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July 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!


July 1, 2015


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Blues legend Willie Dixon would have been 100.
Blondie singer Deborah Harry is 70.
Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd is 63.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles recorded "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" at Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album hit #1 for the first of 15 weeks in the States.

On this day in 1969, The Doors released their "The Soft Parade" album, which featured the scandalous single "Touch Me."

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Cosmo's Factory" album came out and soon became lodged at #1 for nine weeks.

On this day in 1972, Alice Cooper's signature song "School's Out" entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #2 as his million-selling album of the same name began its climb to #23.

On this day in 1978, Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" entered the singles charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' self-titled first album entered the charts on its way to #18 and six million sold — a solid debut indeed.

On this date in 1981, Steppenwolf bass player John Morey died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age of 32. He is best known as the author of "Magic Carpet Ride."

On this day in 1987, The Grateful Dead released their most successful album, "In the Dark," featuring the song "Touch of Grey."

On this day in 1989, Stevie Ray Vaughan's final album, "In Step," began its climb to #33 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1995, legendary D.J. Wolfman Jack suffered a heart attack and died in his home in Belvedere, North Carolina. He was only 57.

On this day in 2002, The Who performed at the Hollywood Bowl three days after the death of bassist John Entwistle. The surviving founding members of the Hall Of Fame band — frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend — decided they needed to play music to honor their old friend, and the following tour was one of their most intense ever.

On this day in 2007, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry and Supertramp's Roger Hodgson were among the stars performing at London's Wembley Stadium for the Concert for Diana. Organized by Prince William and Prince Harry, the show was held on what would have been the 46th birthday of their late mother, Princess Diana.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 7/1/15


10 At 10: Red, White & Blue
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Universal Studios Hollywood tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Tommy Shaw/Styx : 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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New Old Who

The Who's newest archival concert video, "Live At Shea Stadium 1982," has been released on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download. The film captures the last show they played at the New York City ballpark in October 13, 1982 while touring in support of their "It's Hard" album. The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set which included classic songs and several gems.

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It was Sigmund Freud who said: "One is very crazy when in love."

It was Steven Wright who said: "24 hours in a day; 24 bottles in a case of beer. Coincidence? I think not."

It was Joseph Conrad who said: "Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men."

It was Plato who said: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

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Zippy Language Tips for Doo-Dah People

The word "tip," as in a gratuity, is actually an acronym for "To Insure Promptness."

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

The only English word that contains a triple letter is "goddessship."

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is commonly believed to be the only English sentence devised to include all the letters of the alphabet. However, for years typesetters used another such sentence: "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs." Once word of that got out, typing tutorials were never the same.


July 2, 2015


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NASCAR racing icon Richard "The King" Petty is 78.
Bruce Springsteen's longtime keyboardist, Roy Bittan of The E Street Band, is 66.
Bassist/vocalist Joey Puerta of Ambrosia is 64.

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On this day in 1566, Michel de Nostradamus, the French astrologer and "seer of the future," died at the age of 62. His last documented words: "I knew this was going to happen."

On this day in 1947, an object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The U.S. Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it was an alien spacecraft or, at worst, another KISS Farewell Tour.

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded his iconic hit "Hound Dog" at RCA Studios in New York. The session marked the first time The Jordanaires had worked with Presley, and it was their 31st live take on the song that shot up to #1 upon its release.

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney recorded "Her Majesty" by himself at Abbey Road studios before recording 15 takes of "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight" with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. John Lennon missed the session because he was hospitalized in Scotland following a car accident the previous day.

On this day in 1969, bass player Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience because of frustration with Jimi's escalating personal and professional problems.

On this day in 1971, Queen was finally set when bassist John Deacon made his live debut with the band at a college gig in Surrey, England.

On this day in 1981, Foreigner released their album "4," considered by many to be their best.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen played the 21,000 seat Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey — the first of six Springsteen concerts that launched the arena's opening.

On this day in 1983, the final album by The Police, "Synchronicity," entered the American charts on its way to 17 weeks at #1. Before it peaked out, it had sold over eight million copies.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks' solo album "The Wild Heart" entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1987, Sting chose not to attend his mother's funeral in order to stay in Monserrat where he was working on his "Nothing Like The Sun" album.

On this day in 1988, Van Halen's "When It's Love" entered the singles charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 2005, Live 8, the largest live concert ever held, involved over a million people listening to rock and pop musicians at 10 venues across four continents, demanding that the G8 nations move to help Africa. The "battle-of-the-bands" type showcase of most of the world's top acts was unprecedented, but it was the co-ordination of so many acts (U2, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Elton John, Sting and The Who to name a few) and staging in so many cities around the globe that was nothing short of amazing. The man in charge of the whole event was the original Live Aid organizer, Sir Bob Geldof.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 7/2/15


Fours Of July sets of four classic rock songs!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Universal Studios Hollywood tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Fonda Stones

You knew it wouldn't be enough for The Rolling Stones to play a warm-up show for their Zip Code Tour on May 20th at the Fonda Theatre. They just had to release the first time ever performance of all 10 of the songs from their 1971 album "Sticky Fingers" at that intimate L.A. concert. So here you are: "Sticky Fingers Live" is now available for purchase via iTunes. The band also played six other non-"Sticky Fingers" tunes at the Fonda gig, but those aren't included on the new live album. Now what about a real L.A. concert now?

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It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it."

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Saturday July 11th, 11am - 1pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew for more fun (and Van Halen tix!) at The Last OC 405 RV Show of the Summer at Mike Thompson RV (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Sound swag too — so don't be late!


July 3, 2015


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Guitarist Paul Barrere of Little Feat is 67.
Bassist Andy Fraser of the band Free (who wrote the riff to "Alright Now") would have been 63.

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On this day in 1965, The Yardbirds' song "For Your Love" peaked at #6 on the charts. Eric Clapton left the band once they started recording the song, and can be heard only on the second bridge. Jeff Beck played the rest of the guitar on the final recording.

On this day in 1967, The Doors headlined at the Santa Monica Civic Center, backed by the trippy Iron Butterfly and the Orange County band Rubber Maze.

On this day in 1969, Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones died in his swimming pool at the age of 27. High levels of alcohol and barbiturates were found in his blood, and, despite rumors of suicide and murder, authorities declared his death an accident.

On this day in 1971, vocalist Jim Morrison of The Doors died in his bathtub in Paris at the age of 27. No autopsy was ever done, but most figured that, like Brian Jones two years earlier, Jim had just reached the end.

On this day in 1971, completely unaware that their lead singer had just died, The Doors released their "Riders On The Storm" single. A few weeks later, it peaked at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1971, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's second album, "Tarkus," entered the charts on its way to #9. Soon, releasing an album of very complex music every six months would take its toll.

On this day in 1972, blues singer/guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer at the age of 68. Most of us only knew of him from The Rolling Stones authentic cover of his "You Got To Move" on their 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie announced at a London concert that he was retiring from public performance. He was back on stage in 11 months, a turnaround record later challenged by Elton John and KISS.

On this day in 1982, The Stray Cats' "Built For Speed" and Men At Work's "Business as Usual" entered the charts on their way to becoming two of the year's biggest-selling albums.

On this day in 1982, though the Alan Parsons Project was known primarily as a Progressive Rock albums band, the single release of "Eye In The Sky" entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #3.

On this day in 1993, Stone Temple Pilots' "Core" album hit #3 for the first of two weeks. Before it ended its run on the charts, it had sold over eight million copies.

On this day in 2010, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Mojo" album hit #2.

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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 Styx as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with guitarist/singers James 'J.Y.' Young and Tommy Shaw. Check out this preview!

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It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it."

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Factoids For The Fourth

The Declaration of Independence, unanimously declared by the 13 United States of America, was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. But the fact is that not one single signature was signed on that day. While most of the 56 names were in place by early August, one signer, Thomas McKean, did not actually sign the Declaration until 1781. Nevertheless, July 4th was the day singled out to mark the event of the United States establishing itself as a nation.

Of the signers, 24 were lawyers and jurists; 11 were merchants; 9 were farmers and large plantation owners; all were men of means and well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War, with five captured by the British and tortured before they died. Most of the 56 lost family members, 12 had their homes ransacked and burned, and many died bankrupt. Such were the sacrifices of the American Revolution.

The first celebrations occurred shortly after the Declaration in various locales along the Eastern Seaboard. Much of the tradition inherent in the way we celebrate today was evident almost from the beginning. Sound, spectacle and sentiment played an important role in that tradition. One of the most elaborate celebrations in 1777 and the first organized celebration of its kind occurred in Philadelphia. This event had all of the elements of typical future celebrations — the discharge of cannon, firing one round for each state in the union; the ringing of bells; the use of music; the drinking of toasts (it would subsequently be traditional to have one toast for each state in the union); "loud huzzas;" a parade; fireworks; and the use of the nation's colors.

Whatever you do to celebrate, have fun, but please keep the fireworks away from the kids. And give pause to say a prayer for our troops still stationed so far away from home. God bless America!


July 4, 2015


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Guitarist Jeremy Spencer (of the 2nd Fleetwood Mac line-up) is 68.
Singer John Waite of The Babys is 63.
Kirk Pengilly of INXS is 57.

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On this day in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad played the Atlanta Pop Festival, impressing Capitol Records so much that they signed the band within days.

On this day in 1976, as Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Love Me" entered the charts on its way to #11, Paul McCartney & Wings released the song "Let 'Em In."

On this day in 1981, Phil Collins' surprising "Face Value" solo album hit #7 while selling over seven million copies as Foreigner's "Urgent" continued their chart success with a run up to #4.

On this day in 1982, in a year that saw him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash, Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden.

On this day in 1987, Whitesnake's rerecorded version of "Here We Go Again" entered the charts on its way to becoming group leader David Coverdale's only #1 hit.


July 5, 2015


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Guitarist/singer Robbie Robertson of The Band is 72.
R&R poster boy Huey Lewis is 65.

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On this day in 1954, Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black started messing around on a song called "That's All Right" at Sun Studios in Memphis. Scotty Moore remembered saying, "Good God! They'll run us out of town when they hear this." But studio owner Sam Phillips said, "I knew we had a hit."

On this day in 1964, the young Irish band Them, featuring singer Van Morrison, recorded "Gloria." Henceforth, including raw lust as a component of lyrical content was considered fair game.

On this day in 1966, former Animals bassist Chas Chandler happened to see Jimi Hendrix play at Cafe Wha? in New York's Greenwich Village. Blown away, he immediately convinced Hendrix to move to London in order to launch his career.

On this day in 1968, promoter Bill Graham opened the premier West Coast concert hall of the late Sixties/early Seventies: The Fillmore West in San Francisco.

On this day in 1968, The Doors played the Hollywood Bowl, backed by Steppenwolf and the Chambers Brothers. The concert was later released as "The Doors At The Hollywood Bowl."

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London's Hyde Park to introduce their new guitarist Mick Taylor. But since their original guitarist Brian Jones had just died, the concert became a strained tribute instead.

On this day in 1975, Steve Miller showed off his new band (featuring C.C.R.'s Doug "Cosmo" Clifford on drums) and a brand new song ("Rock 'N Me") as he opened for Pink Floyd at England's Knebworth Festival. No slackers themselves, the Floyd premiered their "Wish You Were Here" album with a performance that included fireworks, real Spitfire fighter planes flying overhead, and a full sized model plane crashing into the stage. EEEE-yowee!!

On this day in 1975, Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love" entered the singles charts on their way into the Top 10.

On this day in 1980, Jackson Browne's "Boulevard" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

On this day in 1981, Foreigner's "4" album entered the charts on its way to 10 weeks at #1 and six million copies sold.


July 6, 2015


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Rock pioneer Bill Haley would have been 90.

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On this day in 1957, 15-year-old Paul McCartney first saw The Quarrymen perform at a church social in Liverpool. He immediately struck up a friendship with 16-year-old John Lennon and was soon in the band.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night," premiered in London. The Fab Four didn't actually see the flick until four days later. In Britain alone, the film's soundtrack had already sold a million and a half copies in just nine days.

On this day in 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed the group that a month later they decided to call Jefferson Airplane.

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones hit #3 on the singles charts with "Jumping Jack Flash" just as The Doors "Hello, I Love You" began its climb to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1973, Queen released "Keep Yourself Alive," their debut U.K. single. Unfortunately for them, it didn't chart.

On this day in 1985, Pat Benatar's "Invincible" began it's run up the singles charts to #10.

On this day in 1991, Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" album debuted at #1 where it remained for three weeks. On the strength of their touring, the album eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1993, U2 released their "Zooropa" album. It would soon hit #1

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 7/6/15


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Kevin Cronin/REO Speedwagon: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Craig Shoemaker: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Billy Gets Hitched (Again)

Don't feel left out if you didn't get invited to Billy Joel's latest (fourth) wedding. The 66-year-old singer/songwriter married his 33-year-old girlfriend Alexis Roderick at his Long Island, NY estate on Saturday — and it was a surprise to everyone gathered for Billy's Fourth of July celebration. Joel and the pregnant Roderick began dating in 2009 about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.

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It was Geri Weitzman who said: "Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of."

It was Ansel Adams who said: "There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

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This Saturday! 11am - 1pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew for more fun (and Van Halen tix!) at The Last OC 405 RV Show of the Summer at Mike Thompson RV (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Sound swag too — so don't be late!


July 7, 2015


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The one and only Ringo Starr is 75.
Bassist Jim Rodford of Argent and The Kinks is 70.

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On this day in 1957, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a church dinner in Liverpool, England. He soon invited Macca to join his group The Quarrymen.

On this day in 1968, The Yardbirds finally called it quits, leaving guitarist Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some tour commitments. The group, featuring singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham, and bassist John Paul Jones, was soon renamed Led Zeppelin.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live And Let Die" began it's run up the singles charts to #2.

On this day in 1977 (7/7/77), Styx released their seventh album, "The Grand Illusion." It proved to be their big breakthrough, selling four million copies in short order.

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1980, 12 years after they first formed as the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin played their final concert together in West Berlin. Drummer John Bonham would die in late September.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's classic "Born In The U.S.A." album hit #1 for the first of seven weeks. It eventually sold over 15 million copies.

On this day in 2006, singer/songwriter/guitarist Syd Barrett, the man who founded and named Pink Floyd, then fried his brain on LSD, died at the age of 60 from complications arising from diabetes.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 7/7/15


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Elton John: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Whitney Cummings: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Ringo's Birthday Party

Ringo Starr is celebrating his 75th birthday today with his wife Barbara, extended family, friends and fans in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood with a "Peace & Love" salute at Noon. The celebration is open to the public, and Ringo is inviting everyone everywhere to think or say Peace & Love or share #PeaceAndLove, at Noon their local time, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you do make the gig, look for Joe Walsh, David Lynch, Edgar Winter, Matt Sorum, Jim Keltner, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette, Gary Wright and Ed Begley Jr., among others. And have fun!

Dead Finis

Kudos to the Grateful Dead for ending their 50-year career with the epic five-night, two-state Fare Thee Well concert series. Now, prepare yourself for the onslaught of recordings of the final shows that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will ever perform together (especially the record breaking 71,000 per night Soldier Field gigs in Chicago). Just beware of the endless spinning to the hours of hypnotic noodling/music jamming that may induce vertigo into your joyful tie-dyed celebration.

Blackmore Redux

Word is that guitarist Richie Blackmore — founder of Deep Purple and Rainbow — is planning a return to rock for a handful of shows next June. After decades fronting Blackmore's Night, the world's number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world, Richie says that his rocking backing band will be a mix of "famous people and not so famous ones." Once you finish celebrating this rumored development, you may return to your regularly scheduled life.

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It was Woody Allen who said: "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."

It was John Lennon who said: "There's a great woman behind every idiot."

It was Duke Ellington who said: "A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

It was Rita Rudner who said: "Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry."


July 8, 2015


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Drummer Jai Johanson of The Allman Brothers Band is 71.

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On this day in 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience began opening for The Monkees in Jacksonville, Florida. He lasted nine days before being pulled off the tour. What were they thinking?!?

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan released their classic "Aja" album.

On this day in 1978, Gerry Rafferty's album "City To City" (containing his trademark song "Baker Street") hit #1 on the charts as Foreigner's second album, "Double Vision," began its climb to six weeks at #3 with seven million sold.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever," hit #3 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1989, Stevie Nicks' million-selling fourth solo album, "The Other Side Of The Mirror," peaked at #10 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 7/8/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Eric Clapton: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara: 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 Yes and more of Joe's conversations with bassist Chris Squire. Check out this preview!

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It was Jim Rohn who said: "Indecision is the thief of opportunity."

It was John Fugelsang who said: "I view Jesus much the way I view Elvis. I love the guy, but some of the fan clubs terrify me."

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it."

It was Jimi Hendrix who said: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."


July 9, 2015


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Bon Scott, AC/DC's first lead singer, would have been 69.
Jimi Hendrix's drummer, Mitch Mitchell, would have been 68.
Tom Hanks — whose film "That Thing You Do" was real Rock & Roll — is 59.
Heart throb Courtney Love is 51.
White Stripes frontman/guitarist Jack White is 40.

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On this day in 1956, Dick Clark appeared on TV for the first time as the host of "American Bandstand."

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "Aftermath" album began its climb to two weeks at #2 just as their song "Mother's Little Helper" entered the charts. The song's title was a common British reference to the recently introduced tranquilizer, Valium.

On this day in 1971, Doors singer Jim Morrison was quietly buried in Paris' Pere-Lachaise cemetery.

On this day in 1974 in Seattle, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began their first reunion tour — the first mega-stadium tour in the history of Rock & Roll. It was during that ground-breaking series of concerts that both Neil Young and David Crosby began to question what the hell they were doing. Afterwards, Neil returned back to his smaller, more manageable solo career while David retreated into drug addiction.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" topped out at #8 just as Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #3.

On this day in 1977, Heart's second album, "Little Queen," peaked at #9 just as Crosby, Stills & Nash's "CSN" album began its run to #2 with four million sold.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "Every Breath You Take" hit #1 on the American singles chart for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1988, Cheap Trick hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart with "The Flame."

On this day in 1995 at Chicago's Soldier Field, The Grateful Dead played their last concert with Jerry Garcia. Jerry died a month later, and Soldier Field was torn down in 2001.

On this day in 1996, Deep Purple performed "Smoke On The Water" for the first time in the Swiss city that inspired it. The band wrote and recorded the song in 1971 immediately after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux.

On this day in 1999, 52-year-old Sir Elton John had a pacemaker implanted in a London hospital.

On this day in 2004, 57-year old David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 7/9/15


10 At 10: Cowbells!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - John Lennon/Jack Douglas: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Popa: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Refunds On Crappy Gigs

Unlike the U.S., Finland really takes care of its music fans. Earlier this week, Finland's Consumer Disputes Board has ruled that fans who attended a 2013 Chuck Berry concert in Helsinki are entitled to a 50% refund on the ticket price because the gig fell "well below reasonably expected standards." Granted, you can't demand a refund if you simply didn't like the performance, or if the artist is known to play while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and is prone to less-than-perfect performances. And, of course, a failed performance by a featured star is a bigger deal for consumers than one by a warm-up band. Wonder if Guns 'N Roses is familiar with any of those rules.

Bad Rudd, Bad

In case you'd been wondering, a New Zealand judge has sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention after he pleaded guilty for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, and to threatening to kill a former employee. Rudd had faced up to seven years in prison on the "threatening to kill" charge, which clarified that Phil had offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate to have the victim "taken out." He also acknowledged that he'd directly said to the victim that he was going to kill him. You just gotta figure that Rudd must have been a hoot on all those AC/DC tours.

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It was Gore Vidal who said: "The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Always remember, no matter how many problems you have, there is always someone who has more."

It was Josh Billings who said: "As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."


July 10, 2015


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Singer Ronnie James Dio would have been 73.
Folkie Arlo Guthrie is 68.

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On this day in 1965, as "Beatles VI" topped the U.S. album charts for the first of six weeks, The Rolling Stones scored their first American #1 hit single with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

On this day in 1968, as drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce argued in the background, guitarist Eric Clapton announced the break-up of Cream. One of the real "supergroups," Cream then launched one of the first truly successful Farewell Tours that have plagued the industry ever since.

On this day in 1982, Toto's multi-million selling album "IV" hit #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1986, The Grateful Dead's Ventura Fairgrounds performance was canceled when guitarist Jerry Garcia was hospitalized after lapsing into a diabetic coma. His illness prompted more than 10,000 phone calls to the band's fan hotline in less than 48 hours. Garcia regained consciousness five days later, and was released from the hospital in a month.

On this day in 1993, "Plush" by the Stone Temple Pilots entered the singles charts, eventually topping out at #39 and garnering a Hard Rock – Vocal GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 7/10/15


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Chris Squire/Yes: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen: 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 Yes and more of Joe's conversations with bassist Chris Squire. Check out this preview!


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Stones Hyde Park Live 1969

The Rolling Stones' next DVD/Blu-ray vault release will be their legendary July 5th, 1969 free concert at London's Hyde Park. Word is that "Hyde Park Live 1969" will have a July 24th release date. The show, their first in two years, was originally shot for British TV and intended to be the formal introduction of new guitarist Mick Taylor. But when the band's co-founder, Brian Jones, drowned on July 3rd, the concert was quickly changed to serve as a memorial to Jones. Unfortunately, the huge gig in front of 200,000 people revealed the Stones as unrehearsed, horribly out of tune, and unsure as how to play to a massive crowd. Gotta wonder how it plays on DVD/Blu-ray.

Meisner Update

Randy Meisner, the original bass player for the Eagles, has been placed under 24/7 supervision after threatening to "gun down everyone with an AK-47" while being treated at an Encino hospital. A temporary conservator has been appointed for Meisner by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and Randy will be kept under 24 hour observation, his prescription drug intake will be monitored and his medical state re-evaluated at a hearing in September.

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It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

It was Joel Schumacher who said: "There are no Help Wanted signs in Hollywood. And the guards of the gate are not there to keep you in."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "You don't drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there."


July 11, 2015


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Guitarist Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is 56.

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On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their soon to be #1 hit, "Honky Tonk Women." It was the first recording to feature guitarist Mick Taylor, their replacement for founding member Brian Jones who had slipped into a drug and alcohol fueled daze.

On this day in 1969, David Bowie's single, "Space Oddity," was released to coincide with the first lunar landing. Producer Tony Visconti (who also worked with T. Rex and later The Moody Blues) disliked the song so much, he refused to produce it for his friend David. Instead Elton John's producer, Gus Dudgeon, stepped in and turned the tune into a classic.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer to Home" entered the album charts on its way to #6 and two million sold.

On this day in 1970, The Who unleashed their live cover of "Summertime Blues." The hard rocking single proved to be a bit too much for Top 40 radio, so it barely reached #27 on the charts.

On this day in 1975, Gary Wright released his "The Dream Weaver" album as Fleetwood Mac unleashed their first recorded effort with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, simply called "Fleetwood Mac." One of those albums went on to sell millions and millions and millions and millions of copies. The other, not so much.

On this day in 1979, Neil Young's concert film "Rust Never Sleeps" debuted at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood as the album of the same name was released nationwide.

On this day in 1981, driven by the success of their "Burning For You" single, Blue Oyster Cults' "Fire Of Unknown Origin" album began a climb up to #24 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, 27-year-old guitarist Phil Collen replaced 22-year-old Pete Willis in Def Leppard. The band had reluctantly fired Willis due to his excessive alcohol consumption. With that move, major success lay right around the corner.

On this day in 1987, Heart's definitive version of the Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly song "Alone" hit #1 on the charts.


July 12, 2015


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Bill Cosby is 78.
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 72.
John Wetton, bassist for Uriah Heep and Asia, is 66.
Eric Carr, KISS' second drummer, would have been 65.

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On this day in 1962, The Rollin' Stones played their first gig — the Marquee Jazz Club in London was the site. That first line-up included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, piano player Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and drummer Tony Chapman (not future Kinks drummer Mick Avery as often rumored). Drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman were recruited into the band by the end of the year.

On this day in 1969, as his song "Lay Lady Lay" entered the Top 40 on its way to #7, Bob Dylan learned that you can't go home again when he attended his high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota. He and his wife Sara were forced to leave after a drunken fool tried to pick a fight with the singer.

On this day in 1969, Blind Faith made their U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City, well before they were ready to be seen by anyone. Singer/keyboardist Steve Winwood of Traffic, guitar god Eric Clapton & drummer Ginger Baker of Cream, and bassist/violinist Ric Grech of Family barely survived as a group until the end of their first tour when they disbanded. Ultimately, they left us with a few beautiful songs from their only album.

On this day in 1980, on its way to becoming one of their signature songs, ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses" briefly entered the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, sax player Chris Wood of Traffic died of pneumonia at age 39.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" entered the singles charts on its way to #13 and a Rock – Vocal GRAMMY Award.


July 13, 2015


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Roger McGuinn, guitarist and singer for The Byrds and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd of the J. Geils Band are both 73.
Comedian Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong is 69.
Director/writer Cameron Crowe is 57.

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On this day in 1968, Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild," the song responsible for the term "heavy metal," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire," released as a double album to fulfill a recording contract, entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1973, Queen released their self-titled debut album.

On this day in 1974, although he was very reluctant to release it, Eric Clapton's cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1979, Eric Clapton's "Backless" album, the follow-up to his multi-million selling "Slowhand" album, peaked at #8 with a million sold.

On this day in 1985, Heart's biggest commercial success, the "Heart" album, entered the charts on its way to #1. It eventually sold five million copies on the strength of four Top 10 hits.

On this day in 1985, Mötley Crüe's multi-million selling third album, "Theatre Of Pain," entered the charts on its way to #6 just as their cover of Brownsville Station's "Smoking In The Boys Room" began a run up to #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, over a billion-and-a-half people around the world witnessed the Live Aid concerts, held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. The benefit raised money for the starving people of Africa. Bob Geldof, the former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, organized the event. Live Aid performers included U2, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and a reunited Led Zeppelin, among others. The show ran 16 hours and raised over $100 million for the cause.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 7/13/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with KISS tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - David Bowie/Ken Scott: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Bucks Up Stones Tour

If they're paying any attention, The Rolling Stones should be taking great satisfaction hearing that they have the highest-grossing tour in North America and third-highest grossing tour in the world for the first half of 2015. So far, The Stones Zip Code Tour has raked in $80.7 million. Fleetwood Mac, which brought in $65.9 million, are holding the #3 spot and U2 is fifth with $40.3 million gross.

Ann Wilson Solo

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson has scheduled the first seven dates of her first-ever solo tour. The intimate gigs — billed as "The Ann Wilson Thing" — will feature her covering a variety of blues, soul and rock artists, backed by the entire current Heart line-up (except for her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson). No Southland dates yet, but stay tuned!

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary."

It was Finnish composer Jean Sibelius who said: "Don't pay any attention to what the critics say. No statue has ever been erected over a critic."

It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who said: "Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."

It was Lance Armstrong who said: "Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place."

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This Friday! Join yer Unc in welcoming Gabriel Iglesias (Fluffy!) to his first ever show at the Pacific Amphitheatre! And what better way to celebrate the Orange County Fair on a warm Summer evening than enjoying Unity With Laughter!


July 14, 2015


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Folk legend Woody Guthrie would have been 103.

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On this day in 1967, The Who began their first full-scale U.S. tour. As the opening act for Herman's Hermits, they really didn't go over all that well... but they did meet a lot of girls.

On this day in 1973, driven by the Top 40 success of "Just You And Me," the "Chicago VI" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1 with two million sold.

On this day in 1979, the domestic release of Cheap Trick's "Live At Budokan" (already a hit as an import) peaked at #4 on the album charts as it sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1979, Van Halen's "Dance The Night Away" peaked at #15 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, Pink Floyd's film version of "The Wall," directed by Alan Parker, premiered in London. Maybe he understood it... maybe he didn't.

On this day in 1984, Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" album peaked at #6 on the American charts.

On this day in 1984, The Cars' most successful album, the multi-million selling "Heart Beat City," hit #7.

On this day in 2014, Tommy Ramone, the original drummer and manager of The Ramones, died at the age of 65 in his home in Queens, New York from bile duct cancer. The last surviving member of the original Ramones line-up, his passing was truly the end of an era. Gaba-gaba-hey, Tommy!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 7/14/15


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with KISS tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mickey Hart/Grateful Dead: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Cayton-Holland: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Eddie, Roger & Pete

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are teaming up with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder for a private benefit concert in Los Angeles on September 12th. The only way to get into the show is by winning special tickets that can only be won by donating to Teen Cancer America and the Foundation to Be Named Later. The more you donate, the better the chance you'll have to win. You need to visit CrowdRise.com/TheWhoandEddie for details.

Summers Is Back

Police guitarist Andy Summers' excellent documentary, "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police," is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. Based in part on Summers' 2006 memoir, "One Train Later," the film features rare archival footage and many images from the veteran musician's 2007 photography book, "I'll Be Watching You." Focusing on the turbulent years he spent with the band during its heyday, as well as its 2007-2008 reunion tour, Andy's masterful narration adds a lot to the film. In a rare public appearance, Summers will sign copies of the video and meet fans at Amoeba Records on Sunset in Hollywood this evening at 6. He's also released a brand-new solo album of experimental instrumentals titled "Metal Dog," which he recorded at his Mother Divine studio in Venice.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

It was Gore Vidal who said: "A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."

It was Blazeman Birmingham who said: "Opening a browser window and forgetting what site you wanted to visit is the new walking into a room and forgetting what you came for."

It was G.K. Chesterton who said: "I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel."


July 15, 2015


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Linda Ronstadt is 69.
Drummer Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd is 67.
Singer David Pack of Ambrosia,
Guitarist Jeff Carlisi of 38 Special and
Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones are all 63.
Guitar god Joe Satriani is 60.

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On this day in 1958, John Lennon's mother, Julia, was killed in a car accident in Liverpool, England. She was only 34, and he just 17.

On this day in 1967, Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" entered the singles chart.

On this day in 1968, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album.

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their fifth album, "Cosmo's Factory." Most fans still consider it to be their best.

On this day in 1972, named after the French studio were it was recorded, Elton John's "Honky Chateau" hit #1 for the first of five weeks.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones most successful non-compilation album, "Some Girls," hit #1 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's "The End Of The Innocence" album entered the charts on its way to selling six million copies while charting at #8.

On this day in 1989, Pink Floyd performed on a floating stage in Venice, Italy. Unfortunately, the partying audience of 200,000 damaged many of the city's bridges and caused marble to crumble from centuries-old buildings.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 7/15/15


10 At 10: Tambourines
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with KISS tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani: 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 George Thorogood & The Destroyers as well as more of Joe's conversation with George. Check out this preview!


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Fresh Keef

Not only has Keith Richards been touring for the last couple of years with The Rolling Stones, but he's also recorded his first solo album in 23 years! "Crosseyed Heart" follows 1992's "Main Offender" and 1988's excellent "Talk Is Cheap" solo LPs. Keef said, "I had a ball making this new record and working with [drummer] Steve Jordan and [guitarist] Waddy Wachtel again... There's nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you're going to come out with on the other end." September 18th is the targeted release date.

Another Official Bruce Boot

Last Summer, Bruce Springsten began releasing classic live recordings from his entire career. The first was the December 31, 1975 Born To Run tour finale, the second was the four-hour long New Year's Eve 1980 New York gig, and the third was his legendary August 9, 1978 three-hour broadcast from Cleveland's tiny Agora Ballroom. This past May, The Boss released the huge August 5, 1984 Brendan Byrne Arena Born In The U.S.A. gig. Last week it was the April 23, 1988 Tunnel Of Love L.A. Sports Arena show. Wonder if you can hear Rita Wilde screaming during "Jungleland" at that gig?

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It was John Lennon who said: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

It was George Carlin who asked: "If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted and musicians denoted?"

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "A stumble may prevent a fall."



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