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The Doors: 8 Surprising Facts

74 years ago today, The Doors frontman Jim Morisson was born.

In memory of the iconic American rock star at his peak, we’ve compiled the 10 most interesting facts about The Doors:

8. Jim Morrison used the same microphone to record “Strange Days” as Frank Sinatra used to record a bunch of his albums.

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7. They were considered unusual among rock bands as they didn’t use a bass guitar when playing live

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The Top 15 Songs About Wine

Bottoms up–we’ve gathered a playlist that is perfect for cracking a bottle of red or white.

Whether it’s an oaky Cabernet from California or a tart pinot grigio from the Niagara region, we love sipping on a glass of wine. And now, we have a soundtrack for

15. Going to California” -Led Zeppelin

“Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start
Going to california with an aching in my heart.”

14. “Elderberry Wine” – Elton John

“Drunk all the time
Feeling fine on elderberry wine
Those were the days”


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Michael Jackson’s Pepsi Commercial Nightmare

On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson received scalp surgery three months after his hair had caught fire during a Pepsi Cola commercial.

It was the accident that shocked the world: here was the world’s biggest superstar, fresh off the success of the Thriller album, being rushed to hospital with severe injuries.

Here’s what happened:

Jackson and other members of his family were hard at work, filming a pseudo-performance at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium in front of 3,000 fans for the TV spot. They were paid $5 million for their involvement, an unprecedented celebrity endorsement at the time.

A pyrotechnic explosion went off a bit early and accidentally set Michael’s hair on fire while he was performing a dance routine. It took him a second to even realize something was wrong: the filming of the sixth take continued, and Jackson danced onward for ten more seconds, until he realized what had happened. He spun around, tried to take off his jacket, and a crew of people rushed towards him.


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25 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Appears On Saturday Night Live

Pearl Jam‘s first of three Saturday Night Live appearances happened 25 years ago today!

The episode was hosted by Sharon Stone, still riding high on the success of Basic Instinct.

The band was to run through two of its songs from debut album Ten, which was still a month away from cracking the top ten after being released in August 1991. First single “Alive” and “Porch” was the introduction to Pearl Jam for many television-watching Americans that fateful night.

Rehearsal footage from the run through of “Alive” shows the band in fine form:

The final live performance proves to amp up the energy, delivering a blistering rendition of the now iconic ’90s song:


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Wait… How Old? 25 Classic Albums By Young Artists

When it comes to young artists releasing incredibly successful albums, the King of Rock ‘N Roll was just finishing his teen years.

It was July 1954; Elvis Presley was at Sun Studios in Memphis recording a five year old country hit. He was nineteen years old.

The song was included on Elvis’s debut album that came out on 23 March 1956. Elvis, like practically every other popular music artists of the rock and roll era, probably gave little thought to his longterm career. In fact, he would have maybe been a little surprised if he could have known that he would still be playing concerts two decades later.

Tragically Elvis was to die in 1977, even on the day of his passing he was due to fly out of Memphis for a gig; Elvis Presley was 42 years old.

Today we accept it as common place that stars from the last 50 or so years are still touring and still making records. The late, great, B.B. King only stopped touring shortly before he passed away at 89 years old and the list of septuagenarian rock stars is led by the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, The Beach Boys and soon Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and a string of other artists will join this elite band of brothers. Like Elvis few would have thought they would still be doing what they do best all those years later.

Many of these singers and bands are still performing tracks from albums they recorded 40 or 50 years ago and we thought it would be interesting to cast your minds back, with a little help from us, as to just how young many of them were when they made career defining records, classic albums and some of the greatest music of the modern era.

These are the ages that the young artists were when they began recording the album. What classic albums do you really like in which the protagonists are young?

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