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December 18, 2014

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Chas Chandler, bassist for the Animals and Jimi Hendrix's original manager would have been 76.
Bassist Sam Andrew of Big Brother & the Holding Company is 73.
Defying the odds, the one and only Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 71.
Bobby Keys, the longtime sax player with The Rolling Stones who survived hanging with Keef for so many years, would have been 71.
Guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars is 61.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" backed with "Day Tripper" entered the charts. In short order, "We Can Work It Out" hit #1 and "Day Tripper" reached #5.

On this day in 1971, 36-year-old rock icon/hell raiser Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his 27-year-old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown after 14 years of marriage. At least they were still family.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin IV," one of the greatest rock albums ever, began a four-week run at #2. It eventually sold over 23 million copies in the States alone.

On this day in 1971, Elton John's "Levon" entered the singles charts on its way to #24. Superstardom was right around the corner.

On this day in 1975, to no one's surprise, Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving the Faces for a solo career.

On this day in 1976, Jackson Browne's album "The Pretender" hit #5 while selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1976, the title track of Steve Miller's signature "Fly Like An Eagle" album entered the singles charts on its way to #2 as the title track of Heart's debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," began a short run to #42.

On this day in 1976, the Eagles' soon-to-be #1 hit "New Kid in Town" entered the charts as their classic "Hotel California" album was released.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin finished recording their last studio album, "In Through The Out Door."

On this day in 1982, "Coda," Led Zeppelin's final collection of unreleased songs, began its run up the charts to #6 with over a million sold.

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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 a special Holiday show with rockin' Christmas music and interviews with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Brian Setzer, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson, John Lennon, REO Speedwagon, The Moody Blues and Bob Geldof. Check out this preview!

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Rocking Those Surgeries

A study by Cardiff University has identified Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," The Bee Gees "Staying Alive" and Sade's "Smooth Operator" as the top three songs recommended by surgeons as background music for medical operations. To no one's surprise, Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust," Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" were identified as those that should be avoided. While the suggestions are light-hearted, they're backed up by a serious study that's found four out of five operations are carried out while staff listen to music which improves communication between staff, reduces anxiety and improves efficiency.

AC/DC Selling A Lotta Tix

After rocking Glasgow's 52,000 seat Hampden Park on June 28th and 50,000 capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin on July 1st, what do you suppose AC/DC will do on July 4th? Yep, they'll rock Wembley Stadium! How popular is the Australian band in the U.K.? They sold out all 72,500 Wembley tickets in less than 60 minutes. And you know they'll get the same response when they hit the States later in the Summer!

Metallica Hockey

Metallica has just booked another Metallica Night with the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The May 2nd game against the L.A. Angels of Anaheim will mark the third year the Bay Area band has brought guitar amps onto the Giants baseball diamond. But before that, they're going to crunch a hockey rink! In another first, the legendary Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers will be ripping it up at the San Jose Sharks/L.A. Kings game on January 21st. And be assured that every Metalli-hockey ticket will include a special edition Metalli-Sharks shirt. Right so!

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It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes."

It was Jack Nicholson who said: "My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?"

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."

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