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Awakenings: Kick Assitude & Southern Pecan Pie

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What a combination! I know you are wondering about the connection of Kick Assitude and good ol' Southern Pecan Pie. In actuality, a party is about to happen and it is in celebration of the release of two new books.

Having a Ball (by Rhoda Baxter) and Kick Assitude (by Trish Jackson) are both to be released on the 15th of March. The two authors got their heads together and decided to have a Trans Atlantic Pot Luck Party to Celebrate. The party is on Facebook. Click HERE...

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If you haven't joined the party, it is not too late! Party starts Friday, March 15.

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what a unique combo!!

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: Back to School: Are you ready?

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Not only are we awakening to a new day but to a new year! Okay, okay, okay, I know it is not Happy New Year 2015. We still have a few months left in 2014. However, it IS the beginning of a new school year and for many counties, school is already in session while in others the doors do not open until after Labor Day. In either case, preparations are in order with still lots to be done.

It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for summer vacation. Now, summer is rapidly drawing to a close with hints of autumn already in the air...somewhere anyway. Still sweltering temperatures continue to rise throughout many states whose residents wait patiently (hopefully patience is part of the picture) for cooler temps.


Whether parent, student, bus driver, teacher or administrator, the question for all is "Are you ready?"


Reach out today, 
Be a caring friend. 
Know a teacher? 
Lend a helping hand!

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Ever thought about giving a teacher a back-to-school kit? It's the simple things that are often forgotten!

 

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Awakenings: Dirty Dancing in Theaters

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This Day in History: August 21, 1987

 

No! I don't mean dancing in the aisles! A massive, unexpected box-office hit, one of the greatest movies of all times, Dirty Dancing, opens in theaters across the nation. Originally billed as a low-budget film by a new studio, Great American Films Limited Partnership, its expectations consisted of the film being shown in theaters for one weekend only, then, direct-to-video. To lessen its hopes of success even more was the fact that the cast consisted of no major stars at the time (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role).

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What a surprise! It was the first film to sell one million copies on video and as of 2009, Dirty
Dancing had earned over $214 million worldwide. The little-known Patrick Swayze became an overnight sensation and in 1991, he was chosen by People magazine as that year's "Sexiest Man Alive".

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Awakenings: Any way you slice it!

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Yep! Another day to enjoy a special ice cream treat. Of course, with this being the month of August amid sweltering temperatures, ice cream is a delight on any day...in fact, how about every day! You may think you have tried them all— gelato, sorbet, low-fat, super-premium, soft-serve, frozen yogurt, sherbet, scoops, cones, sandwiches, sundaes—the list goes on and on.This time, however, you don't scoop it!

 

August 21 is...

 

National Spumoni Day

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What is your take on spumoni? Is it great or gross? Where are the best kinds found? And in this era of fancy frozen yogurt, are old-fashioned ice cream treats on the way to extinction?

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Awakenings: Messages sent around the world & out of this world!

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August 20th is a record day in communications with two important messages being sent 66 years apart! The first message circumnavigated the globe but not by automobile, plane, train or ship, while the second skyrocketed into outer space via spacecraft.

Let's begin with August 20, 1911...

Over a century ago, someone with the New York Times decided to find out how long it would take a regular commercial telegram, non-priority status, to circle the globe. An undertaking of a similar nature had already taken place in 1903 but under different circumstances. At that time, celebrations were in order as a result of the completion of the Commercial Pacific Cable. The message was sent by then President Franklin Roosevelt and traveled the globe in only 9 minutes having been given priority status. In 1911, the Times wanted to see how long a regular message would take -- and what route it would follow. Reading simply, “This message sent around the world”, it traveled over 28,000 miles and was relayed by 16 different operators.

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Telegrams are very nondescript, to the point, often with several abbreviated words. Comparing this to August 20, 1977 is like comparing apples to oranges. Technology, science, and inventions progressed at an accelerated rate from the onset of the 20th century, more so than any other. So, by the year 1977, interest was not on circling the globe for this feat had become commonplace.

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Awakenings: Decadently Southern

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Everyone knows a Southern favorite is pecan pie. It even has its own day, National Pecan Pie Day, which is celebrated on July 12 of each year. [Check out the link for some scrumptious pecan pie dessert ideas, like Crockpot Pecan Pie, Honey Pecan Pie,and Pecan Pie Cheesecake.] This decadent, succulent, rich, delicious pie is already so-o-o-o-o yummy but is about to be taken to the next level. When you thought it couldn't get any better someone came along and added chocolate!

 

August 20 is...

National CHOCOLATE Pecan Pie Day

 

Sharla Shults's insight:

Pecan pie may be a Southern thing but when it is something this good it must be shared...even with the Yankee folks!

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Awakenings: Let's go to the first races!

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This Day in History: August 19, 1909

This day in history is not to be confused with Rev Your Engines on May 30, 1911. That day marked the debut of the Indy 500--a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Two years prior to that date on August 19, 1909, the first five-mile race occurred as 12,000 spectators roared with excitement while watching 29-year old Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win the first race. There were a total of five contenders vying for first place in the five-mile sprint around the freshly oiled macadam track: Two Buicks, two Stoddard-Daytons, and a Velie.

Sharla Shults's insight:

Check out the stats from then 'til now...very interesting! My, my, my! How times have changed!

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Awakenings: Good Times = Happy Days

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Today in Music History: August 18, 1979

Good times are synonymous with happy days. The ever popular tune 'Happy Days are Here Again' dates back to the Roarin' 20s (1929). 'Let the Good Times Roll' is recorded in 1946 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, then, reappears in 1956 by Shirley and Lee. Today's spotlight is on a portion of the phrase let the good times roll and a new song titled simply 'Good Times' but containing within its lyrics the line happy days are here again. We are now 20+ years into the future with the decadent era of disco dominating the scene.

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Surprising is the impact 'Good Times' had on the music industry AFTER its run as a #1 hit. The Sugarhill Gang turned Chic's disco smash into 'Rapper's Delight', the first hit record in the history of hip hop.

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Awakenings: Love That Spud!

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Potato chips, potato curls, home fries, French fries, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, sliced potatoes, diced potatoes, mashed potatoes, casseroled, as a salad, in a pie, fully stuffed or basically plain, served with love they are all the same...simply delicious! It's quite obvious what the celebration to come is about so no need to delay.

August 18, 19 or maybe 23 is...

National Potato Day

Sharla Shults's insight:

There hardly seems to be two sources with the same date for National Potato Day or just Potato Day for that matter. Since the potato is so-o-o-o versatile being delicious any way it is prepared having three days to celebrate is really not a bad idea. In addition, the potato has gr-r-r-r-reat nutritional value!

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Awakenings: Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Today in Music History: August 17

The late 80s and early 90s pay witness to the age of alternative rock. The term 'alternative' implies there is more than one possibility. With so many different rock genres, this gave music lovers more choice. With the different rock groups came their own kind of music, style and showmanship to the stage. Grunge music, which combines rock, punk and metal sounds, was popularized in the 90s by groups such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. It is the latter that is in the spotlight today.

Sharla Shults's insight:

The unexpected success of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in late 1991 propelled the band's second album, Nevermind, to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream.

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Awakenings: Two Icons Remembered

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History connects our past events to the present and sets the precedence for the future. As with any historical account, emotions control the day as we recall, remember and reflect upon both happy and sorrowful times. It is through history that all is not lost...the memories remain.

 

This Day in History: August 16, 1948 - Babe Ruth "The King of Swing" Died

 

This Day in History: August 16, 1977 - Elvis Presley "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" Died

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"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat. All that can be asked of you is to give it your best." ~Babe Ruth

 

 

"Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over." ~ Elvis Presley

 

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Awakenings: Have a honey chipper day!

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Today is...

 

National Honey Bee Day

 

Golden delicious honey! Oh, my! Nothing better than homemade biscuits piping hot right from the oven, sliced open, smeared with butter, toasted open-faced, then, slathered in honey! YUM! 

 

In 2009, beekeepers in the USA petitioned for and obtained a proclamation from the USDA for an official day to honor honey bees and beekeeping. A day of honor was designated as Honey Bee Awareness Day. The original date of observation was the 22nd of August, 2009 (the fourth Saturday of August) but has since settled more permanently on the third Saturday of August. Today the celebration is recognized as National Honey Bee Day, aka World Honey Bee Day.

Sharla Shults's insight:

Check out the Honey Chocolate Chippers Recipe, Deep Dish Honey-Peanut Butter Chippers &  Peanut Butter Honey Sandwich Recipes!

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Awakenings: Following a Passion

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This Day in Automotive History: August 15, 1899

 

The Ford Motor Company would not be where it is today had it not been for the inventiveness and sticktoitiveness of innovator Henry Ford. He had a dream driven by imagination. Being reared on and dutiful to the family farm, he was hesitant to stray very far but knew early on his passion was machinery and mechanics. Visiting town with his father enlightened Ford as a youth in the earliest technology of machines, engines and mills.

Sharla Shults's insight:

Next time you hit an obstacle in life, reflect upon the wisdom of Henry Ford. With failure comes the opportunity to try again, just differently!

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Awakenings: From the Baby Boomers to the Common Era

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Today in Music History: August 22


Music through the centuries is ever changing...even within each decade styles and rhythms take on the beats of the times with no two decades being the same! For those growing up in the 50s and 60s Baby Boomer Era, the music of the past is still at the top of music lists. Once in your blood it is hard to shed the tunes of such greats as Elvis, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chubby Checker, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Pat Boone, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and so many more.


What is so incredibly sad is many youth of the Common Era have never heard of the truly classic recording artists. Going a thought further means they have possibly never heard any of the truly great music. Let's get a move on starting with the 'oldies but goodies' enjoying the memories and laughing at the unknown tidbits of trivia...unknown until now that is.

Sharla Shults's insight:

Today we start with Elvis in the year 1956 and stroll down musical memory lane to Natasha Bedingfield in 2004.

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Awakenings: Peachy Keen

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August 22 is...

Eat a Peach Day

 

The benefits of fruit are non-negotiable. They provide nutrients - potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid) - vital for health and maintenance of the body. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Plus, they are just plain GOOD, especially the peach! So good, it has already been celebrated...twice! Since cream goes well with peaches, Peaches and Cream Day was celebrated on June 21. Have a Peach of a Day celebrated the fruitful flavor of peach ice cream on July 16. Let's add one more!

 

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Check out the recipes: Peach Cobbler Cupcakes Recipe along with Peaches and Cream Napoleons, Peaches and Cream Pie, Raspberry Peach Iced Tea, Easy Delicious Peach Cobbler

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Awakenings: Sounds & Rhythms of Swing

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Today in Music History: August 21, 1935

Today marks celebration of yet another 'king'. Recently Two Kings Remembered reflected upon one of the greatest sports heroes of American culture, Babe Ruth (King of Swing) and Rock 'n' Roll legend Elvis Aaron Presley (King of Rock 'n' Roll) who mesmerized fans of the 50s and 60s with his unconventional musical style. In fact, on this day it is another 'King of Swing' -- this time not in sports -- in music but not rock 'n' roll.

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Sounds & rhythms of swing utterly dominated the American popular-music scene in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Instantly coming to mind are images of tuxedo-clad Big bands overlooking crowded dance floors with exuberant jitterbugs dancing the Shag and the Lindy Hop.

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Awakenings: Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

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This Day in History: August 21, 1959


Hawaii, the Aloha State


"For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago."

- Mark Twain, a Biography


 

Sharla Shults's insight:

Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Hawaii was subject to cultural and societal repression during the territorial period and the first decade of statehood. Along with other self-determination movements worldwide the 1960s Hawaiian Renaissance led to the rebirth of Hawaiian language, culture and identity.

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Awakenings: Best of My Love

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Today in Music History: August 20, 1977

There are love songs and then, there are LOVE! songs. At the hint of a certain melody, the emotional sting can bring on thoughts of bliss or trigger times poisoned by only painful memories. The 'best' love of the moment may or may not have been the ever-lasting love. A step back in time takes us again into the 70s. The music definitely hints of the disco era but comes from "a group whose core values couldn't have been more different from the hedonism that era has since come to symbolize (history.com)."

Sharla Shults's insight:

A family act in the truest sense is a perfect description for The Emotions, who began their singing career as The Heavenly Sunbeams at the ages of 3, 4, & 5.

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Awakenings: Sound of Soul!

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Today in Music History: August 19, 1978


The 70s. These were some Groovy Times! Remembering the 70s brings on memories of the mads, glads and the fads. Even today many music lovers find themselves Stuck in the 70s. Of course, this decade was the precedence for 80s Music Mania as the 70s ended with the introduction to a new genre of music, hip-hop. For today in music history, it is not hip-hop that is the focus but rather the music considered as soul: "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying" (en.wikipedia.org).

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Today's spotlight is on The Commodores who have proven to be one of the most durable, enjoyable bands of the Soul Music world. They continue to win over audiences into their fourth decade.

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Awakenings: Desire to Live a Dream

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“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” —David C. McCullough (1933–Present)

 

We should all strive to learn who we are...from whence we came. Each of us holds a place in an ancestral chain with relatives from many different walks of life. Within anyone's ancestry lies experience after experience deemed a success, as well as a considerable amount of failure. Every walk of life provides a step forward, often many backwards, encapsulating a certain degree of risk plagued by the overarching question, "Will I make it this time?" Often this is even followed by "Why try?"

 

Why try, indeed? Because there is an overwhelming desire, a passion, to live a dream and the unyielding desire, the tenacity, to see it happen.

Sharla Shults's insight:

 

Give up giving up and hold on to the desire to live a dream! What failures have led to your successes?


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Awakenings: Voila! Soft serve!

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We may be nearing the end of August, but the summer isn't over yet. Temperatures are still rising and something cool to the tongue is most refreshing! When it comes to a summer treat, at the top of the list is ice cream and at the top of the ice cream list is...well, let's just take a look at today's celebration for a big-g-g-g clue!


August 18 is...

National Soft Ice Cream Day
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Check out the recipe for Copycat Dairy Queen Vanilla Ice Cream! Woo-Hoo!

 

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Awakenings: Brother what a night it really was!

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Today in Music History: August 17, 1974

 

Music and history go hand-in-hand. Sometimes the songs tell of a historical event with the facts being just a little out of kilter. Does that make it any less a hit? Not by any means as is depicted by a US No.1 hit on this day in 1974.

 

Today in Music History: August 17, 1974 | Music and history go hand-in-hand. Sometimes the songs tell of a historical event with the facts being just a little out of kilter. Does that make it any less a hit? Not by any means as is depicted by a US No.1 hit on this day in 1974.

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'The Night Chicago Died' sold over three million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in August 1974.

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Awakenings: Striking the Heartstrings

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Today in Music History: August 16


Tunes to celebrate, music trivia, sorrowful news and more are shared today in music history, along with birthday wishes. Perhaps a chord will strike your heartstrings as you reflect on times past.

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It is memories such as these that keep us smiling even behind the tears.

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Awakenings: Somethin's happenin'!

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Along with other celebrations, today is National Airborne Day, a chance to pay tribute to the courage and dedication of airborne members of the Armed Forces. The special day has been marked every year since 2001.

 

"Of course, it's appropriate to give thanks for our military people any day of any year, but National Airborne Day is a chance to drill down a bit and recognize those who get into the action in a very special way: by jumping out of perfectly good aircraft in pursuit of our nation's military missions around the world."

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 Support our military and their families in all they do for America!

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Awakenings: Americathon

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Meat Loaf And, this is not ground beef packed with peppers, onions, egg, milk, spices and bread. The spotlight today shines on Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday). According to Wikipedia, he is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose and his powerful vocals over a three-octave range.

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Today in 1979 The futuristic film 'Americathon' premiered in Los Angeles featuring Meat Loaf. The soundtrack included songs by The Beach Boys, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

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Awakenings: Three Days of Peace and Music

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Today in Music: August 15-18, 1969


In August 1969, one of the most celebrated music festivals in history took place at a time when Americans were deeply divided. Over 400,000 people from across the country gathered to celebrate "Three Days of Peace and Music." The three days of legendary performances, unimaginable mud, and unforgettable experiences helped the Woodstock Music and Art Fair become a symbol of an entire generation.

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Step back in time to a few of the great bands and memorable songs...

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