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Rock Makes You A Gas Hog, John Gets To Stay, And Queen Rocks The Eastern Block: This Day In Classic Rock [Video]

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John became an almost-American today in 1976. (AFP/Getty Images)

John became an almost-American today in 1976. (AFP/Getty Images)

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The Esso Oil Company issued this stern warning today in 1958: If you listen to rock and roll music on your car radio, you will likely want to drive faster, which will not only be unsafe, but waste gasoline, which in 1958 cost about 19 cents a gallon.

The Beatles weren’t quite big yet in 1963, and still working their Liverpudlian arses off, wrapping up a six-night gig at a movie theater in the seaside resort town of Weston-Super-Mare in England.  They spent the day with a photographer, who shot stills and 8mm movies of them frolicking on the beach in the Victorian-era swimsuits that would later be copied by The Monkees.

After a four-year legal battle costing truckloads of money, John Lennon was awarded his Green Card by the U.S. State Department today in 1976, which would allow him to hang out in front of the Home Depot looking for odd jobs.

Queen today in 1986 became the first Western Musical Act to play behind the Iron Curtain…in Budapest, Hungary… since Louis Armstrong did it in 1964…the show was  filmed and later released as Queen Magic In Budapest.

Lynyrd Skynyrds bass player Leon Wilkeson was found dead in a Florida hotel room today in 2001 at the age of 49 of natural causes….liver and lung disease…..it caused a bit of trouble for Skynyrd at that point, because a legal agreement with Ronnie Van Zandts widow stated that at least 3 original members of the band had to be there in order for them to use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd….but they worked it out.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio would be 79 today….he died back in 2008….the Kingston Trio are normally thought of as a folk band from the 50’s…..but if you’ve ever heard them while you’re on Ketamine, it’s some of the most psychedelic rock ever…..I was in an operating room, under doctors supervison BTW.

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