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August 30, 2014

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released the album "Highway 61 Revisited." Folk purists were once again horrified to hear him using electric guitars, but the album's first single, "Like A Rolling Stone," became one of Dylan's best-loved songs.

On this day in 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority and Led Zeppelin headlined the Texas International Pop Festival at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. No matter what they say, no one who was there really remembers any of it.

On this day in 1973, The Doors finally broke up, following Jim Morrison's death in July 1971.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" (inspired by his father) entered the singles charts on its way to #26.

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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 Jethro Tull and more of Joe's extensive conversation with group leader Ian Anderson. Check out this preview!

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Beatles Top The King

Over 50 years since The Beatles first captivated the U.S. with their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a new Harris Poll says the Fab Four have topped Elvis Presley as the most popular music act in America. Led Zeppelin came in at #4 and the Eagles were tied at #7 with Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks. When the same poll was last conducted in 2010, The Beatles and Elvis tied for third place behind U2, who didn't even make it into the Top 10 this year.

Mega Basement Tapes

While a mediocre fan recording of Led Zeppelin in concert was the biggest selling bootleg album of the Sixties and early Seventies, Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" LPs were without a doubt the most famous. Dylan made those historic recordings with The Band during a lengthy 1967 jam in the Woodstock, New York area while he was reportedly recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident. The original "Basement Tapes" album, which was issued in 1975 as a double-album, featured just 16 recordings. The new "Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete" — available on November 4th — will include every salvageable track from those 1967 sessions — over 100 tunes including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances and early versions of many Dylan originals. Better late than never, say we.

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It was Robin Williams who said: "Death is nature's way of saying, 'your table is ready'."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

It was G.K. Chesterton who said: "I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel."

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This Saturday Under The Lights! The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the Auto Club Speedway for the 2014 season finale! Look for Uncle Joe to announce Friday's practice and qualifying sessions and Saturday's MAV-TV 500 Verizon INDYCAR World Championship race under the lights. See you there!

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