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Bon Jovi Helping After Tragic Death

Sadly a high school football player died in a freak accident a few weeks ago, and now Jon Bon Jovi is reaching out to his family and classmates to make a song and memory for the fallen young man Evan Murray. Jon made a heart wrenching video that appears on YouTube.

In the video Jon is sitting on a couch and shares that he had heard the news while on tour in the middle east, and relates to how as a father – and father of a football player, our heart goes out the Murray family. Jon then states that he will be wearing Evans number 18 on the stage that night, and wishes prayers and comfort to those that loved Evan.

Evan Murray was a star QB that came off the field after a vicious (but clean) tackle, seemed to be fine, and later died that night. Doctors indicate that Evan had ruptured his spleen, and had massive and undetected internal bleeding.

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Wife of Frank Zappa Dies

Gail Zappa wife of musician and all around interesting Fran Zappa has died at the age of 70 after a long battle with lung cancer. Prostate cancer took Frank in 1993. They were an interesting couple to say the least. Her full name was Adelaide Gail Sloatman, and she was the daughter of a nuclear pysicist working for the Navy living in California. She and Frank met while working at the Whiskey a Go Go as a secretary. They fell love and married in 1967.

Frank was more than an alternative musician. He was a film producer, studio genus, album cover designer, and more. It was hard during that time to put Frank and his work in a music category as his songs were somewhat intellectual though catchy. Frank enjoyed the commercial success, but his art and meaning trumped notoriety. He and wife Gail was a perfect match politically, spiritually, and shared the same odd view of life while living on the celebrity edge.

Frank and Gail had four children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. It was reported that Ahmet would be managing the family trust upon her death.

Remembering John Lennon on His 75th Birthday

John Lennon would have been 75 today. Who could forget that haunting December 8th night as Howard Cosell and Dandy Don were in the middle of a Monday Night Football broadcast when the breaking news of his death crossed the wires? John was shot four times by Mark David Chapman, who was later found guilty of the murder of John and sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life. Mark has been denied parole eight times.

Let’s remember John today on what would have been his 75th birthday.

John’s Winston Lennon (Winston taken from British PM Winston Churchill) had a difficult start in this world being born in Great Brittan during the early WWII days. John’s father went absent from the family in 1944, and upon his return discovered that John’s mother was with child by another man. The family broke apart and John was taken to his moms sister Mimi to live.

John was a complicated man in that he was an early anti-war voice yet lived like a rock star with all the spoils and contradictions. Then President Richard Nixon tried many times to deport him.

John is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a Beatle in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994. John as a writer, co-writer, or performer, is responsible for 25 chart topping singles on the US charts, and his solo album Double Fantasy won a Grammy in 1980.

John was supposed to sing the lead in their early song “Love Me Do,” but because John had to play harmonica on the song, Paul took the lead. When asked what John’s favorite lyric was, he replied that it was “All you Need Is Love.”

John was the father of two boys, Sean and Julian.

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Hanging With Rod

If you’ve always wanted to have something in common with rocker Rod Stewart, you’ve just missed your chance to buy his investment condominium which recently went on the block in Beverly Hills for just over 1 million dollars.

The posh property has been owned by Rod for over ten years, and has proven to be a profitable investment for him. Like he really need the money. Rod Stewart was not always rich however as he was born into a blue collar family in Highgate North London in the mid-1940s. Rod was the youngest child, and worked as a delivery boy and worker in the local cemetery before trying to music as an escape.

Early on Rod sang lead in the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces before breaking out on his own and never looking back. Rod has had hits in every decade since the 70s, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (presented by Jeff Beck). Rod was nominated many times for a Grammy, but didn’t win his first till 2004, and has sold over 100 million albums in his musical career.

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Rolling Through The Stones Top 9 Songs

Let’s pretend we’re all in the car headed for Atlanta. Top 9 Rolling Stone songs of all time. Ready? Here’s ours…

9.) “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Great melody and lyrics, and it’s what your mom and dad told you when you were growing up. Enough said.

8.) “Brown Sugar” was a song written at Muscle Shoals Alabama in the late 60s, waylaid by legal issues, and not released until the early 70s. Yes, it’s about what you think it was written about. The very first time it was played live was at the scandalous Altamont outdoor concert.

7.) “Start Me Up.” Who doesn’t love the clean guitar sound (the axe is tuned to G by the way) that is heard at the beginning of most sporting events. Hearing the first lick makes you smile waiting for the first pitch, jump ball, or kickoff.

6.) “Sympathy for the Devil.” Other than its non-friendly radio length, it’s got to be on every ones list of songs that bring out the memories of the early days of Rock and Roll. Plus, it’s been used in countless movies. (Hint) Denzel Washington movie ‘Fallen’ is one.

5.) “Satisfaction” by the Stones released as a single in 1965 is ranked number two by Rolling Stone magazine in its Top 500.

4.) “Paint it Black” is a song that has more meaning than you think. It’s a song that made Richards and Jagger say to them “hey we can write songs,” and was an example of how other musicians influenced them. George Harrison was in love with the sitar at the time, and the Stones liked its sound – and was looking for a vehicle to use the sitar, which this song prominently displays.

3.) “Wild Horses.” This classic was originally recorded at Muscle Shoals in Alabama in 1969.

2.) “19th Nervous Breakdown” is a wonderful early Stones song that was originally released in mono, but due to the popularity had to be re-released in stereo.

1.) “Jumping Jack Flash” kick started the bands career in 1968; the title came from Keith Richard’s gardener. This classic was also the title of a Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name, and used in the films Mean Streets, Night Shift, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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