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August 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!


August 1, 2015


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Grateful Dead demi-god Jerry Garcia would have been 73.
Guitarist Tommy Bolin, who worked with Deep Purple and the James Gang, would have been 65.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot is 56.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 — their third straight chart topping single in less than six months.

On this day in 1969, the 3-day Atlantic City Pop Festival opened in New Jersey. Over 110,00 came out to hear Iron Butterfly, C.C.R., Jefferson Airplane, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Santana and Joe Cocker perform.

On this day in 1971, George Harrison held his first Concert For Bangladesh at New York's Madison Square Garden. The benefit, featuring Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, raised a lot of money to combat famine in the Southeast Asian nation — which, due to legal problems, the needy never saw.

On this day in 1981, MTV made its debut on America's television screens. The cable channel was launched in approximately 2.1 million homes video of "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles. It was 10 full months before any of the V.J.s appeared in "Playboy" magazine, the final arbiter of success in the Eighties.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Bad Animals" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1987, the #1 hit in the U.S. was "Shakedown" — Bob Seger's song from the "Beverly Hills Cop II" soundtrack that was also his own first #1 single. Originally, the tune was supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who contracted laryngitis. We can only assume Seger sent him flowers.


August 2, 2015


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Keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band is 78.
Traffic drummer/singer Jim Capaldi would have been 71.

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On this day in 1961, The Beatles began a regular booking at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Although the club was really just a basement, it played host to literally hundreds of aspiring bands from Northern England.

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney produced Badfinger's Abbey Road recording session for "Come And Get It."

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1971, The Who released their incredible "Who's Next" album. Ten days later it entered the charts on its way to #4 (things just took a little longer to happen in 1971).

On this day in 1974, Steely Dan drummer Jim Hodder and guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter quit the group. Baxter soon joined The Doobie Brothers and Hodder reportedly went to work at Pink's Hot Dogs on La Brea. Their departures helped pave the way for Steely Dan to become a two-man studio project featuring Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.

On this day in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album entered the charts as the band toured the States in two station wagons, opening for Loggins & Messina. It was the former blues band's first album with pop-oriented songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. A full 54 weeks later, it became the Mac's first #1 charting, multi-million selling album.

On this day in 1980, Whitesnake made their presence known when "Fool For Your Loving" became their first entry to the U.S. singles charts, eventually hitting #53.

On this day in 1986, the Genesis album "Invisible Touch" hit #3 for the first of two weeks. By the end of their supporting tour, it had sold over two million copies.

A Special Anniversary

On this day in 1876, famed gunfighter/pistoleer/U.S. Frontier Scout & Marshall James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was killed dead by a shot in the head while playing poker in a Deadwood, South Dakota saloon. Wild Bill died holding a poker hand which consisted of the Ace of Clubs, the Ace of Spades, two black eights, and an odd card which some say was either the Queen of Hearts, the Queen of Spades or the Jack of Diamonds. The combination of two aces and two eights has since been known as a "Dead Man's Hand." Now shuffle 'em up again, my friend!


August 3, 2015


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Tony Bennett is 89.
Though they're never seen together, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and
Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland are both 52.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles gave their 294th and final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Their departure from the club also coincided with their first entry into the American singles charts with "From Me To You." While that single only reached #116, super stardom was just a few weeks away.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones recorded "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow" in Los Angeles, where even that title seemed unusual.

On this day in 1968, The Doors scored their last #1 hit with "Hello, I Love You."

On this day in 1968, the first Newport Pop Festival opened to over 100,000 people (most without sunscreen) in Costa Mesa. Performers included Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. The neighborhood just recovered last year.

On this day in 1973, in an extremely rare TV appearance, an Eagles gig at U.C.L.A. was featured on ABC's "In Concert."

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' classic "It's Only Rock And Roll (And I Like It)" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/3/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Gene Simmons/KISS: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Fresh Jagger/Scorsese

After the too-brief interruption of The Rolling Stones' U.S. Zip Code tour, frontman Mick Jagger is once again working with famed movie director Martin Scorsese on a TV series about a New York record company executive in the debauched Seventies. Under the working title "Vinyl," the series is already six (of eight) episodes into production. "Boardwalk Empire" star Bobby Cannavale is the lead, and Jagger's son James is the singer in the punk rock band, Nasty Bits. Ray Romano is portraying a promo guy and Andrew "Dice" Clay is playing the owner of a radio network. Quite a line-up — and that should be a very juicy storyline!

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It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence."

It was Walt Disney who said: "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

It was the famed mime Marcel Marceau who said: "It's good to shut up sometimes."

It was Mark Twain who said: "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin."

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This Saturday, Noon - 2pm: Join Uncle Joe and The 100.3 Sound Crew rocking the Guitar Center - Cerritos! Special sale prices, ticket giveaways and more at 11155 183rd Street in Cerritos!


August 4, 2015


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On this day in 1970, The Doors singer, Jim Morrison, was charged with public drunkenness in L.A. when he was found passed out on the doorstep of the elderly Eleanor Brough's house.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" blasted onto the singles charts on its way to #12 just as Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" was working its way to #57.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his family were seriously injured when their rental car careened over a cliff on the Greek island of Rhodes.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin played their first British gig in four years. Over 120,000 filled Knebworth Park to its limits to show their appreciation.

On this day in 1979, "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Electric Light Orchestra entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Cheap Trick's live cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" began its climb to #35.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon secretly began recording his comeback album, "Double Fantasy," in New York City.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his song "Cover Me" as The Cars song "Drive" entered the singles charts. Meanwhile, Ratt's multi-million selling "Out Of The Cellar" album peaked at #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/4/15


10 At 10: Hot!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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(Any Chance Of) All Eagles?

As you know, the Eagles will be recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors in December. Of course, the current members — Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt — and their incredible song catalog will be the focus of attention. But some serious fans have started a petition on change.org to ask the Kennedy Center to allow Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner to be honored as well. Relations between those three ex-members and the current line-up have been extremely strained over the years, and it seems quite unlikely that Henley and Frey would welcome anyone else into their party. But if you think a petition might make a difference, then go to change.org!

New Latin Billy

ZZ Top frontman Billy F. Gibbons will release his first solo album, "Perfectamundo," on October 23rd. Recorded in Spain, Los Angeles and Texas, the music will have a lot more of a Latin feel than the Top have demonstrated in their first 45 years together. Few people know that Billy studied Latin percussion in the mid-Sixties with its preeminent virtuoso, "Mambo King" Tito Puente, and that background shines on this project. A Lightnin' Hopkins cover and a percussive version of Roy Head's "Treat Her Right" are among the songs recorded for "Perfectamundo." Meanwhile, Billy's touring with his ZZ Top comrades, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, both of whom have given his project their blessings.

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It was Noel Coward who said: "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

It was Louis Brandeis who said: "Behind every argument is someone's ignorance."

It was Samantha Norman who said: "Best friends listen to what you don't say."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "It's the quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."


August 5, 2015


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Guitarist Rick Derringer is 68.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles released the British version of "Revolver," considered by many to be the best album ever recorded.

On this day in 1967, as the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" hit #3 on the American charts, Pink Floyd released their debut album, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," to little acclaim.

On this day in 1972, Eric Clapton's "Layla" single peaked at #10 as Chicago's "Saturday In The Park" began its climb to a three-week run at #3.

On this day in 1972, record mogul Clive Davis signed a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play at Max's Kansas City in New York City. After throwing one heck of a party with their $125,000 advance, the band went directly into debt.

On this day in 1978, "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones hit #1 as "I Need To Know" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaked at #41 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith's trippy cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" entered the singles charts on its way to #23.

On this day in 1983, after sleeping through most of his trial, David Crosby was sentenced to five years in a Texas jail for drug and gun possession.

On this day in 1992, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro died of cardiac arrest at his Hidden Hills, California home. He was only 38 years old.

On this day in 1996, Los Del Rio started a 14-week run at #1 with their song "Macarena." That marked the exact moment that the Nineties started to REALLY suck.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/5/15


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bruce Botnik/The Doors: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Rock Band Rocks

Hello musical gamers! The Rock Band developers, Harmonix, have announced the third batch of songs for the October 6th installment of the video game franchise, Rock Band 4. They include Scorpions' "No One Like You," Heart's "Kick It Out," Rush's "A Passage To Bangkok" and Rick Derringer's "Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo." The first two installments included Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," Ozzy Osbourne's "Miracle Man," Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Loving Fun" and The Who's "The Seeker," so you sure could say that Rock Band 4 really rocks!

Stanley's Soul Band

KISS frontman Paul Stanley is set to debut a set of memorable songs from the classic soul era on September 11th at the Roxy Theatre. Paul's all-star side band, Soul Station, includes KISS drummer Eric Singer as well as guitarist Rafael "Hoffa" Moreira, bassist Sean Hurley, keyboardists Alex Alessandroni and Ely Rise, percussionist Ramon Yslas. As Paul says, "When I was a boy, before I ever saw The Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw The Temptations; and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I've made. Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that's real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves." Can't wait!

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It was Sandy Koufax who said: "Pitching is the art of instilling fear."

It was Donald H. McGannon who said: "Leadership is action, not position."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Go only where you are wanted. Go only when you are needed. Stay only if you are appreciated."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."


August 6, 2015


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On this day in 1965, the British version of The Beatles' "Help!" album (superior in all ways to the U.S. version) was released.

On this day in 1966, The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" began its run up the singles charts to #14.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Jungle Love" — a perennial concert favorite — entered the singles charts on its way to #23.

On this day in 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna," which produced four hits including "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and "Edge of Seventeen." Fortunately for her main band, she continued on as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

On this day in 1982, the $10 million film version of Pink Floyd's best selling double-album "The Wall" had its U.S. premiere in New York City. With virtually no dialogue, the film was a series of surreal episodes equating rock & roll with fascism, women & sex with pain, and death & life with an inescapable madness. Not what you'd call uplifting.

On this day in 1983, "Cuts Like A Knife" by Bryan Adams peaked at #15 on the singles charts just as Robert Plant's "Big Log" began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1988, a full 57 weeks after its release, Guns 'N Roses debut album "Appetite For Destruction" hit #1 for the first of five weeks.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/6/15


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jo Koy: 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 Beatles and Paul McCartney as well as conversation with Sir Paul. Check out this preview!


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Hollywood Vampires

After three years of work, Alice Cooper is finally releasing his "Hollywood Vampires" star-studded covers album on September 11th. Actor Johnny Depp plays guitar on all 13 tracks on the tribute to the collective of departed rock star members of the informal Hollywood Vampires drinking club who gathered at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in the early Seventies. Aerosmith's Joe Perry contributed several performances with his old friends Alice and Johnny, and other musicians included Slash, head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell.

New Jovi (With A Side Of Sambora)

Considering the current love/hate relationship between Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, know that the band's latest release from their "Burning Bridges" album — "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" — was co-written by Sambora a long time ago. Jon says that the album contains a combination of "songs that weren't finished, that were finished, a couple of new ones," and that "the real new album will be out early next year." With that knowledge, you may now return to your regularly scheduled life.

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It was A.A. Milne who asked: "Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?"

It was Charles M. Schulz who said: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

It was Confucius who said: "A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.


August 7, 2015


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Iron Maiden singer/jet airliner pilot Bruce Dickinson is 57.

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On this day in 1965, as "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits peaked at #1, The Beach Boys' "California Girls" entered the singles charts. They don't write 'em like that anymore, do they?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles released the song "Help!," which soon spent three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1970, Fleetwood Mac welcomed singer/keyboardist Christine McVie into the band. The new wife of bass player John McVie had previously worked with Chicken Shack. Ironically, her stint with the Mac lasted twice as long as the marriage.

On this day in 1971, on break from Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills continued his hot streak when his "Stephen Stills 2" solo album hit #8.

On this day in 1976, Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown" entered the charts as "Last Child" by Aerosmith peaked at #21.

On this day in 1982, "Hurts So Good" by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp peaked at #2 on the singles charts. John would soon use the money earned from that hit to hire lawyers to remove the tag 'Cougar' from his name forever.

On this day in 1982, as Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's first solo album, "Pictures At 11," peaked at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, Billy Squier's "Emotions In Motion" entered the album charts on its way to #5 and five million in sales.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/7/15


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Paul McCartney: 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 Beatles and Paul McCartney as well as conversation with Sir Paul. Check out this preview!


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Dead Redux

Surprise, surprise! Courtesy of John Mayer's involvement, The Grateful Dead will be resurrected once more. Yep, the $52 million take from five Fare Thee Well shows in early July wet everyone's appetite for more (except Dead bassist Phil Lesh). Thus three of the Dead's "core four" players — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — will continue the party with John Mayer on guitar. Their first gig as Dead & Company will be on Halloween at New York's Madison Square Garden. Joining the group on bass is Allman Brothers alum Oteil Burbridge and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Will there be even more shows? What do you think?

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It was John Wooden who said: "A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart."

It was Audrey Hepburn who said: "I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

It was Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead who said: "There is a place where music, dreams and magic come together."


August 10, 2015


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Leo Fender, inventor of all those wonderful electric guitars, would have been 106.
Jethro Tull's head guy, Ian Anderson, is 68.
INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 54.

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On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" double album hit #1 for the first of four weeks just as The Doors' "Waiting For The Sun" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, The Who's "Magic Bus" entered the singles charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1974, driven by their "La Grange" hit single, ZZ Top's breakthrough album "Tres Hombres" peaked at #8.

On this day in 1976, Elton John opened the first of seven shows at Madison Square Garden. That run broke the house record set the previous summer by The Rolling Stones, and marked the absolute peak of Sir Elty's staggering popularity.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' most successful album, "Reckless," hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Driven by three hit singles — including "Summer Of '69" — it also sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1995, Bob Dylan released his classic statement about the death of The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, who died the day before. Bob said, "There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or a player. I don't think any eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great, much more than a superb musician, with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He's the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me, he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There's a lot of spaces and advances between The Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep." That's exactly what Mr. Dylan said.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/10/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Scorpions!: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."

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

It was Jean-Paul Sartre who said: "Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."

It was Soupy Sales who said: "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you."

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This Wednesday, 5pm - 7pm: Join J.B. at AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care at 2263 Harbor in Costa Mesa for a good hang with The Sound Crew and a chance to win tickets to that night's Deep Purple and Foghat Pacific Amphitheatre concert. Don't be late!

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This Wednesday! Join J.B. in welcoming Deep Purple and Foghat as they rock the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair!


August 11, 2015


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Original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is 72.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd recorded "Apples & Oranges" at Abbey Road Studios. The song eventually became their third single and was truly as horribly lame as the title would lead you to believe.

On this day in 1973, Joe Walsh released his "Rocky Mountain Way" single just as The Edgar Winter Group released "Free Ride." Soon, Joe's single peaked at #23 while Edgar's hit #14.

On this day in 1973, two Deep Purple albums, their new "Made In Japan" live collection and the two-year-old "Machine Head" LP, peaked at #6 and #7 respectively.

On this day in 1984, "Cover Me" by Bruce Springsteen entered the singles chart on its way to #7.

On this day in 2014, comedy icon Robin Williams took his life in his home. He was only 63 years old.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/11/15


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jackson Browne: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Andy Hendrickson: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Lynne Working With Bryan

Jeff Lynne — of ELO and Traveling Wilburys fame — is producing Bryan Adams' 13th studio album. Tentatively titled "Get Up" and targeted for an October release, Adams says, "It came together quite organically song by song, working with Jeff producing over the past couple of years whenever he had time. It was a great partnership as it gave me plenty of time to write the songs, most of which are a collaboration with (Bryan's longtime collaborator) Jim Vallance... in many ways, it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago." Can't wait!

All Hail Phil & Gloria

Former Genesis frontman/drummer Phil Collins and singer Gloria Estefan will be among the honorees at the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on October 6th. The New York City benefit raises money for paralysis and spinal cord injury research. Collins and his former wife, Orianne, will be presented with the Humanitarian Award for their ongoing charitable work, including the Little Dreams Foundation international charity they established to help aspiring young talents without financial means achieve their goals. Estefan and her husband, Emilio, will receive the Inspiration Award on behalf of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which raises money to support The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at Florida's University of Miami. The Estefans have been involved with the Project since Gloria broke her back in a 1994 tour bus accident. But do you think either of them will perform at the event?

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It was Robin Williams who said: "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

It was William Feather who said: "Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age."

It was Mary Bly who said: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."


August 12, 2015


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Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is 66.

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On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. The world's first bootleg and royalty lawsuits were just around the corner.

On this day in 1960, Pete Best became the drummer of the Silver Beetles. With Ringo Starr around the corner, Pete didn't last much longer than that band name.

On this day in 1967, Fleetwood Mac made their live debut at London's National Jazz & Blues Festival. The festival's headliners were two British artists who were neither blues nor jazz: Donovan and Pink Floyd. Oh, the Sixties!

On this day in 1969, Eric Clapton's supergroup Blind Faith made their live U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden. Too much too soon: they were doomed before they played their first note.

On this day in 1972, "Honky Cat" by Elton John entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1974, driven by their "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" hit single, Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" album peaked at #8.

On this day in 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash's "CSN" album hit #2 for the first of four weeks. Before long it had also sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "Hollywood Nights" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1991, Metallica released their legendary "Metallica" album (also known as "The Black Album"). Their fifth studio album, it hit #1 within three weeks and went on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1992, Pearl Jam's epic "Jeremy" crossed into the mainstream and entered the singles charts on its way to #79.

On this day in 2006, Tom Petty's third solo album, "Highway Companion," hit #8 on the charts.

On this day in 2010, Little Feat drummer/co-founder Richie Hayward died at the age of 64 in Vancouver. He had been fighting liver cancer for over a year.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/12/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!


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Zep Sells Big

A full 36 years after Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door" album topped the Billboard 200 charts, the LP's latest reissue re-entered the charts at #9. The remastered, expanded "Coda" double CD charted at #12, and the intense "Presence" album debuted at #13. In their original runs, both "Presence" and "In Through The Out Door" were #1 hits, and "Coda" (seen as an inferior outtakes collection) made it to #6. These last three albums bring the legendary band's reissue series to a close. All nine of their studio albums were reissued with bonus material, beginning with the first three on June 3, 2014, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses of the Holy" on Oct. 28, 2014, and "Physical Graffiti" on Feb. 24, 2015 (the 40th anniversary of its release). If you want more stories, don't miss my latest conversation with Zep mastermind Jimmy Page this Sunday at 8pm on Off The Record with Uncle Joe Benson!

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

It was Thomas L. Friedman who said: "The first rule of holes is that when you're in one, stop digging."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Success covers a multitude of blunders."

It was Eddie Vedder who said: "The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself."

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This Evening! 5pm - 7pm: Join J.B. at AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care at 2263 Harbor in Costa Mesa for a good hang with The Sound Crew and a chance to win tickets to that night's Deep Purple and Foghat Pacific Amphitheatre concert. Don't be late!

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Tonight! Tonight! Join J.B. in welcoming Deep Purple and Foghat as they rock the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair!


August 13, 2015


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On this day in 1952, Blues maven Big Mama Thornton recorded the original version of "Hound Dog," which soon became a #1 R&B hit. Little did the world know, Elvis Presley's version was just waiting in the wings!

On this day in 1964, The Kinks entered the U.K. charts for the first time with "You Really Got Me." In short order it hit #1 for two weeks, giving them their big breakthrough.

On this day in 1965, the Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco's Matrix Club. Marty Balin, the group's vocalist and guitarist, owned the club, thus making the audition process go a lot smoother.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' best album to date, "Revolver," hit #1 on the British charts, while anti-Beatlemania raged Stateside following John Lennon's remark that the group was "more popular than Jesus."

On this day in 1966, driven by the hit single "Paint It Black," The Rolling Stones' "Aftermath" (their first filled with Jagger/Richards compositions) hit #2 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1973, Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play" album hit #1.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band began their legendary five-night, two shows per evening stand at New York's Bottom Line club, setting the stage for the breakthrough success of the "Born To Run" album two weeks later.

On this day in 1977, Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" entered the charts on its way to #30 — making it his most successful single ever.

On this day in 1977, Bachman Turner Overdrive announced they were splitting up, sending all of Canada and bar bands everywhere into mourning.

On this day in 1983, "How Can I Refuse" by Heart entered the singles charts on its way to #44.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's "Love Bites" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" began its climb to #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/13/15


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else."

It was Confucius who said: "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

It was G.K. Chesterton who observed: "Where do you hide a leaf? In a forest."

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This Saturday, 11am - 1pm: What a combination: J.B., The Sound Crew, NHRA tix and Mike Thompson's I-5 RV Show at 13940 Firestone Blvd. (off the 5 freeway just south of Alondra) in Santa Fe Springs!


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This Saturday: Join in the fun as Uncle Joe hosts the Pershing Square Free Summer Concert featuring America!


August 14, 2015


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Singer/guitarist David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Byrds fame, is 74 and still living large!
Bassist Tim Bogart of Vanilla Fudge fame is 71.

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On this day in 1962, Ringo Starr was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes when he was approached by The Beatles manager Brian Epstein about replacing drummer Pete Best. Much to Pete's chagrin, Ringo started four days later.

On this day in 1965, The Animals' anthem "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #13 as The Kinks' "Who'll Be The Next In Line" started its climb up to #34.

On this date in 1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Recording at CBS Studio 50 in New York City, they performed "I Feel Fine," "I'm Down," "Act Naturally," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday" and "Help!" The program was broadcast on September 12th, as the season-opener of "The Ed Sullivan Show."

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's classic "Maggie May" entered the singles chart on its way to five weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" started working its way to #1.

On this day in 1971, "Who's Next," The Who's greatest album, entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's "Rock 'N Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as Peter Frampton's "Frampton Comes Alive" album hit #1 for the first of 10 weeks.

On this day in 1982, "Keep The Fire Burnin'" by REO Speedwagon peaked at #7 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1985, Michael Jackson snookered Paul McCartney with a bid of $47.5 million for the ATV music publishing catalog and the Northern Songs Catalogue of The Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

On this day in 2014, keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier — a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult who also contributed to vital records by Patti Smith and The Clash — lost his lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lanier, who had been a heavy smoker, was 67.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/14/15


10 At 10: Piano Songs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Led Zeppelin as well as Joe's latest conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!


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H.O.B. Moving

It's finally official. Next Summer, the House Of Blues in Anaheim will move from its Downtown Disney location to the nearby Anaheim GardenWalk mall. The new venue will almost double its size to a 40,000-square-foot space. After the recent closure of the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip, the Anaheim location is the only H.O.B. location left in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. But will there be parking?

Vampires Redux

The new Hollywood Vampires supergroup assembled by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp will play their first live dates next month. The core line-up will include the former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver rhythm section, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum. The original Hollywood Vampires was a loose collective that included Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon, among others. The new band's self-titled album will be released on September 11th.

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It was John F. Kennedy who said: "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

It was Edgar Watson Howe who said: "A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."

It was Pete Seeger who said: "Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."

It was John Fogerty who said: "Ran out of time and money, looks like they took my friends. Oh! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again."


August 15, 2015


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Doobie Brothers guitarist/singer Tom Johnston is 67.
Drummer Tommy Aldridge, who worked with Black Oak Arkansas, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne, is 65.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better" single peaked at #53.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles performed in front of 56,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York. Even though screaming fans drowned out the pathetic 600 watt P.A. system, the gig did set a record for concert attendance at that time.

On this day in 1969, three days of "Peace, Love and Music" known as the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Fair began on Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York. Almost half a million people braved rainstorms and traffic jams to see Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Joe Cocker, among others.

On this day in 1970, Free's "All Right Now" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Sugarloaf released their "Green Eyed Lady," which soon hit #5.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer To Home (I'm Your Captain)" single began its climb to #22 as The Who's rocking cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" peaked at #27.

On this date in 1970, Traffic's "John Barleycorn Must Die" album, which began life as group leader Steve Winwood's first solo project, peaked at #5 Stateside — making it the most successful album of their career.

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" album was released a year before group leader Tom Scholz wanted it to be. Soon, there would be hell to pay.

On this day in 1981, Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" peaked at #19 just as Blue Oyster Cult's "Burning For You" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 40.

On this day in 1981, Pat Benatar's "Precious Time" album hit #1 as Stevie Nicks' first solo album, "Bella Donna," began its climb up the charts to #1.

On this day in 1987, "Paper In Fire" by John Mellencamp entered the singles charts on its way to #9 as Heart's "Who Will You Run To" started its climb to #7.



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