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October 22, 2016

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Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 71.
Keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars is 64.

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On this day in 1969, nine days before it came out in America, Led Zeppelin's iconic "Led Zeppelin II" album was released in England.

On this day in 1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who before a paying audience at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

On this day in 1977, "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner peaked at #6 just as Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and sports arenas around the world.

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's exquisite "Aja" album hit #3 for the first of seven weeks with two million sold just as Foreigner's self-titled debut album peaked at #4 while selling five million copies.

On this day in 1982, "The Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II" was released with virtually no input from the band.

On this day in 1983, "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads peaked at #9 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #7. The U.S. was rocking again!

On this day in 1994, producer Jimmy Miller died in Boulder, Colorado. After surviving The Rolling Stones' lifestyle from the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies, Jimmy finally succumbed to lung cancer.

October 23, 2016

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Johnny Carson would have been 93.
Dwight Yoakam (a true rocker!) is 60.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is a wacky 57.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is 52.

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On this day in 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds entered the charts on its way to spending three weeks at #1. The song's lyrics were drawn from the Bible's "Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8."

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's classic "Imagine" single entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" entered the singles charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1976, three months after it entered the album charts, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #3 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" entered the singles charts on its way to #29, "Hold On" by Santana topped out at #15 and Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" peaked at #12.

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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 Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as more of Joe's new conversation with John Fogerty. Check out this preview!

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Queen Live!

Remember to act surprised when Queen + Adam Lambert announce shortly that they'll hit U.S. concert stages next year. And make sure you get tickets because these guys are REALLY GOOD!

Screwing Spinal Tap

Harry Shearer, one of the creators of the rocking classic "This Is Spinal Tap" movie, has sued French media company Vivendi for $125 million over unpaid royalties. Word is that Harry and his fellow co-creators Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner have only collected $81 each in merchandising income and $98 each in musical sales income since 1984. Their contract with the Canal Plus studio, which is owned by Vivendi, called for 40% of all net receipts. They need to turn the lawyers up to 11!

Songwriters Hall Of Fame

What do Bryan Adams, Gloria Estefan, Chicago co-founders Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow, Madonna, Sly Stone, George Michael, ELO's Jeff Lynne, and Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown of Kool and the Gang have in common? They've all been nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame's Class of 2017. The final group of five individual writers or writing teams will be inducted in a ceremony in New York on June 15th.

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It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

It was General George S. Patton who said: "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."

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