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September 16 - 30, 2015


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!


September 16, 2015


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Blues legend B.B. King would have been 90.
Drummer Kenney Jones, of The Who and Small Faces, is 67.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers original (and current) bassist Ron Blair is 67.

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On this day in 1967, almost six months after its release, The Doors' self-titled debut album peaked at #2 on the charts while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album began its 19th week on the charts at #1.

On this day in 1977, Marc Bolan, the man who was T. Rex, died in a car crash at the age of 28.

On this day in 1978, "Blue Collar Man" by Styx entered the singles charts on its way to #21 just as "Just What I Needed" by The Cars peaked at #27.

On this day in 1978, Boston's second album, "Don't Look Back," hit #1 for the first of three weeks. In a weird twist, in "only" selling seven million copies (10 million less than their debut album), many considered "Don't Look Back" a commercial failure.

On this day in 1978, The Grateful Dead became the first Western rock band to headline a concert at the foot of the famous Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt. Far out!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/16/15


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles: 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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Fresh Old Beatles

Did you know that The Beatles "1" compilation is one of the biggest selling albums of the last 25 years — over 11 million copies in the U.S. alone? Well, brace yourself for the November 6th release of the new CD/DVD version with 50 promotional films and videos in new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD surround audio mixes. The brand new "Beatles 1+" celebrates their 27 #1 songs with restored videos and a second disc of 23 videos, including alternate versions, as well as rarely seen and newly released films and videos restored from 35mm negatives scanned in 4K and digitally restored with new stereo and 5.1 surround audio remixes, produced from the original analogue tapes by the GRAMMY® winning team of Giles Martin with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. For four of the videos, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions. Let's rock!

29th Bridge School

Though Neil and Pegi Young are no longer married, they are still collaborators on the 29th Bridge School Benefit. Pegi started the Bridge School in 1987 for children with severe physical and speech impairments. This year's benefit — on October 24th and 25th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA — will include: Neil Young & Promise Of The Real, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen's guitarist Nils Lofgren, among many others.

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It was Dave Barry who said: "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers."

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "He who slings mud generally loses ground."

It was Calvin Coolidge who said: "No man ever listened himself out of a job."

It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "After the first blush of sin comes its indifference."

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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 17, 2015


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Hank Williams would have been 92.
Lol Creme of 10cc is 68.
Singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes is 65.

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On this day in 1967, The Doors performed "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Even though Sullivan insisted Jim Morrison change or omit the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in "Light My Fire," Jimbo sang it anyway (what a scalawag!).

On this day in 1967, two days after The Who had recorded a crazed performance for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show, the program aired (on a different network) right after The Doors performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Whether or not Keith Moon realized that the crew had already set a charge under his riser for The Smothers Brothers show, he set up another flash explosion in his drum kit. Then, 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 1983, David Bowie's "Modern Love" (featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar) entered the singles charts on its way to #14 and dance floors around the world.

On this day in 1997, a reunited Fleetwood Mac launched its first tour in more than a decade.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/17/15


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Roger Hodgson/Supertramp: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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New Stones (Sort Of)

Keith Richards will celebrate the release of his new solo album, "Crosseyed Heart," this Friday with a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On the same day "Crosseyed Heart" is released, the recently reported documentary "Keith Richards: Under the Influence," which focuses on the making of the album, will debut on Netflix and get its theatrical premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. BUT WAIT — THERE'S MORE!! Keef says that, a recent group meeting in London, The Rolling Stones made "definite plans" to record a new album! That means they should have new energy from the new material when they hit the Southland next year!

Stand Up For Heroes

Seth Meyers and Ray Romano will be joining longtime "Stand Up For Heroes" performers Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and John Oliver at this year's benefit for wounded veterans. Presented by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, "Stand Up For Heroes" is designed to raise awareness and funds to support injured service members and their families. Great music and comedy for a truly great cause. Rock on!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is the one thing you can't get for nothing."

It was Steven Wright who said: "99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."

It was Robert Frost who said: "Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"


September 18, 2015


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Guitarist Kerry Livgren of Kansas is 66.
Drummer Michael Hossack of The Doobie Brothers would have been 66.

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On this day in 1968, after watching the 1956 Rock & Roll movie "The Girl Can't Help It" at Paul McCartney's house, The Beatles recorded 20 takes of "Birthday" at Abbey Road studios. With the basic tracks recorded live, the Fab's longtime roadie, Mal Evans, added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 in London. Some contend that if Hendrix had been put into an upright position in the ambulance rather than left lying on his back, he would not have suffocated on his own vomit. Some say if the nearest hospital had admitted blacks, he could have been saved. Others feel he was overdosed as part of a bad business deal.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon released his classic "Imagine" album. It eventually hit #1 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Boston's debut single, "More Than A Feeling," entered the charts on its way to #5 just as "Do You Feel Like We Do," Peter Frampton's third single from "Frampton Comes Alive," entered the charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 1982, Billy Squier's "Emotions In Motion" album hit #5 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1982, The Stray Cats' "Rock This Town" began its run up the singles charts to #9 as Crosby, Stills & Nash's beautiful "Southern Cross" started its climb to #18.

On this day in 1982, Rush's "New World Man" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single ever when it hit #21.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 9/18/15


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Chicago tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Tom Petty: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers as well as conversation with Tom and keyboardist Benmont Tench. Check out this preview!


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Really New Def Lep Music

Def Leppard will release their cleverly named new studio album, "Def Leppard," on October 30th. Their 11th studio album, the first since 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge," features 14 songs written and recorded in singer Joe Elliott's home studio (Joe's Garage) over the last year. While Joe also wrote most of the lyrics, it was bassist Rick Savage who penned most of the songs. Stay tuned for info on their forthcoming live debut of the LP!

Tull Redux (Sort Of)

Jethro Tull has always been one of the most under appreciated bands in Rock & Roll. But now, after years apart, group mastermind Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre have each been confirmed for next year's inaugural A New Day festival at Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent in the UK. Anderson's solo outfit will headline the Saturday August 6th show, and the Martin Barre Band will appear on Sunday the 7th. Do you think that the long feuding duo will at least say hello to each other?

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It was Arthur Baer who said: "Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

It was Neil deGrasse Tyson who said: "Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans."

It was Alexandre Dumas' son who first said: "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."


September 19, 2015


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Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, would have been 81.
Today is also my Mom's birthday. She says she's 29, and who am I to question that?

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' song "It's All Over Now" peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" began its climb to #43 on the album charts. Little did Bob know, he was less than a year away from his big breakthrough.

On this day in 1969, "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the charts on its way to #3, becoming their fourth Top 5 single in less than a year.

On this day in 1970, The Who's classic "Tommy" rock opera album peaked at #4 with two million in sales over a year after its release just as Neil Young's classic "After The Goldrush" album began its run to #8 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1970, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song "Our House" entered the charts on its way to #30.

On this day in 1973, Gram Parsons, credited as the father of Country Rock and a member of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, died from a drug overdose at the age of 26. His coffin was later stolen by two associates and taken to Joshua Tree where it was set on fire. Now that was a Rock & Roll wake!

On this day in 1974, Max Weinberg made his live debut as the drummer in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band at the Main Point in Philadelphia.

On this day in 1979, organizers Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall recruited Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor and several others to play the first of five "No Nukes" concerts in New York's Madison Square Garden.

On this day in 1981, one week after it entered the charts, The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks. It eventually sold over four million copies to become their second biggest selling studio album ever.

On this day in 1987, John Mellencamp's "Lonesome Jubilee" began its climb to #6 and three million in sales (the second biggest of his career) as Aerosmith's comeback album "Permanent Vacation" entered the charts on its way to #11 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd released the "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" album, their first following the departure of Roger Waters. It eventually hit #3, sold over four million copies and was supported by an awesome tour.

On this day in 1987, R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" entered the singles charts on its way to #9. Even though Michael Stipe's lyrics describe a dismissive, manipulative relationship, the song became a very popular song on the wedding circuit.


September 20, 2015


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Bassist Chuck Panozzo of Styx is 66.
Drummer John Panozzo of Styx would have been 66.

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On this day in 1969, even as the band was imploding behind the scenes, Blind Faith's self-titled album began the first of its two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, guitarist Peter Frampton left Humble Pie for a solo career. Five years later, he finally made it.

On this day in 1973, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played the opening show at L.A.'s newest Rock & Roll nightclub, The Roxy. It certainly was a most auspicious beginning!

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his "Born To Run" album and single. While Springsteen's two previous albums had failed to make any significant commercial impression, "Born to Run" went all the way to #3 and remained on the charts for 60 weeks. As few weeks later, the "Born To Run" single peaked at #23.

On this day in 1975, War's iconic "Low Rider" entered the singles charts on its way to #7 as David Bowie released his song "Fame." Written in part by John Lennon, who was inspired by Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame," "Fame" soon became Bowie's first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1980, Queen's "The Game" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks, eventually selling over four million copies. Though Queen had become one of the biggest bands in the world, "The Game" was their only album to top the American charts.

On this day in 1983, the first ARMS Benefit Concert to raise money for research to fight Multiple Sclerosis, which former Faces bass player Ronnie Lane suffered from, was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Ronnie's friends Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood were among the featured performers.


September 21, 2015


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Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is 68.

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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix released his version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" just six months after Dylan's original recording. Jimi's version eventually hit #20, making it his highest charting single in The States.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" became their first (and only) million-selling #1 hit single.

On this day in 1991, Rush's million-selling "Roll The Bones" became their seventh American Top 10 album when it hit #3.

On this day in 2006, original Bad Company bassist Raymond "Boz" Burrell died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He was 60 years of age.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 9/21/15


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Scorpions tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - George Thorogood: 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 Keith Richards who said: "Nothing is static in this life — and thank God."

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

It was Sidney Greenberg who said: "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."

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7pm This Saturday! Motorcycles racing on dirt with NO BRAKES! Of course Uncle Joe will be the Grand Marshall at the 47th U.S. National Speedway Championship at the Costa Mesa Speedway in the O.C. Fair & Event Center! Be sure to get there early enough to hang with Unc and The Sound Crew.


September 22, 2015


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Vocalist David Coverdale of Whitesnake is 64.
Joan Jett is a rockin' 57.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles appeared on the cover of "Time Magazine."

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" hit #2 on the album charts and induction into the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1985, the first Farm-Aid concert, organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to help the nation's farmers, was held in Champaign, Illinois and raised $10 million.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/22/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Scorpions tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard: 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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Live Rush Soon

As anticipated, Rush will release a live album commemorating their recently completed 40th anniversary tour (which many fans fear was their last tour ever). Recorded at the Air Canada Center in Toronto on June 17th and 19th, the CD/DVD will be released on November 20th.

Big Beatles Bucks

The very first recording contract The Beatles ever signed was the biggest item sold at a memorabilia auction in New York this past weekend for a crisp $93,750. The June 1961 contract was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and early Beatles drummer Peter Best just before they recorded a Rock & Roll version of "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" with singer Tony Sheridan. That recording led to The Beatles being discovered by manager Brian Epstein. Other items sold in the auction included a sealed copy of the "butcher cover" version of The Beatles' 1966 "Yesterday & Today" album and an autographed handwritten sign from Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 "Bed-In for Peace" protest event in Toronto. Each of those items went for $75,000. A framed gold record award for Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" single fetched $27,500, and a vinyl copy of The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single signed by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr sold for $25,000.

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

It was Pablo Picasso who said: "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up."

It was Will Rogers who said: "It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"


September 23, 2015


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Jazz legend John Coltrane would have been 89.
Ray Charles would have been 85.
Bruce Springsteen is 66.

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On this day in 1966, during his flight to London in search of a record deal as well as fame & fortune, James Marshall Hendrix changed the spelling of his nickname to Jimi.

On this day in 1967, The Doors' "People Are Strange" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Honky Cat" peaked at #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine of Wings returned to England from Nigeria where they had recorded the basic tracks for the classic "Band On The Run" album. In short order, Macca was finishing the project in former Beatles producer George Martin's AIR Studios with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

On this day in 1978, "Double Vision" by Foreigner entered the singles charts on its way to #2 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Listen To Her Heart" began its climb to #59.

On this day in 1978, Boston played the first of two sold-out Summer Fest dates at Anaheim Stadium.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's classic "End Of The Innocence" album hit #8 as it sold six million copies. On the same day, Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" entered the album charts on its way to #1 and six million in sales.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/23/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Scorpions tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of David Bowie as well as Joe's extensive conversations with David, his producer Ken Scott and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. Check out this preview!

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It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Love all, trust few, do wrong to none."

It was Raymond E. Feist who said: "Every person you encounter, whom you interact with, is there to teach you something. Sometimes it may be years before you realize what each had to show you."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily."


September 24, 2015


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Linda McCartney would have been 74.

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On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley's classic "Jailhouse Rock" single was released. It eventually spent seven weeks at #1 while scandalizing America's youth with its tongue in cheek lyrical references and searing guitar solo by Scotty Moore. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby" peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with his new manager, Chas Chandler of The Animals. It was on that flight from New York that Hendrix changed the spelling of his name from "Jimmy" to "Jimi." Upon his arrival in England, Jimi only had a few short days to assemble a band before he'd be kicked out of the country for lack of a work visa. So within a week the brand new Jimi Hendrix Experience was performing on stage.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" became their third Top 10 single when it hit #3 and "Telephone Line" by ELO topped out at #7 as Styx's "Come Sail Away" entered the singles charts. Four long months later, "Come Sail Away" finally peaked at #8.

On this day in 1977, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' self-titled debut album first hit the charts. Though it eventually sold over a half million copies, it never made it into the Top 50.

On this day in 1978, Boston played the second of two sold-out "Summer Fest" dates at Anaheim Stadium. Massive mayhem ensued.

On this day in 1983, Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" entered the charts on its way to #5 and a Best Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1988, Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 2005, The Rolling Stones' million-selling "A Bigger Bang" album peaked at #3 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/24/15


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


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Free For Happy Birthday

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the longstanding copyright on "Happy Birthday To You" — one of the most popular songs in history — is invalid. The rights to the century-old song changed hands for decades until Warner/Chappell publishing scooped it up in 1988 and aggressively began charging anywhere from $1,000 to "six figures" for the song's usage in film and television. The federal judge determined that Warner/Chappell's copyright claim was not valid because the original 1935 copyright of "Happy Birthday To You" applied only to a specific piano arrangement. Furthermore, "Good Morning To All," the 1893 song that lends its melody to "Happy Birthday To You," has long been in public domain. So let's all sing along for free!

Jaco!

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's highly anticipated documentary "Jaco," featuring appearances by Carlos Santana, Sting, Rush's Geddy Lee and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, will be released on Blu-ray/DVD and digitally on November 27th. The legendary jazz bass player, best known for his work with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius was famously described as the "self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar." Can't wait for the movie and the soundtrack!

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It was Jay Leno who said: "Racecar driving is a little like sex. All men think they're good at it... and when you are out there by yourself, you actually are good at it — until somebody else comes on the track."

It was Robert Lewis Stevenson who said: "Wine is bottled poetry."

It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."

It was Steven Wright who said: "I played a blank cassette at full volume and drove the mime next door totally crazy."


September 25, 2015


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles "Yesterday" entered the singles charts on its way to a four week run at #1 and becoming the most covered song in the world.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded Paul McCartney's "Fool On The Hill" in Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin recorded "Me And Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Kris Kristofferson, who wrote the song, never heard her superior version of it until after she died.

On this day in 1971, Yes released their first Top 40 charting single, "Your Move," as Cat Stevens released "Peace Train," which eventually hit #7 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, as Boston's debut album entered the charts, eventually spending six weeks at #3 and selling over 17 million copies, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "The Roaring Silence" began its climb to #10 — becoming the biggest album of Manfred's career. Rock & Roll was selling records!

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney's band Wings played a benefit to raise $50,000 for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in Venice's St. Marks Square. But the 25,000 audience members at Macca's benefit concert unknowingly set back the restoration project when their combined weight loosened paving stones and allowed water to seep into the Square itself.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham died of over indulgence at the age of 32. Bonham passed away at guitarist Jimmy Page's home after a night of heavy drinking (reportedly 40 shots in just a few hours). The coroner reported that both asphyxiation and alcohol poisoning caused his death.

On this day in 1982, The Who's final studio album for many years, "It's Hard," entered the charts on its way to #8.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 9/25/15


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Scorpions tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - David Bowie: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Jeff Lynne's ELO

Did you know that ELO enjoyed a run of 27 Top 40 hits from 1972 through 1986, when group mastermind Jeff Lynne put the band on hiatus? Now, 14 years after Lynne's last release, the excellent Electric Light Orchestra album "Zoom," Jeff Lynne's ELO will release the new studio album "Alone in the Universe" on November 13th. Lynne — the group's singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger who is also known for his work as a producer and member of the super-group The Traveling Wilburys — reactivated ELO last year for a sold-out concert in London's Hyde Park. A home video of the event — "Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live In Hyde Park" — was released earlier this month.

Sir Elty & His Buddy Putin

Unlike the first time, when Sir Elton John was on the wrong end of a prank phone call with a fake Russian President Vladimir Putin, Elton received a real call from the real Putin on Thursday. Word is that Putin proposed that if their schedules permit, he and Sir Elty could meet to discuss any issues that the singer is concerned about. No indication if Putin actually used the words "gay rights" in his reply to Elton, or if Elton used the term "invading nearby countries" in his response, but we can always be hopeful!

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It was Robin Williams who said: "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Refuse to ruin a perfectly good today by thinking about a bad yesterday."

It was Bruce Lee who said: "Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."


September 26, 2015


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Crooner Brian Ferry of Roxy Music is 70.
Guitarist Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship fame and Los Lobos guitarist/singer/songwriter Cesar Rosas are both 61.

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On this day in 1964, The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" (their first American hit single) entered the charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored The Beatles with the Order Of The British Empire.

On this day in 1970, the third single from The Who's "Tommy" album, "See Me, Feel Me," entered the charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in theaters across America. Some say it never closed.

On this day in 1979, The Clash released their first single, a remake of the Bobby Fuller Four's classic, "I Fought The Law."

On this day in 1981, The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week stay at #3 as Genesis' "No Reply At All" began its climb into the Top 20.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's live "Nine Tonight" album entered the charts on its way to a four-week stay at #3 while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1986, Boston released their third album, "Third Stage," 10 years after their first. It eventually spent four weeks at #1 and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason," R.E.M.'s "R.E.M. No.5: Document" and Rush's "Hold Your Fire" all entered the album charts. They eventually all sold over a million copies and charted at #3, #10 and #13 respectively.

On this day in 1987, The Grateful Dead's "Touch Of Grey" peaked at #9 on the singles chart — their only song to reach the Top 20 in a 40-plus year career.

On this day in 1987, Billy Idol's cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells song "Mony Mony" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 2003, singer Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 54.


September 27, 2015


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Guitarist/songwriter Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive is 72.
Singer/actor Meatloaf is 68.

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On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney added a new lead vocal to "Fool On The Hill" at Abbey Road Studios while orchestration was being added to "I Am The Walrus."

On this day in 1975, Pink Floyd's classic "Wish You Were Here" entered the album charts on its way to #1 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1979, just moments after beginning his song "Better Off Dead," Elton John collapsed on-stage at L.A.'s Universal Amphitheatre during a two man show with percussionist Ray Cooper. Even though he claimed he was suffering from exhaustion brought on by the flu, Elton returned after a 10 minute break to finish the nearly three-hour-long concert. Thank goodness Ray didn't have to sing!

On this day in 1980, The Rolling Stones' "She's So Cold" began its climb to #26 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Amanda" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 1986, bassist Cliff Burton of Metallica was killed when the band's bus crashed in rural Sweden. He was only 24.


September 28, 2015


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On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin announced that she would be leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company in a month because she and the band "weren't growing together anymore." Ah, the Sixties!

On this day in 1974, John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" (featuring Elton John on backing vocals) entered the singles charts on its way to #1. In fact, it was John's only #1 solo single during his lifetime, and — even more surprising — he was the last former Beatle to hit that mark.

On this day in 1996, as Rush's "Test For Echo" (their ninth consecutive Top 10 LP) hit #5, R.E.M.'s "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" — their last with original drummer Bill Berry — entered the album charts for a quick run to #2.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 9/28/15


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland Resort tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Roger Glover/Deep Purple: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Robert Orben who said: "For a real quick energy boost, nothing beats having the boss walk in."

It was Jonas Salk who said: "Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who said: "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."

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This Saturday! They aren't kidding when they say "Everything Off-Road!" Perfect for an official Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with The Sound crew surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Off-Road vehicles at the 2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire at the Pomona Fairplex! Everything from off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles, ATV's and RC cars... and The Jeremy Benson Band doing sets on the main stage at 11am and 12:30pm!


September 29, 2015


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Rock & Roll Icon Jerry Lee Lewis is 80.
Guitarist/singer Mark Farner of Grand Funk is 67.
Guitarist Mike Pinera, who worked with Blues Image, Iron Butterfly and Alice Cooper, is 67.

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On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones began their first-ever tour of the U.K. supported by The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles recorded "Every Little Thing," "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" and "What You're Doing" with producer George Martin at Abbey Road Studios. It was just a normal day for the lads.

On this day in 1967, drummer Mickey Hart joined The Grateful Dead.

On this day in 1967, BBC Radio broadcast a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" at 7:30pm. Not only was John Lennon listening, he also recorded a bit of the broadcast that he later used in The Beatles "I Am The Walrus."

On this day in 1972, Cat Stevens played a sold-out show with an orchestra at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in support of his "Catch Bull At Four" album. The show must have helped because the album eventually charted at #1.

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk hit #1 on the singles charts with "We're An American Band."

On this day in 1973, The Rolling Stones' "Goat's Head Soup" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1977, AC/DC unleashed their "Let There Be Rock" album. While it's true that America didn't notice for a couple more years, the Australian band was truly rewriting the Hard Rock rule book.

On this day in 1979, Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" peaked at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, Foreigner's "Head Games" album entered the charts on its way into the Top 5 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1981, Billy Squier's "Don't Say No" album hit #5 while selling three million copies.

On this day in 1984, The Cars classic "Drive" peaked at #3 as Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" entered the charts on its way to the Top 30.

On this day in 1989, Glenn Frey joined Don Henley onstage in Los Angeles for the first time since the break-up of the Eagles eight years earlier. While they were trying to figure out if they could work together again, the rest of the free world was already thinking "Eagles reunion!"

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" was one of the most played Rock songs in all of America.

On this day in 1992, Peter Gabriel released his "Us" album. It eventually sold a million copies and charted at #2.

On this day in 1996, it was announced that Julian Lennon was the anonymous buyer who had purchased Paul McCartney's handwritten recording notes for the song "Hey Jude" at auction for about $40,000. The song was written by McCartney for young Julian when John Lennon separated from his mother, Cynthia, in 1968.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/29/15


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland Resort tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Lynyrd Skynyrd: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Plato who said: "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."


September 30, 2015


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Drummer Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield fame would have been 73.
Marc Bolan, who really was T. Rex, would have been 68.

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On this day in 1955, James Dean, the icon of cool, died in an automobile accident at the age of 24.

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan began his recording career. His harmonica playing in a session for Caroline Hester's debut album captured the attention of record executive John Hammond, who signed Bob to a solo deal the next day. The rest, as they say, is history.

On this day in 1966, guitarist Noel Redding was offered the job of bass player in Jimi Hendrix's new band, the Experience.

On this day in 1967, as Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield song "Rock 'N' Roll Woman" began its slow climb to #44.

On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut album was certified with "Gold" status, a half-million copies sold. Unfortunately, on that same day, David Crosby's girlfriend, Christine Hinton, was killed when her Volkswagen collided with a school bus in Northern California.

On this day in 1971, Yes began their first tour with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had just joined the band the previous month.

On this day in 1972, as they were really hitting their stride in the studio and on stage, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Trilogy" album hit #5.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith's version of The Beatles' "Come Together" peaked at #23 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1978, driven by their "Renegade" hit single, Styx's "Pieces Of Eight" album entered the charts on its way to #6 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1982, Bruce Springsteen released his most haunting album, "Nebraska." Though it charted at #3, it only sold a million copies — far off his normal pace.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Pump" album, the biggest of their career, entered the charts on its way to selling over seven million copies and hitting #5.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones released their "Bridges To Babylon" album. While the album didn't sell all that well, the following tour was one of their most successful — both artistically and commercially.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/30/15


10 At 10: Walk/Walking
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland Resort tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mick Fleetwood/Fleetwood Mac: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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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 Who as well as more of Joe's conversations with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Check out this preview!


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The Return Of The Who!

The Who had to postpone an entire leg of their massive Who Hits 50! North American tour earlier this month after singer Roger Daltrey fell ill with viral meningitis. As he slowly recovers from the infection, Roger says, "The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery," and the band will reboot their trek on February 27th in Detroit. The show features a setlist spanning the band's entire 50-year history — a mix that Townshend dubbed "Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses," and, as promised, all original ticket purchases will be honored at the rescheduled dates. That means we'll see them on May 22nd at the Honda Center in Anaheim and May 25th at the STAPLES Center. Rock on!

Bucks Up Collectables

The historic managerial contract that The Beatles signed with Brian Epstein just prior to the U.K. release of the band's first single, "Love Me Do," sold for about $553,000 at a Sotheby's memorabilia auction in London yesterday. Dated October 1, 1962, the five-year contract was the only management agreement the Fab Four's classic final line-up signed with Epstein. (Paul McCartney and George Harrison's fathers also co-signed the document since their sons were then under the age of 21.) Other items sold at Sotheby's "Rock & Pop" auction included a custom Fender Stratocaster owned and played by Eric Clapton, which sold for $68,000, a Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet used by Pink Floyd's Rick Wright, which brought in over $30,000, and Bruce Springsteen's handwritten lyric manuscript to his song "Jungleland," which went for more than $16,000.

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It was Will Rogers who said: "There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works."

It was Ella Fitzgerald who said: "It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."



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