Living Classic Rock from its very beginning - both on stage and on air since 1968 - music has been Joe Benson's life. Whether playing it, talking about it with artists and fans, or documenting it with his syndicated 'Off The Record' rock star interview program and his definitive 'UNCLE JOE'S RECORD GUIDES,' Benson's always been rocking! As a family member to millions of listeners for the past 38 years, he's their own Uncle Joe... and this is his web site.
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May, 2019 .


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Keyboardist/singer Gary Wright is 76.

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On this day in 1975, Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," one of the top hard rock albums of all time, blasted onto the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" was heading up the singles charts to a three-week stand at #1 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Here Comes My Girl" was about to peak at #59.

On this day in 1980, Journey's "Any Way You Want It" topped out at #23 on the singles charts as their "Departure" album peaked at #8 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Duke," considered to be the last of the classic Genesis albums, entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1982, Joe Strummer had a change of heart on his way to a Clash rehearsal at their West London studio. So, instead of practicing with the boys, he went directly to France and disappeared, forcing the band to cancel their tour. When he resurfaced on May 18th, Joe claimed he was suffering from exhaustion and had suddenly doubted his "punk purpose." For some reason, no one else in the band believed him.

On this day in 1984, legendary bandleader Count Basie died in Hollywood, Florida at age 79.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with vocalist Sammy Hagar — hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies.

On this day in 1986, Dire Straits' "So Far Away" peaked at #19 on the singles chart.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said: "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."

It was Voltaire who said: "The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out."

It was Ansel Adams who said: "There can be craft without art, but there can be no art without craft."

It was Erma Bombeck who said: "The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."


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This weekend over 60 affiliates will host the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson program, featuring the music of, and conversation with, Alan Parsons! Check out this preview!

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It was Melissa Etheridge who said: "The key to hope is knowing that fear is just a lack of imagiation."

It was Victor Borge who said: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

It was Plato who said: "I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there"... More »»


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