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FRIDAY!
Feb. 27, 2015 7:02 am

The colds have making the rounds at the radio station for the past week but so far I have avoided getting it full blown. It's gonna be a cold weekend so get indoors at the Free Family Fest on Sunday 10 to 3 at the La Crosse Center with the La Crosse Radio Group! See you there!

Today's flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer at 2:50 is: Crazy Train, Yellow Submarine and Marrakesh Express.

Today is Polar Bear Day and No Brainer Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1960: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first ever TV appearance on American Bandstand .
1964: the entire Top Ten in the UK is, for the first time, made up of native acts.
1966: The Supremes are the "mystery guests" on What's My Line?
1970: Elvis plays his first-ever stadium gig with an afternoon show at the Texas Livestock Show
2000: The docudrama miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family begins airing on ABC-TV.

KALI OF THE DANCE! Everyone remembers Lord of the Dance. Now check it out baby-style! It's Kali of the Dance. Click here to watch the bouncing baby.


THURSDAY THINGS!
Feb. 26, 2015 10:22 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Blinded By The Light.

Today is Carnival Day, National Pistachio Day and Tell A Fairy Tale Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY!
1955: For the first time, sales of 45rpm records outpace those of the old 78rpm variety.
1964: Elvis begins filming his sixteenth movie, Roustabout.
1985: Chuck Berry receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1997: The Beatles are awarded three Grammys for their Anthology including "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group" and both short- and long-form categories of "Best Music Video."
2002: The Bee Gees play what is to be their final concert at Miami Beach.

McCARTNEY MUSIC FESTIVAl! Paul McCartney has confirmed his first U.S. concert of 2015, set for the  Firefly Music Festival, June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware. Meanwhile, his Spring tour of the Far East begins April 21st concert in Osaka, Japan. Get more Macca.

JOHN LODGE SOLO ALBUM! Moody Blues member John Lodge will release his second solo album, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue. The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14. Meanwhile, Lodge will hit the road with The Moody Blues March 19 in Worcester. Click here for the itinerary.

KELLY CLARKSON IS PRO WEED! In the latest issue of US Weekly, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson reveals "25 Things You Don't Know About Me," including the fact that she's pro marijuana, but anti Brussels sprouts. She's also pro gun but refrains from saying whether or not she's actually packing. Click here for more revealing details.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Stuff to keep warm with in the movin' picture theater include The Lazarus Effect (PG-13), The Hunting Ground (PG-13) and Everly ® which has nothing to do with the Everly Brothers. Click here for the new flicks opening tomorrow.

EYELASH NECESSITY! Today we try to answer the burning question: Why do we have eyelashes? And are they even necessary? Click here for the scientific, if not complicated, answer.


WEDNESDAY JUNK!
Feb. 25, 2015 10:41 am

Today's Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer is: 1972. Your choice of prizes to win at 2:50 on the Eagle.

Today is Pistol Patent Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1961: Elvis Presley Day is declared in Memphis by Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington
1963: Vee Jay releases the first US single by The Beatles: "Please Please Me" b/w "Ask Me Why."
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on Ready! Steady! Go!
1967: Hollywood Palace broadcasts two Beatles promo videos for the first time in the US: "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane."
1987: Frank Sinatra guest stars on Magnum P.I. .
2010: Marie Osmond's son leaps to his death from the eighth-floor window of his LA apartment.

BEE GEES BOXED! A new Bee Gees box of recordings they made during the height of their fame and commercial success will be released on March 24. Bee Gees: 1974-1979 is a five-CD collection featuring the four albums issued during the mid to late 1970s. Click here for the details and track listing.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN VEGAS CD! Olivia Newton-John will release a new two-CD live album next month featuring performances from her Vegas show which opened last April. Summer Nights -- Live in Las Vegas hits stores next Tuesday and features 22 hits spanning her career. Meanwhile, her 2015 "Summer Nights" Las Vegas residency includes 70 dates through September 12th. Click here for more Olivia.

STAYING AWAKE! Many people don't get enough sleep. I get about 9 hours a night myself so I'm good. But have you ever wondered how long we can stay awake? Click here for the current records for going without sleep and find out why we all need a good night's sleep.


TUESDAVE!
Feb. 24, 2015 9:20 am

Today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Grab some salsa and celebrate!

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1965: The Beatles begin shooting their movie, Help!
1973: The Byrds break up for the first time.
1976: The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971?1975) becomes the first platinum disc for sales of one million copies.
1981: Peter Noone and Stephen Bishop guest-star on averne and Shirley.
1988: Alice Cooper runs for Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild" Party.
1992: The US Postal Service's infamous "Elvis stamps" are unveiled.
1998: Queen Elizabeth II knights Elton John at Buckingham Palace.
 pounds and has his driver's licensed suspended for a year.
2002: Charlie Daniels appears as himself on King Of The Hill.

THE LED IS OUT! The 40th anniversary collection of the Zep's 1975's Physical Graffiti hits stores today. Jimmy Page says that by the time they began working on the epic double album, the band members all were at their technical and creative peak as musicians. Three more Led Zeppelin reissues are still to come -- for 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and the 1982 post-breakup collection Coda. Check out the details.

JOAN RIVERS OSCAR SNUB! Fans were up in arms Sunday night after the late Joan Rivers wasn't honored during the "In Memoriam" portion of the Oscars. Yesterday, the Academy released a statement about saying she was just one of many that they were unable to feature in the segment. Rivers is included in the In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com. Click here for more pathetic excuses.

FLOWER POWER CRUISE! The inaugural Flower Power Cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 29, 2016 and will feature performances by The Turtles, Micky Dolenz, Herman's Hermits, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals and many other stars. Ports of call will include Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida. Click here to book your passage.

MOTORIZED TOILET PLOW! Need to do some plowing but can't take time to use the bathroom? Now there's a solution! It's Loo-cy to the rescue! Check out a drive-able bathroom, which includes toilet paper rolls, a magazine rack and a plow! Click here to go on-the-go and see it in action.


FROZEN MONDAY!
Feb. 23, 2015 9:21 am

I hope you can keep warm today. What's up with this Polar Vortex again? Today is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day and Tennis Day. Maybe you could have your dog chase tennis balls and reward him with a biscuit. Or not.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1964: The Beatles appear the cover of Newsweek.
1965: The Beatles begin filming for their second film, Help!
1970: 5th Dimension guest star on It Takes A Thief .
1970: Ringo Starr makes the first solo TV appearance of a Beatle on Laugh-In .
1974: Led Zeppelin name their new record label: Swan Song.
1978: The Eagles win two Grammys: Record Of The Year for "Hotel California" and Best Vocal Arrangement "New Kid In Town."
1993: Little Richard is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
2002: The Bee Gees play what would be their final show in at Miami.

OSCARS RECAP! I did not watch any of the Academy Award last night as I generally do not watch awards show. The race for Best Picture seemed to come down to Birdman vs. Boyhood. And in the end, it was Birdman flew away with the coveted award. It took home four awards in total, including Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Click here for the rest of the winners.

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Hilary Duff has filed for divorce from her husband and she is seeking primary physical custody of their 3 year old son. The couple has been separated since January 2013. Duff's filing is connected to a report claiming her husband was "seen drunkenly hitting on women" at a Beverly Hills restaurant. Click here for the dirty details.

ANIMALS & MIRRORS! What does Fido see when he looks in the mirror? Apparently he can't recognize himself in the mirror. Click here to reflect on the details.


FISHY FRIDAY!
Feb. 20, 2015 10:26 am

Today is Cherry Pie Day, Love Your Pet Day and Hoodie Hoo Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1949: A nine-year old Ricky Nelson joins the cast of The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.
1960: Jimi Hendrix makes his stage debut at a Seattle synagogue. He is fired for "showing off."
1969: The ill-fated rockumentary Goodbye Cream opens in Baltimore.
1974: Cher files for separation from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
1976: KISS puts their feet and hand prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
1977: At tonight's Grammy Awards, the Starland Vocal Band wins the Best New Artist award.
2000: The TV biopic Little Richard airs on NBC.
2004: Brian Wilson plays his masterpiece SMiLE live for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

BRIAN WILSON BIOPIC! The new Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, is set for wide release on June 5. The film stars John Cusack as an older Brian and Paul Dano portraying Wilson as a young man. The movie, which has Brian Wilson's blessing, will get its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 15th. Get the details.

EARLY HENDRIX RELEASES! A collection of historic recordings Jimi Hendrix made from 1965 to 1967 when he was with Curtis Knight & the Squires will be released on March 24th. You Can't Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) will be available on CD and as a 150-gram vinyl LP. Get the details and track listing.

SPARE BOWLING! What's the hardest spare to make in bowling? Conventional wisdom says it's the seven ten split. But that may not be actually true. It's actually a shot called the "Greek Church." Click here to check it out in your spare time.


WEDNESDAY STUFF!
Feb. 18, 2015 9:27 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Johnny B. Goode, New Kid In Town and Shooting Star. I have waved the 30 rule so you can call in for other contests, but you still have to wait 30 days per contest.

Today is National Battery Day. And I hope you have a strong one for the extreme temperatures again this week.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1964: In Miami, The Beatles visit a local drive-in to watch the new Elvis film Fun In Acapulco.
1968: David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd replacing Syd Barrett.
1968: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney head to India to study under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: Maurice Gibb marries Lulu.
1973: Four men climb on stage during Elvis Presley's show in Las Vegas, ostensibly to shake his hand. Fearing a threat to his life, Elvis and bassist Jerry Scheff immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen. I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."
1973: The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres.
1980: Bill Wyman announces his intention to The Rolling Stones by 1983. He stays until 1992.
1980: Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy, Caveman.

BRIAN WILSON ALBUM! Fans who pre-order the digital versions of Brian Wilson's new album No Pier Pressurewill automatically receive a free download of one track, "The Right Time," which includes contributions from Al Jardine and David Marks. You can also preview the song on Wilson's official YouTube channel. Click here to watch the album trailer. No Pier Pressure will be released on April 7.

NEW TOTO ALBUM TOO! Earlier this month, Toto debuted "Orphan," the new single from their upcoming album Toto XIV. Now they've premiered "Holy War" and you can check it out by clicking here. It's pretty good but we'll have to wait about 20 years before we play it on the Eagle. Toto's album will be released on March 24.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Cops in a Texas town say a 20-year-old man they arrested for being drunk behind the wheel, was so intoxicated that he fell asleep during his mugshot. The man backed his truck into a parked car and was so under the influence that cops had to wake him up just to do field sobriety tests, which he failed. Click here for the mugshot

TUESDAY STUFF!
Feb. 17, 2015 9:09 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: A burlap sack or bag.

Today is: Random Acts of Kindness Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1960: The Everly Brothers sign a ten-year million-dollar contract with Warner Brothers.
1964: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass play their first major headlining gig in Los Angeles.
1968: Big Brother & the Holding Company are signed by Columbia.
1971: Johnny Cash is the guest of honor on This Is Your Life.
1973: Free disbands after playing a concert in Florida.
1997: ABC-TV airs Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees, directed by one Michael Nesmith.

DEAD CELEB! Lesley Gore, best known for her 1963 #1 hit "It's My Party" died of cancer yesterday at in New York. She was 16 years old when she was discovered by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury Records. She also played Pussycat, Catwoman's sidekick, in the 1960's TV series Batman. Get the obit.

SNL 40TH SPECIAL RATINGS! The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special was seen by an estimated 23.1 million viewers, the most, excluding the Super Bowl, since the ER  finale in May of 2004. Get the recap. I watched the special but I actually haven't watched too many of the recent shows.

CELEBRITY CAR ACCIDENT! Gary Busey struck and slightly injured a woman while backing his car out of a shopping center parking lot in Malibu, California, on Friday. Busey wasn't cited over the incident. and there was no evidence illegal substances were involved. The woman was treated at the scene and released after suffering minor injuries. Get the accident report.

CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Pamela Anderson is calling it quits for the second time after remarrying her husband for the second time in January of 2014. The couple had previously tied the knot in 2007 but was annulled several months later. Get the divorce papers.

LICKING LOLLIPOPS! Recall the old animated TV commercial about a boy asking an owl how many licks it takes to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Well apparently scientists have actually discovered the number of licks. Click here to start licking.

PRESIDENTS' DAY!
Feb. 16, 2015 6:58 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Blue Oyster Cult.

Today is Presidents' Day and Do A Grouch A Favor Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1963: The Beatles' "Please Please Me" goes to the top of the charts in the UK.
1964: The Beatles performance in Miami Beach is broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1968: Detroit Mayor Cavanagh declares today "Aretha Franklin Day."
1972: Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.
1972: During his stint as host of the Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon performs with Chuck Berry.
1978: The film Abba - The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square's Warner Theatre.
1984: Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! As predicted by many, "50 Shades Of Gray" was the #1 flick at the weekend box office. Coming in second place was Kingsman: The Secret Service making its debut. Meanwhile, American Sniper continues to cling to the top 5 at #4. Click here to get he complete list.

MAN'S BEST FRIEND! It's true, dogs really love us. Apparently they can sense our emotions just by looking at us. And they'd rather see us happy than sad. Click here to read more about our perceptive pets.

FRIDAY THE 13TH!
Feb. 13, 2015 10:14 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Today is Friday The 13th and Get A Different Name Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: Elvis performs at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, TX.
1956: Alan Freed signs with Coral Records to compile four Rock & Roll dance party albums.
1957: Filming is completed on the UK's first rock and roll movie, Rock You Sinners .
1961: Frank Sinatra launches the first completely artist-owned label, Reprise.
1972: Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when officials refuse to let them off the plane.
1978: Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley officially declares today "Al Green Day."
1981: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon becomes the rock album to spend the most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at 402 weeks.

1982: The gravestone of Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from Orange Park, CA.
1988: Michael Jackson purchases what he would later call the "Neverland" ranch.

STEELY DAN TOUR! Steely Dan is going on the road this summer, featuring Elvis Costello and The Imposters. The new trek launches July 6 in Denver and runs through August 12th in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Tickets for most of the newly-announced dates go on sale either Friday, February 20, or Saturday, February 21. Check SteelyDan.com for information.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Of course everyone is talking about the new movie Fifty Shades of Grey, which will no doubt take the top spot at the weekend box office. Critics say the books are better than the movie. We'll see. Also new this weekend are The Last Five Years (PG-13) and Old Fashioned (PG-13). Click here to see the rest of the new stuff.

SNL 40th ANNIVERSARY! Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday night with a  special featuring many past alums. The very first edition of Saturday Night Live aired on October 11, 1975, with guest host George Carlin and musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. That episode will air this Saturday night in SNL's usual time slot. Get more details.

VALENTINE'S DAY ORIGINS! How did Valentine's Day come to be? Click here to watch an animated history of this lovey dovey day.

WEDNESDAY THINGS
Feb. 11, 2015 1:22 pm

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: 24.

Today is Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, Make A Friend Day and White T-Shirt Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: On the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, Elvis is finally permitted to perform "Heartbreak Hotel."
1963: The Beatles record all ten tracks for their debut LP, released in England as Please Please Me.
1964: The Beatles head to Washington, DC for their first US live performance at the Washington Coliseum.
1965: Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox.
1970: Ringo Starr's film The Magic Christian premieres in New York City.
1972: At a concert in Tollworth, England, David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust for the first time.
1979: ABC airs the TV-movie Elvis, starring Kurt Russell.
1982: The Rolling Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together concert film opens in New York.

SHEEP CAFE! Yesterday I showcased a restaurant in Singapore that delivers foor to yuor table via drone. Today, check out a restaurant in South Korea where you can dine alongside sheep. I bet it doesn't smell too appetizing in there. Click here to herd your meal.

HAPPY MONDAY!
Feb. 9, 2015 9:09 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: 19th Nervous Breakdown, Crazy On You and Paranoid.

Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day and Toothache Day. Ironically, I have a date with the dentist tomorrow. Just a checkup though, no toothache.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: American Bandstand is now America's top-rated daytime television program.
1964: The Ed Sullivan Show features the Beatles' first US TV debut.
1972: Paul McCartney debuts Wings at England's Nottingham University.
1975: The variety show Cher, debuts with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
2001: After being booted from the "reunion" lineup of the Eagles, Don Felder files a lawsuit against the group.

GRAMMY AWARDS RECAP! I never watch the Grammys because I can't stand sitting through awards shows in general. In case you missed it, last  night's big winner was Sam Smith, who took home four Grammys, including Record of the year and Song of the Year for Stay With Me. Click here to see the complete winners list courtesy of rollingstone.com.

DIONNE WARWICK SHOWER FAIL! Dionne Warwick reportedly spent two weeks in the hospital after injuring her ankle in the shower. Warwick's accident took place almost exactly a week before her niece, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the late Whitney Houston's daughter, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home. Whitney Houston, Warwick's cousin, died in a bathtub about three years ago. Click here for Dionne's prognosis.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RECAP! The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, watered down the competition to top the weekend box office, ending American Sniper's three-week reign at the top, shoving it down to second place. Only two other new movies debuted in the box office top 10. Click here for the complete rankings.


PANDA TAG TEAM FIGHTING! Check out some naughty pandas enjoying some tag team fighting. Click here to watch the match.

IT'S FRIIIIIIIDAY!
Feb. 6, 2015 9:11 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Renegade and Fat Bottomed Girls.

Today is Lame Duck Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1962: Decca Records rejects the Beatles.
1964: Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show sell out.
1987: Sonny Bono declares his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs.
1988: Dusty Springfield makes her first appearance on the Billboard charts in 19 years with "What Have I Done To Deserve This?," a duet with Pet Shop Boys.
2003: 20/20 airs the documentary Living With Michael Jackson.

DIARY OF WOOD! Ronnie Wood will release a limited-edition book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, including an exact reproduction of his personal handwritten journal from 1965 when he was 17. Only 1,965 copies of the book will be available for purchase, each signed by Ronnie. Pre-order it here.

GLEN CAMPBELL SOUNDTRACK! The full soundtrack album for the documentary Glen Campbell?I'll Be Me will be released February 17. The documentary details Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease as he completed his final tour. Click here for the track listing. Click here for vintage Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed on Southern Nights.

McCARTNEY IN KOREA! Paul McCartney has scheduled his first-ever concert in South Korea on May 2nd. He had to postpone last year's Korean gig after falling ill but now he's ready to rock for his Korean fans. Click here to watch Sir Paul's personal invite to the concert.

CATS IN BOXES! Today we try to answer the burning question: Why do cats love boxes so much? Click here for an explanation and view some cats in boxes.

THURSDAVE!
Feb. 5, 2015 9:18 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: Bad To The Bone, Bennie & The Jets and You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.

Today is National Weatherman's Day. Time to show some appreciation for one of the toughest jobs.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1957: Bill Haley arrives in London for his first British tour, the first by any American rock star.
1967: The British tabloid News of the World , owned by Rupert Murdoch, publishes an article called "Pop Stars and Drugs -- Facts that Will Shock You."
1998: Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Finally, something for SpongeBob fans, (Like me), the latest in the franchise Sponge Out Of Water (PG) opens tomorrow.  Other stuff to check out include Ballet 422 (PG-13) and Love , Rosie ®. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.

DISAPPOINTED DYLAN DISSES STEWART! Bob Dylan's new collection of standards that previously were recorded by Frank Sinatra. He joins a growing list of artists who have taken on selections from the Great American Songbook, including Rod Stewart. But Dylan was disappointed with Rod's interpretations of the standards. Click here to find out why.

WRECKING CREW MOVIE! The 2008 documentary, The Wrecking Crew, about the famed group of LA session musicians that played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, will be released in theaters on March 13. The famous Wrecking Crew session musicians included drummer Hal Blaine, bassists Carol Kaye and Joe Osborn, as well as Glen Campbell and Leon Russell. Click here to watch the movie trailer.

DEAD CELEB! The man behind the Aretha Franklin hit Chain of Fools and Chuby Checker's Pony Time has died. Don Covay passed away last Saturday from complications of a stroke. Covay was also achart maker himself wioth hits like his 1964 hit "Mercy, Mercy." Covay was 76. Get the obit.

BODILY FUNCTION TERMS! Did you know there are names for some certain bodily functions not easily described. For instance, did you know that the proper term for passing gas is "flatus"? Find out what "mastication" is and discover 17 proper terms for other bodily functions. Click here to impress your friends.


WEDNESDAVE!
Feb. 4, 2015 9:14 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: 7 kinds of fruit.

Today is Create A Vacuum Day and Thank A Mailman Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: Elvis appears again on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.
1959: Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton take over the headlining spots on the "Winter Dance Party" tour.
1961: Johnny Burnette undergoes an emergency appendectomy.
1966: The Who plays their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England.
1969: In response to the other Beatles hiring Allen Klein as manager the day before, Paul McCartney hires his father-in-law's firm, Eastman & Eastman, as general legal counsel for Apple Corps.
1971: Diana Ross guest stars on Make Room For Granddaddy.
1974: John Lennon and Yoko Ono mutually agree to a trial separation, kicking off John's "lost weekend."

YARDBIRDS TOUR! The Yardbirds are back with a new lineup. The band's founding drummer Jim McCarty announced in December that the then-current version of the group would be parting ways at the end of the year, and now the new lineup has been revealed. Anthony "Top" Topham, the original lead guitarist, will continue in the band along with McCarty. Click here for the rest of the lineup and the 2015 itinerary.

PAGE PERFORMANCES! Jimmy Page is preparing to return to the stage sometime later this year.Page told Rolling Stone magazine that fans can expect something "quite different. It wouldn't be anything that hopefully you'd imagine I would do." Meanwhile, the Physical Graffiti reissue will arrive on February 24th, the 40th anniversary of the record's original release. Click here to turn the Page.

BIG GAME RATINGS RECORD! NBC scored an easy ratings win with its coverage of Super Bowl 49, averaging the most primetime viewers for the week ending Super Bowl Sunday. More than 114 million people watched the big game, making it the most-watched program in U.S. television history. Click here for the recap.

THE EYES HAVE IT! Click here for an interesting info-graphic on the evolution of the human eye. That reminds me. I need to get a new prescription.


MONDAY!
Feb. 2, 2015 9:39 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: J. Geils Band and Def Leppard.

Today is Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today which means six more weeks of winter. Click here for everything you need to know about Groundhog Day and fascinate your friends with worthless trivia. Today is also Candlemas. What is it? Click to find out.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.
1957: Fats Domino makes an appearance on 's The Perry Como Show.
1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show at the "Winter Dance Party."  The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."
1969: "Carl Perkins Day" is declared in Jackson, TN.
1973: Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely at a concert
1973: Elvis meets Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas.
1999: Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

THE BEATLES IN COLOR! An eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band, will go on the auction block  this Thursday in Surrey, U.K. Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue. Click here to watch a brief clip of the lad from Liverpool..
GLEN CAMPBELL ALBUM! Glen Campbell's 1975 album Rhinestone Cowboy is scheduled to be released on March 31 in celebration of the record's 40th anniversary. The CD and digital versions of the reissue will feature five bonus tracks and a remastered, high-quality vinyl version of the Rhinestone Cowboy album, featuring the original track list, also will be available on March 31. Click here for the track listing.

FUTURE VEHICLES! Check out the top 10 amazing vehicles of the future. After seeing these contraptions, I think I'll keep my classic '94 Buick a little while longer. Click here to see what we may be driving in the future.


FRIDAY FINISH!
Jan. 30, 2015 9:23 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz is: 1991.

Today is National Inane Answering Machine Day. Note to self: change message on answering machine.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1961: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller form their own production company.
1969: The Beatles give their last public live performance on the roof of their own Apple Studios.
1973: KISS plays their first concert in Queens, New York.
1974: Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is arrested for swimming nude in a hotel pool in Salt Lake City.
1994: Natalie Cole sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXVIII in Atlanta, GA.


WHACKED OUT WEDNESDAY!
Jan. 28, 2015 9:09 am

Today's Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer is: the bog.

Today is Fun At Work Day and National Kazoo Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: Elvis makes his TV debut on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.
1965: The Who makes its first UK TV appearance on BBC's Ready Steady Go!
1966: Brian Poole announces his departure from The Tremeloes.
1978: The Doobie Brothers guest star on an episode of What's Happening!
1978: By request, Ted Nugent carves his autograph into the arm of a fan using his bowie knife.
1985: Over 45 famous recording artists record the single "We Are The World."
1996: Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, AZ.

PATTY BOYD EXHIBIT! A new exhibition featuring photos taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton is set to open in San Francisco next month. The display will boast a wide variety of candid and rare images documenting her life with the two rock legends. Click here for the details.

TEEN CANCER BENEFIT! The Who and Van Morrison are among the acts that will headline the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Van Morrison will perform on March 26th and The Who takes the stage the following day. Click here for the complete lineup of performers.

THE WOMEN OF GHOSTBUSTERS! If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, that's who. The four have been cast in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters movie. McCarthy is officially on board while Wiig, McKinnon and Jones are still in talks. The movie is slated for a July 2016 release. Get the details.

LOVE POEM! With Valentine's Day just over two weeks away, it's time to start thingking of a gift for your loved one. Or maybe a poem. Check out the Love Poem Generator to ensure you don't end up in the doghouse this Valentine's Day. Click here to make a poem to woo your significant other.


MONDAY MONDAVE!
Jan. 26, 2015 9:24 am

The answer to today's Flashback Pop Quiz Trvia question is: Yes and BTO.

Today is Spouse's Day.

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: Buddy Holly begins the first of three sessions for Decca Records.
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets make their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1970: John Lennon writes "Instant Karma!" in the morning and records it the same afternoon.
1970: Ringo Starr's film The Magic Christian premieres.
1972: Elvis begins wearing his famous during his Vegas gigs .
1974: The Doobie Brothers begin their first European tour in London.
1977: Original Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green is committed to a psychiatric facility.

FRAMPTON/CHEAP TRICK TOUR! Peter Frampton is launching a North American tour with Cheap Trick this summer. So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled beginning with a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto. Click here for the itinerary.

BOX OFFICE RECAP! American Sniper remains on top after blowing away another weekend of competition at the box office. Meanwhile, other new movies that nobody seemed to care about going to see include the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp's latest comedy flop Mortdecai. Click here for the list.

QUIET SNOW! Fresh snow fell overnight in the coulee region leaving light accumulations. Unlike the northeast which is bracing for a snowstorm of epic proportions today and tomorrow. Today we try to answer the question: Why does it seem quieter during a snowfall? Click here for the not so scientific answers.

WEDNESDAY WACKINESS!
Jan. 21, 2015 9:28 am

Today's Flashback Pop Quiz Trivia answer is: The Godfather.

A little bit of snow this morning to make the commute a little tricky. If you haven't yet bookmarked the FAT Customz School Closings & Delays page, here's the link.

Today is National Hugging Day. Come on everybody, group hug!

THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1957: Filming begins on Elvis' second movie, Loving You .
1957: An unknown 'Patsy Cline wins on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program.
1966: George Harrison marries Patricia Anne Boyd.

WEIRD AL WORLD TOUR! "Weird Al" Yankovic is hitting the road with his 2015 Mandatory World Tour. Stops in more than 100 cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia, are planned and will feature tunes from his first number one album, Mandatory Fun. The tour kicks off May 12 in Las Vegas. Get the itinerary.

RAW ZEPPELIN! Led Zeppelin has offered up their first taste of the unreleased material that'll be included on the deluxe editions of the forthcoming reissue of their 1975 double album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released February 24. Fans can preview a rough mix of "Houses of the Holy" at RollingStone.com. How cool is that?

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has unveiled a ticket that smells like bacon when players scratch its play area. "The I Heart Bacon scratch ticket combines two things people love: the chance to win cash and the wonderful, enticing smell of bacon," Click here for the tasty details.


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