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September 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!


September 1, 2015


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On this day in 1979, U2 released their first record in Ireland, the "U2-3" EP.

On this day in 1979, INXS made their live debut at the Oceanview Hotel in Sydney, Australia. Before they scored their first American Top 40 hit four years later, they averaged over 250 gigs a year in Australia's many pubs and clubs.

On this day in 1979, Neil Young's million selling classic "Rust Never Sleeps" album hit #8 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/1/15


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Neil Young tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - INXS: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Russell Peters: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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U2 Bumps Macca

After all those years when Sir Paul McCartney was considered the world's wealthiest music artist, guess who's taken his spot at the top. Yep, International Business Times says that U2 frontman Bono's wealth has increased greatly in recent years thanks to his 2.3-percent ownership of Facebook, a windfall that is worth over $1.4 billion. That easily puts Paul Hewson (Bono) ahead of former Beatle Paul McCartney, whose fortune is estimated at about $1.1 billion.

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It was Steve Jobs who said: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

It was Dave Barry who said: "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"

It was Keith Richards who said: "Some of it, you really want to unlearn."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."

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Saturday September 12th, 7:30pm! Join yer Uncle Joe and rock out with ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke on a beautiful Summer eve at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona! Hail, hail Rock & Roll!


September 2, 2015


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Keyboardist Steve Porcaro of Toto is 58.

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On this day in 1970, Phil Collins answered an ad in Britain's "Melody Maker" magazine and found himself at an audition for the drummer's slot in Genesis. Phil got the job, and five years later, when Peter Gabriel left the band, he became the group's lead vocalist.

On this day in 1972, "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" by The Hollies peaked at #2 as The Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" album began its run to two weeks at #1 as Cheap Trick's "Surrender" peaked at #62 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, former Beatle George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias in Henley-on-Thames, England. Born in Mexico, she was raised in America, and the couple met in 1974 when she worked as a secretary for George's Dark Horse Records Company in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1988, the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour began with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and Sting headlining the shows.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" (supposedly based on one of Steven Tyler's true adventures) entered the singles charts on its way to #5, as did The Rolling Stones' "Mixed Emotions." At the same time, the title track of Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood" album began its run to #6 on the charts.

On this day in 1995, Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum opened with a seven-hour concert that included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Allman Brothers Band, George Clinton, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Little Richard and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The show was great, but parking was a real bitch.

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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 Peter Frampton and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Peter. Check out this preview!


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Oops! Bono Not #1 Bucks

Remember yesterday's shocking news that U2 frontman Bono had surpassed Sir Paul McCartney as the richest rock star on the planet? Well leave it to the most respected money magazine of all, that being "Forbes," to loudly proclaim: "Nope, no way." It seems that Bono himself did not purchase a 2.3% share of Facebook way back when, the investment group he co-founded, Elevation Partners, did... so Bono's total fortune only includes a fraction of the full worth of the Facebook shares. Final word (for now) is that the former Beatle's fortune is valued at $1.1 billion, while U2 as a whole was said to be worth $660 million. Who do you suppose is the better tipper?

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It was Robin Williams who said: "What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong."

It was Garrison Keillor who said: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose."

It was Samuel Johnson who said: "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless. Knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "If we don't start, it's certain we can't arrive."


September 3, 2015


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Grand Funk Railroad singer/drummer Don Brewer is 67.

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On this day in 1977, Heart's "Barracuda" peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, the first three-day US Festival, financed by Apple Computer's co-founder Steve Wozniak, kicked off where the Glen Helen Pavilion is now located. Over 400,000 people showed up to hear Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, The Cars, the Grateful Dead, Talking Heads and Pat Benatar, among others. It is said that on most hot September evenings, you can still hear lost souls looking for their cars in the hillsides around Devore.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's "Foolin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/3/15


10 At 10: In Love With My Car
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Neil Young tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Peter Frampton: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe 288x63px logo

This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Peter Frampton and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Peter. Check out this preview!


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Ringo At The El Rey

Three days after the wide release of his memoir/coffee-table book "Photograph" on September 22nd, Ringo Starr will take part in a live interview show at the historic El Rey Theater. The Ringo Starr: In Conversation celebration will feature the former Beatle drummer sharing memories and showing a variety of rare candid photos spanning from his childhood through his years with the Fab Four. "Photograph" was first released in June 2013 as a bucks-up deluxe, limited-edition publication, with each copy signed by Starr. In addition to a variety of snapshots taken by Starr, the book features over 15,000 words of biographical text penned by Ringo.

Skynyrd Plays The Whole Thing

Now you can see Lynyrd Skynyrd play full performances (for the first time ever) of their first two albums. Recorded this past April, "Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping — Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre," will be released on October 23rd in multiple formats. In addition, an exclusive DVD/two-CD set will be sold only at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers."

It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Write drunk. Edit sober."

It was AC/DC's Angus Young who said: "I've only got one solo, but it's a doozy!"

It was C.S. Lewis who said: "What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing."


September 4, 2015


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Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers is 66.


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On this day in 1962, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded together for the first time at the legendary EMI Studios on Abbey Road in St. John's Wood. The Beatles made a 2-song demo that included "How Do You Do It" and "Love Me Do." In the process, producer George Martin made them redo "Love Me Do" 16 times. What was he thinking?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Help!" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts as Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" topped out at #2.

On this day in 1965, The Who had their equipment van stolen outside the Battersea Dog's Home in England while they were inside purchasing a guard dog.

On this day in 1970, The Rolling Stones released their classic live album, "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out." Many still consider it to be one of the top live recordings ever.

On this day in 1971, "Riders On The Storm" by The Doors peaked at #14 on the singles charts as Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" entered the album charts on its way to #8 (the Sab's highest charting LP until 2014's "13") and a couple million copies sold.

On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album (their first with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) hit #1 a full 54 weeks after it entered the charts. During that long gestation period, it also sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1976, after much intra-band wrangling over releasing a ballad, KISS' "Beth" began its run to #7 and a million sold — their most successful single ever!

On this day in 1982, Steve Miller's "Abracadabra" hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, Don Henley launched his solo career as his "I Can't Stand Still" album entered the charts on its way to #24.

September 4th Historicals

On this day in 1781, Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles. Too bad half of them got stuck in traffic and missed the ceremony.


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The Final Sab Tour

Did you remember to act surprised? Black Sabbath finally made their farewell tour announcement yesterday. The cleverly titled The End tour promises to "surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever." The metal gods will first hit the boards on January 20th in Omaha (of all places), then rock The Forum in Inglewood (for at least one show) on February 11th before wrapping the U.S. leg at New York City's Madison Square Garden. God willing, the Sabs will do a run through Australia and New Zealand in April, with Europe next on the menu. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will be pushing their physical limits with the tour schedule. There's been no indication whether original drummer Bill Ward will be involved in the farewell tour or if a final album is in the works.

Bad Company Hits

Bad Company has the new "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company" greatest hits compilation set for release on October 2nd. The 19-track collection of tracks from their first seven albums will also feature previously unreleased versions of "Easy On My Soul" and "See The Sunlight," which were recorded during the sessions for the group's 1974 self-titled debut and 1975's sophomore effort, "Straight Shooter." Sorry — no tour dates to follow this year.

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see."

It was Don Shula who said: "The start is what stops most people."

It was Warren Miller who said: "Every hundred years, all new people."

It was Rachel Flotard who said: "You have your standard work life that pays your rent; then you have your other work life that pays your heart."

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Labor Day

Organized by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was held on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City. Two years later, union organizers settled on the first Monday in September to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday," and by 1894, 24 states had adopted the holiday. On June 28, 1894, U.S. Congressmen eager to curry favor among the unions made the day a Federal Holiday. The big back-to-school sales and end-of-year model close-out automobile sales evolved around the holiday weekend many, many years later.


September 8, 2015


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Bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr of The Cars would have been 68.

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On this day in 1962, "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett entered the Hot 100 chart at #85.

On this day in 1965, Variety ran an ad that read, "Madness! Parts available for four insane boys age 17 to 21." Soon 437 young men, including Stephen Stills, applied for the roles that were eventually taken by Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones. When the contracts were all signed, the four insane boys became The Monkees. Their TV series premiered in September 1966, and before the end of that year, the manufactured band had sold over 8 million albums.

On this day in 1973, Keith Richards' personal Rolling Stones song "Angie" entered the charts, eventually going all the way to #1 while becoming one of their biggest selling singles ever.

On this day in 1973, The Allman Brothers Band's most successful album, "Brothers And Sisters," hit #1 for the first of five weeks.

On this day in 1976, President Gerald Ford's son, Stephen, invited Peter Frampton, his manager and his girlfriend to the White House. They were given a tour of the Presidential home and spent part of the afternoon in the First Family's living quarters, watching television with the President.

On this day in 1979, as "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO hit #4, "Let's Go" by The Cars peaked at #14 and "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp topped out at #15, Foreigner's "Dirty White Boy" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin's final studio album, "In Through The Out Door," entered the charts on its way to a seven-week run at #1 as it sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1988, Elton John auctioned off a portion of his private collection of stage costumes and memorabilia. The assortment netted more than $6 million for charity, including $16,000 brought by one particular pair of glasses.

On this day in 1990, INXS' rocking "Suicide Blonde" entered the singles charts on its way to selling a million copies and reaching #9.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/8/15


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Lynyrd Skynyrd tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Allman Brothers Band: 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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AC/DC's Big Start

AC/DC's first Canadian gig of their North American run rocked in at #3 on Billboard's weekly "Hot Tours" chart. Besides rave reviews, that Quebec City concert grossed $4 million from 48,588 fans! The group is hitting mostly stadiums on this swing, ending on September 28th at our own Dodger Stadium.

Little Kids Rock Benefit

This year's edition of the Little Kids Rock Benefit gala on October 20th at New York's Manhattan Center will honor some real heavyweights. Graham Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Steve Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and "Late Show with David Letterman" band leader Paul Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize. The benefit will be hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, wife of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, and the performer will includes Darlene Love. Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S. Right so!

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It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain."

It was Doug Stokes who said: "I wish like hell that I could do that again tomorrow."

It was Steve Maraboli who said: "As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "In matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

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This Saturday, 7:30pm! Join yer Uncle Joe and rock out with ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke on a beautiful Summer eve at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona! Hail, hail Rock & Roll!


September 9, 2015


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Otis Redding, one of the greatest soul singers of all time, would have been 74.
Keyboardist Billy Preston, who worked with The Beatles and Eric Clapton, among many others, would have been 70.
Eurythmic Dave Stewart is 63.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," shown only from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn't corrupt the nation's youth.

On this day in 1968, during one of the 17 takes that The Beatles recorded of "Helter Skelter," Paul McCartney played bass while lying on his back.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon released his second solo album, "Imagine," in the States. It finally came out in the U.K. on October 9, 1971.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles' "Witchy Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 as Rod Stewart's "Never A Dull Moment" album hit #2 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1978, Foreigner's "Double Vision" album hit #3 for the first of eight weeks, selling over seven million copies in the process. On this same day, The Who's "Who Are You," their last album recorded with drummer Keith Moon, entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #2 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden" single entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1978, a very young U2 supported The Stranglers at Dublin's Top Hat Ballroom. The Stranglers took up both dressing rooms, leaving Bono and company to dress behind the speakers. Note: In all the years since, The Stranglers were never invited to open for U2.

On this day in 1981, on its way to selling over nine million copies and becoming the biggest commercial success of their career, Journey's "Escape" album hit #1.

On this day in 1981, both Sting of The Police and Phil Collins of Genesis made their first live solo appearances at Amnesty International's fund-raising Secret Policeman's Other Ball in London.

On this day in 2007, guitarist/singer Hughie Thomasson, a founding member of the Outlaws and a longtime member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of a heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida at the age of 55.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/9/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Lynyrd Skynyrd tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Graham Nash/Eagles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kirk Fox: 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 Pat Benatar and more of Joe's brand new conversation with Pat and her guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo. Check out this preview!


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Daltrey's Down

Vocalist Roger Daltrey's fight with a serious virus is forcing The Who to postpone the first four dates of their Fall North American tour. The best guess is that they will reschedule their September 14th San Diego show, September 16th Honda Center gig in Anaheim, September 19th Vegas concert and the September 21st Staples Center L.A. gig in November. For now, THE WHO HITS 50! tour will resume September 24th in Portland. Get well, Roger!

Iommi On Why Sab's Ending

After battling lymphoma over the past three years, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi confirms that the band's upcoming farewell tour is truly their last. He says, "I can't actually do this anymore. My body won't take it much more... all the traveling involved in Sabbath tours increasingly takes its toll. That's why we're going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end... I love being up there onstage, playing with Sabbath. What I don't love is all the other stuff necessary to enable that to happen." The tour will begin in Omaha in January, and hit The Forum on February 11th. A little prayer for Tony would be cool.

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It was Dave Grohl who said: "That's one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85000 people and they'll sing it back for 85000 different reasons."

It was Rita Rudner who said: "When I eventually met Mr. Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "A leader is a dealer in hope."

It was William Saroyan who said: "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."


September 10, 2015


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Vocalist Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night is 73.
Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 65.

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On this day in 1964, Rod Stewart made his professional recording debut, covering the old blues track "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." After finishing his vocals, Rod reportedly ran out of the studio looking for a tall, leggy blonde. The bassist on the session, John Paul Jones, later became a cornerstone of Led Zeppelin, at which point all the tall leggy blondes came looking for him — but that's a different story for a different time.

On this day in 1966, one week after it entered the charts, The Beatles' "Revolver" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1975, KISS' album "KISS Alive" was unleashed. Within four months, it peaked at #9. Within four years, it had inspired thousands of budding guitarists.

On this day in 1977, featuring a strong Michael McDonald influence, The Doobie Brothers' "Livin' On The Fault Line" album began its run into the Top 10.

On this day in 1983, Jackson Browne's million-selling "Lawyers In Love" album peaked at #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks' "If Anyone Falls" single began its climb to #14 on the charts.

On this day in 1988, "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses hit #1, "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer peaked at #2 and Van Halen's "When It's Love" topped out at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1988, Eric Clapton kicked off an American tour with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler playing in his band.

On this day in 1994, Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" entered the singles charts on its way to #18.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/10/15


10 At 10: Harmonicas!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Lynyrd Skynyrd tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Frank Caliendo: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe 288x63px logo

This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Pat Benatar and more of Joe's brand new conversation with Pat and her guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo. Check out this preview!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

It was Bobby Knight who said: "The key is not the will to win; everyone has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."

It was Pablo Neruda who said: "Laughter is the language of the soul."

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


September 11, 2015


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Drummer Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead is 72.
Guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx is 62.
Multi-instrumentalist Moby is 50.

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On this day in 1962, one week after their first recording sessions, The Beatles cut two Lennon/McCartney songs, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" with producer George Martin. For some reason, Martin insisted that session drummer Andy White sit in, on the chance that new percussionist Ringo Starr didn't work out. What ever happened to ol' Andy?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Help!" album hit #1 Stateside for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles climbed on a bus and began filming "The Magical Mystery Tour." If they had waited another day or two to figure out a story line, the TV special might have made some sense.

On this day in 1969, the first real bootleg record album — "Great White Wonder" featuring unreleased songs by Bob Dylan — turned up in stores in Los Angeles. In the American tradition of commercialization, soon bootlegs were everywhere.

On this day in 1971, The Who's greatest album, "Who's Next," topped out at #4 on the charts while selling three million copies.

On this day in 1977, on Bing Crosby's personal invitation to appear as a special guest on his annual Christmas television special, David Bowie recorded duets of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" with Der Bingle.

On this day in 1982, John 'Cougar' Mellencamp's breakthrough album "American Fool" hit #1 for the first of nine weeks, during which it sold over five million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 9/11/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Lynyrd Skynyrd tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top: 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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More Dead & Co.

Are you surprised that the upcoming U.S. tour by the latest Grateful Dead spinoff group, Dead & Company, has added 11 new dates to its 10 previously scheduled concerts? Featuring three of the four surviving core Grateful Dead members (singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart) as well as pop/blues guitarist John Mayer, the newly announced gigs will run through November 27th and 28th in Las Vegas. As far as we know, the group's tour will still wind down with a December 30th and 31st engagement at The Forum in Inglewood.

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September 11th

On this, the 14th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, let us not forget the horror but continue to honor those cast into the role of heroes by fate. Take a moment to say a prayer for them and their families, and a prayer for your families and loved ones, as well as the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces fighting to protect our freedom around the world. God bless America.

Our Quote For The Day:
It was John Donne who said (in 1624): "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less... Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."


September 12, 2015


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Original Foghat bassist Tony Stevens is 66.
Vocalist Gerry Beckley of America is 63.
Drumming god Neil Peart of Rush is 63.

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On this day in 1966, The Monkees' TV show premiered on NBC.

On this day in 1970, as they continued on a creative roll, The Moody Blues' million selling "A Question Of Balance" album entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album entered the charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1 while it sold four million copies.

On this day in 1981, recorded under much duress, The Pretenders' "Pretenders II" album hit #10.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's rockin' live cover of Eugene William's "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" entered the charts on its way to #5 as Billy Squier's "In The Dark" began its climb to #35.

On this day in 1987, U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" began its climb to #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1990, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks announced that they would no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac. Two years later, they reunited with the group to sing at President Clinton's inauguration. Four years after that one-off, they reunited for an MTV Unplugged special, which led to a #1 charting album and an immensely successful concert tour. Promises, promises, promises.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton's "Unplugged," the album he didn't think was worthy of releasing, entered the charts. It went on to spend three weeks at #1, win the Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award, sell over 10 million copies and become Eric's most commercially successful release ever. So much for guitar god's judgmental skills!


September 13, 2015


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Vocalist David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears is 74.
Bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera of Chicago is 71.
Dio/Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell drummer Vinny Appice is 58.
Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey (who now drums with The Who) is 50.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles released "Yesterday" as a single — only in America, never in Britain. While the song was credited as a Lennon/McCartney composition, it was written entirely by and recorded solely by Paul McCartney. It hit #1, it went on to become the most covered song in the history of recorded music.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon debuted his Plastic Ono Band, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, at the "Toronto Rock 'N' Revival Show." A semi-professional recording of the gig was later released as "Live Peace In Toronto."

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" album and Santana's self-titled debut album both entered the charts. CCR quickly spent four weeks at #1 while Santana sold over two million copies by the time it had peaked at #4 two months later.

On this day in 1975, just as ZZ Top's half-live/half-studio album "Fandango" peaked at #10, Bruce Springsteen' classic "Born To Run" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1975, the Eagle's "Lyin' Eyes'" entered the singles charts on its way to #2 and a Pop Vocal Group GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1980, Jackson Browne's "Hold Out" album hit #1 as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1980, Mark Knopfler's brother David left/was forced out of Dire Straits. The brothers, along with drummer Pick Withers and bassist John Illsley, had formed the band three years earlier.

On this day in 1985, Police singer/bassist Sting began his first solo tour in San Diego, in support of his "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" album.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet album entered the charts on its way to eight weeks at #1 and over 12 million in sales.


September 14, 2015


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Guitarist Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 66.

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles released the Paul McCartney song "Hey Jude" as their first single on their own Apple Records label. Backed with "Revolution," it almost immediately began a nine-week run at #1.

On this day in 1968, The Who's Pete Townshend told "Rolling Stone" magazine of his plans to write a "rock opera" about a deaf, dumb and blind boy. The project became "Tommy," one of The Who's most successful musical efforts. Aside from the original double album, the piece was also recorded by a symphony orchestra, turned into a feature film with an accompanying soundtrack, and later presented as a successful Broadway production.

On this day in 1968, a mere four months after releasing their breakthrough album, "Days Of Future Passed," The Moody Blues' "In Search Of The Lost Chord" began its climb to #23 on the album charts — selling hundreds of thousands of the new hi-fidelity headphones in the process.

On this day in 1969, Genesis — which consisted at that time of Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and John Mahew — played their first paid gig at a cottage in Surrey, England owned by Gabriel's former Sunday school teacher. Although they didn't really go over all that well, they still decided to stick with it.

On this day in 1981, Genesis released their "ABACAB" album. It eventually sold over two million copies while charting at #7 — their first Top 10 release.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's classic "Scarecrow" album entered the charts on its way to #2 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1985, Heart's "Never" began its run up the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1991, Bob Seger's million-selling "The Fire Inside" album peaked at #7.

On this day in 1996, Pearl Jam's third chart topper, "No Code," hit #1 on the same day it entered the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 9/14/15


10 At 10: Mystery Theme!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - David Coverdale/Whitesnake: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ellen Degeneres: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was William Feather who said: "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."

It was Arthur Baer who said: "If you do big things they print your face, and if you do little things they print only your thumbs."

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

It was Mark Twain who said: "Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other."

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This Friday, 7:30pm! Starting with an Uncle Joe's Meet & Greet with The Sound Crew, you know J.B. will be hosting Lynyrd Skynyrd at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona! It'll be a Rock & Roll party!


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This Sunday, 11am - 1pm. Prepare to have fun! Great times are waiting for you at the 12th Annual Sand Sports Super Show at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa! With Robby Gordon's racing Speed Stadium Super Trucks and every kind of Sand, Dune and Dirt fun on display across the entire O.C. Fairgrounds, J.B. and The Sound Crew will be rockin' the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage, courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores!


September 15, 2015


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Legendary Blues shouter Big Joe Turner, the inspiration to Elvis Presley and Little Richard who topped the charts with "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954, would have been 104.
Occasional Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 66.

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On this day in 1963, Swan Records released The Beatles' "She Loves You" single in the U.S. after Capitol Records turned down the opportunity. Without any significant promotion, no one even noticed.

On this day in 1967, The Who recorded a crazed performance of three songs for the September 17th broadcast of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show. Whether or not Keith Moon realized that the crew had already set a charge under his riser, he set up another flash explosion in his drum kit. At the end of Pete Townshend's ritualistic destruction of his guitar and amplifiers in the chaotic finale of "My Generation," the huge boosted explosion went off, damaging Townshend's ears forever and leaving the band and Tommy Smothers stunned by the concussion. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1968, The Doors' album "Waiting For The Sun" hit #1.

On this day in 1973, "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" by Elton John peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, Pink Floyd released their classic "Wish You Were Here" album. It eventually spent two weeks at #1 and sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1979, one week after its release, Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door" album hit #1 for the first of seven weeks. Their final studio album, it eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1980, David Bowie made his Broadway debut playing the lead role in "The Elephant Man."

On this day in 2004, Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died in Los Angeles at age 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

On this day in 2008, Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright lost an intense, short battle with cancer at his home in Britain at the age of 65.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/15/15


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Rick Nielsen/Cheap Trick: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Oliver: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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All Hail The Foos

The Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" HBO series won a pair of awards at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles Saturday night. "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways," which documented the band's travels around the country as they recorded their album of the same name, was honored for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. Right so!

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Ringo Starr was on hand last week at London's National Portrait Gallery for the opening of an exhibit featuring photos from his recent memoir and coffee table book, "Photograph." The massive book includes a variety of rare candid photos taken by Starr throughout his life, and a wide-release "Open Edition" version of it will be published on September 22nd. What really took people by surprise at the event, was Ringo calling on Paul McCartney and the widows of John Lennon and George HarrisonYoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — to pour through their own photo collections for images to contribute to a new Beatles-themed book that would be similar to "Photograph." Wouldn't that be cool?

Gary R.I.P.

Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon's lead guitarist and songwriter from 1970 until 1989, died Sunday at the age of 65. No cause of death has been given. Having worked with Gary in our earliest days of playing clubs, there's a sadness in my heart from his passing. Rest in peace, guitar man.

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It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'"

It was Demetri Martin who said: "Don't be so quick to judge others. Take your time and really get into it."

It was Harry S. Truman who said: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Well done is better than well said."




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