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April 14, 2019

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One-time guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, is 73.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles first met The Rolling Stones after The Stones' first set of the night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Keith Richard's first impression? He was blown away by The Beatles' long black leather coats. George Harrison's first impression? He was impressed by the unsigned Stones' rowdy performance.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles announced that they had changed the title of their second film from "Eight Arms To Hold You" to "Help!"

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" all by themselves (the other two Fabs just weren't around).

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released the single "Tumblin' Dice" from their "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually peaked at #7 in the States.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and over 11 million sold. Problems printing the cover art delayed the release by several weeks.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "My Love" began a four-week run at #1 on the singles charts just as Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" began its crawl up to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self titled debut album hit #2 while selling two million copies as Van Halen's "Van Halen II" blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and five million sold and Journey's "Evolution" was headed to #20 and three million sold.

On this day in 1983, bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders, who had just been fired from the band because of his drug problem, died of an overdose at the age of 29.

On this day in 1984, "I'll Wait," Van Halen's touching song of longing, entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their "Tango In The Night" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo project, the extremely successful "Full Moon Fever."

On this day in 2013, songwriter George Jackson, who co-authored the original version of "Old Time Rock And Roll" that Bob Seger made famous, passed away in his Ridgeland, Mississippi home at the age of 68. Among the many songs George wrote at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama were tunes for Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and the Jackson 5 ("One Bad Apple").


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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Robert Anthony who said: "When you blame others, you give up your power to change."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

It was e. e. cummings who said: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

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This weekend over 60 affiliates will host the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson program, featuring the music of, and conversation with, Eric Clapton! Check out this preview!

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Melissa Etheridge who said: "The key to hope is knowing that fear is just a lack of imagiation."

It was Victor Borge who said: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

It was Plato who said: "I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there"... More »»

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