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 ‘Tis the season to kick back, relive memories of Christmases past and enjoy family and friends.

As always, Boomtown America has a great selection of those oldies but goodies you love so well. But we’ve also added a sprinkling of holiday songs both past and present to help make your yuletide bright.

Enjoy!

  • This Day in Rock History - Dec. 2nd

    1973: Alert the Guinness Book of World Records, the Who are thrown into jail in Montreal after orchestrating $6,000 worth of destruction to their hotel after finishing their show at the Forum. (And you thought they were tough on their instruments!)

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One of the key members of Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie has died at the age of 79.

Born with the "perfect" name of Christine Perfect (her actual name - not a stage name), she established herself in British music scene in 1967 as a member of a band called Chicken Shack, winning best female vocalist honors from Melody Maker in 1969 and again in 1970. She also was the group's main songwriter. During those years she also became a fan of the British blues band, Fleetwood Mac, which recorded for the same label in the UK.

Christine was asked to play sessions for Mac's second album. She and the group's bassist, John McVie quickly became an item. The pair married and Christine joined the group in 1970, remaining with them for the rest of her career. In the mid-70s, the band relocated to America, added California musicians Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham and quickly morphed into one of the most successful rock acts of all time with Christine writing and singing lead on many of the groups hits ("Over My Head," "You Make Loving Fun" and many more).

Along the way, Christine recorded and released several solo albums and one album with Mac bandmate, Buckingham (allegedly because the duo were tired of waiting for the other band members to contribute to a Fleetwood Mac album).

While she and McVie divorced in 1976, the remained amiable and she retained his surname for the rest of her life.

Her contributions to rock are significant and she will be missed.

 

Most homes now have Wi-Fi routers so multiple devices can access the internet. Be careful, hackers can use these devices to access your computer simply by being in your neighborhood.

To keep your personal information safe, make sure your wireless router’s encryption and password protection are turned on.

If you are unsure how to check that, contact the tech support team at your internet service provider.

The feasting season is here! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, there will be ample opportunity to become, well, more ample in the weight department!

This year, making smart choices at holiday parties and dinners may help you avoid the yearly weight loss resolutions on New Year’s Day. Here are the foods you should be looking for…

Veggies – Everyone knows that our green and yellow buddies in the vegetable kingdom can fill us up without filling us out
Shrimp Cocktail – High in protein and low in fat
Pork Tenderloin, Turkey or Ham – For the meat-lovers, nutritionists say these are your best choices for maintaining balance in your diet
Swedish Meatballs - Another protein-rich option

Of course, none of these foods gives you a license to over-eat. They just give you a fighting chance to make it through the holidays without packing on the pounds

Most of us know about the classic movie National Velvet starring Liz Taylor and Mickey Rooney.

But how many us remember that there was a National Velvet TV series as well?

It debuted on Sunday, September 18, 1960 on NBC. It starred Lori Martin as the young horse lover Velvet Brown. Scottish actor James McCallion played the former jockey Mi Taylor who was helping Velvet groom her stallion, King, for a run in the Grand National Steeplechase.

It would have seemed that the show couldn’t miss. Young girls love horses, but apparently they loved Ed Sullivan more. He was Velvet’s competition on CBS.