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Abe Lincoln would approve of the Revolution.

Today let's give a big birthday hello to Abraham Lincoln. What a guy! What a President. For many "Honest Abe" was the greatest president of the United States. Sharing his birthday this Saturday is Door's keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Ray, the former UCLA film school classmate of Jim Morrison, pretty much defined the sound of the one of the tightest band to come out of L.A..The Doors. Ray came from Chicago who cut his teeth on the Blues scene, but he was also classically trained. Actually Ray feels pretty much at home with any form of music, he is extremley versatile. He still performs Doors songs with his old partner Robby Krieger. He also collaborates with lots of other musicians and even some poets. Ray is an old timer, he will turn 72 this weekend. Raise a glass this Saturday to the man who made the organ the coolest instrument around. This weekend also marks the anniversary of some pretty interesting live performances for several reasons. Starting with the Beatles and their two concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC. The NY Times reports that 3,000 people in the audience were the real show, the Beatles were merely the accompianist. This would be Beatlemania 1964. The next year Feb. 12, 1965, The Stones wrap up their Austrailian tour with an afernoon show in Perth. Roy Orbison is on the bill, but some guy named Rolf Harris steals the show with his hit song, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport"..and you wonder why Keith turns to drugs. On that same day in New York the Beach Boys perform at the Acadamy of Music and Brian Wilson announces he will no longer tour with the band. He kept his word. In 1970 a little ol band from Texas plays it's first show with the name ZZ Top. A really crummy bar in Beaumont Texas was the venue, about 2 dozen people showed up. And finally Neil Young on this date in 1970 played his frist show backed by the former Rockets who are now called Crazy Horse. This was at the Bitter End in New York. All big shows and all happened today in the Flashback Almanac. All because Abraham Lincoln had a birthday. Thanks Abe. Peace Out.

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