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Thursday, May 30 2013

Johnny Cash will be honored with a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in June. 

The stamp features a photograph of the Man in Black taken by Frank Bez during the photo session for the 1963 album "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash," 

 The new Forever postage stamp will be unveiled Wednesday June 5th at a special ceremony at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville .

Artists set to appear, perform or speak at the first-day-of-issuance ceremony include John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis among others.

The limited edition forever stamp is available  local Post Offices and online at

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Monday, May 20 2013

Ray Manzarek,co-founder and keyboardist for The Doors  passed away this morning at the age of 74 after a long struggle with bile duct cancer. Manzarek formed The Doors with Jim Morrison while the two were studying film at UCLA in 1965. 

The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire" were just some of their hits.

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Manzarek’s name to

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Sunday, May 12 2013

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 Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis were making plans to record together in 1969.  Legend has it that Hendrix and Davis were hoping that Paul McCartney would join them on bass.  A telegram was sent to Apple Records on Oct. 21, 1969.

The note read "We are recording and LP together this weekend in NewYork." "How about coming in to play bass stop call Alvan Douglas . Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams."

It's unclear if McCartney was aware of the request.  Beatles aide Peter Brown responded the next day, telling Hendrix and Davis that McCartney was out on vacation and wasn't expected back for two weeks.


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Saturday, May 11 2013

On Sunday May 11th 1969  a young, up and coming band named Led Zeppelin played on a small lake just north of Seattle Washington. Thats right they played ON the lake. The venue was Seattle's Greenlake Auqa Theater, The 5,000 seat Aqua Theater on the southwest shores of Green Lake.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported "several thousand of the whimsically clad and nearly unclad younger set" attended. 

The Setlist (posted on Led included the songs  Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times and  Communication Breakdown.

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John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos