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June 16 - 30, 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!

June 16, 2015


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Drummer extraordinaire Doane Perry of Jethro Tull fame is 61.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" for his classic "Highway 61 Revisited" album. Bob and his band — featuring Al Kooper playing an electric organ for the first time in his life and some of blues guitar legend Mike Bloomfield's most understated playing ever — nailed the song on the fourth of 14 takes, the only time they made it all the way through the number.

On this day in 1967, at the height of "The Summer Of Love," The Monterey Pop Festival kicked off in Monterey, California. The media coverage given to Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix during the three-day festival helped turn them into international stars.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company's "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" peaked at #13 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders died from a cocaine overdose at age 25.

On this day in 1984, the Scorpions "Love At First Sting" hit #6 on the charts, eventually selling over three million copies and becoming the most successful album of their career.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/16/15


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - George Thorogood: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Rush/Rolling Stone

Perhaps another sign that the end of the world is near, Rush will finally be featured on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine! True, it's been over 40 years since the band formed its current line-up, and since 1981's "Moving Pictures" album gave them their commercial breakthrough. While Rush should have been on the cover of that rag 34 years ago, they were blocked by editorial prejudice. But in recent years, Rush have been the focus of the hit documentary "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" (which they didn't make), and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as they continued to sell out concerts around the world. Will "Rolling Stone" shed any light on the possibility that their touring days are over? Frontman/bassist Geddy Lee says, "It's most likely our last tour... I can't say for sure. But it doesn't mean we don't want to work together still, it doesn't mean we won't do another creative project and I've got ideas for shows we could do that don't involve a tour."

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It was Erma Bombeck who said: "Never lend your car to anyone to whom you've given birth."

It was Michael Jordan who said: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

It was Ogden Nash who said: "Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else."

It was Marcel Proust who said: "True discovery consists not in finding new landscapes, but in seeing the same landscape with new eyes."


June 17, 2015


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Barry Manilow may not be Rock & Roll, but he is 69.
Keyboardist Gregg Rolie, a founding member of Santana and Journey, is 68.
And here's one you never thought you'd hear: Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra is 57.

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On this day in 1966, Beatle Paul McCartney bought himself a remote farm in Kintyre, Scotland. He later wrote "Mull Of Kintyre" about it.

On this day in 1966, guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. In less than a year, Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie left Mayall's band to form Fleetwood Mac.

On this day in 1972, budding super star Elton John's "Honky Chateau" album began its climb to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1972, David Bowie's landmark "Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars" album entered the American charts. Although it only peaked at #75, it did spend 72 weeks on the charts and influenced the sound of rock albums and songwriting for years to come.

On this day in 1973, former Beatle George Harrison's "Living In The Material World" entered the album charts on its way to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' first single, "Just What I Needed," began its run to #27 on the charts — setting them up for their big breakthrough.

On this day in 1978, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' rocking "I Need To Know" began its climb to #41 on the charts. Tom's breakthrough was still further down the road.

On this day in 1978, Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 1975's "Born To Run," entered the charts on its way to #5 with three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin began their final tour in Dortmund, Germany.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/17/15


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Roger Daltrey/The Who: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tim Hawkins: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Neil Says Stop

As expected, billionaire gas bag/real estate mogul Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination yesterday. He even used Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" as he took the stage. But, true to form, Trump used the rock anthem without the artist's permission. In the first volley of legal moves, Young's lifelong manager, Elliot Roberts, wrote that "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement. Mr. Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America." Do you think Trump cares?

Grohl/Foos Down

Dave Grohl's fall off the stage during the second song of the Foo Fighters' Swedish festival gig last Friday has taken the band off the road for a while. With six metal screws in his fractured leg following serious surgery, Dave's had to cancel the remainder of the Foos U.K. and European tour dates, including the band's headlining set at the immense Glastonbury festival. Grohl says, "The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I'm not out of the woods yet, folks." With the band scheduled to begin their U.S. tour with a big Independence Day blowout on July 4th at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., let's hope Dave's better by then!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "When in doubt, don't."

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who said: "A man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

It was Anthony Robbins who said: "Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "You are not a rug... everyone may try to walk all over you, but you do not have to lie there and take it!"


June 18, 2015


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Sir Paul McCartney is 73.

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On this day in 1967, Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, performed a second set at the Monterey Pop Festival so that D.A. Pennebaker could film them for his documentary. Then, after The Who won a backstage argument with Jimi Hendrix over who would close the festival, Hendrix played an incendiary set that saw him light his guitar on fire. History was made, and The Who's Pete Townshend was even more pissed that he had to follow Jimi!

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, goofy behavior spread all across the good old U.S. of A. when "The Blues Brothers" movie, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, premiered.

On this day in 1988, Van Halen's "OU812" album began its four weeks at #1 with over four million sold.

On this day in 2011, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's legendary sidekick/saxophonist, died of complications from a massive stroke at the age of 69. At The Boss' insistence, the 6 foot 2 inch "Big Man" became one of the founding members of Springsteen's E Street Band in 1972.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/18/15


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Stewart Copeland/The Police: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Heffron: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Stones Still Rock

Almost 44 years after it was first released, The Rolling Stones' classic "Sticky Fingers" album is back near the top of the Billboard 200. Released in new deluxe, remastered and expanded editions, "Sticky Fingers" reentered the chart at #5. The last time it appeared as high as #5 on the chart was on August 14, 1971. Now, how about a Southland date boys?

Aerosmith/Download Fest

Remember when guitarist Joe Perry told how much Aerosmith loved their headlining gig at the 2014 Download festival? Well darned if they aren't releasing the 19-song DVD on September 4th! How close is "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" to the real thing? Guitarist Brad Whitford says, "You're hearing it exactly as it happened. Nothing has been fixed or repaired — just sonically enhanced." Rare way to do it, but the perfect way to hear your fave band!

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A Special Father's Day Collection

It was Johann Friedrich von Schiller who said: "It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry."

It was Gabriel Garcia Marquez who said: "A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."

It was Red Buttons who said: "Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

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This Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! 10am - 10pm: Check out the massive, free Day of Music in Fullerton where Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound crew at the Fullerton Museum Plaza main stage and rockin' with The Jeremy Benson Band from 1p - 2pm! Great fun to be had — rock on!


June 19, 2015


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Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is 65.
Drummer Simon Wright of AC/DC and Dio is 52.

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On this day in 1965, The Kinks and Moody Blues played their first American gigs at New York's Academy of Music. Bad news for both bands: they hadn't paid off the New York City Musicians Union and their revoked work visas were right around the corner.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' tender "Wild Horses" entered the singles charts on its way to #28 just as Rod Stewart's classic "Every Picture Tells A Story" album was about to spend four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1976, Blue Oyster Cult's outstanding "Agents Of Fortune" album entered the charts on its way to #29 as "Don't Fear The Reaper" was about to become their biggest hit ever at #12.

On this day in 1982, Christine McVie's Fleetwood Mac song "Hold Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1997, Bobby Helms, best known for "Jingle Bell Rock," died from emphysema and asthma at the age of 63.

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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 Def Leppard and more of Joe's conversations with singer Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collin and Vivian Campbell. Check out this preview!

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Friday 6/19/15


10 At 10: Rock Anthems
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Lots O' Alice

Alice Cooper's 15-CD "The Studio Albums 1969-1983" boxset is finally emerging on July 31st. The massive set includes material from the original Alice Cooper Band as well as the act later renamed Alice Cooper. The stunning clamshell box featuring remasters of Alice's 15 Warner Brothers albums (all with the original artwork!) will come with an extremely detailed booklet — but, alas, no exploding blood packs.

Omar For Journey

You won't see Journey's longtime drummer Deen Castronovo when the band plays the Hollywood Bowl for Saturday night's benefit for the Music Ed Programs of the L.A. Philharmonic. After Deen was arrested this week on domestic assault and menacing charges, guitarist Neal Schon secured the services of acclaimed session drummer Omar Hakim to fill in for Castronovo. Michael Jackson, Sting, Dire Straits, David Bowie and Miles Davis are among the people Omar's worked with, so he'll fit right in.

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Another Special Father's Day Collection

It was Jim Valvano who said: "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "When my father didn't have my hand... he had my back."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."

It was Al Unser who said: "Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows."


June 20, 2015


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Guitar god Chet Atkins would have been 91.
Bassist/songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is 73.
Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is 61.

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On this day in 1969, the 3-day Newport '69 Festival began in Northridge. An estimated 150,000 made it in to hear Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance — the highest fee ever paid to a single rock act for one appearance at that time. Do you know anyone born in the Southland in March 1970? Their folks were probably at the festival — or at least in the parking lot!

On this day in 1970, as Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley" album began its climb to #27, Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" entered the singles charts on its way to #55 and the set list of every bar band in America.

On this day in 2004, Saint Petersburg, Russia was the site of Paul McCartney's 3,000th concert. Macca had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 concerts with Wings and 325 solo shows. And still he rocks today, singing his songs in the same key they were written in!


June 21, 2015


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The Kinks leader Ray Davies is 71.
Guitarist Joey Molland of Badfinger is 68.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer turns 65.
Guitarist Nils Lofgren of the E-Street Band hits 64.

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On this day in 1966, Britain's top session guitarist, Jimmy Page, made his live debut with The Yardbirds at a show at the Marquee Club in London. Little did anyone know that his transformation of that group into Led Zeppelin was just two years away.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the John Lennon song "She Said She Said" in its entirety. The title/lyric was inspired by a conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda at a party in the Hollywood Hills a few weeks previous.

On this day in 1969, Neil Young's first solo album, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," began its climb to #37 as Joe Cocker's cover of Traffic's "Feeling Alright" began a run to #33 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, the band he had carefully formed seven years earlier. He soon had his next group, Rainbow, up and running with Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

On this day in 1980, Eric Clapton's classic live "Just One Night" hit #2 on the charts for the first of six weeks.

On this day in 1981, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen put Steely Dan on a hiatus that lasted 13 years.

On this day in 1986, AC/DC's "Who Made Who album — the soundtrack to Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive" movie — began a chart run to #33 with over five million sold.

On this day in 2001, blues legend John Lee Hooker died in his sleep in his Los Altos, California home at the age of 83. Hooker was perhaps the most influential of all the old bluesmen, with songs covered by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, The Doors, AC/DC and many more.


June 22, 2015


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Todd Rundgren is 67.
38 Special bassist Larry Junstrom is 66.
INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers is 58.

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On this day in 1847, the doughnut was invented so that roadies could work lengthy rock tours.

On this day in 1968, The Jeff Beck Group debuted in New York City. Their lead singer, Rod Stewart, was so nervous he hid behind the speakers for the first few songs. No, there wasn't a young blonde back there with him, but we all know how he likes his doughnuts.

On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin played their one and only gig in Iceland, which in turn inspired Robert Plant to write the lyrics to Jimmy Page's still in development "Immigrant Song."

On this day in 1973, Elton John's plaintive "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" began its climb to #2 on the singles charts. Elton had personally enlisted Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys as well as Toni Tennille to do the beautiful backing vocals.

On this day in 2008, George Carlin, the iconic, acerbic, GRAMMY-winning comedian/actor/author whose career spanned more than 50 years, died of heart failure in Santa Monica at the age of 71.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/22/15


10 At 10: Summertime!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Vivian Is Down Again

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell's cancer has returned for a third time, forcing him to pull out of the band's current tour. Two years ago, the 52-year-old received chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, which affects the lymphatic system. Last year, the cancer returned after being in remission. On Saturday, Vivian said, "I'm saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned... However, I'm beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while." At this point, Viv is only expected to miss the first few Summer shows, after which his treatments will be tailored around the band's touring schedule. Vivian joined Def Leppard in 1992 after stints in Whitesnake and Ronnie James Dio's band. Speedy recovery, Viv!

Symphonic Journey

Journey launched the Hollywood Bowl's 2015 Summer season Saturday night with a full show and — for the first time ever — a 100 piece orchestra! Original Journey members Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory, and longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain along with singer Arnel Pineda were joined by famed session drummer Omar Hakim, who sat in for troubled percussionist Deen Castronovo, who was arrested on assault and menacing charges on June 14th. The concert was directed by Thomas Wilkins. Proceeds from the event (which was filmed and recorded) will go to the Los Angeles Philharmonic's education and outreach programs. With Journey's help, the L.A. Phil raised a record $1.6 million; the previous best was $1.4 million in 2011.

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It was Richard Petty who said: "You're out there to win, not to bring your car home in one piece."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

It was Vin Scully who said: "Good is not good when better is expected."

It was Henry Ford who said: "A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it."

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This Saturday, 9am - 3pm: The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the Auto Club Speedway for 500 miles of side-by-side high speed action! Look for Uncle Joe to announce Friday's practice and qualifying sessions, and Saturday's afternoon MAV TV 500 INDYCAR Race. See you mega-zooming there!


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This Saturday, 7pm: Join Joe Benson as he hosts the 2nd Annual Benefit for New Horizons featuring America highlighted by the group's founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. All proceeds go towards programs and services for individuals with special needs, as part of Partnering for a Brighter Future. For tickets and info, visit the Alex Theatre in Glendale.


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This Sunday, 11am - 1pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew for more fun at the Mike Thompson's RV Roadshow at the Rose Bowl. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Sound swag too — so don't be late!


June 23, 2015


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Original Beatle bassist Stuart Sutcliffe would have been 75.
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is 74.

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On this day in 1973, Chicago's "Just You 'N' Me" began its run to #4 on the singles charts as the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise" was climbing up to #22 and Led Zeppelin's "Over The Hills And Far Away" was stalling on its way to #51.

On this day in 1973, George Harrison's "Living In The Material World" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks as Joe Walsh's "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" began its run to #6.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney & Wings wrapped up their "Wings Over America" tour at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. Macca didn't tour the States for another 13 years — do you think somebody ticked him off?

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" album hit #1 just as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Discovery" began its climb to #5 and The Knack's "My Sharona" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." album entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1 and 15 million sold — the biggest of his career.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's all-time driving classic "Panama" entered the singles charts on its way to #13 just as Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Couldn't Stand The Weather" album began a run to #31 and two million sold.

On this day in 1990, Aerosmith's "Other Side" entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 2010, Pete Quaife, The Kinks original bassist, died of kidney failure at the age of 66 after a long illness.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/23/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Rob Halford/Judas Priest: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jack Coen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Coolest Ozzy News Yet

As expected, Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed he'll perform in New Orleans for the 2015 edition of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. The all star band that will back him is the big surprise. On October 31st, Ozzy's headlining set will feature Slash, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Good God — that is going to ROCK!

Lots O' America

The new "America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977" box set, featuring America's first eight albums, will be released on July 17th. It includes all seven of the group's studio albums with its original trio line-up of Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek. After Peek left the band, Bunnell and Beckley carried on as a duo and still perform as America today. You can see them this Saturday night at Alex Theatre in Glendale as they headline the 2nd Annual Benefit for New Horizons.

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

It was Seth Godin who said: "Knowing what to do is very, very different than actually doing it."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

It was Mark Twain who said: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."


June 24, 2015


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Guitar god Jeff Beck is 71.
Singer Colin Blunstone of The Zombies is 70.
Drummer/rock icon Mick Fleetwood is 68.
Former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz is 67.
Dire Straits bassist John Illsley is 65.

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On this day in 1965, John Lennon released the follow-up to his first book, "In His Own Write." The book's title, "A Spaniard In The Works," was a play on the phrase "A Spanner In The Works." However, because we Americans didn't know "spanner" was another name for a "wrench," the joke was completely lost on us. Oh well...

On this day in 1967, as The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album was about to begin its 15 week run at #1, the Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic "White Rabbit" entered the singles charts on its way to #8, confusing most everyone who tried to figure out its lyrics.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles' self-titled debut album began a run to #22. Superstardom was still a couple years away.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' classic album "Some Girls" entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1, selling over six million in the process of becoming the most successful non-compilation album of their career.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise" entered the singles charts on its way to #22 just as ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" began a short run to #35.

On this day in 1984, Talking Heads premiered their concert movie "Stop Making Sense" directed by Jonathan Demme. Filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983 during their "Speaking In Tongues" tour, it remains one of the best Rock & Roll movies ever.

On this day in 1989, the title track of Don Henley's classic "The End Of The Innocence" album began a run to #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1995, Pink Floyd's live "Pulse" album began a run to #1 and two million sold.

On this day in 1996, Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth had returned as a (very) temporary replacement.

On this day in 1999, Eric Clapton auctioned off 100 of his guitars to raise money for his Crossroads Clinic in Antigua. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster on which he composed "Layla" fetched a (then) record price of $497,500.

On this day in 2000, KISS began auctioning off costumes and props from their 25 years in show business. Last we checked, they still haven't left the building.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/24/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Mega Early Bowie

You had to figure he was busy working on something big, and now we know. On September 25th, David Bowie will release "Five Years 1969-1973," the first in a series of box sets showcasing his lengthy, diverse career. The set will include remastered versions of six studio albums: 1969's "David Bowie" aka "Space Oddity," 1970's "The Man Who Sold the World," 1971's "Hunky Dory," 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars," 1973's duo of "Aladdin Sane" and "Pin Ups." Two live albums — 2008's "Live Santa Monica '72" and 1983's "Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack" — will also be included.

Mr. Waters Helps

Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters — with help from special guest Sheryl Crow — will be doing a benefit concert for wounded veterans at DAR in Washington, D.C. on October 16th. The Music Heals event will benefit MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program that supports injured servicemen and women and their families. The concert will also feature the MusiCorps Band, featuring service members who have learned, or re-learned, to play instruments through the charity. Roger says, "The work I have done over the last few years with these men and women has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done." Right so Mr. Waters!

Viv's Return

Good news for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell! It was feared that the return of his Hodgkin's Lymphoma would mean another round of radiation, but his doctors have found a different treatment that he can use and still tour with the band. So he'll rejoin the Leppard's tour with Styx and Tesla this Saturday night after missing just a few shows. Get well soon, Viv!

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It was Henry James who said: "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language."

It was Plato who said: "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

It was Thomas Hardy who said: "And yet to every bad there's a worse."

It was Edna Ferber who said: "Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way."


June 25, 2015


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Original Moody Blues bassist Clint Warwick is 73.
Eternal babe and occasional singer Carly Simon is 70.
Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald of Foreigner and King Crimson fame is 69.
Toto keyboardist/singer David Paich is 61.

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On this day in 1966, The Troggs' "Wild Thing" entered the American Top 40, scaring the bejesus out of melodic pop combos everywhere. It eventually peaked at #1.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles performed "All You Need Is Love" live on the first worldwide satellite television broadcast. Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon, among others, were on hand to help (or be seen).

On this day in 1969, guitarist Mick Taylor played his first gig as Brian Jones' replacement in The Rolling Stones. The Colosseum in Rome was the venue.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams" hit #2 with three million sold as "I'm In You," Peter Frampton's follow-up to his record breaking, mega-million selling live album "Frampton Comes Alive," began a long climb to #2 and Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" began its lurch to #17.

On this day in 1983, Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like A Knife" hit #8 on the album charts as girls swooned all around him.

On this day in 1984, Patti Scialfa joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as a back-up singer, four days before the Born In The U.S.A. world tour began.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" began its run to two weeks at #1 on the singles charts just as Van Halen's monster "OU812" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1994, Stone Temple Pilots' "Purple" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with six million sold.

On this day in 1994, Boston's fourth album, "Walk On," entered the charts a mere eight years after the band's "Third Stage." It eventually peaked at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Chet Helms, who founded and managed Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, died in San Francisco of complications from a stroke at age 62. It was Helms who staged the free concerts at Golden Gate Park that became the backdrop for 1967's Summer of Love. He also helped the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish and others develop the "San Francisco Sound."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/25/15


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Eddie Kramer/Jimi Hendrix: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Mark Eddie: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Frank Caliendo who said: "The secret to a long relationship is being afraid to say, 'I want out.'"

It was Buddha who said: "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Listen to many, speak to a few."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "All great achievements require time."


June 26, 2015


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Chicago blues pioneer Big Bill Broonzy would have been 122.
Guitarist Mick Jones of The Clash is 60.
Crooner Chris Isaak is 59.

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On this day in 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "She Loves You" in a hotel room in Newcastle, England.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles released their "A Hard Day's Night" album, which was sold in either a stereo or mono mix. But, in fact, only the instrumental tracks were issued in stereo or mono — The Beatles' songs were all mixed in mono on both versions of the album.

On this day in 1965, as the U.S. only "Beatles VI" album launched into six weeks at #1, The Byrds' cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" began a run up to #6 on the singles charts, sparking sales of electric 12 string guitars across the land.

On this day in 1966, driven by Jeff Beck's wild guitar work, The Yardbirds' "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" entered the singles charts on it way to #13 and garage band setlists across America.

On this day in 1973, British police raided Keith Richards' London home, where they discovered guns, ammunition and Chinese heroin. The Rolling Stones guitarist was immediately arrested with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg.

On this day in 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication" album began its run up to #3, selling five million copies by the time the tour had wrapped up.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 6/26/15


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller: 1:30pm
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 The Steve Miller Band as well as more of Joe's conversations with Steve. Check out this preview!

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "The one who loves the least, controls the relationship."

It was Doug Larson who said: "If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur."

It was Tim Gunn who said: "It's easy to get along with people you like. Getting along with people you loathe shows real character."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."


June 27, 2015


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Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan, would have been 88.

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On this day in 1949, Gene Autry recorded "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut album entered the British charts two months after it was released.

On this day in 1970, seven weeks after the Kent State Massacre that it was written about, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's blistering "Ohio" was released.

On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead's classic "Working Man's Dead" album entered the charts on its way to #27.

On this day in 1970, the English band Smile made its performance debut under its new name, Queen. A superior name indeed!

On this day in 1971, the legendary Fillmore East in New York City closed. Performers on the last night included The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys, J. Geils Band and Mountain.

On this day in 1976, John Lennon finally received his green card.

On this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin played the last of seven legendary nights at the Forum in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1978, at a special ceremony, UNICEF named Kansas as its first musical ambassadors of goodwill. Not having been told anything about the honor, the band was extremely surprised!

On this day in 1987, Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album hit #2.

On this day in 1989, occasional Eagle Don Henley released his much beloved, classic "The End Of The Innocence" solo album. It eventually peaked at #8 and sold over six million copies

On this day in 1989, The Who performed the rock opera, "Tommy" in its entirety for the first time in 19 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The revived show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1992, Guns N' Roses epic "November Rain" began its climb up the singles charts to two weeks at #3.

On this day in 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts — you go boy!

On this day in 2002, rock's greatest bass player, John Entwistle of The Who, died in his sleep from a heart attack in Las Vegas on the eve of the band's North American tour. He was only 57 years of age.


June 28, 2015


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On this day in 1968, The Beatles recorded "Good Night" at Abbey Road studios for their "White Album." While John Lennon wrote the lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian, Ringo sang the lead vocal.

On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut album entered the charts as Stephen Stills was reconnecting with his Buffalo Springfield bandmate, Neil Young. Neil was, of course, talked into joining CSN shortly thereafter, and the album eventually hit #6 while selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1969, Steve Miller's much revered "Brave New World" album began its climb to #22.

On this day in 1975, The Eagles' "One Of These Nights" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie released "Fame," the song he cowrote with John Lennon. It eventually hit #1 on the charts three months later (real fame took a lot longer back in those days).

On this day in 1986, Genesis' last great album, "Invisible Touch," began its run to two weeks at #3 with over six million sold.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton and Elton John co-headlined a concert at London's Wembley Stadium. The event marked Elton's first public outing since undergoing painful hair transplants. Oh, the courage he demonstrated!


June 29, 2015


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Deep Purple's drummer, Ian Paice, is 67.

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On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were found guilty of trumped-up drug charges in London. Even though they were released from prison soon after, the British music scene would never be the same.

On this day in 1968, Cream's ripping psychedelic "Disraeli Gears" album hit #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1968, Pink Floyd's second album, "A Saucerful Of Secrets," was released as they headlined at the first-ever large scale free rock concert in London's Hyde Park. Jethro Tull and T-Rex were also in the show's line-up.

On this day in 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last concert together on the final day of the three-day Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium (an appropriate name indeed).

On this day in 1974, Neal Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rutsey as the band was about to leave on their first big tour.

On this day in 1978, Peter Frampton survived a very nasty Bahamian car crash, although his career took a pretty severe hit.

On this day in 1979, Little Feat leader (and master musician) Lowell George died of a heart attack in a Virginia hotel room at the age of 34.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" began its rocket ride up to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, U2's mostly live "Wide Awake In America" began its climb to #37, setting up their breakthrough success 18 months later.

On this day in 1991, based on drummer Nick Mason's first solo flight, Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

On this day in 1998, George Harrison announced that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/29/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Chris Squire/yes: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ellen DeGeneres: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Chris Squire

This past Saturday night, Yes bassist/co-founder Chris Squire lost his battle with acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia that affects blood cell production. The 67-year-old legendary musician, nicknamed "Fish," died peacefully in his Phoenix home. He was the only member of Yes to appear on every one of their 21 studio albums since he formed the band with singer Jon Anderson in 1968, and a lifetime source of enjoyment and friendship. May you rest in peace, Chris.

Pete's Still Talking

Another week, another Pete Townshend pronouncement. The guitarist/songwriting genius behind The Who is once again threatening to the end the band, who are currently touring Europe. With a North American leg for the Who Hits 50! tour (which Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey are calling their final large-scale arena tour) hitting us in September, Townshend is once again reaching for headlines. "I think I will stop after this year. I think Roger and I will do odd things together. I hope that one day I can write him an album of songs that suit him and the record company won't demand that we call it the f***ing Who, but I've got a bad feeling about it. I think that if I wrote Roger a bunch of good songs, our manager would say, 'Why not call it The Who? We'll sell double as many records!'" Duh!

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It was Lily Tomlin who said: "The road to success is always under construction."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "You are not a rug... everyone may try to walk all over you, but you do not have to lie there and take it!"

It was Satchel Paige who said: "Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."

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Frogs With Bigger/Longer Chucks

Every species of frog has its own special mating call. The call has two parts: a "whine" which the whole species uses, and a "chuck" which is the individual frog's calling card. Females listen to the chuck carefully — the larger, more desirable frogs make longer, deeper chucks. Yeah, baby!

Computer Bugs

In 1945, when an early computer at Harvard malfunctioned, early software engineer Grace Hopper found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it, thereby restoring the machine to working order. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it. Note: At the time of her death in 1992, Ms. Hopper held the rank of Admiral in the U.S. Navy. (http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html)


June 30, 2015


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Dire Straits rhythm guitarist Hal Lindes is 65.
Sweet guitarist Andy Scott is 64.

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On this day in 1956, Chuck Berry's classic "Roll Over Beethoven" entered the singles chart for the first time.

On this day in 1975, Gregg Allman married Cher four days after she divorced Sonny Bono. Ten days later, she divorced Allman too. Easy come, easy go.

On this day in 1979, The Cars' "Candy-O" album began its climb to four weeks at #3 as the lead single, "Let's Go," began a run up the charts to #14.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his "Born In The U.S.A." tour in Minnesota as "Dancing in the Dark" peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, the surviving Beatles sued for an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, banning him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show featuring The Beatles. The case was eventually settled out of court.

On this day in 2001, guitar god Chet Atkins died at the age of 77 in Nashville from complications of cancer. Chet was THE most recorded solo instrumentalist in history, with more than 75 albums of guitar instrumentals to his credit and more than 75 million albums sold worldwide. He played on hundreds of hit records, including those of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Sr.. He collaborated with a wide range of artists including Sir Paul McCartney. His business acumen and guitar style influenced generations of country and rock musicians alike. Remember the first time you ever saw a picture of The Beatles performing? That was a Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar George Harrison was playing.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/30/15


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Universal Studios Hollywood tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Neal Schon & Ross Valory/Journey: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Wilson: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Chris Squire

This past Saturday night, Yes bassist/co-founder Chris Squire lost his battle with acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia that affects blood cell production. The 67-year-old legendary musician, nicknamed "Fish," died peacefully in his Phoenix home. He was the only member of Yes to appear on every one of their 21 studio albums since he formed the band with singer Jon Anderson in 1968, and a lifetime source of enjoyment and friendship. May you rest in peace, Chris.

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It was Vin Scully who said: "Losing feels worse than winning feels good."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly-mobile."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "The only real valuable thing is intuition."

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Maybe It's Not What You Eat

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats, and still suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
CONCLUSION
Eat and drink what you like. It's speaking English that kills you.



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