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November 28, 2015

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Wry song meister Randy Newman is 72.
Drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam is 53.

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On this day in 1964, the iconic "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks peaked at #7 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Let It Bleed" album. It eventually spent two weeks at #3 while selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1970, "See Me, Feel Me" by The Who peaked at #12 on the singles charts as Elton John's signature "Your Song" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon had promised Elton that if his song "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," which featured Elton's piano work and backing harmonies, reached the top of the U.S. chart, he would appear onstage with him. The two old friends performed three songs together on that Thanksgiving night concert: "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Sadly, it would be the final concert appearance of Lennon's career.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's album "The River" hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner peaked at #2 on the singles charts as "No Reply At All" by Genesis topped out at #29 and Billy Squier's "My Kinda Lover" began its climb to #45.

On this day in 1981, The Cars' "Shake It Up" entered the album charts on its way to #9 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1992, Bon Jovi's song "Keep The Faith" topped out at #29 on the singles chart.

November 29, 2015

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Blues legend John Mayall is 82.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston line-up is 64.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles released the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single in the U.K. Over the next three days, it sold over a million copies!

On this day in 1975, The Who's rather dark, million selling "The Who By Numbers" album hit #8 on the strength of its goofy Top 20 hit single "Squeezebox."

On this day in 1980, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" began its run to #1 as Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" started its climb to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, the Eagles' "Eagles Live" album (recorded at the end of their contentious "Long Run" tour at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium) began its quick climb to #6 and over seven million copies sold.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" (featuring drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police) entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1986, Bruce Springsteen entered the U.S. album charts at #1 with his "Live 1975-1985" box set. That marked the fourth time in chart history that an album debuted at #1, and the first time a box set had ever done so. Topping that achievement, "Live 1975-1985" soon became the most successful box set ever, eventually selling over 13 million copies.

On this day in 2001, former Beatle George Harrison succumbed to cancer at age 58.

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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 Kinks and more of Joe's conversation with frontman Ray Davies. The Kinks. Check out this preview!

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It's official! Starting on May 12th at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Journey and The Doobie Brothers will be rolling a 49-date co-headlining tour of North America. For the tour, which will also feature former Traffic member Dave Mason, Journey will welcome back famed drummer Steve Smith, who played in the band's classic Steve Perry-fronted lineup from 1978 to 1998. The Doobies will also will be adding an old friend to their line-up for the tour: founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, who has played on many of The Doobies' studio albums. Should be some great jamming!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary."

It was Susan Sontag who said: "Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

It was Elizabeth Taylor who said: "It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."

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Tidbits & Giblets

Ever since Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving has been a time to remember all the good things we have in life. It's also a good time to overeat in the company of family and friends. Here are some T-day T-Facts to digest:

1. U.S. turkey consumption has increased over 230% since 1970.

2. Of the 300 million turkeys raised annually, 45 million are consumed at Thanksgiving.

3. A full-grown domestic turkey averages 3,500 feathers.

4. Turkeys lived, died and were eaten almost 10 million years ago.

5. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, nearby flocks of turkeys would drop dead.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, and they can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.

8. Turkeys can see in color, and their heads change colors when they become excited.

9. The average person consumes between 2,000 and 2,500 calories each day. Researchers estimate that once Thanksgiving Day is over, the average American will have gobbled up over 4,000 calories.

10. Because Americans like white meat so much, turkeys are bred to produce large breasts. Our domesticated turkeys have such large chests that the male, "tom turkey" is not able to fertilize the eggs of the female, "hen turkeys" in the natural mating position. Sadly for today's "tom turkeys," turkey eggs are fertilized by artificial insemination for the hatchery.

11. The number of hours you can leave a turkey out without risking salmonella poisoning: Two.

12. Degrees Fahrenheit a turkey has to reach to kill harmful bacteria: 180.

13. Degrees Fahrenheit the stuffing should reach: 165.

14. Just remember that the person who cooks Thanksgiving dinner gets to put their tired feet up at the end of the evening and watch someone else do the dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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