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September 23, 2014

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Jazz legend John Coltrane would have been 88.
Ray Charles would have been 84.
Bruce Springsteen is 65.

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On this day in 1966, during his flight to London in search of a record deal as well as fame & fortune, James Marshall Hendrix changed the spelling of his nickname to Jimi.

On this day in 1967, The Doors' "People Are Strange" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Honky Cat" peaked at #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine of Wings returned to England from Nigeria where they had recorded the basic tracks for the classic "Band On The Run" album. In short order, Macca was finishing the project in former Beatles producer George Martin's AIR Studios with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

On this day in 1978, "Double Vision" by Foreigner entered the singles charts on its way to #2 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Listen To Her Heart" began its climb to #59.

On this day in 1978, Boston played the first of two sold-out Summer Fest dates at Anaheim Stadium.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's classic "End Of The Innocence" album hit #8 as it sold six million copies. On the same day, Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" entered the album charts on its way to #1 and six million in sales.

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New Floyd Coming

Not only did Pink Floyd just release the track listing and beautiful artwork for their new album, "The Endless River," they've also revealed November 10th as the release date. As discussed when the surprise LP was first announced a few months back, the new music is "mainly ambient and instrumental music" first recorded during the sessions for the band's last album, 1994's "The Division Bell." The new 18-track album is actually a tribute to founding Floyd member, multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who died in 2008 at age 65. Frontman/guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason finished the recording over the past couple of years, and they even included some organ work recorded by Wright in 1969. Can't wait!!

New/Old Queen

We all know that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson got together in a studio in 1981. But in the midst of Queen's hectic "Hot Space" sessions, their duet never saw the light of day. Thirty-three years down the road, that has changed. The song, "There Must Be More To Life Than This," is on Queen's new compilation, "Queen Forever," set for a November 10th release. While Mercury had released a stripped down-version of the song on his 1985 solo album, legendary producer William Orbit went in the opposite direction last year, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick. Of more interest to many Queen fans is the Freddie song "Love Kills," from the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film classic "Metropolis." Queen — with American Idol alum Adam Lambert — performed a beautiful version of the song on this past Summer's tour. The "Queen Forever" compilation will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."

It was Mary Bly who said: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Truth is stranger than Fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."

It was Jean-Paul Sartre who said: "Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."

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