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Frank Zappa
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Remembering Frank Zappa

December 4, 1993, a one of a kind musical artist and vary cool dude Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. During his life Frank put out 62 albums starting with Freak Out which was released in 1966. His last collection The Yellow Shark, came out in the first week of November 1993, a month before his untimely death.

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"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" - Fixed Show
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Today In 1947 Joe Walsh Arrived On Earth

A true rock dog Joe Walsh is having his birthday today. He was born 67 years ago in Wichita, Kansas. When he was a young kid the family moved to Ohio then New York City next stop a short trip to New Jersey where he graduated from high school. Joe then returns to Ohio to Attend Kent State University for about a year and leave college to join a rock & roll band that would end up being The James Gang.

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Terry K.
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Remembering Lapeer’s Terry (Knapp) Knight

It was a sad day for a lot of people in our area on November 1, 2004, when we heard about the death of Terry (Knapp) Knight who grew up in Lapeer. Terry the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Texas. He was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend.

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Police With Police
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Remembering The Police And Their First Tour Of America [Video]

October 20,1978, The Police made their debut in the United States at the famous C.B.G.B.S, New York City. After that gig in The Big Apple the band would eventually make it to Detroit. Sting says the first time they performed in the Motor City it was at Bookie’s night club where they entertained three people and one was the booking agent.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame 45th Annual Induction And Awards - Show
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Donovan Appears On American TV For The First Time

September 30,1965, Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig. I don’t remember seeing Donovan on Shindig but I did have the honor of meeting him backstage at The Royal Oak Music Theater in 1986. I was really struck by what a friendly and humble guy he was considering his rock icon status.

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Protect Royalty Rights Of Elderly Artists.
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Happy Birthday Mark Farner [VIDEO]

Grand Funk Railroad guitarist, lead singer and songwriter Mark Farner is Pure Michigan all the way. Mark was born in Flint, on September 29,1948. As a kid in school he dreamed about being a football star but then a knee injury put that on the shelf. Mark’s mother planted the musical seed with her son when she rented him a guitar and bought six lessons.

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Led Zeppelin
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John Bonham Joins Heaven’s Rhythm Section [Video]

On September 25, 1980, drummers and rock music lovers around the world were shocked to hear the news that John(Bonzo)Bonham of Led Zeppelin had died. He was found dead in his bed after a drinking binge. Bonzo was a unique one of a kind drummer. Many a drummer around the world would just sit there and wonder how John could do the things he did with that drum kit.

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Hard To Believe It’s Been 29 Years Since The First Farm Aid

It was today September 22, 1985 in Champaign, Illinois, that the first Farm Aid happened. Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers where there to kick off the now famous yearly concert to help out the family farms across America.

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Gotta Have It! Memorabilia Featuring "Sopranos" Wardrobe Press Preview
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Jimi Hendrix Gone But Never Forgotten

It happened today September 18,1970 at Saint Mary Abbot's Hospital in London Jimi Hendrix was dead on arrival at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Those familiar with incident say that if Jimi had been put into an upright position in the ambulance rather than on his back, he wouldn’t have suffocated on his own vomit.

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The Doors Disobey Ed Sullivan

It was a Sunday night on September 17, 1967, and I remember tuning into to watch The Ed Sullivan Show and see The Doors performing Light My Fire and People Are Strange. This would be the last time they would be on the show.

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Stones In Denmark
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Remembering The TV Show Shindig

It was on September 16,1964 the hit music show Shindig premieres on ABC-TV. If you were an artist with hit record you probably where on Shindig.On the first show of Shindig‘s second season, The Rolling Stones performed their #1 tune (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

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Beatles In Sweden
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A Big Day In The Beatle’s History Book

August 22nd was quite the busy day for the The Beatles. In 1962, the first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during a lunchtime gig.

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