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Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll.  Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army.   Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.  Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
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21 Years Ago: Bill Wyman Leaves The Rolling Stones

It's hard to believe, but it's been twenty-one years since Bill Wyman walked away from the Rolling Stones. The bassist had reached a point where he wanted to make a change. In a 2008 interview with the U.K. Telegraph he talked about that fateful decision and expressed his frustration with the Stones.

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Hear Classic Rock’s $1,000,000 Christmas Song

Slade's seasonal classic 'Merry Xmas Everybody' has been a perennial favorite in England since its release in December of 1973. Believe it or not, after four decades, the song stands to make an estimated £800,000 in royalties this year. That's a little over $1.3 million in U.S. dollars!

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Hit U.S. Airwaves

On Dec. 17, 1963, the U.S. still had no idea what was in store. The Beatles had yet to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show where they seemingly overnight changed the landscape of pop music forever. That wouldn't occur until February 1964. However on a mid-December day in 1963, Carroll James of WWDC in Washington, DC played a Beatles record. He wasn't the first to do so in America, but it was the first time things really caught fire.

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41 Years Ago: The BBC Bans ‘Hi Hi Hi’ by Paul McCartney and Wings

While controversy seemed to follow John Lennon on a daily basis in the early-70s, it was not a foreign concept to his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney either. In early 1972, McCartney and his band Wings, released the defiantly political single, 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' Dipping into controversial waters out of character for McCartney, and though the single was strong and hard-rocking, the BBC thought it was too much, and promptly banned it.

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45 Years Ago: Cream Perform ‘Farewell Concert’

After just over two years as a band, Cream gave their final performance on Nov. 26, 1968. The concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall In England. Cream's decision to disband took fans by surprise, though simmering tensions within the band, primarily between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, came to a head, as Eric Clapton was losing interest in the band. They embarked on a 'farewell tour' of 19 cities in the U.S. before the two-night stand finale, Nov. 25 & 26, at the Royal Albert Hall.

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45 Years Ago: Tyrannosaurus Rex Release ‘Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages’

After releasing their elegantly titled debut album, 'My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair ... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows,' in mid-1968, Tyrannosaurus Rex quickly became fixtures on the U.K. underground scene. Their engaging live performances, and support from the likes of John Peel on his radio show, helped spread their reputation.

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