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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Eric Clapton

There's a lot about Eric Clapton this is pretty much an open book. He stole George Harrison's wife. He's battled many demons, including drugs and alcohol. He got the name Slow Hand because he was terribly slow at changing broken guitar strings.

But as the guitar icon turns 70, I thought I'd share some other tidbits that you may not have heard before.

1. Eric Clapton went to school to study stained glass art before he took up music full-time.

2. He's not too cool to wear shorts on stage. I witnessed this in person at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010. It was a very hot day and he was not about to be a slave to rock star fashion.

3. Clapton collects Ferraris. He says he loves the "music" made by a 12 cylinder engine.

4. He has a minor planet named for him. You'll need a telescope to spot 4305 Clapton between Mars and Jupiter.

5. In one of his more bizarre charity gigs, Clapton dressed as a clown and got a pie in the face. He also hit Shirley MacLaine in the face with a pie as well. And the proof is on youtube!

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Summerfest and Lolla announce headliners

There may be snow on the ground again in Madison--but it's time to start thinking about the summer festival season!

Both Summerfest and Lollapalooza have announced headliners.

Headliners at Summerfest will include Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran, Kongs, Phillip Phillips, Sheryl Crow, Bastille, the Flaming Lips, and Walk the Moon. Classic rock fans will get their retro fix with the Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, and Kansas. Jam band fans can enjoy music from Trampled by Turtles, Keller Williams, and Dark Star Orchestra. We're not sure why, but for some reason Paris Hilton will be a headliner as well! Summerfest starts June 24th in Milwaukee. More info here.

Lollapalooza happens July 31-August 2 in Chicago, with headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence and the Machine. Other acts include TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes, and Gary Clark, Jr. More info here.

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The cool thing about Coastal Carolina's coach

This won't be enough to make you root for them, but Coastal Carolina's Coach has some pretty cool musical stuff on his resume.

Back in the 1960s, when Cliff Ellis was in college, he was in a garage band called the Villagers, and they cut a record on the Fame label.

He's supposedly singing lead on this song, a cover of a tune by The Tams that few of us remember.



And according to Cliff Ellis's autobiography, and this news story, he had another link to rock and roll history. He was reportedly in the studio when Etta James recorded "Tell Mama," and even played tambourine. Supposedly you can hear his tambourine stylings at :35 in.



Oh..one more thing.

Go Bucky!
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Kitty's St. Patrick's Day Pet Peeves

St. Patrick's Day is upon us! Time to wear green, drink beer with green food coloring and talk in bad Irish accents.

Or not.

I have a few St. Patrick's Day pet peeves, and because I am 3/8ths Irish, I feel compelled to share them with you.

1. It is St. Patrick's Day, not St. Patty's Day. Patty is a girl's name, and St. Patrick was not a girl. Others share my annoyance at this common practice--and there's at least one website that's dedicated to straightening out the confused.

2. A four-leaf clover is not a shamrock. Shamrocks have three leaves and they're connected with St. Patrick because he used them to teach about the Holy Trinity. Even some versions of that Lucky Charms Leprechaun show him wearing a four-leaf clover in his hat!

3. Folks who add a O' or a Mc to the beginning of their name to act Irish for a day. Stash McShibilski, I'm not buyin' it. And sorry O' Essen Haus, you'll always be a German restaurant to me!

4. Establishments that say they have green beer but rather than having a half-barrel of the stuff, they just put a little green food coloring in your pint. What kind of a committment is that?

5. And I'm also irritated that the Guiness we drink here in the United States is brewed in Canada, not Ireland. I guess that's not really a pet peeve, it just gets my Irish up.

Now that I got that all of that off my chest, here's a little Van Morrison to get you into the St. Paddy's Day (notice I didn't say Patty's) spirit.

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Dylan Noir

A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn.

The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more innocuous.

The video was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stunt man. He's the same guy who directed creepy Dylan videos for "Must Be Christmas" and "Duquesne Whistle," which fascinated me in the past.



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In Search of...Spock

The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family.

Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the rest of the crew on the Starship Enterprise.

I didn't really watch the show in prime time, but in syndication I'm pretty sure Star Trek was on the Dunn TV a few times a week for many years in the 70s.

I remember fondly lying on the floor, next to my brother who was eating Cocoa Puffs, and watching the original Star Trek series. Some of my favorite episodes--of course Trouble With Tribbles, the one where they went to a planet inhabited by children, and the ones with Harcourt Mudd. (For some reason I think his middle name was Quentin). Spock was my favorite character. I loved the fact that he thought he was so logical and emotionless, but his human side always showed through.

And if the afternoon re-runs weren't enough, there was also a Saturday morning Star Trek cartoon, featuring the voices of the original actors! I think most of the stories were just edited down versions of the TV show.


I also remember Nimoy fondly as the host of "In Search Of.." which explored topics of paranormal nature.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison

Who else still misses George? 

George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and almost felt like they were my big brothers.

Here are some things you may or may not know about the Quiet Beatle.

1. He played lead guitar on the Cheech and Chong song "Basketball Jones."

2. He visited the United States before any of the other Beatles, visiting his sister Louise in Benton, Illinois, in September of 1963. Since the Beatles weren't known in America yet, George was able to  jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

3. After he lost the "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" lawsuit, he refused to allow the radio to be played in his house, so he wouldn't accidentally copy any one else's music.

4. George loved gardening and planting trees. He dedicated his memoir I Me Mine to "all gardeners everywhere." 

5. Since it wasn't featured in the televised ceremony, you may have missed the fact that George was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year, accepted on his behalf by his son Dhani. (See part of Dhani's speech here).

 
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Grammy flashback: most awkward moment ever?

The Grammys always have their share of awkward moments and unusual pairings. But this one from the early 1970s is so awkward, it's amazing. 

It's obvious John can't really believe he's being forced to read such cheesy lines!

Watch to the end to see who accepted the award for the non-present Olivia Newton John.

 
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5 Great Bob Marley quotes

Bob Marley would have been 70 years old today!  He was taken from us much too soon, but in his 36 years on this planet he shared with us some great music, and some great wisdom as well.

Here are five Bob Marley quotes that I think are his best.

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

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Did Tom Petty Steal This Song?

There was quiote a bit of hub-bub last week after it was revealed that Sam Smith will share royalties for the song "Stay With Me" with Tom Petty, because the song sounded similar to "I Won't Back Down."

Well Mr. Petty isn't Mr. Innocent when it comes to creating songs that sound like other ones, intentional or otherwise.

In 1992, the Minneapolis-based band the Jayhawks put out a pretty great album called "Hollywood Town Hall," which included a song called "Waiting for the Sun." The next year, Tom Petty released a song called "Mary Jane's Last Dance." They sound like the EXACT SAME SONG (with different words.)  I'm not alleging that Petty stole the Jayhawks song, but even if the similarities were unintentional, I think the Jayhawks ought to get some royalties. What do you think?

 

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Eric Clapton
There's a lot about Eric Clapton this is pretty much an open book. He stole George Harrison's wife. He's battled many demons, including drugs and alcohol. He got the name Slow Hand because he was terribly slow at changing broken guitar...
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Summerfest and Lolla announce headliners
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