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February 13, 2016

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Monkees bassist Peter Tork is 74.
Producer Bill Szymczyk, who discovered Joe Walsh & The James Gang and produced several of the Eagles' greatest albums, is 73.
Former Genesis frontman, the patron saint of world music and "Sledgehammer" singer Peter Gabriel is 66.
Original Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi is 66.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV show appearance, performing on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

On this day in 1967, The Beatles released the double-sided single "Penny Lane" (a Paul McCartney song) backed with John Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the States where the songs soon reached #1 and #8, respectively. The single was issued in Britain four days later.

On this day in 1971, although Elton John's "Tumbleweed Connection" album hit #5 Stateside, superstardom was still 18 months away.

On this day in 1972, Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a show in Singapore when officials wouldn't let the band and crew disembark the airplane because their hair was too long.

On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan finished his famous reunion tour with The Band at The Forum in Los Angeles. It was at that show that Bob recorded most of the songs for his live album, "Before The Flood."

On this day in 1982, Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero" entered the singles charts on its way to #26.

On this day in 1982, the 300 pound headstone on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from a Florida cemetery. Police found it abandoned in a dry river bed two weeks later.

On this day in 1988, INXS saw their rocking "Devil Inside" single start shooting up the charts on its way to #2, driven in part by incessant video airplay on MTV.

February 14, 2016

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Roger Fisher, Heart's original lead guitarist, is 66.
Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas (also known for his work with Santana) is 44.

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On this day in 1843, a small English circus staged a performance for the benefit of a Mr. Kite. Just 124 years later, the circus poster for that show inspired John Lennon to write "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" for The Beatles' classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

On this day in 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her definitive version of Otis Redding's "Respect."

On this day in 1970, The Who recorded their concert at Leeds University in Northern England. The performance was immortalized as "Live At Leeds," one of the greatest live albums ever, and was released as a pseudo bootleg just three months later. The CD has now been reissued with all of the additional tracks (including the rock opera "Tommy") that were left off the original album. You must own it!

On this day in 1973, David Bowie collapsed at the end of his Valentine's Day Show at New York's Radio City Music Hall. A spokesperson said, "It was total exhaustion." Whew — we were afraid the reason for his collapse was his legendary lifestyle: staying up for days on end as he partied his brains out.

On this day in 1976, E.L.O.'s "Evil Woman" peaked at #10 as The Who's "Squeeze Box" topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Bad Company's "Running With The Pack" album began its run to #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1978, Dire Straits began recording sessions in London for the group's debut album.

On this day in 1981, Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1987, Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" hit #1 as "We're Ready" by Boston peaked at #9 and Genesis' "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" began its climb to #3.

On this day in 1998, the Foo Fighters' classic "My Hero" barely made it to #59 on the singles charts — another indication that the music industry was coming apart at the seams.

On this day in 2000, KISS announced that the group was going on a farewell tour — a tour that still hasn't ended.

On this day in 2002, Mick Tucker, drummer for the Sweet, lost his 5-year battle with Leukemia at the age of 54.

On this day in 2010, Doug Fieger, the leader of The Knack, passed away at the age of 57. An extremely knowledgeable music fan as well as a guiding voice behind the scenes to musicians both big and small, Doug lived to help others. As he said many times during his long fight with cancer, "I've had 10 great lives... I don't feel cheated in any way, shape, or form."

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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 Van Halen and conversation with Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Check out this preview!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

It was Jerry Seinfeld who said: "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."

It was Harry S. Truman who said: "Intense feeling too often obscures the truth."

It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "A friend in power is a friend lost."

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This weekend! Join yer Uncle Joe for some high speed rocking all weekend long at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Randy Balough will be racing his new Uncle Joe's Super Gas 1968 Camaro, and the boys will surely do Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets next to the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores). Don't miss out!

Why Is It Valentine's and Not Pagan's Day?

For 800 years, prior to the establishment of Valentine's Day in the 5th century, the Romans practiced a pagan celebration every mid-February. It featured a lottery in which young men drew the names of teenage girls, each of whom would be his sexual companion for the next year. In an effort to do away with that darn pagan festival, Pope Gelasius established Valentine's Day as a tribute to St. Valentine, who had been stoned and beheaded by Roman Emperor Claudius II, also known as Claudius the Cruel. Before he was taken to his death, St. Valentine signed a farewell love note to the blind daughter of his jailer, "From your Valentine." According to legend, Valentine was beheaded on February 14th in approximately 270 A.D. Although the party-pooping Pope banned the lottery for young hotties, Roman men continued to use the mid-February holiday to seek the affection of women. It became a tradition for men to give the ones they admired handwritten messages of affection, containing Valentine's name. I'd venture a guess that if they were successful in their quest, the young men would then (figuratively) lose their head.

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