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June 29, 2016

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Deep Purple's drummer, Ian Paice, is 68.

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On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were found guilty of trumped-up drug charges in London. Even though they were released from prison soon after, the British music scene would never be the same.

On this day in 1968, Cream's ripping psychedelic "Disraeli Gears" album hit #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1968, Pink Floyd's second album, "A Saucerful Of Secrets," was released as they headlined at the first-ever large scale free rock concert in London's Hyde Park. Jethro Tull and T-Rex were also in the show's line-up.

On this day in 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last concert together on the final day of the three-day Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium (an appropriate name indeed).

On this day in 1974, Neal Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rutsey as the band was about to leave on their first big tour.

On this day in 1978, Peter Frampton survived a very nasty Bahamian car crash, although his career took a pretty severe hit.

On this day in 1979, Little Feat leader (and master musician) Lowell George died of a heart attack in a Virginia hotel room at the age of 34.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" began its rocket ride up to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, U2's mostly live "Wide Awake In America" began its climb to #37, setting up their breakthrough success 18 months later.

On this day in 1991, based on drummer Nick Mason's first solo flight, Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

On this day in 1998, George Harrison announced that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking.

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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 the music of — and conversation with — Eric Clapton. Check out this preview!

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Hump Day 6/29/16

10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (4-packs of Knott's Berry Farm tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dana Carvey

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More Litigation

It looks like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will be drawn back into the Michael Skidmore vs. Led Zeppelin copyright infringement lawsuit. Word is that Michael Skidmore, who represents the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust and the estate of the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, is about to appeal the ruling.

Signed "Sgt. Pepper"

The British Bonhams auction house expects a signed original copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album — believed to be one of just 10 such copies — to sell for at least $54,000. The story on the LP says 19-year-old fan Paul Minett waited outside Abbey Road Studios in 1967 with his freshly pressed copy of "Sgt. Pepper" while "All You Need Is Love" was being mixed. Eventually, he got John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to autograph the album. But, because Ringo Starr wasn't with his bandmates that night, Minett had to wait another 30 years to get the drummer's signature. Bonhams says that the album would be worth nearly $110,000 if the Fab Four had signed it the same day. Kind of underscores why Ringo stopped doing autographs, doesn't it?

Lots Of Bruce

Unfortunately, Rita Wilde missed Bruce Springsteen rocking the second-longest show of his career last Saturday night. Playing for just under four hours in Gothenburg, Sweden, Bruce rocked 38 songs. The longest Springsteen show ever clocked in at four-hours-and five-minutes in Helsinki, Finland in 2012. That night he did 33 songs in the main set, plus a five-song acoustic set while opening for himself and the E Street Band. THAT is Rock & Roll!

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It was Steven Wright who asked: "If you shoot at a mime, should you use a silencer?"

It was Edith Wharton who said: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

It was W.C. Fields who said: "Start off every day with a smile and get it over with."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

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Frogs With Bigger/Longer Chucks

Every species of frog has its own special mating call. The call has two parts: a "whine" which the whole species uses, and a "chuck" which is the individual frog's calling card. Females listen to the chuck carefully — the larger, more desirable frogs make longer, deeper chucks. Yeah, baby!

Computer Bugs

In 1945, when an early computer at Harvard malfunctioned, early software engineer Grace Hopper found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it, thereby restoring the machine to working order. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it. Note: At the time of her death in 1992, Ms. Hopper held the rank of Admiral in the U.S. Navy. (http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html)

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