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Ryan Reed is a freelance music / pop culture journalist / editor. Besides Diffuser.fm, he currently contributes to Rolling Stone, Paste, Billboard, eMusic, The Phoenix, Metro Pulse, Blurt, Relix, American Songwriter, and many other outlets. He's also an adjunct English and Communications professor. When he's not writing or teaching, he's probably recording his own music, record shopping, playing with his Brittany Spaniel (Tegan), eating copious amounts of chicken wings, or drinking girly beverages.

53 Years Ago: Chas Newby Plays with The Beatles in Liverpool

Beatles
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Throughout the Beatles' history, many fans and critics have noted the existence of a 'Fifth Beatle' -- folks like keyboardist Billy Preston (who helped perk up the 'Let it Be' sessions) or producer George Martin, who contributed the occasional keyboard overdub, wrote orchestral arrangements and helped the band achieve their most groundbreaking sonic tricks in the recording studio. But not all of these arguable 'Fifth Beatles' were destined for rock greatness. Most fans are aware of drummer Pete Best and bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, both of whom helped flesh out the line-up during the band's formative stage in the early '60s. But few give historical credit to bassist Chas Newby, who, on Dec. 17, 1960, began his two-week run in the Slightly-Less-Than-Fab Five.

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42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Pushed Offstage in London

Frank Zappa
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Frank Zappa's live shows, much like his studio albums, were regarded as much for their irreverent playfulness as their technical virtuosity: They were wildly unpredictable, genre-hopping musical sideshows that united freaks and misfits of all varieties. But on Dec. 10, 1971, that chaotic unpredictability turned ugly, when disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushed Zappa off the stage at London's Rainbow Theatre, inflicting multiple injuries upon the versatile guitarist and composer, ultimately leaving him bound to a wheelchair.

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