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April 13, 2018


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Bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane is 74.
Lowell George, the crazy musical genius behind Little Feat, would have been 73.
"Mighty Max" Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer, is 67.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles announced that their first film would be called "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing tracks for "Paperback Writer." They added the vocals the next day.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's incredible "Band On The Run" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, selling over three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1974, Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" hit #1 on the singles chart just as he released "Daniel" as a single. That was some management decision!

On this day in 1985, driven by the hit single (and wild video) "Don't Come Around Here No More," Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers' "Southern Accents" began its climb to #7.

On this day in 2005, pioneering rock pianist Johnnie Johnson died in his sleep at the age of 80 in his St. Louis home. Not only did the legendary musician help Chuck Berry get his start in the early Fifties, he was a main inspiration for the song "Johnny B. Goode."

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Moody Blues, as well as more of Joe's conversation with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. 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 Keith Richards who said: "I really don't care what they write about us, so long as they write about us."

It was Mario Andretti who said: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."

It was Bob Hope who said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."


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Triskaidekaphobia

The "fear of the number 13," and today is Friday the 13th. Here are some of the factoids and superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and Fridays in general.

All months whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

A maximum of three Friday the 13ths can appear in one year, but every year will have at least one.

In ancient times, Friday was the day of the pagan goddess Freya, and 13 was her sacred number, because the pagan calendar had 13 months. Christian monks considered anything having to do with goddesses to be unlucky, and anything having to do with pagans as being evil. When pagans worshipped Freya on Friday the 13th, the monks accused them of "devil worship."

The Bible points to Friday as being the day Eve gave Adam the apple.

For some, the number 13 is also considered to be unlucky because Jesus Christ was the 13th guest — in addition to his 12 Apostles — at the Last Supper, which took place on a Friday — the night before he was crucified.

Ancient Norsemen used 13 knots in the nooses they used to hang people.

In the 19th century, Lloyd's of London refused to insure any ship sailing on Friday the 13th. The U.S. Navy still won't launch ships on that date.

Hotels and office buildings often don't have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes have no 13th aisle.

The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 military time, from launch pad #39 (that's 13 X 3), and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970.



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