Presty the DJ for July 4

This seems appropriate to begin Independence Day …

… as is this, whether or not Independence Day is on a Saturday:

This being Independence Day, you wouldn’t think there would be many music anniversaries today. There is a broadcasting anniversary, though: WOWO radio in Fort Wayne, Ind., celebrated the nation’s 153rd birthday by burning its transmitter to the ground.

Independence Day 1970 was not a holiday for Casey Kasem, who premiered “America’s Top 40,” though it likely was on tape instead of live:

Birthdays (besides non-rockers Stephen Foster and Louis Armstrong) include Bill Withers:

Al “Blind Owl” Wilson of Canned Heat …

… was born the same day as Dave Rowberry of the Animals:

Jeremy Spencer of the blues incarnation of Fleetwood Mac:

Ralph Johnson played drums for Earth Wind & Fire:

Kirk Pengilly of INXS:


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