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October 16 - 31, 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!


October 16, 2015


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Singer/bassist Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 72.
Singer/guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 68.

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On this day in 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded — thus eliminating any chance of earning herself a backstage pass.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Day Tripper" in three takes at Abbey Road studio. Then they added vocals and a few other overdubs, completing the song by the end of the day. Most efficient indeed!

On this day in 1966, Grace Slick made her first appearance with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. She was replacing Signe Toly Anderson, who had left the band to have a baby.

On this day in 1971, Santana released the song "Everybody's Everything" as the "Santana III" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival announced that they were breaking up.

On this day in 1982, "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne peaked at #7 on the singles charts as Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1999, the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 10/16/15


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - John Fogerty/CCR: 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 Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as more of Joe's brand new conversation with John Fogerty. Check out this preview!


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Hall Of Fame Voting

While no one knows what effect the final fan vote will have in selecting the next Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Chicago is the band leading this year's fan vote. As of Wednesday, they had garnered 23% of the vote (roughly 37.4 million votes). The four following acts (The Cars, Yes, Steve Miller and Deep Purple) trail Chicago by 12 million votes. Janet Jackson has just under 10 million votes, with Cheap Trick behind her with just over two million. The top five voted acts will make up a fan ballot to go along with the other 800 ballots cast by artists and music historians. It is worthy of noting that the three previous winners of the Rock Hall Fan Vote — Rush, KISS and Stevie Ray Vaughan — were all inducted the following April. With this year's voting running until December 9th, you should place your votes at RockHall.com!

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It was Robert Frost who said: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on."

It was Gypsy Rose Lee who said: "She's descended from a long line her mother listened to."

It was Buddha who said: "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

It was Mother Teresa who said: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."

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This Saturday, 10am - Noon: Time for California Car Cover's annual Classic General Motors Car Show! Check out hundreds of great cars on display at the California Car Cover headquarters (9525 Desoto Ave. in Chatsworth) and an official J.B. Meet & Greet with The Sound crew and the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage, courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores. See you there!


October 17, 2015


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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' cover of "Time Is On My Side" and The Zombies "She's Not There" began their climb to #6 and #2 just as Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit #1.

On this day in 1969, just as they released the mighty "Led Zeppelin II," Led Zeppelin began their third U.S. tour of the year at New York's Carnegie Hall. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1969, the American Federation of Musicians rescinded a four-year-old order banning The Kinks from playing in the U.S. That ban — which almost bankrupted the band — resulted from an unauthorized 1966 appearance on the television variety show "Hullabaloo."

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" began its climb to #18 as "All Right Now" by Free peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" album hit #8 as it was selling two million copies.

On this day in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Street Survivors" album was released with cover art that showed the band members surrounded by flames. But that cover art was quickly changed when three members of the group (including frontman Ronnie Van Zant) were killed in a plane crash three days after the album's release. Considered by most to be the band's finest, "Street Survivors" eventually charted at #5 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's double-album "Tusk" was released. A complete stylistic change for the band, the album peaked at #4 and sold a couple million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis' classic "ABACAB" album entered the charts on its way to #7 and two million in sales. The title track of the album was written in three parts: the "A" section, "B" section and "C" section. The title itself was simply a reference to how the trio assembled the catchy number.

On this day in 1992, Peter Gabriel's million-selling "Us" LP hit #2 just as Alice In Chains' breakthrough album "Dirt" began its run to #6 and four million sold. The music scene was changing!

On this day in 1995, Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, was sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.

On this day in 1999, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played the first rock concert at L.A.'s brand-new Staples Center. The state-of-the-art acoustics allowed at least a full one-third of the audience to actually hear some of the show.


October 18, 2015


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Chuck Berry, the Grandaddy of Rock & Roll, is 89.
Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon's most famous lead guitarist, would have been 66.
Drummer Keith Knudsen of the Doobie Brothers would have been 63.

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On this day in 1957, Paul McCartney made his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England. Besides Macca, the line-up included John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and Len Garry. Any idea what ever happened to those other guys?

On this day in 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig (in front of 14,500 deafened and confused Parisians) just six days after forming.

Forget doing a club tour! On this date in 1968, Deep Purple made their American concert debut opening for Cream for the first of two nights at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. Both bands played seven (long) songs: Deep Purple's first was their hit "Hush" and Cream's first was their hit "White Room."

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released their first single not written by Lennon & McCartneyGeorge Harrison's "Something." While its John Lennon-penned flip side, "Come Together," hit #1, "Something" itself peaked at #2 — and became one of the most covered Beatles songs ever.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" entered the album charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Babylon"album hit #3 as it sold over a million copies.


October 19, 2015


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Guitarist/singer Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers is 67.

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On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars, arrived in New York City for their first American tour. After two shows, Beck left, forcing Page to handle all the guitar parts himself. When the group folded upon its return to England, Jimmy inherited the band's name, hired new personnel and changed the group's moniker to Led Zeppelin. For some reason, that irritated Jeff.

On this day in 1968, Small Faces singer/guitarist Steve Marriott asked singer/guitarist Peter Frampton of The Herd to sit in with the band for a show in London. That marked the beginning of the highly successful Humble Pie, which Marriott and Frampton soon left their respective bands to form.

On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's landmark third album, "Electric Ladyland," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1974, driven by their #1 hit single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album hit #1 six weeks after its release.

On this day in 1979, Journey released "Evolution," with Steve Perry behind the mic. The album was so named because the band felt it best described how their sound was changing. After "Evolution" sold over three million copies and broke into the Top 20, the band's massive commercial breakthrough was right around the corner.

On this day in 1991, Nirvana's ground breaking "Nevermind" album began its climb to a three week run at #1 and over 10 million copies sold.

On this day in 2014, Raphael Ravenscroft, the Scotsman responsible for the iconic saxophone solo in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 "Baker Street" hit single, passed away at the age of 60 of a heart attack in a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K. He notably performed with many others, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd and America.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/19/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits: 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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Lesh Is Down

Some were taken aback when, after joining the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well concerts over the Summer, bassist Phil Lesh chose not to participate in the upcoming Dead & Company tour with John Mayer. Now comes word that Phil has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, and is undergoing treatment to remove tumors at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is very optimistic of making making a full recovery and returning "to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery." Speedy recovery, Phil!

Collins Is Down

Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' recent emergency back surgery has delayed the release of his solo album reissue campaign. His doctors advice to avoid travel leaves him unable to fulfill his promotional obligations for the "Take A Look At Me Now" retrospective release of 1981's "Face Value" and 1993's "Both Sides" from November 6th to January 29th. The plan is for him to eventually re-release all eight of his solo albums as deluxe editions, which will feature bonus live versions of songs, demos and B-sides. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery!

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It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Those who dare not, do not!"

It was Josh Billings who said: "One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."

It was Mary Pickford who said: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

It was David Frost who said: "Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home."

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Wot a Language!

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The cowboy decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.


October 20, 2015


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Tom Petty is 65.

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On this day in 1964, overexcited fans were arrested during The Rolling Stones' first concert at the Olympia in Paris. The stampeding fans broke windows and chairs at the theater before 150 people were arrested.

On this day in 1973, just as Steve Miller's million-selling "The Joker" album entered the charts on its way to #2, "The Joker" single began its trek to become Steve's first #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album entered the charts on its way to eight weeks at #1 and over seven million sold.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's pseudo-reggae "D'yer Mak'er" began its climb into the Top 20. Note: the title (pronounced "D-jer Make Her" as in "Did You Make Her") did not appear anywhere in the song's lyrics.

On this day in 1977, just days after releasing their "Street Survivors" album, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a fiery plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, along with Steve and Cassie Gaines were killed in that crash which, after investigation, was caused by the plane running out of fuel.

On this day in 1978, The Police began their first American tour at the infamous New York punk club CBGB.

On this day in 1979, Pat Benatar's debut album, "In The Heat Of The Night," entered the charts on its way to #12 and a million in sales as the Eagles' "Long Run," their final studio album (for many years), was about to spend nine weeks at #1 and sell seven million copies.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's live "Nine Tonight" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks as it racked up over four million in sales.

On this day in 1984, in a sign of things to come, U2's "Unforgettable Fire" entered the album charts on its way to selling three million copies while only peaking at #3.

On this day in 1990, driven by their hit single "Suicide Blonde," INXS' million selling "X" album hit #5 just two weeks after its release.

On this day in 2001, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elton John, John Mellencamp and others performed at the six-hour Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. More than 5,000 police officers and firemen attended the benefit for the families of police and firemen killed on September 11th.

On this day in 2001, the first of two nights of the Volunteers for America benefit concerts for the victims of 9/11 was held in Atlanta and Dallas. Organized by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw, Styx was joined by REO Speedwagon, Journey, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner and many others.

On this day in 2008, AC/DC released "Black Ice," their first album in eight years. It immediately went to #1 and sold almost a million copies in the first week alone.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/20/15


10 At 10: Dancing
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jack Coen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it."

It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."

It was Philip J. Simborg who said: "Alimony is always having to say you're sorry."

It was Plato who said: "The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves."


October 21, 2015


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Bandleader/keyboardist Manfred Mann is 75.
Guitar god Steve Cropper is 74.
Blues guitarist Elvin Bishop is 73.
Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland would have been 63.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather is 58.

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On this day in 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan recorded his first album. It cost $400 to produce, was finished in one day and you could understand every word he sang on it.

On this day in 1972, America released their third Top 10 hit, "Ventura Highway."

On this day in 1972, Yes' extraordinary complex, million-selling "Close To The Edge" album hit #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1978, The Who's "Who Are You" album — their last before drummer Keith Moon's death — hit #2 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' "Best Friend's Girl" began its climb into the Top 40, but their big commercial breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1983, Yes released "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which went on to become their first #1 hit single.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 10/21/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ralphie May: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Yes as well as Joe's brand new conversation with singer Jon Anderson. Check out this preview!


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Joe's Going Instrumental

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has restarted work on his sixth solo album, most of which will be instrumental. He originally began the project while he was writing "Rocks," his autobiography, but didn't have enough time to finish the album. With Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford both working on solo projects as well, you have to wonder if they'll ever do another Aerosmith album.

A Great Night In Harlem

Legendary backing singer Merry Clayton, who lost both legs in a car crash last year, will be honored with the Clark & Gwen Terry Award for Courage at the Jazz Foundation Of America's A Great Night In Harlem event tomorrow at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Keith Richards will salute the 64-year-old by playing The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" — which featured one of Merry's most memorable vocals. Darlene Love and longtime Rolling Stones backing singer Lisa Fischer, who appeared alongside Clayton in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," will also take part in the tribute. Other performing stars at the gala include Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, who will take part in a tribute to legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Sonny (who also worked with The Rolling Stones) will receive the Jazz Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. Quite a night!

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It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

It was General George S. Patton who said: "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."

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I Scream, You Scream...

From "Health" magazine:
* 44% of women and 30% of men feel guilty for eating ice cream.
* Americans eat an average of one ton of ice cream in their lifetimes.
* One ton is the approximate weight of a baby elephant.
Now, enjoy!


October 22, 2015


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Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 70.
Keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars is 63.

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On this day in 1969, nine days before it came out in America, Led Zeppelin's iconic "Led Zeppelin II" album was released in England.

On this day in 1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who before a paying audience at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

On this day in 1977, "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner peaked at #6 just as Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and sports arenas around the world.

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's exquisite "Aja" album hit #3 for the first of seven weeks with two million sold just as Foreigner's self-titled debut album peaked at #4 while selling five million copies.

On this day in 1982, "The Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II" was released with virtually no input from the band.

On this day in 1983, "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads peaked at #9 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #7. The U.S. was rocking again!

On this day in 1994, producer Jimmy Miller died in Boulder, Colorado. After surviving The Rolling Stones' lifestyle from the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies, Jimmy finally succumbed to lung cancer.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 10/22/15


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Yes as well as Joe's brand new conversation with singer Jon Anderson. Check out this preview!


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Little Kids Rock

Steve Miller, Graham Nash and Paul Shaffer were the honorees at Tuesday evening's Little Kids Rock benefit at the Manhattan Center in New York City. All were recognized for their support of school arts and music programs, as well as other charitable work, and were backed by some of the Little Kids Rock students backing them. Miller was presented the Rocker of the Year award by Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin. Nash received the inaugural Humanitarian Award for his many charitable endeavors, and Shaffer scored the Big Man Of The Year award, named after late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

R.I.P. Cory

Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers in Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly in his home in Dunkirk, New York on Tuesday. The band had postponed a series of Fall dates as the 74-year-old underwent "intensive treatment of a nerve issue affecting [his] back," but his sudden passing was a complete surprise. Rest in peace, music man.

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It was Goodman Ace who said: "The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else's."

It was Jim Rohn who said: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

It was Dalai Lama who said: "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

It was Horace Greeley who said: "Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing. Only one thing endures and that is character."


October 23, 2015


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Johnny Carson would have been 92.
Dwight Yokam (a true rocker!) is 59.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is a wacky 56.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is 51.

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On this day in 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds entered the charts on its way to spending three weeks at #1. The song's lyrics were drawn from the Bible's "Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8."

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's classic "Imagine" single entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" entered the singles charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1976, three months after it entered the album charts, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #3 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" entered the singles charts on its way to #29, "Hold On" by Santana topped out at #15 and Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" peaked at #12.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 10/23/15


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Morrison tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jon Anderson/Yes: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


2015 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 Yes as well as Joe's brand new conversation with singer Jon Anderson. Check out this preview!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Little strokes fell great oaks."

It was Red Skelton who said: "All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner."

It was Stephen Covey who said: "If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting."

It was Bil Keane who said: "Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."


October 26, 2015


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded M.B.E. (Members of the British Empire) medals by Queen Elizabeth II. The Fab Four were the first non-military recipients of the award, which was given in recognition of the amount of attention, financial and otherwise, that the group had generated for Britain. Although none of the other Beatles ever confirmed it, John Lennon said the boys smoked "a bit of marijuana" in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Talk about a high point in their career!

On this day in 1974, driven in part by the success of their tongue-in-cheek anti-business "Bungle In The Jungle" single, Jethro Tull's "War Child" began a run to three weeks at #2 — making it their fifth Top 10 album.

On this day in 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's over-titled "Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends... Ladies And Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer" triple live album hit #4. In addition to becoming the highest charting LP of their career Stateside, it was also their last for three years as exhaustion from the previous four years of constant touring and recording finally took its toll.

On this day in 1975, wearing an extremely spangly Dodger uniform, Elton John played a sold-out show at Dodger Stadium on the final night of his "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" tour. Joe Walsh and Emmylou Harris — neither of whom could match Elton for spangly flash — were his opening acts.

On this day in 1978, The Police played their first American show at Boston's Rat Club. After they played every song they knew, they had to start replaying them to fill out their set.

On this day in 1981, David Bowie and Queen recorded "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. While the song never became a big hit, its rhythm track was one of the most sampled riffs for the next 20 years.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/26/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bryan Adams tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: 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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Fresh Tusk

Just in time for Christmas, here comes a super deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac's 1979 double album "Tusk!" Of course it's been totally remastered, and there's an alternate version of the complete album featuring session outtakes — most of which have never been released — as well as demos and remixes. But wait! There's more! Live recordings from shows in London, St Louis and Tuscon are also included. The set is due out on December 4th.

Fogerty's Gigging

Mark your calendar! November 12th is the date that John Fogerty will give a special performance at the 18th annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation benefit dinner in New York City. Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Steely Dan, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey are among the stars who have performed at previous editions of the annual benefit. Philanthropic men's fashion designer John Varvatos will be honored at this year's event.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is the name everyone gives their mistakes."

It was Will Rogers who said: "The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is."

It was Dale Carnegie who said: "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

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Words! Words! Words!

It was the custom among men in ancient Rome, when swearing to tell the truth, to place one's right hand on one's testicles. The English word "testimony" is related to this custom.

To double the firepower, British infantry once fired volleys from two ranks with the rear rank standing behind the front rank kneeling. Rear rankers about to fire warned front rankers to keep heads down by calling out, "Beware before!" Then, "'Ware before!" Then just, "'Fore!" And now you know why golfers yell "Fore!"


October 27, 2015


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Bassist Garry Tallent of The E Street Band is 67.

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On this day in 1962, the fledgling Rolling Stones made their first recordings at London's Curly Clayton Studios. Frontman Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman covered blues songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley, but no record deal resulted.

On this day in 1973, Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" peaked at #12 as Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen was hailed as the most important artist of the day on the covers of both "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines — even though he'd never had a hit single or sold many albums.

On this day in 1979, Foreigner's "Dirty White Boy" peaked at #12 on the singles charts as their "Head Games" album hit #5 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1979, Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, with its release delayed by the unexpected success of the live "Cheap Trick At Budokan," Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" album hit #6.

On this day in 1983, U2's tribute to Martin Luther King, "Pride In The Name Of Love," entered the singles charts on its way to #33.

On this day in 1984, Pat Benatar's "We Belong" entered the charts on its way to #5 and becoming her second biggest single.

On this day in 1986, as The Police were breaking up behind the scenes, their "Every Breath You Take: The Singles" compilation album was released to sell over five million copies and peak at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' rocking cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle" entered the charts on its way to #26 — the Crowes' highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "Razor's Edge" hit #2 for the first of two weeks and — on the strength of their live show — eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2002, Tom Dowd, one of the most legendary record producers in the history of Rock & Roll, died of natural causes at the age of 77 in Florida.

On this day in 2013, iconic singer/songwriter Lou Reed passed away in his home in South Hampton, New York after a failed liver transplant. The 71-year-old's lifestyle was the stuff of underground rock myth at the same time his performance and poetry skills were an inspiration to generations of fans.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/27/15


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bryan Adams tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Lukather/Eric Clapton: 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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Bowie's B-day Gift For You

Perhaps you've waited a decade for new music from David Bowie. Your wait is almost over. January 8th — David's 69th birthday — "Blackstar," his 25th studio LP, will arrive wherever it is you buy music. Huzzah!

Sab Going Out Big

Rather dramatic, but fully expected from one of the most influential metal bands ever: Black Sabbath is calling their last tour The End. But wait — there's more! The Sab will headline the 2016 Download Festival (the mega huge Metal festival) in England's Donington Park on June 11th. Their line-up will again include three of the four original members: Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler. The North American leg of their The End tour will kick off in Omaha on January 20th, hit The Forum in Inglewood on February 8th, and conclude on February 27th at New York's Madison Square Garden. Once they finish marching through Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Black Sabbath's final scheduled tour date is a July 12 show in Moscow, Russia. Unless someone offers them a whole big bunch of money.

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It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "If you want a thing done well, do it yourself."

It was Henry Ford who said: "A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time."

It was William Feather who said: "If you're naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don't like."

It was George F. Tilton (not Mike Ditka) who said: "Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal."


October 28, 2015


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Reddy Teddy."

On this day in 1961, a customer asked Liverpool record store clerk Brian Epstein for "My Bonnie," a single by The Beatles. Epstein didn't have it, but after a second customer requested the record, he ordered it and tracked the group down to the Cavern Club. In short order, he became the band's manager.

On this day in 1964, filming of the "T.A.M.I. Show" (Teen Aged Music International Show) began at the Santa Monica Civic. The highly influential concert movie was shot over a three-day stretch featuring Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones and a smoking performance by James Brown.

On this day in 1967, as "People Are Strange" by The Doors peaked at #12, The Who's powerful "I Can See For Miles" entered the charts on its way to becoming their only Top 10 single.

On this day in 1977, the Sex Pistols released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" in the United States. A full 10 years later, the album — which still stands as a testament to what punk rock was all about — finally had sold a million copies.

On this day in 1977, Steve Perry joined Journey for their first public concert together, appropriately enough in their hometown of San Francisco.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," one of the greatest make out songs ever, entered the charts on its way to #13 amidst very heavy airplay.

On this day in 1983, almost five years to the day after their first U.S. gig at a small club in Boston, The Police played Miami's Orange Bowl in front of an audience of over 48,000 people. During 1983's "Synchronicity" tour (the band's last), they set box office records with sold-out shows at stadiums across the States.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, Genesis released their "We Can't Dance" album, which hit #4 within the month. By the end of the following tour, it had sold over four million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 10/28/15


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bryan Adams tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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More Sab!

Remember how, just yesterday, I said "Black Sabbath's final scheduled tour date is a July 12 show in Moscow, Russia. Unless someone offers them a whole big bunch of money."? Well what do you know — yesterday the Sab extended their The End tour with a second North American leg. The added group of dates start August 17th in Wantagh, NY, then hits our very own Hollywood Bowl on September 19th, and ends September 21st in Phoenix. Unless more money is found, of course.

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It was George Carlin who said: "To me, fast food is when a cheetah eats an antelope. That's fast."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

It was Carl Jung who said: "Our most important problems cannot be solved, they must be outgrown."

It was Abraham Maslow who said: "He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail."

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More Fall Factoids

1. 75% of Americans want to change their bodies in some way, while only 13% say they'd want to change their intelligence.

2. Americans eat almost one million tons of potato chips each year.

3. The can opener was invented 44 years after canned food. In fact, until they came along, the thick-walled metal storage canisters had to be busted open with a hammer and chisel or bayonet.

4. If you pour a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.


October 29, 2015


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Guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and Wings is 70.
Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's legendary original guitarist, is 68.

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On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their "Willy & The Poor Boys" album. Within the next two months, it spent six weeks at #3 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1971, guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon released the song "Mind Games." Despite its strident, brittle sound, it eventually hit #18 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, the "Best Of The Doobies" compilation was released to buy time as The Doobie Brothers worked up new music in the studio.

On this day in 1977, "Come Sail Away" by Styx and Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Loving Fun" both entered the charts. They eventually hit #8 and #9 as they became ingrained in the American conscience.

On this day in 1977, Meatloaf released his classic "Bat Out Of Hell" album. Though it never charted higher than #14, it did sell over 14 million copies!

On this day in 1981, Rush released their double live album "Exit... Stage Left," named after their favorite punch line of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss. Showing the strength of their seemingly underground fan base, the album soon hit the Top 10.

On this day in 1983, Genesis' "Genesis" album entered the charts on its way to selling four million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1988, the soundtrack to U2's semi-documentary "Rattle & Hum" entered the album charts. It soon spent six weeks at #1 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1999, the surviving members of The WhoPete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle — reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to promote an Internet video company. Also performing that night were KISS, Tony Bennett and the Dixie Chicks. Now that was a line-up!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 10/29/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bryan Adams tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Pery/Journey: 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 Phil

Inspired by his two young sons, Phil Collins plans on returning to music as soon as he heals from his recent major back surgery. The famed singer/drummer says, "I'm no longer officially retired. The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go... My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does." The longtime Genesis frontman told "Rolling Stone" magazine he's also plotting a new solo record, along with a tour. Of course, his health issues — dating back to 2000, and further complicated during Genesis' 2007 reunion tour — may still sidetrack his plans. Earlier this year he woke up one morning and couldn't move his right foot. A MRI showed that his "back and hips were just shot," and doctors had to "work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess." As for the possibility of doing something with his Genesis bandmates again, Phil says, "Let's start with this [solo] bit first. I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let's just see how this goes." We're ready and waiting, Phil!

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It was Emiliano Zapata who said: "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

It was Billy Connolly who said: "Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"

It was Mark Twain who said: "I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know."

It was Mario Andretti who said, "Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal."


October 30, 2015


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Singer and rock icon Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane/Starship is 76 and still very feisty.
Drummer Chris Slade, who played with AC/DC, The Firm, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Tom Jones, is 69 and still very bald.
Eagles bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit is 68 and still very cool.

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On this day in 1971, six weeks after its release, John Lennon's "Imagine" album hit #1 on the charts and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Heart's million-selling debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," peaked at #7 six months after it entered the charts.

On this day in 1982, former Eagle Don Henley's classic "Dirty Laundry" single entered the charts on its way to #3. Ironically, its lyrics are probably more true today than they were in 1982.

On this day in 1999, powered in part by the mega-successful, two-time GRAMMY Award winning "Smooth" single, Santana's "Supernatural" album lived up to its title as it settled in for a 12-week run at #1, selling over 30 million copies worldwide! The album also received the Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album GRAMMY Awards.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 10/30/15


10 At 10: Halloween!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bryan Adams tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Robby Krieger/The Doors: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jerry Seinfeld: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Phillip K. Dick who said: "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."

It was Charles M. Schulz who said: "I love mankind, it's the people I can't stand."

It was Isabel Moore who said: "Life is a one-way street. No matter how many detours you take, none of them leads back. And once you know and accept that, life becomes much simpler."

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Scary Halloween Factoids

"Hallow" is an old word meaning holy, whilst "e'en" is Scottish for evening.

Halloween is believed by some to be the time when the dead and other demonic creatures rise to walk the earth once more.

Black cats are a symbol of Halloween because it was once believed that souls could travel back into the world of the living in the body of an animal — usually a black cat.

The ancient Celtic fire festival called "Samhain" (pronounced "sow-in") is the origin of modern Halloween. It was the "feast of the dead" that marked the close of the harvest and the initiation of the winter season, which continued from Pagan into Christian times.

Halloween marks modern witches' New Year's eve. It is a time spent celebrating death, fertility and renewal.

The tradition of witches riding their brooms didn't come about just because they were the handiest flight objects available. The broomstick was symbolic of the magical powers of females because it was used in the cleansing of ritual places.

It is estimated that between the 15th and 18th centuries two million people were executed for witchcraft, and 80% of that number were women.

Pumpkin Factoids

Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

Pumpkins, gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the family Cucurbitacae, which also includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons. Ever try to carve a gherkin?

Pumpkins are indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus. Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed-out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns during Halloween celebrations.

Pumpkins generally weigh from 15-to-30 pounds, although some weigh as much as 600 pounds (too much time spent watching TV, no doubt).

Why Pumpkins Are Better Than Men

1. Every year you get a brand new crop to choose from.
2. No matter what your mood, pumpkins are always ready to greet you with a smile.
3. They are always on the doorstep waiting for you.
4. If he starts smelling up your place, you can just throw him out.
5. A pumpkin is turned on (lit-up) only when you want him to be.



October 31, 2015

Casper's scary race car ride.

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Singer/guitarist Russ Ballard of Argent fame is 68.
Drummer Bob Seibenberg of Supertramp is 66.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 is 54.

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On this day in 1956, Paul McCartney's mother died from breast cancer. Mary McCartney had ignored pains in her chest, dismissing them as symptoms of menopause. By the time she consulted a doctor and underwent surgery, it was too late — the cancer had spread. 14-year-old Paul was devastated and buried his grief in an obsession with music.

On this day in 1970, one week after it entered the album charts, Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin III" hit #1 for the first of six weeks. Eventually, it also sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1973, Cheap Trick played their first gig. And yes, they were very, very LOUD.

On this day in 1975, Queen released their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," in Britain. It went on to spend a record eight consecutive weeks at #1 there (it only broached the Top 10 Stateside), then enjoyed a second life on the charts in the Nineties when it was featured in the film "Wayne's World." Scarra-Moosh!!

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones' classic "Start Me Up" peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Journey's iconic "Don't Stop Believin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and a million in sales as Ozzy Osbourne's million selling "Diary Of A Madman" album began its climb to #16

On this day in 2013, guitarist Bobby Parker died of a heart attack in a Bowie, Maryland hospital at the age of 76. His riffs inspired many, many artists, including John Lennon in the The Beatles song "I Feel Fine" and Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" — both based on Parker's propulsive 1961 track "Watch Your Step."



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