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July 28, 2014

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Keyboardist Richard Wright of Pink Floyd would have been 71.
Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield would have been 70.
Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 65.
Guitar god Steve Morse of Deep Purple is 60.

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On this day in 1973, The Grateful Dead, The Band and the Allman Brothers Band played for some 600,000 at the world's largest rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway in upstate New York. All the mud counteracted the nudity, and in May 1974, the birth rate barely showed an increase. Trust me, this was a good thing.

On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" peaked at #4 as "Money" by Pink Floyd topped out at #13 and "Over The Hills And Far Away" by Led Zeppelin reached #51 on the singles charts. Topping that, Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" entered the charts on its way to #1. Doesn't it just seem like some days everything happens at once?

On this day in 1995, James Al Hendrix, the father of legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix, won back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music. In the two decades between Jimi's death and this decision, countless businesses made profits off of Jimi. Now, it's his family that's raking it in.

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Boston/Cheap Trick

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!: Great music and good times! Don't miss Uncle Joe at the Boston and Cheap Trick concert at The Forum! There will also be a promotional sale of Boston's "Greatest Hits" CD at the show, and each purchase comes with a chance to win an Epiphone guitar signed by Tom Scholz. Net proceeds of the guitar contest will be split between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Farm Aid

If you were wondering, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are bringing Farm Aid to North Carolina this year. The annual benefit will take place at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13th. The first performers announced include Jack White, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Pegi Young & The Survivors with more to come.

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It was Vin Scully who said: "Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "To respond is positive, to react is negative."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success."

It was Bhagavad Gita who said: "Man has control of action alone, never the fruits of the action."

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