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May 27, 2018

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Bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, most famous for his work with Rod Stewart and Jefferson Starship, is 69.

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On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan released his second album, "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which eventually charted at #22 and contained two all-time classics: "Blowin' In The Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

On this day in 1972, Procol Harum's "Conquistador" entered the U.S. singles charts, eventually reaching #16 while confusing anyone trying to follow the lyrics.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," the first single from their forthcoming "Some Girls" album, entered the charts. It went on to become the Stones' third and final #1 hit in the Seventies, and "the song" of the Summer of '78.

On this day in 2006, powered by the hit single "Dani California," the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

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May 28, 2018

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Blues legend T-Bone Walker, credited as being the first to plug in his guitar and turn the blues electric, would have been 109 today.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is 73.

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On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys incredible "Pet Sounds" album entered the charts. It quickly peaked at #10, then sank like a stone, prompting their record company to rush-release the first of MANY Beach Boys "Best Of" compilations to keep the cash flowing in.

On this day in 1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges. Yes, she was naked, but why do you ask?

On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up in disgust after Gregg Allman testified against his road manager who transported his drugs.

On this day in 1977, Heart's "Little Queen" album, considered by many to be one of their best, entered the charts on its way to selling over three million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash's beautiful "Just A Song Before I Go" began its climb to #7 on the singles charts as Heart's driving "Barracuda" was rocking its way to #11.

On this day in 1977, Bruce Springsteen settled out of court with his former manager, Mike Appel. Their suits and counter-suits had prevented Springsteen from recording for almost two years.

On this day in 1983, the second US Festival opened in Devore. Headliners for each day — Van Halen, David Bowie and The Clash — were paid a cool million dollars each. Last reports were that 237 people are still wandering around the hills, looking for their cars.

On this day in 2007, The Police kicked off their extremely successful 152-show reunion tour in front of 22,000 fans in Vancouver, Canada.

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It was Eddie Rickenbacher who said: "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway."

It was French President Charles de Gaulle who said: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."

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Memorial Day

People increasingly take holidays for granted, as nothing more than a day you don't have to go to work or school, and a gimmick for advertisers and merchandising. But the reality is that Memorial Day was established to honor all the men and women who have served or are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedoms. It's also a day to pay tribute to the families whose loved ones died, or were taken captive and never returned. We thank them for shouldering this burden, and for giving us our future at the cost of their own. The idea is that this Monday, before you hit the malls, light up the barbecue or hit the road, STOP for a moment and reflect. Remember the heroes, those who came home and the ones who never made it, all of whom helped build and preserve the American dream.

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