, which also includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons. Ever try to carve a gherkin?

Pumpkins are indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus. Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed-out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns during Halloween celebrations.

Pumpkins generally weigh from 15-to-30 pounds, although some weigh as much as 600 pounds (too much time spent watching TV, no doubt).

Why Pumpkins Are Better Than Men

1. Every year you get a brand new crop to choose from.
2. No matter what your mood, pumpkins are always ready to greet you with a smile.
3. They are always on the doorstep waiting for you.
4. If he starts smelling up your place, you can just throw him out.
5. A pumpkin is turned on (lit-up) only when you want him to be.

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This Sunday! 1pm - 3pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew for the return of Joe's longtime racing partner Randy Balough and Randy's 170mph Uncle Joe's NHRA Super Gas Corvette drag racer! Mike Thompson's RV Super Store at 10480 Talbert Avenue (just off the 405 south of Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley will be rockin'!

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