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January 30, 2015

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Jefferson Airplane's founder, Marty Balin, is 73.
Steve Marriott, the cheeky singer for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, would have been 68.
The multi-talented singer/drummer for Genesis, and ├╝ber-solo artist, Phil Collins, is 64.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles did their last public performance on the "cold, windy and damp" rooftop of their Apple Corp. Building at #3 Savile Row in London. They played 42 minutes before the police found their way to the rooftop to shut them down. A portion of that performance was featured in the "Let It Be" movie, and another portion surfaced on the "Let It Be" album.

On this day in 1971, as their "Pendulum" album peaked at #5, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" entered the charts on its way to #8. Though most fans thought it was an anti-Vietnam war song, frontman John Fogerty later said that he wrote it more about intra-band tensions tearing the group apart.

On this day in 1971, four months after her death from a heroin overdose, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album was heading towards a nine-week run at #1 as her recording of Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" was released. That single soon became her only #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, KISS performed together for the first time in makeup at the Popcorn in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets that night for a crowd of under 10 people. Guitarist Paul Stanley later said that the makeup was inspired by the New York Dolls' outrageous appearance.

On this day in 1982, blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins died from cancer in Houston at the age of 79.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Angel" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single to date when it hit #3.

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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 The Doors as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Check out this preview!

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Talk about surprises with big potential. ZZ Top will team up with Weezer next week for the first installment of a new "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" segment called "Mash Up Mondays." You must admit that Wee-Z Top should be mind boggling, but where do you go after that? Hmm... Kimmel has Morris Day & The HAIM set for February 9th and Aloe Blaccstreet for February 16th. Maybe Jimmy should have just gone with One & Done.

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It was Carl Zwanzig who said: "Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together."

It was Mae West who said: "She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "If you aim at nothing, you will hit every time!"

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February 7th & 8th: Join yer Uncle Joe for some high speed rocking at the NHRA Winternationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Randy Balough will be racing his Uncle Joe's Super Gas Corvette with its brand new engine, and the boys will surely do another of their Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets!

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