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Uncle Joe's Update Archives - January 16 - 31, 2015


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!


January 16, 2015


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Racing god A.J. Foyt is 80.

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On this day in 1970, John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit of erotic lithographs was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography. Yes, Yoko was his inspiration, but why did you ask?

On this day in 1980, when the Japanese police found a half pound of marijuana in his baggage at the airport, they threw Paul McCartney into a Tokyo jail cell for nine days. Bummer.

On this day in 1982, the Journey song "Open Arms" entered the charts on its way to becoming one of the band's biggest hits (#2 for six weeks) just as The Police tune "Spirits In The Material World" topped out at #11.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Montrose, Van Halen and Sammy Hagar as well as Joe's extensive conversation with the Red Rocker. Check out this preview!

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Big Screen Aerosmith

As lead guitarist Joe Perry told me last Fall on The Sound, Aerosmith have definitely been playing at their best in recent years. See for yourself when their larger than life performance at last year's Download Festival in Leicestershire, England hits the big screen next month. Prior to its DVD release, "Aerosmith Rocks Donnington 2014" will be screened in theaters nationwide on February 26th.

Black Crowes Finished

While there are direct personal and musical parallels between the constantly feuding brothers Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks and the constantly feuding brothers Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, the Marietta, Georgia-based group has gone one step further than the iconic Brit band ever dared. The Black Crowes have folded. Rich won't give up his equal share of the band to his brother, and their drummer of 28 years — founding member/drummer Steve Gorman — will not give up 100% of his share just to keep working with Chris. And so it goes.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

It was Mae West who said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

It was Aristotle who said: "Education is the best provision for old age."

It was Joseph Wood Krutch who said: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function."

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Next Saturday, 11am - 1pm: Great times to be had! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.


January 17, 2015


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Benjamin Franklin would have been a witty 309.
Muhammad Ali is 73.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 66.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" at R.C.A. Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1981, as her "Treat Me Right" single began its climb to #18, Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion" album hit #2 for the first of five weeks. Eventually, over four million copies of the LP were sold.

On this day in 1981, Steely Dan's classic "Gaucho" album hit #9 just as John Lennon's "Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1990, The Who, The Kinks and Simon & Garfunkel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1994, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake jolted Southern California at 4:31am, killing 57 and causing over $40 billion in losses with 89,000 structures destroyed or damaged to the point of requiring extensive repair.

On this day in 1996, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.


January 18, 2015

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" burst onto the charts headed for a seven-week run at #1. Beatlemania had arrived in America!

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" both entered the American album charts. The Beatles soon hit #2, followed by C.C.R. at #7.

On this day in 1973, The Rolling Stones played a benefit concert for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims at the Forum in Los Angeles. In an era when they rarely played "oldies," for this special show The Stones dusted off two classics they'd not performed live since June 1965: "Route 66" and "It's All Over Now." The Forum crowd also heard "No Expectations," which had been performed only once before (Hyde Park in 1969) and wouldn't be played again for 21 years! A truly legendary performance from a legendary band.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd began recording what eventually became their "Dark Side Of The Moon" album at Abbey Road Studios in London with a young engineer named Alan Parsons.

On this day in 1974, with the addition of King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, Bad Company was officially formed by Free singer Paul Rodgers, Free drummer Simon Kirke and Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs. Fame and fortune were right around the corner.

On this day in 1975, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" single, their follow up to the #1 charting "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," began its climb to #14. At the same time, Bad Company's "Movin' On" was beginning its climb to #19.

On this day in 1980, The Clash's "London Calling" album was released as "The Wall" by Pink Floyd hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" and INXS' "What You Need" both entered the charts. Soon Heart would hit #1 and INXS #5 — for both, their highest charting singles to date.

On this day in 1989, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Otis Redding, among others. At the New York dinner, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died about a month earlier, by singing Orbison's classic, "Crying."


January 19, 2015


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Janis Joplin would have been 72.
Rod Evans, the first Deep Purple singer, is 70.
Smooth dancing, swell dressing singer Robert Palmer would have been 66.
Dewey Bunnell of America is 64.
Martha Davis of The Motels is 64.

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On this day in 1980, on it's sixth week on the charts, Pink Floyd's double album masterpiece "The Wall" hit #1 for the first of 15 weeks just as their edit of "Another Brick In The Wall, pt. 2" began its climb up the singles charts to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." peaked at #9 on the singles charts just as R.E.O. Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" began its climb to a three week run at #1.

On this day in 1994, The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1998, Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins died from throat cancer in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 65. Although he never received the recognition accorded to Elvis Presley, his guitar-playing and songwriting defined the rockabilly genre and greatly influenced The Beatles.

On this day in 2006, legendary R&B singer Wilson Pickett died at the age of 64 of a heart attack. The 1991 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee was known for such classics as "Mustang Sally," "In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway."

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It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A right delayed is a right denied."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorating the life of a tremendously important American, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of every January. One of America's greatest orators and civil rights leaders, at age 35 in 1964 he became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated. While legislation for a commemorative holiday was introduced four days after his assassination, it took 15 years and petitions signed by six million people endorsing the holiday submitted to Congress before the holiday legislation passed in 1983. King's actual birthday is January 15th, but the holiday was created a week later to overcome opposition claiming the 15th was too close to Christmas and New Year's.

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today. That includes public schools, most banking institutions and all post offices. There will be no mail delivery, but most public transportation and trash pickup will continue as normal.

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This Saturday, 11am - 1pm! Great times to be had! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.


January 20, 2015


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Blues legend Lead Belly (Huddy Ledbetter) would have been 127... or 130. There's also a chance he was born on January 23rd instead of January 20th. What is known for sure is that he spent time in prison on at least three different occasions for violent crimes, and was one of the most influential bluesmen ever.
Paul Stanley of KISS (the guitarist with the star on his eye) is 63.
Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney's longtime guitarist, is 56.

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On this day in 1964, Capital Records belatedly released their first Beatles album in the U.S., "Meet The Beatles." Contrary to what the record company had predicted, the Americanized version of the British "With The Beatles" album immediately topped the charts for 11 weeks.

On this day in 1979, the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" single began its climb to #1 — the second chart topper of their career. A year later, the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins-penned song won the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat during a concert in Des Moines, then was hospitalized and administered a series of painful rabies shots. In his defense, the Prince Of Darkness said he thought the bat was plastic. At least that's what we think he said.

On this day in 1988, Beach Boy Mike Love insulted Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger while being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The other — better behaved — inductees that year included The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Drifters, Berry Gordy, Jr. and Woody Guthrie.

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Dead Redux One More Time

The four surviving original members of the Grateful Dead will reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary with three gigs at Chicago's Soldier Field July 3rd to 5th. These shows will be the final Dead gigs ever for percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir. The "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" concerts will take place nearly two decades after the Grateful Dead last performed with frontman Jerry Garcia, and the final line-up will include Phish's Trey Anastasio, pianist Bruce Hornsby (who toured with the Dead in 1992) and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. “It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate — not merely the band's legacy, but also the community that we’ve been playing to, and with, for fifty years," Lesh said. "Wave that flag, wave it wide and high..." Right so!

Mötley's Last Stand

With the long-gestating film adaptation of Mötley Crüe's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" set to move forward with a new production company, word is that the Crüe will wrap up their final tour here in their hometown with Staples Center gigs on December 30th and 31st. Granted, a special 35th anniversary show at the Whisky a Go Go is still possible too. Stay tuned!

R.I.P. Dallas

Drummer Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 66. Diagnosed with terminal liver disease in 1989, he had been in failing health for some time. Dallas played with CSNY at Woodstock, but his drug habit ultimately cost him his gig with the legendary band who fired him in 1970 after their classic "Déjà Vu" album was released. Taylor eventually became an alcohol and drug interventionist in Los Angeles, working with troubled teens as well as adults who grappled with drug and alcohol abuse. Rest in peace.

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It was Will Rogers who said: "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

It was John Wayne who said: "Life is hard, but it's harder if you're stupid."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others."


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This Saturday, 11am - 1pm! Great times to be had! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.


January 21, 2015


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On this date in 1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd, with Paul McCartney serving as best man. The couple met while The Beatles were filming "A Hard Day's Night." (Patti played one of the schoolgirls in the train scene near the start of the film.)

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' tender "Ruby Tuesday" began its run up to #1 backed with the scandalous "Let's Spend The Night Together."

On this date in 1978, the title track of the Kansas "Point Of Know Return" album peaked at #28 on the singles charts.

On this date in 1984, as their comeback "90125" album topped out at #5, Yes hit #1 with the song "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" — their one and only chart topper.

On this date in 1984, John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" began its climb up the singles charts to #5.

On this day in 1987, legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on the anniversary of his death, along with Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Rick Nelson, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Carl Perkins and B.B. King, among others.

On this date in 1988, "Pollstar," the trade magazine for concert promoters, named U2 as the biggest live attraction in the U.S.

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Weird Al's Road Trip

Yes, "Weird Al" Yankovic has announced dates for his 2015 Mandatory World Tour, which will kick off May 12th with a 5-night run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. With a tour that will stop in over a 100 cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia, it's disturbing to see a total lack of Southland shows. What special thing do you think he has in mind for his home town?

Rick Helps The Kids

Cheap Trick guitarist/mastermind Rick Nielsen headlined a benefit for his hometown Music Academy Of Rockford last Sunday evening. Among the guests he brought along to perform were his son Miles and various other kids and grandchildren. Ultimately, over $10,000 was raised for scholarships. Right so!

Phil & Steve Contribute

No matter what squabbling may have taken place during discussions of a Genesis reunion, it turns out that singer/drummer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett got along well enough to co-write forewords to the definitive new book, "A Selection Of Shows — Genesis (& Solo) Live Guide 1976-2014." The tome covers the band's gigs following frontman Peter Gabriel's 1975 departure through the Progressive Rock masters' 2007 reunion tour. In addition, solo shows by Gabriel, Collins, Hackett and guitarist Mike Rutherford are documented as well.

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It was Susan Richman who said: "The trouble with dawn is that it comes too early in the day."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."


January 22, 2015


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Sam Cooke, one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, would have been 85.
Singer/actor Meat Loaf is 69.
Journey singer Steve Perry, another of the greatest voices of the 20th century, is 67.
INXS frontman Michael Hutchence would have been 56.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Day Tripper" peaked at #5 on the charts. It's flip side, "We Can Work It Out," had already charted at #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It's also worth noting that those two songs comprised the first ever "double A-side" release, another sign of The Beatles' overwhelming domination of the Sixties music scene.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles began recording what became their "Let It Be" album. Billy Preston, who was hanging out in the lobby getting high, was invited by George Harrison to join in the session.

On this day in 1972, as Yes' classic "Fragile" album began its climb to #4 with two million sold, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's live "Pictures At An Exhibition" (based on Mussorgsky's classic piece of the same name) was beginning its own run to #10 on the charts. Progressive Rock was in its heyday!

On this day in 1977, "Somebody To Love" by Queen peaked at #13 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1977, Paul McCartney's live "Wings Over America" triple album hit #1 on the charts as ZZ Top's fifth LP, "Tejas," was beginning its climb to #17.

On this day in 1983, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Long After Dark" album peaked at #9 with two million sold.

On this day in 1983, "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash peaked at #8 on the singles chart as their two-million-selling "Combat Rock" album topped out at #7 — the most successful of their career.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Heart and Joe's brand new conversation with Ann Wilson. Check out this preview!

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Macca's Tribute

The Recording Academy's annual MusiCares Person Of The Year gala in February 2012 saw Sir Paul McCartney saluted by a legendary eclectic all-star cast of performers. In addition to folks like Neil Young, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Sergio Mendes, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and Duane Eddy, Macca closed out the show with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl playing The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End" medley. Three years after the gig, a highlights video will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24th. As you would expect, proceeds will benefit the MusiCares charity, which provides assistance for musicians who are in need of financial, medical or personal help.

Legendary Knebworth 1990

England's Knebworth Festival on June 30, 1990 turned out to be one of the biggest concerts of the Nineties. The line-up included a reunion between Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Genesis, Dire Straits and more. A dated looking DVD of the massive Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Brit School For Performing Arts fundraiser has been available for years. But now a remastered "Live at Knebworth" Blu-ray (featuring upgraded, uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio sound along with a picture that has been upscaled to accommodate Blu-Ray quality) will finally be released on March 17th.

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It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean."

It was Paul Harvey who said: "If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of ten it will."

It was Marty Indik who said: "Confusion is always the most honest response."

It was Walt Disney who said: "I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained."


January 23, 2015


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Organist Danny Federeci of Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 65.
Singer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 62.
Some sources list today as Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons' B-day, but it's actually October 19th.

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On this day in 1971, as Elton John's "Tumbleweed Connection" album began to climb the charts to #5, his "Your Song" single peaked at #8 a mere 53 weeks after he and lyricist Bernie Taupin began working together.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd released their "Animals" album just as they launched their biggest, most mind boggling world tour to date. The dark themed album eventually hit #3 and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Chicago's guitarist Terry Kath killed himself playing Russian Roulette eight days before his 32nd birthday. At the time of his death, Chicago's song "Baby What A Big Surprise" was in the Top 10.

On this day in 1982, Bob Seger's "Feel Like A Number" topped out at #48 while "Leather And Lace" by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6.

On this day in 1986, the first class was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke and Jerry Lee Lewis were inducted along with Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and disc jockey Alan Freed, who actually coined the phrase "Rock & Roll." An excellent starting class indeed!

On this day in 1988, the title track of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album entered the singles charts on its way to #10. The album itself would eventually sell over 20 million copies and spawn seven hit singles.

On this day in 1990, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia at the age of 37. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since crashing his car in 1986.

On this day in 1997, Richard Berry, who wrote the classic "Louie Louie" and never saw a dime for it, died of an aneurysm at the age of 61 in South Central Los Angeles.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Heart and Joe's brand new conversation with Ann Wilson. Check out this preview!

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Here Comes Rush

It's official! Starting May 8th, Rush will hit 34 cities across North America on their 40th anniversary tour. At this point, the tour ("their last major tour of this magnitude") will end at our Forum on August 1st, one day after the Canadian trio rock Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine. There's no indication yet if they'll revive any complete albums on this tour, but with tickets selling out right after they launch on January 30th, you know the setlist will be next on the Rush To Do List.

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It was Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth who said: "Cars always look good in primer because they still have potential."

It was Enzo Ferrari who said: "I build engines and attach wheels to them."

It was Mario Andretti who said: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."

It was Sterling Moss who said: "To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster."


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This Saturday, 11am - 1pm! Great times to be had! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.


January 24, 2015


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Neil Diamond is 74.
Acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon would have been 68.
Blues Brother John Belushi would have been 66.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed a contract to make record store owner Brian Epstein their manager. Epstein helped guide the Fab Four into becoming the most dominant band in the history of Rock & Roll — and they did it all without a signed contract because, for whatever reason, Brian never signed the contract himself. Basically, Brian Epstein and The Beatles worked together with just a handshake agreement. Those were special times indeed!

On this day in 1969, Jethro Tull's first American performance was opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears and Savoy Brown at New York's Fillmore East.

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz percussionist Willie Bobo's "Evil Ways" entered the singles charts on its way to becoming the band's first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1976, just as the live version of KISS' "Rock & Roll All Nite" peaked at #12 on the singles chart, Bruce Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" began a quick run to #83.

On this day in 1981, Styx's epic ballad "Babe" began a run up the singles charts to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1984, Apple Computer launched the highly innovative Macintosh which contained several virtually unknown features including simple on screen icons and an odd little attachment called a mouse. Two years later, the first "Uncle Joe's Record Guide" was published. Eight years after that, unclejoe.com was hand-coded into existence. So much for free time!

On this day in 2000, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played the opening date of their reunion tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan. That show marked the first time the quartet had performed together in 25 years.


January 25, 2015


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Guitarist Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 63.

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On this day in 1858, Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" was performed for the first time at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles's ground breaking "She Loves You" began to shoot up the singles charts on its way to a two week stay at #1.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Proud Mary" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2. Like Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March," "Proud Mary" has been played at virtually every wedding ceremony since.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was released from jail in Japan after serving nine days for possessing a half-pound of marijuana. Where did he go next? Why Amsterdam, of course!

On this day in 1992, U2's song "Mysterious Ways" hit #9 on the U.S. singles charts.


January 26, 2015


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Acting god/philanthropist Paul Newman would have been 90.
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen is a rockin' 60.

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On this day in 1970, John Lennon wrote "Instant Karma" in the morning and recorded it at Abbey Road Studios that evening with George Harrison, bassist Klaus Voorman and future Yes drummer Alan White. The song was totally finished by 4am the next day. It shipped 10 days later, and, within a month, eventually peaked at #3 in the States as The Beatles' "Let It Be" was heading to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" began lumbering up the album charts, eventually settling in at #11.

On this day in 1977, Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac's founding guitarists, was committed to an English institution after he fired a pistol at a messenger trying to deliver a check for his Fleetwood Mac royalties.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' breakthrough "Refugee" single began its run to #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1980, the Pretenders' self-titled debut album entered the U.S. charts on its way to a peak of #9. Front woman Chrissie Hynde's stinging performance and producer Chris Thomas' edgy mix still rocks!

On this day in 1985, John Fogerty's "Centerfield" album began a two-month run up the charts to #1, giving John's career one hell of a comeback.

On this day in 1997, ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed during the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. It was just as scary as it sounds.

On this day in 2003, Billy Joel was hospitalized after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, New York. He was released — seemingly unscathed — early the next morning.

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All Hail The Doobies

The Music Business Association's Chairman's Award recognizes artists who have "maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan." Last year's honoree was Paul Rodgers of Bad Company fame, and this year it will be The Doobie Brothers who take home the award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14th in Nashville. Right so Doobies!

Cookin' With Rock Stars

U2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars guesting on celebrity chef Mario Batali's "Feedback Kitchen" web series. The first five episodes of the series (which premiers tonight) also include Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban. During every episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest, each of whom also perform a song. Sounds delish!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Live simply so that others can simply live."

Though Ben Wade's use is the oldest for this quip, Mark Twain is always credited for saying, "Go to heaven for the climate, go to hell for the company."


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February 7th & 8th: Join yer Uncle Joe for some high speed rocking at the NHRA Winternationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Randy Balough will be racing his Uncle Joe's Super Gas Corvette with its brand new engine, and the boys will surely do another of their Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets!


January 27, 2015


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have been 259.
Blues slide guitar legend Elmore James would have been 97.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is 71.
Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey and J. Geils Band keyboardist Seth Justman are both 64.

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On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released six weeks after he'd been killed in a plane crash. Recorded just three days before he died, it became his only #1 hit.

On this day in 1971, David Bowie arrived in the United States for his first promotional tour. While he didn't actually perform any live dates, he did manage to raise a few eyebrows by wearing a sheer gingham dress.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's eery "Space Oddity" began its climb to #15 on the U.S. singles charts. However, due to his convoluted contractual situation, it's doubtful he ever received a penny for it.

On this day in 2014, folk singer Pete Seeger died in New York after a short illness at the age of 94. Seeger recorded over 100 albums, traveled with Woody Guthrie, mentored young folk singers such as Bob Dylan, and performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at a concert for Barack Obama's inauguration. He co-penned songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "If I Had A Hammer," and was blacklisted during the Fifties when he was accused of supporting Communism. He returned to the spotlight in the Sixties as a popular protest singer, campaigning against nuclear weapons, the Vietnam war and in support of the Civil Rights movement.

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Another U2 For You

As we all were hoping, U2 has added a date at The Forum. This fifth in their Southern California series (expected to feature a substantially different set list each night) will rock on June 3rd. Note: While tickets go on sale this Friday, you could win some at 7:30 on yer Uncle Joe's Rock & Roll Morning Show on 100.3 The Sound!

GRAMMY For T.P.?

Might Tom Petty win a GRAMMY Award for someone else's song based on one of his riffs? British crooner Sam Smith has enjoyed a huge international hit with his song "Stay With Me" — which pretty much sounds like a clone of Petty's "I Won't Back Down" with different lyrics. But you have to give credit to Smith in that, when the comparison was brought to his attention, he quickly settled with Petty and his cowriter/producer Jeff Lynne. Those two are now listed as co-songwriters of the song with Smith, James Napier and William Phillips. Because Smith might be the first artist to sweep the top four GRAMMY Awards (Record, Album, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist) since Christopher Cross did it in 1981, would Petty and Lynne receive GRAMMYs too? The Recording Academy says no. "Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by Napier, Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me,'" say the officials. "Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered GRAMMY recipients, should the song win. Rather, they would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work." Just the same, let's pull for Sam Smith to win those awards and thank Petty and Lynne from the winners podium!

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It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

It was Peter F. Drucker who said: "Much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."

It was Jimmy Dean who said: "You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it."

It was Mark Cuban who said: "Doesn't matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water."


January 28, 2015


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his national television debut on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS.

On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded a five song demo with producer Glyn Johns, seriously hoping to interest a record label — any record label. The demo didn't work for them, but they eventually signed with Decca Records (who had rejected The Beatles) a few months later.

On this day in 1967, Buffalo Springfield released their classic "For What It's Worth" single. During its long climb up the charts to #7, it became the defining song for a generation.

On this day in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its first non-nightclub appearance opening for The Who at London's Saville Theater. No guitars were burned, but everyone was deafened and had the time of their lives!

On this day in 1978, as Kansas released "Dust In The Wind," the #6 charting biggest song of their career, Van Halen unleashed "You Really Got Me," the first single from their self-titled debut album. That song eventually hit #36.

On this day in 1978, the Doobie Brothers guest starred on "What's Happening!!," yielding the infamous line, "Which Doobie you be?" Who said Seventies TV sitcoms lacked depth?

On this day in 1984, John Mellencamp's "Uh-Huh" album hit #3 on the charts while selling three million copies just as Van Halen's "1984" began shooting up the charts to spend five weeks at #2 with over 10 million sold.

On this day in 1984, though it's still one of his most played songs, Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" only made it to #46 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, a Who's Who in the music world showed up at the legendary A&M Studios in Hollywood to "check their egos at the door" and record "We Are The World" to aid Ethiopian famine relief. The most casual of all was Bruce Springsteen, who parked his rental car in a public lot across the street and just walked on in.

On this day in 1989, The Travelling Wilburys' "Volume One" album hit #3 for the first of six weeks while the all star collaboration (consisting of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison) sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1995 (almost a year after it had been released), Green Day's third album, "Dookie," finally peaked at #2 for the first of two weeks. Soon after that, it received the Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY Award. To date, "Dookie" has sold over 20 million copies!

On this day in 2005, 60-year-old Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi died in London after a fight with stomach cancer.

On this day in 2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell died of heart failure in his Florida home at the age of 56.

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Sir Elty's Virtuoso

Having won a junior scholarship to Britain's Royal Academy of Music when he was just 11 years old, Elton John was a musical prodigy. So it's fitting that Elton has just signed a deal with HBO to produce a musical historical drama called "Virtuoso." Set in 18th century Vienna, Austria, the show will follow a class of European musicians who all attend a fictional prestigious school called The Academy of Musical Excellence.

Who/Van

The Who and Van Morrison are among the headliners for the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts March 23rd through March 28th at London's Royal Albert Hall. This is the 15th year that Who frontman Roger Daltrey has organized the fundraiser to support the U.K. charity that helps fund medical facilities and programs for young people suffering from cancer.

Steely Dan Expands

You had to figure that Steely Dan would play more than a pair of headlining performances at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 10th and April 17th. Sure enough, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will do a full series of Spring shows, starting with an April 7th and 8th stand in Santa Rosa. The initial Rockabye Golly Angel Tour line-up ends with a San Diego date, but more concerts (closer to home) are will be announced soon.

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It was Blaise Pascal who said: "The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room."

It was Gen. George S. Patton who said: "If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

It was Groucho Marx who said: "The secret to life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

It was Dolly Parton who said: "You'd be surprised at how much it costs to look this cheap."


January 29, 2015

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On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" album was part way through an eight-week run at #1 as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was peaking at #10 and Boston's "Long Time" was heading towards #22 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, David Bowie's highly influential (but slow selling) "Low" album entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1979, Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded for the first time.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks married Kim Anderson, the widower of her best friend. They split a year later.

On this day in 1992, blues great Willie Dixon died of heart failure in a Burbank hospital at the age of 76.

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Road Warriors

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame will be playing the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on September 19th as part of his 36-date Fall tour. Def Leppard have announced the first two of many Summer dates (August 27th in Minnesota and September 1st in Pennsylvania). John Fogerty is about to announce new tour dates. And word is that Van Halen has something brewing. For sure. Probably. Maybe. There's a chance. Sort of... Stay tuned!

Alice Selling Cars

As expected, Phoenix resident Alice Cooper was one of many celebrities at last week's high profile Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. A longtime car nut, Alice also cleared some space in his garage by selling his stout 1969 Camaro 396 SS for $51,700, his cherry 1967 Camaro for $31,900, a bodacious 1970 Oldsmobile 442 for $38,500 and his prized 1968 Corvette convertible for $60,500. No word on how many cars he bought with the proceeds from those four, but you can be sure he didn't have to walk home afterward!

Bonham's Experience

Occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham is prepping his Led Zeppelin Experience band for a few months of Spring touring. His run will begin on March 3rd in Solana Beach, hit The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on March 14th and end up in Illinois on May 25th. Don't surprised if Jason joins up with a couple of Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers for a Summer run that would include a big Southland gig.

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It was Tom Sharp who said: "I don't consider myself bald. I'm simply taller than my hair."

It was Audrey Hepburn who said: "The best thing to hold on to in life is each other."

It was Steven Wright who said: "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."

It was John Lubbock who said: "What we see depends mainly on what we look for."


January 30, 2015


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Jefferson Airplane's founder, Marty Balin, is 73.
Steve Marriott, the cheeky singer for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, would have been 68.
The multi-talented singer/drummer for Genesis, and über-solo artist, Phil Collins, is 64.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles did their last public performance on the "cold, windy and damp" rooftop of their Apple Corp. Building at #3 Savile Row in London. They played 42 minutes before the police found their way to the rooftop to shut them down. A portion of that performance was featured in the "Let It Be" movie, and another portion surfaced on the "Let It Be" album.

On this day in 1971, as their "Pendulum" album peaked at #5, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" entered the charts on its way to #8. Though most fans thought it was an anti-Vietnam war song, frontman John Fogerty later said that he wrote it more about intra-band tensions tearing the group apart.

On this day in 1971, four months after her death from a heroin overdose, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album was heading towards a nine-week run at #1 as her recording of Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" was released. That single soon became her only #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, KISS performed together for the first time in makeup at the Popcorn in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets that night for a crowd of under 10 people. Guitarist Paul Stanley later said that the makeup was inspired by the New York Dolls' outrageous appearance.

On this day in 1982, blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins died from cancer in Houston at the age of 79.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Angel" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single to date when it hit #3.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Doors as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Check out this preview!

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Wee-Z Top

Talk about surprises with big potential. ZZ Top will team up with Weezer next week for the first installment of a new "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" segment called "Mash Up Mondays." You must admit that Wee-Z Top should be mind boggling, but where do you go after that? Hmm... Kimmel has Morris Day & The HAIM set for February 9th and Aloe Blaccstreet for February 16th. Maybe Jimmy should have just gone with One & Done.

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It was Carl Zwanzig who said: "Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together."

It was Mae West who said: "She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "If you aim at nothing, you will hit every time!"


January 31, 2015


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Guitarist Terry Kath of Chicago would have been 69.
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols is a very cranky 59.

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On this day in 1967, Jack Bruce of Cream and lyricist Peter Brown wrote "Sunshine Of Your Love" at about 5:30am ("It's getting near dawn...").

On this day in 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete the filming of the "Strawberry Fields Forever" promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the U.S. market, since U.K. television was still only broadcast in black and white. During a break in the filming, John Lennon bought an 1843 circus poster from a nearby antiques shop which provided him with most of the lyrics for his song "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite."

On this day in 1970, backed with the even more powerful "Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" entered the singles charts on the way to a two-week stay at #2.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's double live album "Frampton Comes Alive" entered the charts at #191. Just 10 weeks later it began a 10-week run at #1, selling over six million copies while becoming one of the best-selling live albums ever.

On this day in 1981, Styx's most commercially successful album, "Paradise Theatre," entered the charts for a three-month climb to a three-week run at #1. While it sold over three million copies, intra-band tensions were at an all time high.

On this day in 2009, Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin passed away in his Van Nuys home at the age of 68.



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