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April 26, 2018

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Keyboardist/singer Gary Wright is 75.

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On this day in 1975, Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," one of the top hard rock albums of all time, blasted onto the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" was heading up the singles charts to a three-week stand at #1 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Here Comes My Girl" was about to peak at #59.

On this day in 1980, Journey's "Any Way You Want It" topped out at #23 on the singles charts as their "Departure" album peaked at #8 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Duke," considered to be the last of the classic Genesis albums, entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1982, Joe Strummer had a change of heart on his way to a Clash rehearsal at their West London studio. So, instead of practicing with the boys, he went directly to France and disappeared, forcing the band to cancel their tour. When he resurfaced on May 18th, Joe claimed he was suffering from exhaustion and had suddenly doubted his "punk purpose." For some reason, no one else in the band believed him.

On this day in 1984, legendary bandleader Count Basie died in Hollywood, Florida at age 79.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with vocalist Sammy Hagar — hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies.

On this day in 1986, Dire Straits' "So Far Away" peaked at #19 on the singles chart.

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Journey and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Steve Perry. Check out this preview!

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Not all relationships are meant to last, they're just practice for the one that does."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack."

It was Clare Boothe Luce (not Leonardo da Vinci) who said: "The height of sophistication is simplicity."

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