Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. is 57.
Ozzy Osbourne's legendary guitarist Randy Rhodes would have been 57.
On this day in 1949, legendary blues balladeer Leadbelly (Huddy Ledbetter) died from Huntington's disease at the age of 61.
On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "Mother's Little Helper" and "19th Nervous Breakdown" in RCA's Hollywood studios.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles released their classic "Rubber Soul" album. Written and recorded in less than a month under heavy deadline pressure, the album soon spent six weeks at #1, sold over six million copies and convinced the Fab Four that they wouldn't survive without a break from their intense schedule.
On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded two takes of "When I'm 64," marking the first Abbey Road session for what became their "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones put on a poorly organized free concert at California's Altamont Speedway supported by the Jefferson Airplane. While The Stones performed "Under My Thumb," a Hell's Angel killed a concert goer by stabbing him in the back. In one horrifying moment, the era of Peace & Love was over.
On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne released his classic "Running On Empty" album. Filled with live versions of brand new songs, it eventually sold over seven million copies and spent two weeks at #3 on the charts.
On this day in 1980, Steely Dan's mighty fine "Gaucho," their last studio album for 15 years, entered the charts on its way to #9 and a million sold.
On this day in 1986, practicing alcoholic and occasional drummer Ringo Starr agreed to be a pitchman for a wine cooler company, thus becoming the first Beatle to get into advertising.
On this day in 1988, Rock & Roll icon Roy Orbison died from cardiac arrest at the age of 52.
On this day in 2011, Soul singer Dobie Gray, best known for his classic song "Drift Away," lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 71.
That ultra-rare, handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic song "Born To Run" was expected to sell for between $70,000 and $100,000 at Thursday's Sotheby's New York auction. Instead, it went for $197,000! The auction house had claimed the copy once belonged to Bruce's former manager, Mike Appel, but would reveal neither the seller nor the buyer after the sale. The initial success of that song (and Bruce's live shows) drove the "Born To Run" album to become his big breakthrough, ultimately selling over nine million copies worldwide.
First released last May, The Doors excellent interactive app for the iPad has been updated in conjunction with the late Jim Morrison's 70th birthday this Sunday. The relaunched app features several upgrades, including a new homage to keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on May 20th at age 74 after a battle with cancer. The centerpiece of the "Ray Remembered" section is a new video interview with The Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. Devised with input from Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison's estate, The Doors app was produced by the band's record label founder, Jac Holzman, and Rhino Entertainment exec Robin Hurley. Truly one of the most useful and entertaining music apps currently available, the program can be purchased at AppStore.com for just $2.99.
Just in time for Holiday gift giving, the latest incarnation of AC/DC's series of pinball machines has been released worldwide. The stunning AC/DC Luci Premium model, designed by famed arcade pinball maestro Steve Ritchie, features an entirely new original artwork and gaming package set to the music of 12 classic AC/DC hits including "Back in Black," "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Priced at around $7,500, this has to be one of the most fun, colorful and (very) loud rockin' games you could ever want (especially if you want to irritate any nearby neighbors).
It was Jack Handy who said: "Before criticizing people, walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you will be a mile away and have their shoes."
It was Mother Teresa who said: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
It was Carl Sandburg who said: "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
1. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
2. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
3. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
4. Things you buy now won't wear out.
5. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
6. You sing along with elevator music.
7. Your eyes won't get much worse.
8. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
9. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
10. You can't remember where you saw this list.