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Nov. 20, 2014 12:29 pm

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer: Regis Philbin

Today is Absurdity Day, Beautiful Day, Children's Day and The Great American Smokeout. I'm proud to say that I've been smoke free since '93.

1955: Sam Phillips sells Elvis' contract to RCA for an unheard-of $35,000.
1955: After agreeing to perform Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit "Sixteen Tons" on the Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley instead plays his own hit "Bo Diddley." He never appears on the show again.
1973: Who fan Scot Halpin is invited to fill in for Keith Moon on the last three songs of their set at San Francisco's Cow Palace.
1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon duet on Saturday Night Live.
1984: Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1994: David Crosby receives a liver transplant.
1997: Paul McCartney tapes a live performance for the Oprah Winfrey Show.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

BILLY JOEL HONORED! Billy Joel was honored Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. When it was time for Billy to accept his award, he joked that he was feeling a little bit "verklempt." After his speech, he performed "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and "Piano Man." Get the recap.

BARRY MANILOW TOUR! Barry Manilow is hitting the road, possibly for the last time. The 2015 tour, dubbed ONE LAST TIME! kicks off in Omaha, Nebraska on February 11 and will wrap up in his native Brooklyn on June 17, which also happens to be his birthday. Tickets will start at a ridiculous $19.75 a piece, in honor of the year that Barry's hit "Mandy" topped the charts and go on sale November 24th. Get the itinerary.

McCARTNEY IN 3-D! A new app will give fans the chance to experience Sir Paul's recent Candlestick Park concert in a 3-D environment. Using the JauntVR app,viewers can watch the concert from every imaginable angle and viewpoint.
Get more details on how to get the app.

TEN OFFENSIVELY DECADENT HOMES! Click here to check out some homes that you'll never be able to afford.

Nov. 19, 2014 9:03 am

Today is Have A Bad Day Day. So be sure to tell those around you to do so.

1954: Sammy Davis, Jr. crashes his car on Route 66 and permanently loses use of his left eye.
1960: Elvis pulls a gun on people in another car who had supposedly insulted him.

1965: At the Glad Rags Ball in London, Roger Daltrey, storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems setting off rumors of a Who breakup.
1973: Led Zeppelin begins recording the demos for their new album, Physical Graffiti.
1977: The Frank Sinatra TV-movie Contract On Cherry Street airs on NBC.
1992: Linda Ronstadt is the guest star on The Simpsons.
2002: In Berlin, Michael Jackson dangles his new son Prince Michael II over the side of a hotel railing.
2007: At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.

BAFFLED BILLY! Billy Joel was honored Monday night from the performing rights organization ASCAP, and tonight he'll receive the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington. The event will be taped and air January 2 on PBS, and feature tributes from the likes of Tony Bennett, Kevin Spacey and John Mellencamp. Get the details.

CROSBY RELEASES! David Crosby is set to release a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl single featuring two songs from his 2014 solo album, CROZ, and an expanded digital version of the record. The single comes on red vinyl and only 5,000 copies of the 45-rpm disc will be available. The deluxe digital edition of CROZ, will be released Monday and will include 11 tracks, plus video footage of Crosby performing those songs in concert. Click here for more Croz.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Check out 10 absurd things banned by schools. From banning things like frilly socks to hugging and handshakes, check out the ridiculous reasons for these stupid school bans. Click here to be outraged.

Nov. 18, 2014 10:07 am

Today is Occult Day.

1952: Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1956: Fats Domino sings his hit "Blueberry Hill" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1964: Shindig! features the Supremes and the Righteous Brothers.
1970: Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his cousin Myra Brown after 14 years of marriage.
1975: Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen are guest stars on Police Woman.
1975: Bruce Springsteen performs his first UK concert, at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1990: Paul McCartney's birth certificate is auctioned off for $18,000.
1998: Mick Jagger and model/actress Jerry Hall separate after eight years of marriage.
2003: The original handwritten John Lennon lyrics to the Beatles' "Nowhere Man" are auctioned at Christie's of New York for $300,000.
2003: Police raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

ASCAP AWARDS! Monday night in New York City, Sting was on hand to present Billy Joel with the ASCAP Centennial Award -- a new honor created to mark the performing rights organization's 100th anniversary. Stevie Wonder and Joan Baez were also recipients of the award. Get the recap.

THE WHO FINAL 50TH! The Who will play the final U.K. concert of their 50th anniversary tour on June 26 in London's Hyde Park, as a part of the British Summer Time Hyde Park concert series. Tickets go on sale this Thursday. The show will mark the fourth time that The Who will perform in Hyde Park. Check out a YouTube video of Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend hyping the show.

TODD RUNDGREN BOXED! A new Todd Rundgren box set featuring live material originally recorded for British radio and television will be released in December. Todd Rundgren: At the BBC features three CDs and a DVD featuring performances on the network from 1972 through 1982. The set features 30 previously unreleased tracks and will hit the U.S. on December 2. Click here for the track listing.

Take a fun quiz to find out whose brainchild you are. I took the quiz and apparently I'm part Abraham Lincoln, part Emily Dickinson. My rationale and math-minded traits come from Lincoln while my anxious habits come from Dickinson. Click here to take the quiz.

Nov. 17, 2014 9:18 am

 Today is Electronic Greeting Card Day, Homemade Bread Day, Take A Hike Day and World Peace Day.

1963: Tommy Sands and wife Nancy Sinatra perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1976: Olivia-Newton John's first TV special airs on ABC.
1979: The Guinness Book of World Records verifies ABBA as the biggest-selling recording group in history.
1980: Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. perform at the annual "Royal Command Performance" in London.
2000: Cher makes her first appearance on on Will and Grace.
2000: ABC-TV airs the documentary The Beatles: Revolution.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! There's nothing dumb about being number one at the box office. Dumb and Click here for the the Top 10.
Dumber To, the comedy sequel again starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels opened in first place. It earned an estimated 38.1 million dollars, shoving last week's Big Hero 6 down to #2.

BONO INJURED! U2's week-long residency at the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that was to begin tonight has been cancelled because Bono injured his arm in a horrible bicycling accident in New York City over the weekend. Get the injury report.

PINK FLOYD ON TOP! Can you remember the last time Pink Floyd had a #1 album? It was 19 years ago when the band achieved their first number-one album in the U.K. with Pulse. Over 139,000 copies of The Endless River were sold last week, making it the third-fastest-selling artist album of the year. Get the review.

HOUDINI'S SECRETS REVEALED! Check out the amazing revelations of how some of Houdini's greatest tricks were done. Click here for the secrets revealed.

Nov. 14, 2014 9:07 am

Today's Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer is: Spaceballs.

Today is Operating Room Nurse Day and World Diabetes Day.

1952: The British music paper New Musical Express publishes its first record chart.
1967: Pink Floyd begin their first UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1987: .David Letterman convinces guest Cher to sing "I Got You Babe" just one more time with Sonny Bono on his show.
1990: Newsweek features what seems like an admission from Pete Townshend that he's bisexual.

CAKE BOSS BUSTED! Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro has been busted for driving while intoxicated. He was offered a deal that would include a 90-day driver's license suspension and a $300 fine. Valastro told cops during his arrest, "I had a couple drinks. You can't arrest me! I'm the Cake Boss!" Apparently he put too much rum in the Fruitcake. Click for the disorderly details.

BILLY JOEL SALUTE! Next week, Billy Joel will be in Washington, D.C. to accept the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In addition to Joel, other performers at the event will include Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, Josh Groban, LeAnn Rimes, and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey. Get the details.

ICONIC LANDMARKS UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Check out some cool vintage photos of some of the world's most popular landmarks under construction. Click for the pics.

MAKE A SANDWICH! Britain's Daily Mail recently concluded that no one in Britain can make a sandwich. How difficult can it be to make a sandwich you ask? Click here to make a virtual sandwich and prove the Daily Mail wrong.

Nov. 11, 2014 10:40 am

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer: Lindsey Buckingham.

Today is Veterans Day. But did you know it's also Young Readers Day?

1938: Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" for the first time on her radio program.
1944: Frank Sinatra signs with Columbia as a solo recording artist.
1967: Van Morrison makes his only appearance on American Bandstand.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins.
1976: Linda Ronstadt makes her UK live debut London.
1994: Christie's auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia.
1994: Micky Dolenz guest stars on Boy Meets World .
2005: Billy Joel launches his first solo tour in eight years.

DAVE DAVIES TOUR UPDATE! Dave Davies is set to launch a U.S. tour in support of his recently released solo album, Rippin' Up Time, tonight in Milwaukee. The tour winds down with a November 28 performance in Englewood, New Jersey. Along the way, Davies will be joined by a special guest drummer, Dennis Diken of The Smithereens. Click here for the itinerary.

RINGO'S ALL STARR LINEUP! Ringo and his All Starr Band are set to kick off their 2015 tour with a February 13 show in Bossier City, Louisiana. The lineup remains the same with Todd Rundgren, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Santana/Journey singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister singer-bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham. Get the itinerary.

JOAN RIVERS UPDATE! In their routine investigation following the death of Joan Rivers at the New York clinic where she died, the New York State Health Department found lapses for accreditation: governing body and management, surgical services, medical staff and patient rights. The HHS report also found that a clinic staff member "proceeded to take pictures" of Rivers with an unauthorized ear, nose and throat surgeon who was allowed in the room while she was sedated. Get the violations.

THE FIRST SELFIE? Check out a photograph which could easily be the very first selfie ever taken. Click for the pic.

Nov. 10, 2014 6:45 am

Packers fans are rejoicing today after a convincing win at Lambeau against the Bears. I was in bed before kick off so I could wake up and do the morning show today.

Today is Forget-Me-Not Day and USMC Day.

1956: Billboard magazine, Elvis is the country's number one male artist on both the pop and country charts.
1958: Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls are badly injured in a car crash in Marion, AR.
1966: British newspapers break the news that the Beatles will indeed refuse all future offers to tour.
1973: John Lennon meets with Phil Spector to begin work on the album Rock 'n' Roll.

1994: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform an all-acoustic version of "Stairway To Heaven" while visiting a Japanese talk show.
2002: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer operate a rock and roll fantasy camp on tonight's episode of The Simpsons.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! It was a big weekend for new movies. Big Hero 6 came in at the top of the box office heap followed by Interstellar in the number two slot. Last weeks number one, Ouija, falls to number 4. Click here for the complete rankings.

BEATLES PANCAKES! Check out a video of a guy making the faces of  The Beatles out of pancakes. Click here to watch it now.

Nov. 5, 2014 2:04 pm

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia Answer: Roger Daltrey.

Hopefully the people you voted for got the majority. Today is Gunpowder Day and Guy Fawkes Day.

1967: The First Edition make its TV debut on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour .
1968: Peter Noone ties the knot. The couple is still married.
1970: Long since retired from touring, Brian Wilson joins the Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go.
1972: The Jackson 5 Show airs on CBS.
1979: Mick Jagger's divorce from first wife Bianca Jagger is finalized.
1988: The Beach Boys #1 hit, "Kokomo," sets the record for the longest gap between chart-toppers; 21 years and ten months from 1966's "Good Vibrations."
1988: Kylie Minogue's version of "The Loco-Motion" becomes the third version of the song to go #1 in the U.S. after the 1962 Little Eva original and the 1974 Grand Funk Railroad cover.
1992: Tom Jones guest stars on The Simpsons.
2000: The Who guest stars on tonight's episode of The Simpsons.

BURIED MANILOW! Singing with stars six feet under has helped Barry Manilow's new album reach #4 on the Billboard chart. His new album features him "performing" with the late Whitney Houston, John Denver, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass, Dusty Springfield and other dearly, departed singers, My Dream Duets is his 15th top-10 album. Click here for the review.

BAND OF THE YEAR! Classic Rock magazine's tenth annual Roll of Honour Awards has named Queen and Adam Lambert Band of the year. Hosted by Sammy Hagar, it was the first time the event was held in the U.S. Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore received the Inspiration Award on behalf of their former band and Gregg Allman was presented with the Living Legend Award. Get the recap.

THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK! Check out some intriguing fun facts about your internal clock. Click here to waste some time.

Nov. 4, 2014 3:20 pm

The polls are open until 8pm. Don't forget to vote! Today is also King Tut Day.

1957: the top six Billboard singles on the pop and R&B charts are exactly the same: Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" sits at #1 on both charts, followed by "Wake Up Little Susie" by the Everly Brothers, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke, "Silhouettes" by the Rays, "Be-Bop Baby" by Ricky Nelson, and "Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers.
1961: Bob Dylan appears at Carnegie Hall for the first time. 50 people attend.
1963: The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performance for Princess Margaret

1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1986: Jerry Butler is elected to the Board of Commissioners in Cook County in Chicago.
1989: Elton John scores his record 50th UK chart hit with the song "Sacrifice."
1990: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.

TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT? Today we try to answer the age old question, when is it appropriate to tuck in your shirt, and when should you leave it hanging out? Click here to get the fashion statement.

Oct. 31, 2014 1:38 pm

Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer: Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Perry and Brian May.

Today is Halloween. Watch out for those ghosts and goblins crossing the street without looking. It's also Carve A Pumpkin Day, Frankenstein Friday and Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

1964: Ray Charles is arrested at Boston's Logan Airport for possession of heroin.
1964: For the first time since January 1964, the Beatles do not have a song currently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: Wayne Fontana leaves his group, The Mindbenders.
1970: Michelle Phillips marries Dennis Hopper.
1974: Led Zeppelin launches their new artist-owned label, Swan Song.
1976: Elvis makes his last recording, "He'll Have To Go," at Graceland.
2005: The Isley Brothers' Ron Isley is sentenced to 26 years in federal prison on tax evasion charges.
2005: The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of Abbey Road sells at auction for $118,000.
2007: Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff to check out as of today include Horns ®, Penance ® and Nightcrawler ®. My pick of the week is ABCs Of Death 2. Click here to see the rest of the new flicks in theaters now!

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET! You've probably seen the movie, but there may be some tidbits that you might not know about the film. For instance, the entire movie was shot in just 32 days. Click here to check out 15 fascinating fun facts about one of the scariest horror movies of all time.

SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD! This being Halloween, click here to check out the history of mediums and the devices they used to communicate with the dead.

LAST RIDES! And finally today, we take a look at some ghoulish last rides, aka hearses. Click here to take a ride that hopefully won't be your last....

Oct. 29, 2014 2:07 pm

Today's Trivia answer: Bruce Springsteen.

Today is National Frankenstein Day.

1957: Elvis meets Ricky Nelson for the first time.
1969: New York underground newspaper Rat becomes the first publication to compile the various rumored "clues" to the "Paul Is Dead" phenomenon.
1995: Paul Anka guest stars on tonight's episode of The Simpsons.
2003: A study by the Neilsen ratings finds that a full third the sales of Beatles 1 were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
2005: The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London.

ELTON JOHN'S HERO! Tuesday night during his performance at his annual charity event for his AIDS Foundation, Elton John time to sing praises of his "hero" Pope Francis. Sir Elton praised the Pope for demonstrating tolerance and compassion when the pontiff was asked about the subject. The Pope's response was, "Who am I to judge?" Get more gushing.

NEIL DIAMOND TOP 10! Neil Diamond's new album Melody Road has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Albums chart, after selling 78,000 copies. It also marks his 18th album to appear in the top 10. Melody Road's debut is Neil's highest chart appearance since his 2008 record Home Before Dark which went #1. Click here for more chart action.

DAVE DAVIES SOLO ALBUM! Kinks guitarist Dave Davies released a new solo album this week titled Rippin' Up Time. The 67-year-old describes the record as a "very energetic" and "ripping" collection of songs. Many of the songs were recorded on the first take. Click here for the review. Meanwhile, Ray and Dave probably won't reunite due to Dave's new solo direction.

INTERNET FIRSTS! Check out an info-graphic that tracks some of the major developments of the internet since it began. For instance, do you know when the very first email was sent? Click here for the answer and other amazing facts.

Oct. 28, 2014 3:59 pm

1955: Buddy Holly opens for Marty Robbins at a concert in Lubbock, TX.
1956: Elvis makes his second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1958: Buddy Holly makes what would be his last major TV appearance on American Bandstand.
1961: Ground is broken for construction of New York City's Shea Stadium.
1962: Songwriting team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich get married.
1968: Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce.

FIVE TECH MYTHS! Check out some myths about technology that you've probably heard so many times that you may think them to be true. Click here for the revealing truth behind some famous tech myths.

CRUISIN' WITH THE 80'S! A new 80's themed cruise will set sail in February of 2016 and will feature performances by MTV staples like Huey Lewis & the News, Kool & the Gang, Richard Marx, Starship, A Flock of Seagulls, Modern English, Naked Eyes and Wang Chung. Also on hand will be three original MTV  VJs -- Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter. Click here to book passage now!

ZEPPELIN REISSUES! The second wave of Led Zeppelin releases hits stores today. The latest includes remastered and expanded versions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy. The new releases are available in a single CD version; a deluxe edition; vinyl versions; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set.
Learn more at the official Led Zeppelin website.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS SHOW! Neil Patrick Harris is set to host a new TV show that will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, hidden-camera pranks on celebrities, and celebrity appearances. The as-yet unnamed show will be based on a popular British series, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. Harris is also set to emcee the 87th Oscars ceremony on February 22, 2015. Get the lowdown.

Oct. 27, 2014 9:04 am

Trivia Answer: Fat Bottomed Girls, You Can't Always Get What You Want and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Thanks to your generosity, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raised over $94,000 over the three day Radiothon. Thanks for your donation. Today is National Tell A Story Day and Navy Day.

1957: Police in Oakland, CA inform Elvis that he is not allowed to swivel his hips during his performance at the Oakland Auditorium.
1962: The Rolling Stones cut their first demos at Curly Clayton Studios in London.
1975: Bruce Springsteen becomes the first rocker to make the covers of both Time and Newsweek.
1979: Elton John collapses during his show at Hollywood's Universal Amphitheatre and is hospitalized for exhaustion.
1980: John Lennon's killer purchases the .38 revolver with which he will eventually kill his idol.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only two new movies debuted in the box office top 10 over the weekend and they both came in at the top two spots. John Wick and Ouija were the two movies. Click here to see how they ranked and get the complete Top 10.

DOUBLE DEAD CELEBS! Jack Bruce, legendary bass player for Cream, has died. Bruce formed Cream in the mid-sixties with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. Their name came from the notion that all three of them were the "the cream of the crop" on their respective instruments. Cream split in 1968, but reunited in 1993 to perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jack Bruce was 71. Get the obit.

AND Welcome Back, Kotter actress Marcia Strassman passed away yesterday at the age of 66 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Strassman's breakout role was playing Julie Kotter, the wife of Gabe Kotter, on TV's Welcome Back, Kotter. She also gained fame in the 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, as well as the successful sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Click here to see her career on the IMDb.

GIANT KNOCKERS! Check out some huge vintage door knockers and handles from years gone by. Knock three times and the click here for a trip into the the past.

Oct. 20, 2014 9:13 am

Today is National Brandied Fruit Day. Brandy and fruit, what a great combo!

1955: Sam Phillips sells Elvis' contract to RCA for an unheard-of $35,000. Elvis receives $13,500 of it.
1959: DJ Alan Freed is fired from New York's WABC-TV after refusing to sign a statement saying he had never accepted "payola," or gifts in exchange for airplay.
1973: Who fan Scot Halpin fills in for three songs after Keith Moon ingested seven horse tranquilizers and passed out on his kit.

1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon perform on Saturday Night Live.
1984: Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
2002: Stevie Wonder threatens to sue his mother for a passage in her new autobiography where she claims Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.
2003: Michael Jackson is charged with child molestation.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Three new movies debuted in the box office top ten and one took the top spot, knocking last week's number one, Gone Girl, down to #2. One of my favorites for the season came in at #8. Click here for the rankings.

TURN THE PAGE! Jimmy Page is still not very optimistic about a Led Zeppelin reunion. In a recent interview will Billboard magazine, he points out points out that the band's last performance was in 2007 in London, and the even then Robert Plant was the lone holdout for an extended reunion tour. Page is currently working on some new music, but hasn't put a band together yet to back him. Get the details.

DEAD CELEB! Tim Hauser, a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer passed away last Thursday after suffering a heart attack. Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles, including their biggest hit, a remake of "The Boy from New York City." Hauser was 72. Get the obit.

MAKIN' BACON! Have you ever wondered how bacon is made? Even if you haven't, here's a short video showing how this delicious food is made. Click here to see how it's made.

Oct. 17, 2014 9:43 am

Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day. I'm wearing it right now!

1919: The Radio Corporation of America, RCA, is founded by General Electric.
1957: Elvis' third film, Jailhouse Rock, premieres in Memphis.
1960: Dion and the Belmonts' breakup.
1962: The Beatles make their very first TV appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television's People And Places.
1963: The Beatles record the first of their "Christmas Records."
1967: Hair , the world's first hippie rock musical, debuts at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: Phil Spector, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart all guest star on I Dream of Jeannie.
2000: George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the piano on which John Lennon wrote "Imagine."

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Charlie Sheen has announced that he and his fiance have called it quits. They were due to marry in November after Sheen proposed to his porn star girlfiend in Hawaii last February. Get the ugly details.

JOHN DENVER'S STAR! John Denver is slated to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24. The ceremony will stream live via Also on that day, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood. Get more details.

EBOLA PLUSH TOY! A toy company is capitalizing on the fear gripping America concerning the Ebola Virus. Giant Microbes has just announced its new cute and cuddly stuffed Ebola toy. The company already offers fuzzy little characterizations of such nasty microscopic maladies as Bubonic Plague, Typhoid Fever and Anthrax. Click here for the cuteness.

ODD INVENTIONS OF THE PAST! Have you ever longed to have dimples? Back in 1936 someone invented a dimple making mechanism and it looks pretty painful. And for the person who has embarrassing facial imperfections, one could wear the Toilet Mask! Sounds like a great Halloween costume too. My favorite is the People Scooper that conveniently attaches to the front of your car for extra passengers. Click here for the weirdness.

Oct. 16, 2014 9:52 am

Today is Bosses Day and Dictionary Day. So give your boss some praise and then ask for that raise!

1951: Little Richard, makes his first recordings at an Atlanta radio station.
1954: Elvis joins the Louisiana Hayride. He's paid $18 a week.
1962: Motown launches its first "package tour," featuring Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells.
1972: Internal strife leads to the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1993: Aretha Franklin sings the US national anthem at tonight's World Series game.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new "Old Friends" Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Opening nationwide tomorrow, some new movies to check out this weekend include The Book of Life (PG), The Best of Me (PG-13) and Dear White People ®. But my pick of the week has to be Default. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.

STEVIE NICKS ALBUM! Even as she tours with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks' new solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. has debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It's her sixth solo release to reach the top 10 and features songs that were mostly written between 1969 and 1987. Read the review.

U2 NEW DEBUT! It looks like U2's "gift" of giving away their latest album for free via iTunes has backfired on the band. Despite giving away their new album free to more than 5000 million iTunes customers, which many didn't appreciate, Songs of Innocence will likely be their  lowest-charting album since 1984. The band has since apologized for the iTunes debacle. Read moron it.

DEAD CELEB! Elizabeth Peņa, the actress best known for roles in movies including La Bamba and Rush Hour, and who played Sofia Vergara's hot-tempered mother Pilar on Modern Family, has died. Pena, who just turned 55 last month, died Tuesday after an undisclosed illness. Get the obit.

COFFEE: REGULAR OR DECAF? That is the burning question we try to answer today. Which is healthier? Click here to get the answer. I don't care what the "experts" say, I'll always take my coffee caffeinated and black.

Oct. 15, 2014 11:18 am

Today is White Cane Safety Day.

1955: Buddy Holly opens for Elvis at the "Big D Jamboree" concert in Lubbock.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract for $1 plus 1% of his royalties.
1968: Led Zeppelin performs its first gig under that name at Surrey University.
1971: Rick Nelson is booed at the Seventh Annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1979: ABBA performs its first concert in North America in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney appear on The Simpsons.

JERRY GARCIA ART! Some of Jerry Garcia's artwork is on display at Le Magasin contemporary art center in Grenoble, France. The exhibit titled "Art In Pop" will remain on display until January 4, 2015. Before finding fame with the Grateful Dead, Garcia attended art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and he created more than 2,000 pieces of art during his life. See the art.

CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Gregg Allman is attempting to protect himself from liability in lawsuits in the wake of the fatal accident on the set of Midnight Rider, the film based on his life story. He has filed a claim asserting that the film's producers had agreed to indemnify him from liability stemming from the incident. Click here for the ramblin' story.

INTERACTIVE MAC BOOK! A new eBook based on a long-out-of-print authorized biography of Fleetwood Mac was recently released via Apple's iBooks store and iTunes.Before The Beginning: A Personal and Opinionated History of Fleetwood Mac tells the band's story from its origins to one of the world's most popular pop-rock acts. Order it here.

EVOLUTION OF DRACULA! It's the Halloween season and time for spooky stuff like Dracula. Have you ever wondered how Dracula became such a movie icon? Click here for the terrorizing tale of Count Dracula.

Oct. 14, 2014 11:07 am

Today is National Dessert Day. Feel free to celebrate.

1955: Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley & his Comets in Lubbock.
1964: Charlie Watts gets married. They're still married.
1966: Grace Slick makes her debut with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1977: Linda Ronstadt sings the national anthem at World Series game number 3.
2000: The Beatles' Anthology hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

CRUISIN' WITH SMOKEY! Smokey Robinson along with Journey and Styx are among the acts set to perform on the second annual Carnival Live concert series. Robinson will be performing on April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel. Journey's shows are scheduled for March on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Styx plays in July on Nassau in the Bahamas. Click here for the line-up.

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! It's all over for Richard Gere and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. Work ultimately was the demise of the relationship. Gere is busy producing and starring in Time Out of Mind, while Lakshmi filmed the latest season of Top Chef in Boston. Get the dirty details.

WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS ROADS! Check out some roads where you take your life in your own hands if you dare to drive them. Click here to hit the road.

Oct. 13, 2014 9:15 am

Today is Columbus Day and International Skeptics Day. Did Columbus really discover America? I wonder.

1962: At London's Prince of Wales Theatre, Don Everly collapses from exhaustion.
1963: The Beatles appear on the BBC TV show Sunday Night At The Palladium.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery.
1998: The box set The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" is released.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Four new movies debuted in the box office top 10 but none were able to grab the top spot away from Gone Girl, now spending second week at the top of the heap. The highest debuting movie was the seasonal Dracula Untold at number 2. Click here for the rest of the rankings.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday to Paul Simon who turns 73 today! Earlier this year, Simon joined forces with Sting for a sold out arena tour. The pair will kick off their 2015 tour of Down Under and Europe on January 30th in Auckland, New Zealand. Get the itinerary.

CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Don Henley has sued the Duluth Trading Company for using his name to advertise their "Don A Henley And Take It Easy" shirt. The lawsuit cites that the company "takes advantage of his celebrity and is likely to cause confusion among consumers about the source of sponsorship." Get the dirty details.

GHOST TOWNS! In this month of October, why not check out some of America's ghost towns? Click here to discover the unique stories behind the reasons entire towns were evacuated.

Oct. 10, 2014 1:57 pm

Today is National Angel Food Cake Day and World Egg Day.

1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1978: An audience member tosses a "cherry bomb" firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. Thereafter, the band performs behind a chain-link fence.
1979: Fleetwood Mac gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1979: The film The Rose premieres in Hollywood.
1999: Elvis memorabilia is auctioned off, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.

WHO TOUR! The Who recently recorded its first new song in eight years, "Be Lucky," which will be released as part of the new compilation The Who Hits 50! due in stores October 27th. Roger Daltrey says he and Pete Townshend are working on a new album as well. Meanwhile, The Who's 50th anniversary tour will launches November 23rd in Abu Dhabi. Get the itinerary.

DYLAN LYRICS! A book containing the lyrics of Bob Dylan songs since 1962 is coming out. The Lyrics: Since 1962, which will be published October 28. The book contains more than 1,000 pages, weighs more than 13 pounds and will set you back $200. Fifty signed editions will cost $5,000 each. Read the review.

WORLD'S LARGEST VEHICLES! Check out an info-graphic that puts into perspective the world's largest land, sea and air vehicles. Click here for the hugeness.

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