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March 16 - 31, 2016


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound 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!


March 16, 2016


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Original Alice Cooper Band guitarist Michael Bruce is 68.
Nancy Wilson of Heart is 62.
Current Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen is 25.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles released the single "Can't Buy Me Love" backed with "You Can't Do That" in the States, where it spent five weeks at #1. It came out four days later in England.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began recording their debut album, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," at Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" hit #1 on the singles chart just over three months after his death in a plane crash.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers' "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album began a long journey to #4 and a couple million sold driven by the hit singles "Another Park Another Sunday" and the surprise #1 chart topper "Black Water."

On this day in 1985, as John Fogerty's "Rock & Roll Girls" was headed for #20 on the singles charts, Tom Petty's psychedelic "Don't Come Around Here No More" began its run up to #13.

It was Mark Twain who said: "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

It was Michael Deacon who said: "A well-crafted insult should be admired — it takes far more skill than any compliment."

It was Derek Bok who said: "There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot."

It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "A friend in power is a friend lost."


March 17, 2015


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Jefferson Airplane/Starship founding member/guitarist Paul Kantner is 74.
Guitarist Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy is 64. (Note: Although the band was Irish, Scott was a SoCal guy from Santa Monica.)
Frontman Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame is 48.

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On this day in 1967, The Grateful Dead released its self-titled debut album, but no one outside of San Francisco knew what to do with it.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the American charts on its way to #1 and 15 million sold Stateside alone. Little did anyone know of the incredible impact it would have both on people's lives and the music industry itself.

On this day in 1973, Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album began its run to #1 just as The Moody Blues' "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive released the "Bachman Turner Overdrive II" album — featuring the hits "Let It Roll" and "Takin' Care of Business" — began its climb to #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company released the million selling, #13 charting song "Rock & Roll Fantasy" as Styx's "Renegade" began its climb to #16.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "1984" album began a five-week run at #2, ultimately selling over 10 million copies. And still, after the tour, singer David Lee Roth left the band.

On this day in 1984, as the Scorpions' most successful American release, "Love At First Sting," began its climb up the album charts to #6 while selling three million copies, John Mellencamp's "Authority Song" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1990, Aerosmith's "What It Takes," co-written with Desmond Child, entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1990, former Traffic and Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech died of a drug overdose at the age of 43.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "She Talks To Angels" began its climb to #30 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 3/17/15


10 At 10: Irish/St. Patrick's Day
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Peter Frampton: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bobby Collins: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Mas Dead Shows

What a surprise (or maybe not)! Word is that the surviving members of The Grateful Dead may be planning to say "fare thee well" to fans at more concerts than just the early July three-date stand at Chicago's Soldier Field. Sources say that the band is "considering" one or more performances in Santa Clara, California, the weekend before the sold-out Fare Thee Well events in the Windy City. Do you think the show(s) would be held at Levi's Stadium or perhaps at San Francisco's AT&T Park?

Live Hagar/Anthony/Bonham

Sammy Hagar and his new supergroup The Circle — featuring original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and Hagar's lead guitarist Vic Johnson — are releasing their first live album on May 19th. "At Your Service" will feature 19 songs recorded during The Circle's short American tour last year. In addition to some of Sammy's solo work, Van Halen, Montrose, Chickenfoot and a few select Led Zeppelin covers are included. Yes, they will be playing a Southland gig in early August... and yer Uncle Joe will be there to welcome you!

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It was Fats Waller who said: "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that make him mad."

It was Fulton Oursler who said: "Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves — regret for the past and fear of the future."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."


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St. Pat Facts

Before he was declared a Saint, St. Patrick was a pig farmer in England who was drug off to Ireland as a slave. Somehow, he introduced Christianity to Irish pagans and they decided he should be their Patron Saint. Although the actual date of his death was uncertain, St. Patrick definitely died in 461 A.D. The story goes that Irish historians figured he died on either March 8th or 9th, so they compromised by adding the dates together, making March 17th the official holiday date.

The truth is, St. Patrick wasn't Irish, he was British. And his color wasn't green, it was blue. Some historians think that there actually might have been TWO Saint Patricks, but neither of them looked like Bono or wore sunglasses like his. As they say in Dublin, right so and slainte (slan-cha)!


March 18, 2015


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Original Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman is 65.

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On this day in 1965, when a British gas station owner refused to let The Rolling Stones use his restroom facilities, the long-haired hooligans took the matter into their own hands to relieve themselves on his wall. Of course they were promptly arrested for "insulting behavior." Well after the publicity died down, Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and bassist Bill Wyman were fined $8 each.

On this day in 1972, as Neil Young topped the charts with "Heart of Gold" — his only solo single ever to break into the Top 30 — Jackson Browne's debut single, "Dr. My Eyes," began a slow climb to #8. At the same time, Jackson's self-titled debut album — also known as "Saturate Before Using" — began a slow climb to #53 and one million sold,

On this day in 1972, as the Allman Brothers Band's "Eat A Peach" tribute album to the late Duane Allman was entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1978, California Jam 2 drew an estimated 250,000 fans to the Ontario Motor Speedway (the site where the Ontario Mills Outlet Mall is now located). Santana, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Foreigner headlined, and a live double album was issued later that Fall. To further commemorate the event, the Inland Empire birth rate spiked in December 1978.

On this day in 2000, AC/DC topped out at #7 on the album charts with "Stiff Upper Lip."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/18/15


10 At 10: 1966
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Boston's Tom Sholz: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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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 Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

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God Bless Stevie

Long a strong supporter of American troops, Stevie Nicks will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner on March 24th. The event salutes Medal Of Honor recipients, as well as celebrities and citizens who have shown their dedication to U.S. troops. The Fleetwood Mac singer holds the record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members as part of USO-Metro's celebrity handshake tours. She's also donated hundreds of music-filled iPods to veterans recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. Right so, Stevie, right so!

R.I.P. Andy

Free bassist Andy Fraser — the writer of the classic "All Right Now" — passed away on Monday in his home in California. While his cause of death has not been confirmed, the 62-year-old had been fighting AIDS and Kaposi's Sarcoma cancer in recent years. Rest in peace, Andy.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

It was Mae West who said: "There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out."

It was Dr. Seuss who said: "Adults are obsolete children."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you."


March 19, 2015


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On this day in 1966, driven by Jeff Beck's groundbreaking psychedelic guitar work, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the revamped Jefferson Airplane began their first tour under the name Jefferson Starship. The line-up included singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, singer Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, keyboardist David Freiberg, bassist Peter Kaukonen, guitarist Craig Chaquico and violinist Papa John Creach.

On this day in 1976, "Calling Dr. Love," KISS bassist Gene Simmons' anthem, began its run to #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Free guitarist Paul Kossoff died of a heart attack on a London-to-New York plane flight. The 26-year-old had been troubled with heart disease and drug abuse most of his life.

On this day in 1977, REO Speedwagon's breakthrough "REO Speedwagon Live/You Get What You Play For" album began a quick run to #72 and one million sold. Superstardom was a mere three years away.

On this day in 1982, 25-year-old Southern California guitar legend Randy Rhoads was killed in a plane crash while touring with Ozzy Osbourne.

On this day in 1983, U2's third album, "War," made its first appearance on the American charts. It eventually sold over four million copies and hit #12. But the Irish band had to wait four more years to score a major hit in the U.S. when "With Or Without You" reached #1.

On this day in 1988, Foreigner's "I Don't Want To Live Without You" started an eight-week run to #5 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 3/19/15


10 At 10: 1987
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - The Who's Roger Daltrey: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Pablo Francisco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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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 Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

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God Bless Stevie

Long a strong supporter of American troops, Stevie Nicks will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner on March 24th. The event salutes Medal Of Honor recipients, as well as celebrities and citizens who have shown their dedication to U.S. troops. The Fleetwood Mac singer holds the record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members as part of USO-Metro's celebrity handshake tours. She's also donated hundreds of music-filled iPods to veterans recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. Right so, Stevie, right so!

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It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move."

It was Aristotle who said: "A friend to all is a friend to none."


March 20, 2015


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Drumming legend Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 65.
Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 64.

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On this day in 1964, John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write," was published.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album — featuring four of the earliest Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions — entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1968, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested at a private residence in Los Angeles and charged with "being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." While the others had to pay small fines for the misdemeanor, Clapton (the world's reigning guitar god), was found innocent.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the Rock of Gibraltar.

On this day in 1971, Janis Joplin's definitive version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1972, T. Rex released the "Electric Warrior" album, which included the hit "Bang A Gong (Get It On)." While frontman Marc Bolin and his group were major stars in England, this release — their biggest Stateside — only reached #32 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, Bad Company's cover of The Coaster's 1957 hit "Young Blood" (co-written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) entered the charts on its way to #20 as "Shout It Out Loud," one of KISS' signature songs, began a run up to #31.

On this day in 1976, "A Trick Of The Tail," the first Genesis album with drummer Phil Collins on lead vocals, entered the charts on its way to #31 — their most successful to date.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" hit #1 on the pop singles charts for the first of seven weeks.

On this day in 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from a 53rd story window in midtown Manhattan. The song "Tears In Heaven" was written in his memory.

Happy Equinox!

There's a reason you're feeling a bit more frisky today — it's the first day of Spring. The vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern hemisphere, is actually an instant in time. This year's magic moment will occur at 3:45pm (PDT). Feel free to party as you see fit!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 3/20/15


10 At 10: 1972
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Billy Gardell: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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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 Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

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No Stones (Yet)

Darn those Rolling Stones! They were expected to officially announce their 14-date North American tour this week, but... so far, nada. The Stones had actually posted #SatisfactionThursday on their FaceBook page and Twitter feed last Friday, along with a few 30-second videos showing recent footage of the band members. They also launched a JustAKissAway.rocks web site with a prompt to enter your e-mail address and postal code so you can "Get Alerts." As we impatiently wait for official word that they'll be rocking the Hollywood Bowl in late May or early June, sources to our South are saying that the trek will begin at San Diego's Petco Park on May 24th.

Another Macca NYC Benefit

Keeping very busy, Paul McCartney played a surprise club show in New York City on Valentine's Day, and has just announced that he'll be headlining a Big Apple charity concert on May 12th. The Beatles legend's latest gig is the 2015 edition of the annual Robin Hood Foundation benefit held at the Jacob Javits Center. All of the money raised to fight poverty and help people in need throughout the New York City area will "go right to the organizations helping people on the edge," says Sir Paulie. Other stars who have performed at past Robin Hood Foundation benefits include Paul Simon, Sting, Elton John and Bono.

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It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Auto racing, bull fighting and mountain climbing are the only real sports — all others are games."

It was Cale Yarborough who said: "Don't ever wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Some people find fault like there is a reward for it."

It was James Thurber who said: "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."


March 21, 2015


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Keyboardist J.S. Bach would have been 330 and still awesome.
Guitarist/singer Roger Hodgson of Supertramp is 65.
Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks would have been 65.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "She Loves You" hit #1 as "I Saw Her Standing There" peaked at #14. So what did you accomplish today?

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their famous "bed-in" at The Amsterdam Hilton (later referred to in The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John & Yoko").

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz guitarist Clarence "Sonny" Henry's "Evil Ways" peaked at #9 as The Beatles "Let It Be" single debuted at #6 on its way to #1 (with two million sold) and The Guess Who's "American Woman" began its climb towards three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1970, The Doors "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe" album peaked at #4 as The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #2 with three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's "Against The Wind" album hit #1.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Lovin' You" topped the singles charts after selling two million copies, John Lennon's "Woman" peaked at #2 and Styx's "The Best Of Times" topped out at #3. Strangely enough, this was the same day that REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run" entered the charts on its way to #5, Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" began its climb to #9 and The Who's "You Better You Bet" began a run to #18. Busy times for Rock & Roll indeed!

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd released "The Final Cut," their last album of new studio material that featured Roger Waters. When it barely reached #6 on the charts and sold a disappointing two million copies, change within the band became inevitable.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones released their "Dirty Work" album. It soon hit #5 and eventually sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1987, U2's "With Or Without You" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week stay at #1.

On this day in 1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of the electric guitar, died at home at the age of 81.

On this day in 1992, as Nirvana's fame was spreading like wildfire, they released "Come As You Are" to garner more airplay. While that tactic worked, the song only peaked at #32 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, Bruce Springsteen won the Best Song Oscar for his "Streets Of Philadelphia" from the movie "Philadelphia." It was the first song Springsteen had ever written specifically for a film. As a single, the song had sold over a million copies as it charted at #9.

On this day in 2009, U2's ethereal "No Line on The Horizon" topped the album charts.


March 22, 2015


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Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner is 84.
Singer Keith Relf of The Yardbirds would have been 72.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released his "Bringing It All Back Home" album, which contained his first electric guitar driven rock. Oh, the scandal!

On this day in 1967, The Who played their first live gig in America, a 20-minute set at New York's Paramount Theater. And yes, they were very, very, very loud.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles released their "On The Border" album. Within a few months it had sold over two million copies and topped out at #17 on the charts.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" was the #1 album in the United States as Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1975, pulling off another of his trademark persona changes, David Bowie released his soulful "Young Americans" album. But when the LP only peaked at #9, Bowie announced another in a series of retirements from music. It truth, it would literally be a number of weeks before he would hit the stage again.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones began working in Munich, Germany on what eventually became their "Black & Blue" album.

On this day in 1978, The Rutles' Beatles "mockumentary," All You Need Is Cash, starring Monty Python's Eric Idle and Neil Innes with cameos by Mick Jagger and George Harrison, aired for the first time on NBC.

On this day in 1980, Heart's "Baby Le Strange" peaked at #5 on the album charts as Journey's "Departure" began a run to #8, selling over three million copies along the way.

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" (sung by guitarist Nancy Wilson instead of her sister, singer Ann Wilson) hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter/producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in his Westport, Connecticut home. While a member of The Edgar Winter Group, he wrote the band's biggest hit, 1973's "Free Ride," and went on to work with many artists including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, James Brown and Steve Winwood.

On this day in 1997, U2's million-selling "Pop" album topped the charts.

On this day in 2005, Foghat guitarist Rod Price died after suffering a heart attack in his home at the age of 57.


March 23, 2015


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Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek of The Cars is 66.

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On this day 1958, George Harrison first played on stage with John Lennon and Paul McCartney as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men (sometimes listed as The Quarrymen). That gig took place at The Morgue cellar club in Broadgreen.

On this day 1963, the Beach Boys released the classic "Surfin' U.S.A." single. When it topped out at #3, it became their biggest hit to date.

On this day in 1968, as The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" began its chart run to #4, Paul McCartney became the first pop vocalist to sing the word "breast" in a hit single.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Déjà Vu" album was released with over two million in advanced sales.

On this day 1979, Van Halen released their "Van Halen II" album, which soon charted at #6 while selling over five million copies.

On this day 1983, ZZ Top released their most successful album, "Eliminator." In addition to charting at #9, it sold over 10 million copies.

On this day 2001, Aerosmith's "Just Push Play" album began its million-selling run to #2.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Manic Monday 3/23/15


10 At 10: Daytripping
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Pat Benatar: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Larry Miller: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was George Carlin who said: "'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?"

It was Winston Churchill who said: "A man is about as big as the things that make him angry."

It was Jack Handey who said: "I hope that after I die, people will say of me: 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"

It was J. K. Rowling who said: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."


March 24, 2015


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Dougie Thompson, Supertramp's original bassist, is 64.

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On this day in 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together in public as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys. Can't imagine why that name didn't stick.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the charts both in Britain and Stateside. In addition to selling over 15 million copies, it stayed on the U.S. album charts for over 700 weeks.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers released their "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album which featured "Black Water," the song that became their first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1979, Roger Hodgson's "Logical Song" began its climb to #6 on the charts, making it the most successful single of Supertramp's career.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album began its climb to #4 on the album charts, selling over four million copies along the way to becoming the most commercially successful album of their career.

On this day in 2001, Aerosmith's million-selling "Just Push Play" album hit #2.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 3/24/15


10 At 10: 1975
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Tacos With Unc/AAMCO Burbank

This afternoon, 4pm - 6pm: Join J.B. at AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care at 11080 North Hollywood Way in Burbank for Juan's Rockin' Tacos and a good hang with The Sound Crew. You'll even have a chance to win tickets to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and The Who in concert — plus, get a coupon for $50 off any repair! See you there!


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Fogerty On Stage And Page

You already knew that John Fogerty, one of rock's most influential musicians and writers, will be playing the Holywood Bowl on July 15th. But did you know that he's finally finished his autobiography? John is using "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music" to detail everything from how — as he wrote hit after hit — Creedence Clearwater Revival burst on the music scene with so much energy that they outsold The Beatles in 1969. And, just as quickly, burned out in a series of internal band struggles. He also covers his retreat from music and public life, to his revival as a solo artist. Can't wait until October 6th for the stories!

Farewell To Sab (Maybe)

Will the November 21st and 22nd Ozzfest: Japan at Makuhari Messe just outside of Tokyo, be Black Sabbath's "farewell" show? Although Sharon Osbourne — the band's manager and Ozzy Osbourne's spouse — announced as much over the weekend, don't be surprised if there isn't a full farewell tour lurking in the near shadows.

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It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody can be as agreeable as an uninvited guest."

It was Alice Cooper who said: "Mediocrity is your greatest enemy."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Who, being loved, is poor?"

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."


March 25, 2015


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Soul goddess Aretha Franklin is 73.
Sir Elton John is 68.

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On this day in 1960, Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely" and Ray Charles recorded "Georgia on My Mind." So, what have you done today?

On this day in 1967, the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" album (considered by many to be their best) began its climb to #3 just as The Doors' incredible self-titled debut album entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #2 and three million sold.

On this day in 1995, Van Halen's "Can't Stop Loving You" — perhaps Sammy Hagar's most personal song ever — began its climb to #30.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/25/15


10 At 10: 1969
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - The Doors' Producer, Bruce Botnik: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Aziz Ansari: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Halen Live!

As expected, Van Halen will kick off three straight months of touring in Seattle on July 5th, hitting 40 cities before they rest. San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino is set for a July 11th gig, and Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine will celebrate Halen-style on July 14th. Current plans are for the boys to finish their run at the Hollywood Bowl on October 2nd. Next Monday, the Halen's will play a special set on Hollywood Boulevard for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Deep Purple/PacAmp

Never mind the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ignoring them for decades, Deep Purple will be rocking across the States for a month of kick ass shows starting in mid-July. We'll get our shot of rock on August 12th at the Pacific Amphitheatre!

Summerfest Rocks

If you're looking for a great Classic Rock music festival, check out the one your Unc helped establish all those years ago: Milwaukee's Summerfest. Among the veteran stars entertaining the crowds this year are The Doobie Brothers, Kansas, Foghat, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, The Romantics and Buddy Guy. "The World's Largest Music Festival" will feature over 800 acts on the 11-day event's 11 stages. The beer drinking party will run from June 24th to June 28th and June 30th to July 5th at Henry Maier Festival Park along the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI.

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It was Fran Lebowitz who said: "Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep."

It was Will Rogers who said: "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Beware the hobby that eats."

It was Irene Porter who said: "Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed."


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Lack of Sleep/Gain of Stupidity

Cutting back on sleep impairs your mental skills as much as completely skipping sleep for a few days. Researchers measured response times and memorization skills in subjects who had slept either 4, 6 or 8 hours per day for two weeks against those of a group who stayed awake for three days. Participants who slept for 8 hours performed normally, while those sleeping 6 hours or less scored just as poorly by the end of the week as the group who hadn't slept at all. Wonder how many radio executives are using that as an excuse?


March 26, 2015


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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and keyboardist Richard Tandy of the Electric Light Orchestra are both 67 — but one of them is worth a whole lot more cash!
Fran Sheehan, the original bassist in Boston, is 66.

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On this day in 1965, Jeff Beck, as recommended by Jimmy Page, officially replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds. Thus did The Yardbirds encompass the holy trinity of British rock guitar gods (and who knew that they all grew up within 15 miles of each other!).

On this day in 1966, one week before The Beach Boys released their beautiful Top 3 charting single "Sloop John B," group leader Brian Wilson released his first solo single, the sad "Caroline, No." Though it became a classic, best covered by Glenn Frey of the Eagles, the original version never charted higher than #33.

On this day in 1975, The Who's strange film version of their rock opera "Tommy," as directed by Ken Russell, debuted in London.

On this day in 1977, as Foreigner's debut single "Feels Like The First Time" began a run to #4, their self-titled debut album began a climb to #4 with five million sold, and Bad Company's fourth album, "Burnin' Sky," started its journey to #15.

On this day in 1983, David Bowie's bouncy "Let's Dance" — featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar work — entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1994, "Superunknown," the most successful album of Soundgarden's career, hit #1. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2009, John Mayhew, the Genesis drummer replaced by Phil Collins, passed away of a heart related ailment the day before his 63rd birthday.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 3/26/15


10 At 10: 1978
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Perry: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Welcome To The Library

Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board selects 25 works each year to be added to the National Recording Registry archive of recordings with cultural, artists and historical significance. This year's audio recordings run the gamut from selections (circa 1938) from blues pioneer Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1955's "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1964's "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers, The Doors 1967 self-titled debut album and the 1978 Steve Martin comedy album "A Wild and Crazy Guy." As Librarian of Congress James Billington says about the permanent archives, "By preserving these recordings, we safeguard the words, sounds and music that embody who we are as a people and a nation."

Macca & Metallica & Florence

Talk about headliners! Paul McCartney and Metallica will top the bill at this year's Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago's Grant Park from July 31st through August 2nd. Macca will serve as the Friday night headliner, Metallica taking honors on Saturday night. The festival will wrap up Sunday with Florence & The Machine.

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

It was David Allen who said: "You can do anything, but not everything."

It was Mark Twain who said: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."


March 27, 2015


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Keyboardist Tony Banks of Genesis is 65.
Guitarist Andrew Farriss of INXS is 56.

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On this day in 1860, the corkscrew was patented by M. L. Byrn.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" and The Who's "I Can't Explain" both entered the charts. The Stones' song soon hit #9 as The Who's barely made it to #93. Still, the world was a-rockin'!

On this day in 1971, "What Is Life" by George Harrison peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Eric Clapton's "Layla" (written about George's wife, Pattie Boyd Harrison) began its run to #10.

On this day in 1976, Ted Nugent's "Hey Baby" — featuring the still unknown Meatloaf on lead vocals — began a quick run to #72 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, Eric Clapton finally married George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, in Tucson, Arizona.

On this day in 1981, AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album was finally released in the States four years after it had been unleashed in Australia. Stateside, it soon sold over 2 million copies and peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, The Scorpions' "Blackout" entered the album charts on its way to #10. Major international success was just a year away.

On this day in 1986, singer Sammy Hagar did his first public gig with Van Halen... and Shreveport, Louisiana hasn't been the same since.

On this day in 1987, U2 filmed the video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles.

On this day in 1992, U2 frontman Bono was switching channels on the large stage video screens during a Zoo-TV tour concert in Detroit when a pizza ad came up on screen. Totally inspired, the singer immediately ordered 10,000 pizzas for the crowd. Speedy's Pizza managed to deliver about 100 pepperoni pizzas before the show ended. After which the hot tour T-shirt became the one which read "I'd like to order 10,000 pizzas."

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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 Cars, as well as conversation with Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 3/27/15


10 At 10: 1983
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ric Ocasek/The Cars: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Ozzy Under A Knife

Something's wrong in Ozzyland. Ozzy Osbourne's May 27th - 31st Ozzfiesta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico has been canceled for medical reasons. Word is that he'll be having surgery following his April South American tour as part of this year's Monsters Of Rock festival. Though no details about his ailment have leaked out, he will require at least four weeks of recovery time. As for Black Sabbath's still to be announced Farewell tour, the Ozz-man and his bandmates are planning some Fall Japanese dates as they work on their follow-up to 2013′s "13" album.

Frampton Acoustic

Before he heads out on tour with Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton is re-recording "an album's worth" of his older music using just an acoustic guitar and a piano. With no release date for the still-untitled/unfinished set, we'll be able to see Peter on stage doing a solo show with his band on June 5th at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. A week later, he'll be hitting our Greek Theatre with Cheap Trick.

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

It was skating superstar/cancer survivor Scott Hamilton who said: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

It was Mae West who said: "Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."


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Five Quickies

1. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
2. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
3. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
4. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
5. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (Bet you work with someone like that too!)


March 28, 2015


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Keyboardist John Evan, whose odd little blues group later struck fame and fortune as Jethro Tull, is 67.
Pop star/fashion icon Lady Gaga is 29 (and very, very rich).

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On this day in 1964, Beatlemania was sweeping America as The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1. Its flip side, "Do You Want To Know A Secret," followed right along to #2.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles worked on the "Sgt. Pepper" track "Good Morning, Good Morning" at Abbey Road Studios. Eventually, Paul McCartney added a lead guitar part and John Lennon — who said he was inspired to write the song by a Kellogg's Cornflake TV commercial — decided to end the song with animal sound effects.

On this day in 1967, Van Morrison recorded the song "Brown Eyed Girl" in two or three takes at A&R Studios in New York.

On this day in 1970, as it sold over two million copies, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album began a four-week run at #2.

On this day in 1970, as John Lennon's "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" peaked at #3, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin released their classic "Houses Of The Holy" album. It soon spent two weeks at #1 while selling an amazing 11 million copies.

On this day in 1981, John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels" began its run up the singles charts to #10.

On this day in 1981, as it sold over four million copies, Rush's classic "Moving Pictures" album — the biggest of their career — hit #3 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger released his "Like A Rock" album. In short order, it spent four weeks lodged at #3, selling over a million copies in the process.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's intense Lindsey Buckingham workout, "Big Love," began its run to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1992, "Tears in Heaven," the song Eric Clapton wrote for his late son, peaked at #2 on the singles chart almost a year to the day that the four-year-old died.

On this day in 1996, singer/drummer Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis 20 years to the day of his live debut replacing Peter Gabriel as the group's singer.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton's "Pilgrim" debuted at #4 on the album charts.


March 29, 2015


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Original Toto singer Bobby Kimball is 68.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston is 64.
Blues Traveler singer/harmonica wizard John Popper is 48.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles began recording one of their most famous songs at Abbey Road Studios in London under the working title of "Bad Finger Boogie" — by the time it was completed, it was known as "With A Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, the original Fleetwood Mac, featuring guitarist Peter Green, released "Black Magic Woman" in Britain. Unfortunately, the song wasn't a pop hit in the States until Santana released their version two years later.

On this day in 1972, Jackson Browne began recording his first album.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's first six albums were all on the Billboard 200 chart, led by "Physical Graffiti" lodged at #1.

On this day in 2005, Neil Young underwent successful surgery for a brain aneurysm in a New York hospital.

On this day in 2007, Bono accepted an honorary knighthood in a ceremony in Dublin. However, even as a Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (KBE), U2's frontman is not entitled to be called "Sir," as he is not a British citizen. Darn the luck!


March 30, 2015


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Drummer Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues is 74.
Guitar god Eric Clapton is 70.

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On this day in 1967, after shooting the cover photo for their "Sgt. Pepper" album, The Beatles returned to Abbey Road studios to finish recording "With a Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, David Bowie made his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in the show "Pierrot In Turquoise." It sucked.

On this day in 1974, Steely Dan's amazing, million selling "Pretzel Logic" album began its run to #8 as Grand Funk Railroad's "Shinin' On" started its climb to #5, powered by their cover of "Loco-Motion" heading to the Top of the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the Ramones played their first live show at the Performance Studio on East 23rd Street in New York. Legend has it that at least some of the 30 people in the audience paid to be there.

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols performed their first show for a group of 50 at London's 100 Club. It's still not clear if anyone paid to be there.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

On this day in 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

On this day in 1990, Heart's "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You" began its climb to a two-week stand at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, the R.E.M. album "Out Of Time" entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and four million sold.

On this day in 1994, Pink Floyd released their final studio album, "The Division Bell." It soon spent four weeks at #1, selling over four million copies along the way.

On this day in 2013, producer Phil Ramone passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 82 following a brain aneurysm. His extensive credits included Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks," Billy Joel's "52nd Street" as well as Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years." Throughout his career, Ramone won 15 GRAMMY Awards as well as the admiration of musicians and audiophiles around the world.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/30/15


10 At 10: 1980
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Kenny Aronoff/Bon Jovi: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Yes/No/Yes/No/Queen

Do you remember when the on-again/off-again/on-again/off-again film on the life of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was originally to have starred Sacha Baron Cohen as the Queen lead singer — before Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor said no? Now jump to last Thursday when Queen's manager, Jim Beach, spoke at the Artist & Management Awards in London. In response to inquiries about the progress on the Freddie feature film, Beach replied that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce, and direct the film, as well as starring in all four major roles. Of course the International Press took went crazy with the news! Until yesterday, when Brian May forcefully announced, "I'm afraid some folks might have taken it seriously." Well then... I think we all can rest easier now.

Fresh/Old Bruce

The latest installment of Bruce Springsteen's archival concert recordings series is now available for purchase at Live.BruceSpringsteen.net. The latest release is an epic show the Boss and his E Street Band played on New Year's Eve 1980 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Running nearly four hours in length, the set list included 38 songs including covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain?," Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Maybe original E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt will share a few details when he visits Uncle Joe's Garage!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."

It was U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle who said: "I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."


March 31, 2015


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Guitarist Mick Ralphs of Bad Company is 67.
Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC turns a bouncy 60.

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On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar on stage for the first time, at a concert at Finsbury Park, England.

On this day in 1972, America's self-titled debut album hit #1.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' first Top 10 album, "The Captain And Me" began its climb to #7 with two million sold, powered by the "China Grove" and "Long Train Running" singles.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin released the "Presence" album.

On this day in 1979, as Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" entered the album charts on its way to a six-week run at #1, Bad Company's "Desolation Angels" began its climb to two weeks at #3 with two million sold.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their "Walking Into Clarksdale" album. It eventually hit #8 while spawning a very successful tour.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 3/24/15


10 At 10: 1970
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Trevor Noah: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Stones In May (Or June) (Or July)

Sure, you've heard several times in the last few weeks that The Rolling Stones are about to announce their 2015 North American tour. But seriously — despite a still unexplained snafu preventing the band from delivering their news on "Satisfaction Thursday" (March 19th), the real announcement might be coming as soon as... wait, did you just hear a knock on the door?

Norman Down

Singer/songwriter Norman Greenbaum, best known for his hit song "Spirit in the Sky," was critically injured in a fatal car crash north of San Francisco on Saturday. The 72-year-old was transported to a Santa Rosa area hospital with critical injuries after the car he was riding in was struck by an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist, a 20-year old Santa Rosa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Get well soon, Norman!

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

It was Winston Churchill who said: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

It was Keith Richards who said: "We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain."

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


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This Wednesday 5pm - 7pm: Join Uncle Joe and The Sound Crew for the first Prolong Twilight Cruise of the season in the NHRA Museum parking lot at the Fairplex in Pomona. Enjoy all the beautiful hot rods and join the party for FREE! (Admission inside the museum that evening will be just $5.) Great times to be had!!


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This Saturday 9am - 3pm: The La Verne Cool Cruise Car Show is a great hang that happens just once per year in Old Town LaVerne! Plenty of time to check out the hundreds of beautiful Hot Rods before J.B. hands out the awards at 2:30. We'll have a blast!



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