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May 1 - 15, 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!


May 1, 2015


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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Bring It All Back Home" album entered the charts on its way to #6 and over a million in sales.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles played their last U.K. show for a paying audience. London's Wembley Arena was the venue, and their support acts included The Rolling Stones and The Who.

On this day in 1967, 32-year-old Elvis Presley married 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu seven years after they first met. You can do the math.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" — the group's first release on their own Rolling Stones Records label — entered the charts on its way to a two week run at #1 — their sixth #1 hit single. No word if they ever got paid.

On this day in 1971, Ringo Starr's cover of fellow Beatle George Harrison's "It Don't Come Easy" began its run up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones announced their upcoming tour by playing live on a flatbed truck driving down Fifth Avenue in New York City.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks as "Live Bullet" began its run up to #34 setting up Bob Seger for his big breakthrough.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett's cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Crimson And Clover" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/1/15


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Burke-Williams gift certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ringo/Beatles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Bono's Slow Recovery

Say what you want about U2 singer Bono, but he's still going full speed ahead while recovering from his bicycle accident last November in New York City's Central Park. In addition to requiring reconstructive surgery on his face, he suffered serious injuries including three fractures to his left shoulder blade and hand. Says the singer, "I didn't come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here." The damage to his hand is so serious that he may never play guitar again. "They say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it's coming back." With his typical Irish sense of humor, he also admits that his bandmates (The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.) don't seem to mind whether or not he ever plays guitar again.

Too Loud

Sammy Hagar, in conjunction with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, is promoting the Listen Carefully campaign to warn teenagers about the dangers of hearing loss. For years, he's been encouraging teenagers to turn down the volume of their music to preserve their hearing. As he says, "Kids don't care or don't think about it until it's gone." The World Health Organization states that 1.1 billion people are at risk of permanent ear problems caused by listening to loud music, and 43 million between the age of 12 and 35 are currently living with hearing loss. They're not alone — just like Hagar, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Metallica's Lars Ulrich have all revealed that they suffer from tinnitus. And it all could have been prevented.

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It was Bob Marley who said: "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

It was Tom Stoppard who said: "Age is a high price to pay for maturity."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

It was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale who said: "Nothing of great value in this life comes easily."


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This Saturday, 10am - Noon: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, there will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the Orchard Supply Hardware at 18060 Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills. See you there!


May 2, 2015


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Bob Henrit, who played drums for The Kinks and Argent, is 71.
Original Foreigner vocalist strong> Gramm is 65.
Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is 46.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' incredible cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" became their first charting single in the States, eventually touching #48 and inspiring garage bands all across America.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles' fourth American LP, "The Beatles Second Album," began its first of five weeks at #1, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 1965, although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan featured The Rolling Stones for a second time. They performed "The Last Time," "Little Red Rooster," "Everybody Needs Somebody," and "2120 South Michigan Avenue." So many teenaged girls wet their pants in excitement during The Stones' performance that the Ed Sullivan Theater had to be fumigated the next day.

On this day in 1969, after several failed attempts (36 takes in all), The Beatles finally recorded George Harrison's "Something" to their satisfaction.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix's live "Band Of Gypsys" album entered the charts on its way to #5 and over two million sold.

On this day in 1977, Eric Clapton recorded his song "Wonderful Tonight." It eventually hit #16 on the singles charts and #1 at wedding receptions around the world.

On this day in 1979, the movie version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" opened, and drummer Kenny Jones (of The Faces) played his first official gig as Keith Moon's replacement.

On this day in 1981, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' driving version of "The Waiting" began its run up the singles charts to #19.

On this day in 1992, Tom Petty released the song "Peace In L.A.," written and recorded the day before, in the wake of the April 29th Rodney King verdict and subsequent rioting in Los Angeles.

On this day in 2005, Cream — featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker — launched a four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show marked the first time the three legends had performed together since Cream's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and the first time Cream had played in public since the band staged its farewell concerts at the venue in November 1968.


May 3, 2015


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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, would have been 82.
Bassist Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon is 62.
Guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols is 59.

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On this day in 1969, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1971, at a gig in Denmark, Led Zeppelin played "Four Sticks" live for the first and only time in their career.

On this day in 1971, multi-platinum album selling Grand Funk Railroad, who were notorious for refusing to talk to the press, chose New York to finally hold their first-ever press conference. The press demonstrated their respect for the well-spoken, swell-playin' trio when just six journalists showed up. And truthfully, five of them came solely for the free food.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' cover of Holland–Dozier–Holland's Motown hit "Take Me In Your Arms And Rock Me" began its run up to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney began his first coast-to-coast tour of America with his new band, Wings, in Fort Worth, Texas.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's "Against The Wind" started a six week run at #1, eventually selling over five million copies and becoming his most successful album ever.

On this day in 1980, Def Leppard's "On Through The Night" began a slow climb up the album charts to #51. Their breakthrough success was still two years away.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones "Dirty Work" album peaked at #4. By the time their tour ended, the album had also sold over a million copies.


08 Joe on vacation.

It's time for some R&R, so you can expect my
reports to be even more sporadic than usual this week!

May 4, 2015


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Surf guitar god Dick Dale is 78.
Drag racing icon John Force is 66.
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 64.
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 43.

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On this day in 1968, The Moody Blues' "Days Of Future Passed" began a quick climb up the charts to a five-week run at #3.

On this day in 1970, four students protesting the Vietnam war were killed and 11 were wounded by National Guard troops at Kent State University. In reaction, massive anti-war protests swept the country and Neil Young wrote and immediately recorded "Ohio" with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

On this day in 1973, Atlanta, Georgia was where Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour. Billed as the "biggest and most profitable Rock & Roll tour in the history of the United States," the group eventually grossed over $4 million from the concerts alone. This tour also saw the boys flying between gigs in "The Starship," a legendary customized luxurious/debauched Boeing 720 passenger jet.

On this day in 1974, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of "The Loco-Motion" hit #1 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1974, driven by the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Second Helping" album began a run up to #12 with two million sold.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" peaked at #9 as Foreigner's "That Was Yesterday" topped out at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1987, blues guitarist Paul Butterfield died of a drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was only 44.

On this day in 2005, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils And Dust" debuted at #1 on the "Billboard Top 200" albums chart.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/4/15 w/Special Guest Host Cynthia Fox


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Brian Wilson tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jeff Foxworthy: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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R.I.P. Ben E.

Legendary soul singer Ben E. King, best known for his classic "Stand By Me," passed away last Thursday at the age of 76. In the late Fifties, King spent a year singing lead with The Drifters on their hits "This Magic Moment," "There Goes My Baby" and "Save The Last Dance For Me." After going solo at the age of 20, he hit the U.S. Top 5 with "Stand By Me" in 1961. Covered innumerable times, including once by John Lennon, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) declared in 1999 that "Stand By Me" was the fourth most-played song of the 20th century. Rest in peace with your beautiful voice, music man.

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

It was Bill Gates who said: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?"

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."


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Thoughts For An Early May Day

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.


May 5, 2015


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Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 67.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded John Lennon's song "I'm Only Sleeping."

On this day in 1968, Buffalo Springfield performed their last gig together in Long Beach.

On this day in 1979, The Doobie Brothers' "Minute By Minute" entered the singles charts on its way to #14 and backseats across America.

On this day in 1984, the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure" entered the charts on its way to #10 and a million sold.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/5/15 w/Special Guest Host Cynthia Fox


10 At 10: Cinco de Mayo
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Brian Wilson tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Pablo Francisco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Keith Richards who said: "I really don't care what they write about us, so long as they write about us."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

It was W. C. Fields who said: "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally."

It was Bob Hope who said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."


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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an actual holiday (not an invented commercial holiday) that commemorates Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although Mexico declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1810, it took 11 years to get word to the Spanish soldiers, forcing them to leave Mexico as the French moved in and took over. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day that 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French army of 8,000. That defeat prevented Napoleon III from supplying the American Confederate rebels for another year, thus allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. That huge U.S. army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War. For whatever reason, Americans of every ethnicity celebrate Cinco de Mayo just like we do our version of St. Patrick's Day. To that end, I personally propose a toast to freedom and liberty! With a strawberry margarita, of course!


May 6, 2015


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Detroit rocker Bob Seger is 70.
Davey Johnstone, Elton John's longtime guitarist, is 64.

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On this day in 1957, Chuck Berry recorded "Rock & Roll Music." It eventually charted at #8 and to this day serves as one of Rock & Roll's songwriting benchmarks.

On this day in 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards woke up in a Clearwater, Florida hotel room and discovered that he had composed the "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" riff on his tape recorder while he slept.

On this day in 1971, while on their way home from a small gig in Sunderland, England, The Who stopped at a construction site outside Sheffield for a roadside leak. Before long, a photo of their urination episode became the "Who's Next" album cover art — one of the most famous LP covers in all of Rock & Roll history.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Rocket Man" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil" briefly entered the singles charts, barely peaking at #84.

On this day in 1978, the Kansas album "Point Of Know Return" peaked at #4 with sales of over four million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Wednesday 5/6/15 w/Special Guest Host Cynthia Fox


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Brian Wilson tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bobby Collins: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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U2 Ramping Up

Dressed as hippy street musicians, U2 pulled off a surprise busking session at the New York City Grand Central subway station on Monday. The secret acoustic set was reportedly filmed for the band's Friday appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." The band were originally going to perform on Fallon's show every night for a week last year, but injuries sustained by Bono during a bicycle accident in Central Park caused the postponement of the promotion. Now the Irish lads are ramping things up to launch their North American iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour on May 14th. And yes, Rita Wilde will be there absorbing every note!

Jagger/Wood/Mason/Nepal

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood teamed up with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to record a charity single to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Produced by Mason at London's famous Abbey Road Studios, "Save The Children (Look into Your Heart)" was released yesterday on iTunes. Jagger contributed backing vocals, Wood the guitar tracks and the lead vocals were done by by U.K. soul singer Beverly Knight. A 100-voice choir made up of supporters of the Save the Children humanitarian organization rounded out the session. Proceeds from will benefit Save the Children's Nepal Earthquake (SavetheChildren.org.uk).

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It was Robert F. Kennedy who said: "About one-fifth of the people are against everything all the time."

It was Dave Barry who said: "People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."


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Random Thoughts For An Early May Day

* If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

* What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

* Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.


May 7, 2015


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Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 69.
Tubes drummer (and founding member of Journey) Prairie Prince is 65.
Drummer Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads is 64.

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On this day in 1968, inspired by two of his favorite musicians — sax player Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry — piano player/singer Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton Hercules John. No word where the inspiration for Hercules came from.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" was the #1 single in the U.S.A.

On this day in 1983, inspired by group leaders Ray and Dave Davies' sister, The Kinks' "Come Dancing" began a run up the singles charts to #6.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" album peaked at #6 six weeks after its release. With sales of two million copies, it became the poorest selling Floyd album in a decade.

On this day in 1994, Green Day's "Long View" entered the singles charts on its way to #36. World domination was still a year or two away.

On this day in 1998, singer Steve Perry, who was suffering from degenerative hip problems, left Journey when the band decided to tour without him.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/7/15 w/Special Guest Host Cynthia Fox


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Brian Wilson tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tim Hawkins: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Who/Glastonbury/Hyde Park

If you make it to your 50th anniversary, why not play the biggest gigs of all? Eight years after their first appearance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, The Who will headline the final day of the U.K.'s most immense fest on June 28th. Frontman Roger Daltrey says: "It's great to be ending this part of a 50-year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world. We'll do our best to close this year's event with a bang, unless of course the fireworks get wet." Two days before the Glasto gig, the band will headline at London's Hyde Park as part of 2015's British Summer Time festival. Odds are high that it will rain at least one of those days, so let's hope the boys keep their powder dry!

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It was Maya Angelou who said: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

It was Jay Leno who asked: "How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?"

It was Charles Swindoll who said: "The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."


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* If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

* What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

* Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.


May 8, 2015


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Blues great Robert Johnson would have been 104 if he hadn't made a pact with the devil at the crossroads and then been killed by a jealous husband at age 27 (or so the story goes).
Convicted pedophile/rock star Gary Glitter is now 75.
Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith is 73.
Drummer Alex Van Halen is 61.

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On this day in 1965, the so-called British Invasion reached its zenith when nine of the songs in the Billboard Top 10 were by British artists.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' last album, "L.A. Woman," began a run to #9 with two million sold just as "The Yes Album" began working its way up the charts to #40, setting Yes up for their huge commercial breakthrough.

On this day in 1976, "Show Me The Way" by Peter Frampton peaked at #6 and Steve Miller's "Take The Money And Run" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones' transitional "Black And Blue" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's breakthrough "American Fool" album began a run up the charts that saw it spend nine weeks at #1 while selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Get a Grip" entered the album charts at #1, making it the group's highest-debuting and highest-charting album to date.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/8/15 w/Special Guest Host Cynthia Fox


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Brian Wilson tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan: 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 Bad Company with more of Joe's brand new conversation with singer Paul Rodgers — and a chance to win a guitar signed by Paul! Check out this preview!

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

It was Jean Kerr who said: "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want — an adorable pancreas?"

It was Helena Rubinstein who said: "Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."


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Sunday June 21st, Noon - 2pm: Check out the massive Day of Music in Fullerton where Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound crew at the main stage and rockin' with the Jeremy Benson Band from 1p - 2pm! Great fun to be had — rock on!


May 9, 2015


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Guitarist Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco fame is 71.
Piano Man Billy Joel is 66.
Bassist Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick is 65.

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On this day in 1785, Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, thus assuring the eventual existence of bar bands.

On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed their first recording contract with EMI Records, beginning one of the most famous and successful careers in recording history.

On this day in 1963, the Oregon band The Kingsmen released the Rock & Roll classic "Louie, Louie." Many radio stations banned the song when they decided the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene. That, of course, helped sell a whole lot more records.

On this day in 1970, The Guess Who's "American Woman/No Sugar Tonight" hit #1 as "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Jethro Tull's transitional "Benefit" album began its climb to #11 on the charts. The band's big breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1974, Bruce Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt in Boston, and Bonnie allowed Bruce to perform his traditional two-hour set in its entirety. In the audience was critic and future Bruce manager Jon Landau, who wrote the next day, "I saw rock & roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Though true, it took Springsteen years to live that quote down.

On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)" — his last Heartbreakers album before the solo "Full Moon Fever" — entered the charts on its way to #20.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's collaborative "Walking Into Clarksdale" entered the album charts on its way to #8.


May 10, 2015


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Dave Mason and Donovan, along with songwriter Graham Gouldman of 10cc, are all 69 today. That could be one interesting party!

Bassist and world-class deadbeat Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols would have been 58.

Bono, the voice of U2 (and some say his generation), is 55.

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On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones did their first professional recording session in London for Decca Records (who casually rejected the results).

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded their first attempt on Keith Richards' song "Satisfaction" at Chess Studios in Chicago. Two days later, they got it right in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones appeared in separate courts facing separate drug charges.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' studio version of "Get Back" began its quick run to five weeks at #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton recorded his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." As much as he disliked his version of the song, it went on to become his only #1 hit single.

On this day in 1974, Led Zeppelin threw a party celebrating the launch of their Swan Song record label at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The bash ended with the guests tossing food, china and other guests at one another. Don't believe me? Ask your mom!

On this day in 1978, with Brian Jones long dead and Keith Richards cleaned up for the first time in years, The Rolling Stones released the biggest hit of the Summer of '78, "Miss You."

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" (their most rocking song ever) briefly entered the singles charts, touching on #53 before fading back.

On this day in 1986, Journey's "Raised On Radio" album began a run to #4 with four million sold.

On this day in 2014, original Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi lost an eight-year battle with the cancer. He was only 62.


May 11, 2015


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Eric Burden of The Animals and War is 74.
Drummer Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band is 68.

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On this day 1970, The Who unleashed their "Live At Leeds" (one of the greatest live albums ever) and The Beatles released their final single, "The Long And Winding Road." The Beatles soon hit #1 and The Who eventually peaked at #4.

On this day 1974, Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley's Los Angeles Forum concert. Afterward, all four Zep members spent over 2 hours backstage hanging with Elvis.

On this day 1974, Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (one of their few songs inspired by an actual person) began its climb up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day 1981, reggae legend Bob Marley died of a brain tumor in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.

On this day 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Southern Accents" hit #7 on the album charts as Phil Collins' "Sussudio" began it's climb to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died in his Irish home at the age of 57.

On this day in 2008, original Rush drummer John Rutsey died at the age of 55 of a heart attack caused by complications from diabetes. His health had forced him to retire just before the trio's first significant tour in 1974.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/11/15


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Spring Classic Speedway Motorcycle Race tix certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - Paul Rodgers/Bad Company: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Steven Wright: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Dear Jerry

Peter Frampton has joined the line-up for this Thursday's Jerry Garcia tribute concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. "Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia" will feature performances by all of The Grateful Dead's core surviving members: singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart as well as one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby. Other performers will include Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, Eric Church and many more. The gig will be recorded and filmed for future release on a variety of platforms with a portion of the proceeds going to the Rex Foundation non-profit charity established by the Dead. Jamming!

Louisville Leopards

The grade-school kids who make up the Louisville Leopard Percussionists have earned a lot of acclaim for their innovative covers of popular rock songs — and at least one rock star has kicked in some cash to their extra-curricular activities. After seeing a video of the Leopards' version of his "Crazy Train," Ozzy Osbourne donated $10,000 to the group. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page is also a fan, giving the group a shout-out on his Facebook page for their medley of Zep classics (but no cash that we know of). The Louisville Leopard Percussionists actually formed in 1993 and are made up of more than 60 students aged 7 to 14.

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It was Martin Mull who said: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Never mistake activity for achievement."

It was Woody Allen who said: "My one regret in life is that I am not someone else."

It was Harold Wilson who said: "The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."


May 12, 2015


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Comic genius George Carlin would have been 78.
Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan would have been 70.
Multi-instrumentalist/singer extraordinaire Stevie Winwood is 67.
Guitarist Billy Squier is 65.
KISS/Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer is 57.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction" in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. Two days earlier, they had unsuccessfully attempted to record the song at Chess Studios in Chicago.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd played one of their first experimental concerts in quadraphonic sound at the "Games for May" event at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

On this day in 1969, Santana recorded "Evil Ways," which went on to become their first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1969, Mick Taylor joined The Rolling Stones for his first official session as their new lead guitarist. By the time they'd finished, the basic tracks for "Honky Tonk Woman" were complete and an early version of "Country Honk" had been committed to tape.

On this day in 1971, Mick Jagger married his first wife, Bianca, at the St. Tropez Town Hall. The large Roman Catholic service was attended by the other Rolling Stones, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Steven Stills. Think any of that group caught a buzz?

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually spent four weeks at #1 and is still hailed by many as their best album ever.

On this day in 1973, as it was racking up over 11 million in sales, Led Zeppelin's "Houses Of The Holy" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Red Rose Speedway" entered the charts on its way to a three-week run at #1 as David Bowie's "Alladin Sane" began its climb to #17 — his most successful album to date.

On this day in 1973, Steely Dan's "Reeling In The Years" peaked at #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, singer Mickey Thomas made his debut with the Jefferson Starship at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

On this day in 2008, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' divorce became official with a monetary award of nearly $50 million for Mills — far more than the former Beatle had originally offered, but significantly less than his ex was seeking.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/12/15


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Spring Classic Speedway Motorcycle Race tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Paul Stanley/KISS: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Caparulo: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Stones In Town

With The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour starting on the 23rd in San Diego, you shouldn't be surprised that the boys are in town rehearsing, even as we speak. Where are they? And will they do a secret small show somewhere as is their tradition? Stay tuned!

Macca (Literally) Steps In

Last Saturday night's gig seemed like just another private party for the Tampa, Florida cover band Phase5. It fact, it was Arlen Shevell's graduation at the Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, Florida. But no one in the band realized that Arlen's mom (who booked the band last year) is Paul McCartney's wife. So imagine their surprise when Sir Paulie spent an hour out on the dance floor before asking if he could sing a few songs with them. First, he had the group play a blues progression over which he improvised a tune about his stepson's graduation. Then, Macca guided Phase5 into The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" — a song that the cover group had never played before! Thank goodness their piano player pulled up a chart off the Internet so they could wing it! Judging by the cellphone videos, it turned out great... but will they be raising their fee?

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "Nothing will work unless you do."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "Don't count the days, make the days count."

It was Bob Costas who said: "We live in a culture that grows more stupid and graceless by the minute... Is it too much to ask that you confine your buffoonery to situations that don't damage your team?"


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Thursday May 21st, 7pm - 9pm: What a combination: J.B., The Sound Crew and Riverside Harley-Davidson kicking off Bike Week at the Riverside Harley-Davidson headquarters at 7688 Indiana Ave. (right off the 91) in Riverside. Will Joe join his old buddies The Bodie Band to sing a few Classic Rock tunes? Stop by to have some fun while you find out!


May 13, 2015


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Rock & Roll pioneer Ritchie Valens would have been 74 today.
Magic Dick, trumpet and harmonica player with the J. Geils Band, is 70.
The amazing Stevie Wonder is 64.
Danny Kirwan, guitarist/vocalist in the first successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, is 65.

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On this day in 1966, The Kinks recorded "Sunny Afternoon."

On this day in 1967, Cream's debut album, "Fresh Cream," entered the American charts on its way to an inauspicious #39. Their fate would change once Jimi Hendrix's influence impacted Eric Clapton.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles' pseudo-documentary "Let It Be" premiered in New York.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "Still The Same" began a run to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns N' Roses' "G N' R Lies" hit #2 with five million sold just as Tom Petty's classic "Full Moon Fever" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 with over five million sold.

On this day in 2012, Donald "Duck" Dunn, one of the most important bass players in the history of Rock & Roll, passed away in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo. High school classmates Dunn and guitarist Steve Cropper joined Stax Records in Memphis in the early Sixties to play with Booker T. & The MGs — whose "Green Onions" became an immediate hit. As part of that racially integrated band in the Deep South (a highly unusual situation in that era), they became a R&B powerhouse that turned out hits like Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," among many others. After the MGs split up in 1971, Dunn played on hundreds of sessions, recording with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1978, Dunn and Cropper joined Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as back-up for the highly successful Blues Brothers album and movies. The duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992 and received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Duck was 70 years old.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/13/15


10 At 10: Guitar Solos
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Spring Classic Speedway Motorcycle Race tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Elton John: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ralph Harris: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Refreshened Phil

This Fall, the (sort of) retired Phil Collins will release the first in a series of deluxe remastered editions of his solo studio albums. In addition to the original eight albums, there'll also be various archival packages curated by the longtime Genesis singer/drummer. As for touring in support of the rereleases, "retired" may actually be the final word.

Hail The Who

While The Who were in Nashville for Monday night's concert, the Music Business Association held a special ceremony to salute Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend for their career accomplishments. In part because bands have rarely hit 50 years of rocking, the M.B.A. created a special Outstanding Achievement Award for 50 Years of Musical Excellence. Remarkably, not a discouraging word was heard from Pete!

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "Politics makes estranged bedfellows."

It was Charles Bukowski who said: "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

It was C.S. Lewis who said: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."


May 14, 2015


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Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce would have been 72.
The head Talking Head, David Byrne, is 63.
Original Rush drummer John Rutsey would have been 62.

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On this day in 1955, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley And His Comets entered the Top 40 on its way to becoming the first #1 record of the rock era.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' cryptic "Paint It, Black" entered the American singles charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things," driven by Jeff Beck's mind-blowing guitar work, peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released Neil Young's "Ohio," only 10 days after the fatal Kent State University shootings that inspired the song. Backed with Stephen Stills' beautiful "Find The Cost Of Freedom," it topped out at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf electrocuted himself while tuning his electric guitar in the bathtub.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's career defining "Pyromania" peaked at #2 while selling over 10 million copies!

On this day in 1988, Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with John Bonham's son Jason on drums.

On this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/14/15


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Spring Classic Speedway Motorcycle Race tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Christopher Titus: 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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with frontman Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!


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All Hail Mr. Seger

Not that we've ever paid attention to the CMT Music Awards, but we sure got one hell of a surprise when the 2015 nominations were announced yesterday. In addition to the world's most popular country acts receiving nominations, there was our own Bob Seger up for the CMT Performance Of The Year for his live duet rendition of his "Turn the Page" with Jason Aldean on one of last year's CMT Crossroads episodes. You go, cowboy!

Metallica Elevating

Never a dull moment for Metallica. Over this past weekend, they headlined the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas. Already this year, they've made outstanding and totally rocking appearances at professional hockey and baseball games. Now, just imagine what they'll do at this Summer's X Games! As frontman James Hetfield said in a new promo video with skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level!" Let's just hope that — with the 2015 X Games being held June 4th through the 7th in Austin, Texas — we humans will be sufficiently prepared for the impending elevation!

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It was Albert Einstein who said: "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it's how you handle what happens to you."

It was Samuel Goldwyn who said: "Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting on with people one cannot stand."

It was the Bhagavad Gita that said: "Man has control of action alone, never the fruits of the action."


May 15, 2015


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Former Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno (über-producer for David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2) is 67.

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On this day in 1965, The Byrds made their first entry into the charts with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Three months later, the song peaked at #1 and was a strong factor in Dylan's decision to switch from acoustic to electric music.

On this day in 1965, "For Your Love" by The Yardbirds entered the charts on its way to #6. The song featured Eric Clapton on all the guitar parts except the solo, which was recorded by his replacement, Jeff Beck.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman for the first time at the Bag O' Nails nightclub in London. They clicked big time and married on March 12th, 1969.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd played a concert in front of a large lake at the Crystal Palace Bowl in South London. Not only were a great number of fish in the lake killed by the very loud music, a full one-third of the audience blew their minds!

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" peaked at #11 on the singles chart as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "4 Way Street" album spent the first of four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, two truly classic albums, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" and Jethro Tull's masterpiece "Aqualung," entered the charts on their way into the Top 10. "Sticky Fingers" spent four weeks at #1 while "Aqualung" became Tull's biggest seller, topping out at #7 and selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1975, the most famous Fleetwood Mac line-up (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John & Christine McVie) made their live debut in El Paso, Texas.

On this day in 1976, as The Rolling Stones' million selling "Black And Blue" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" began its climb to a three-week stay at #3 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1976, Thin Lizzy's classic "The Boys Are Back In Town" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 and a spot in every action movie soundtrack for the next 40 years.

On this day in 1984, guitarist Nils Lofgren was drafted into The E Street Band by Bruce Springsteen to replace "Little Steven" Van Zandt.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/15/15


10 At 10: Rain Songs!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Spring Classic Speedway Motorcycle Race tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan: 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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with frontman Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!

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It was Vin Scully who said: "Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination."

It was George Burns who said: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "If it were not for hopes, the heart would break."


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Next Thursday, 7pm - 9pm: What a combination: J.B., The Sound Crew and Riverside Harley-Davidson kicking off Bike Week at the Riverside Harley-Davidson headquarters at 7688 Indiana Ave. (right off the 91) in Riverside. Will Joe join his old buddies, The Bodie Band, to sing a few Classic Rock tunes? Stop by to have some fun while you find out!



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