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November 1-15, 2015


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


November 1, 2015


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Bassist Ric Grech of Blind Faith and Traffic would have been 69.
Dan Peek of America would have been 65.
Lyle Lovette is 59.
Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 53.
Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard is 52.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles topped the American charts with the "Abbey Road" album. It was so good, it stayed at #1 for 11 weeks and sold over 12 million copies!

On this day in 1969, John Fogerty's classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" entered the charts on its way to #14.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1.

On this day in 1980, Supertramp's live "Paris" album peaked at #8 just as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's "The River" entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with five million sold.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 1986, Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1997, on the strength of their "Good Riddance (Time Of My Life)" single, Green Day's "Nimrod" album hit #10 for the first of two weeks.


November 2, 2015


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Keyboard whiz Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 71.
Former Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention bassist David Pegg is 68.

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On this day in 1974, George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver. It was the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle and the first time George himself had hit the road since 1966.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock & Roll" began its climb up the album charts to #1 with over a million sold.

On this day in 1974, Jethro Tull's "Bungle In The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 — their second highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1976, in an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained that they got the idea to make the Zep's "The Song Remains the Same" movie after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl's Court concerts. Unfortunately, they forgot about writing a simple screenplay so that the film would make some sense.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Small Town" and Dire Straits' "Walk Of Life" entered the singles charts on their way to #6 and #7 respectively.

On this day in 2002, the Foo Fighter's "All My Life" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a Best Hard Rock Group GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/2/15


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Black Sabbath tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Butch Trucks/Almman Brothers: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Larry Miller: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Aristotle who said: "Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."

It was Aldous Huxley who said: "Experience teaches only the teachable."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "People are just about as happy as they are willing to be."

It was William Feather who said: "Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately to find it."

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This Saturday, Noon - 2pm: Join J.B. at Santa Monica Ford for a midday hang near the beach! You'll find him — and The Sound Crew — at 1230 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Good times!


November 3, 2015


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On this day in 1957, Sun Records released "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. Eventually, it sold over 5 million copies worldwide while hitting #1 in the U.K. and #2 Stateside.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles completed filming for their TV special "Magical Mystery Tour" at Ringo's country house in Weybridge, Surrey. The day's work was mainly done in the backyard, where each Beatle was filmed pretending to play a white cello.

On this day in 1977, Elton John announced another of his "100% total retirement from performing live." This time the hiatus lasted almost 15 months.

On this day in 1979, the Eagles' "The Long Run" album began a nine-week run at #1, eventually selling over 7 million copies.

On this day in 1979, Talking Heads' "Life During Wartime" entered the charts on its way to #80 and dance floors across America.

On this day in 1984, Bryan Adams' "Run To You" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1988, the U2 documentary/concert film "Rattle And Hum" was released.

On this day in 1998, U2's "Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides" was released.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/3/15


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Black Sabbath tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Tom Johnston & Keith Knudson/Doobie Brothers: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - James P. Connolly: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

For the second year in a row, you have voted 100.3 The Sound to be the Classic Rock Station Of The Year!! Rita Wilde will be in London to represent us all at the annual awards event sponsored by the U.K.-based "Classic Rock" magazine. The musical acts and dates that the show will air on AXS TV in December will be announced soon. And, thanks!!!

Pat & Neil Do The Parade

Here's a reminder to set your DVR for the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York on November 26th on NBC. If the giant balloons, marching bands and good old Santy Claus aren't enough to float your boat, performances by a wide variety of music stars including Pat Benatar and her husband and longtime guitarist, Neil Giraldo should do the trick. Not that it matters, but others set to appear on the broadcast include Mariah Carey, Jennifer Nettles, Train, Daughtry, Panic! At The Disco and Plain White T's.

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It was Bob Dylan who said: "I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours."

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."

It was Ayrton Senna who said: "We don't need myths. We need examples of courage, determination, hope. We need to believe it is possible to win. And it is our duty to pursue it."


November 4, 2015


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American humorist Will Rogers would have been 136.
Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders would have been 58.

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On this day in 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan played at New York's Carnegie Chapter Hall to an audience of 43 people. Ten times that many bootlegs of the show have since appeared.

On this day in 1963, The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Royal Variety Performance in London. That was the gig where John Lennon quipped "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry."

On this day in 1967, The Doors' "Strange Days" album began a run of four weeks at #3 while their debut album remained in the Top 10 almost a year after its release.

On this day in 1972, The Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin" peaked at #2 as The Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music" topped out at #11 and Jethro Tull's "Living In The Past" began a run to #11 (thus becoming Tull's highest charting American single ever).

On this day in 1978, The Who's song "Who Are You" peaked at #14 on the charts as Talking Heads' cover of "Take Me To The River" topped out at #26.

On this day in 1980, R.E.O. Speedwagon released the song "Keep On Loving You."

On this day in 1983, The Rolling Stones released their "Undercover" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1989, the updated version of Whitesnake's "Fool For Your Lovin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #37, nine years after the original mix was released.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's mighty "Pump" hit #5 on the album charts while selling 7 million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/4/15


10 At 10: Crying!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Black Sabbath tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bono/U2: 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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Super Metallica Bowl

Saturday, February 6th, 2016 will see Metallica rocking The Night Before concert the night before Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. That will really ROCK!

Stones Travelling South

Keith Richards says The Rolling Stones will tour Latin America in February and March of 2016. Other sources say that The Stones will play their first Mexico City gig since 2008 and their first-ever concert in Lima, Peru, as well as shows in Colombia and Argentina. Rumors have been circulating that the band is also trying to line up a show in Havana, Cuba. However, The Rolling Stones have yet to make any official announcements. Are you surprised?

A Brief Moody Tour

The Moody Blues will celebrate singer/guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge's 50th anniversary with the group with a month-long tour of the U.S. South next Spring. The trek will coincide with their third fan cruise, which will depart Miami on February 26th and feature performances from the Zombies, John Waite and Christopher Cross. Maybe they'll work their way West later next Summer.

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It was Will Rogers (today's birthday boy) who said: "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

It was Robin Williams who said: "See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time."


November 5, 2015


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Singing sensation Art Garfunkel is 75.
Country rock legend Gram Parsons of The Byrds would have been 69.
Rocker/photographer Bryan Adams is 56.

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On this day in 1977, Ozzy Osbourne quit Black Sabbath for the first of many times.

On this day in 1982, on break from Genesis, Phil Collins released his solo "Hello, I Must Be Going" album. When its sales surpassed three million, it had out sold anything Genesis had done to that date.

On this day in 1983, "One Thing Leads To Another" by The Fixx peaked at #4 just as Yes' "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "Synchronicity II" began a climb to #16 on the singles charts. Little did they realize that super stardom was right around the corner.

On this day in 1983, John Cougar Mellencamp's cynically named "Uh-Huh" album entered the charts on its way to #9. Along the way, it yielded three Top 10 singles and sold over three million copies, earning John enough money to hire real lawyers to get the Cougar label removed from his professional name.

On this day in 1994, R.E.M.'s song "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" — inspired by legendary CBS newsman Dan Rather's bizarre N.Y.C. experience — peaked at #21 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, while commandeering the Alternative Rock charts, Green Day's smashing "Welcome To Paradise" entered the mainstream charts on its way to a peak of #56.

On this day in 1999, after one mediocre album, Van Halen parted ways with their third lead singer, Gary Cherone.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 11/5/15


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Black Sabbath tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Roger Hodgson/Supertramp: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Pablo Francisco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was A.H. Weiler who said: "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself."

It was J.P. Barlow who said: "One may as well be optimistic. The road to catastrophe will be rougher if it's paved with dread."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."

It was Rex Stout who said: "There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."


November 6, 2015


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Singer/songwriter Glenn Frey of the Eagles is 67.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' song "Get Off Of My Cloud" hit #1, Bob Dylan's "Positively Fourth Street" peaked at #7 and The Animals released the song "It's My Life." Not a bad day at all!

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's classic "Highway 61 Revisited" hit #3 while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1965, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham presented his first show when he rented out the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco for $60. The show, a benefit concert for the city's mime troupe, featured the Jefferson Airplane (who were anything but mimes).

On this day in 1971, The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" entered the singles charts on its way to #34 as Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" peaked at #7.

On this day in 1971, one month after lead guitarist Peter Frampton abruptly left the band, Humble Pie's live "Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore" double album entered the charts on its way to #21 — their highest charting LP ever.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd's precursor to "Dark Side Of The Moon," "Meddle," began a crawl up to #70 on the album charts. When all was said and done, it had sold over two million copies and its song "Echoes" had spaced out half of America's youth.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's "Rock 'N Me" hit #1, Heart's "Magic Man" peaked at #9, and Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" topped out at #12 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, driven in part by their "Carry On Wayward Son" hit single, Kansas' breakthrough tour de force "Leftoverture" album began a run up to #5 on the charts and over four million sold.

On this day in 1982, singer/drummer Phil Collins' cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" became his first Top 10 hit — long before his band Genesis had come close to any chart success.

On this day in 1987, driven by the Top 5 success of his "Brilliant Disguise" single, Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel Of Love" album hit #1 as it sold three million copies. Meanwhile, R.E.M. scored their first Top 10 charting, million selling album with "R.E.M. No. 5: Document."

On this day in 1989, Phil Collins released his "...But Seriously" album. it soon spent three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1993, as Pearl Jam's "Vs." album hit #1 for the first of five weeks (with seven million sold), R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" peaked at #29 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 11/6/15


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Black Sabbath tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jack Bruce/Cream: 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 Cream as well as conversation with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Check out this preview!


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Eagles Postpone Kennedy

Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey is facing serious surgery due to intestinal issues, so the band is postponing their tribute at this month's Kennedy Center Honors until next year. Get well fast Glenn!

Robert/Alison Again

For the first time since they recorded 2007's incredible "Raising Sand" album (six GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year), occasional Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss have worked up a new song. The beautiful "The Light Of Christmas Day" will appear on the soundtrack to the holiday film "Love The Coopers," both of which will be released on November 13th. While "Raising Sand" LP debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and went on to win, sources say "The Light Of Christmas Day" is a one off and no Plant/Krauss album is anticipated.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."

It was Henry Rollins who said: "Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what others won't."

It was Lewis Carroll who said: "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."

It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something."


November 7, 2015


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Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is 72.
Longtime KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer is 55.

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On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1974, Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest, nailing 27 of the furry rodents and even picking off one at a distance of 150 yards. No wonder chicks dig the Nuge!

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" peaked at #5 just as "Centerfold" by The J. Geils Band entered the charts on its way to six weeks at #1 and Queen's collaboration with David Bowie, "Under Pressure," began its climb to #29.

On this day in 1986, the giant "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Live 1975 - '85" box set was released. It went on to become one of the biggest-selling box sets of all time.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" peaked at #4 as U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" topped out at #13 on the charts.


November 8, 2015


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Bram Stoker, the author of "Dracula," would have been 168 and really creepy.
Singer Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie fame) is 71.
Guitarist Roy Wood, who founded both the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, is 69.
Blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt is 66.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles worked on George Harrison's new song "Think For Yourself" at Abbey Road Studios. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take, thereby guaranteeing that it would make it onto their forthcoming "Rubber Soul" album.

On this day in 1969, on the second gig of their first U.S. tour in three years, The Rolling Stones broke a California concert record set three years earlier by The Beatles. Although Keith Richards really couldn't remember it the next day, fans paid a total of $150,000 to see the Stones rock the L.A. Forum in a legendary show.

On this day in 1969, "Led Zeppelin II" began a quick run to seven weeks at #1 on the album charts and 12 million sold. No matter what The Rolling Stones were doing at the L.A. Forum, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band in the world.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album, variously called "IV" or "ZOSO" for the Viking-like runes on its cover. Considered by many to be the greatest rock album ever, it somehow failed to reach the #1 spot while charting for a record 158 weeks and selling over 25 million copies.

On this day in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head," written by Christine McVie, entered the charts on its way to #20 and wedding receptions around the world.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's five-million-selling "River" double album hit #1 for the first of four weeks as their "Hungry Heart" single entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger's "Horizontal Bop" entered the singles charts, garnering lots of airplay but only hitting #42.

On this day in 2008, AC/DC's "Black Ice" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks, eventually selling two million copies.


November 9, 2015


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Guitarist Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival would have been 74.
Original REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer is 67.

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On this day in 1966, John Lennon and Yoko Ono met for the first time. She claimed not to know who he was... and he believed her.

On this day in 1966, Roger McGuinn booted David Crosby out of The Byrds, replacing him by bringing back original band member Gene Clark.

On this day in 1967, "Rolling Stone," the first national rock oriented magazine, published its first issue. The debut edition featured a picture of John Lennon on the cover and included a free "roach clip."

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Junior's Farm" entered the singles charts on its way to #3. Though no one knew it at the time, the song was an homage to Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr. — the writer of "The Green, Green Grass Of Home" — on whose Tennessee farm Macca and his band were hanging out.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' cover of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" entered the singles charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1999, Journey's million selling "Trial By Fire" album — their last with singer Steve Perry — peaked at #3.

On this day in 2002, driven by their hit "Times Like These," the Foo Fighters "One By One" album hit #3 while selling over a million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/9/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl 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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Lennon's Guitar: Huge Bucks

John Lennon's long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E guitar, used in the recording of The Beatles' "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles" albums, shattered all expectations Saturday on the Julien's Live auction block. The instrument sold for $2.41 million, a record for a guitar with music history significance. Lennon had purchased the Gibson at Rushworth's Music House in Liverpool in September 1962. It's unclear how Lennon was separated from the instrument, but it resurfaced in a San Diego music shop in the Summer of 1967, and it wasn't until 2008 that the guitar's background was discovered. Half of the proceeds from the sale of Lennon's Gibson will go towards the Spirit Foundation, a charitable organization that he and Yoko Ono formed.

Ozzy & The Alamo

Ozzy Osbourne returned to San Antonio, Texas last Thursday to apologize for urinating on the Alamo in 1982. Following that voiding of his bladder, the Ozz-Man was banned from ever playing in San Antonio again. That was lifted 10 years later after Osbourne donated $10,000 to the Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas, who maintain the mission that was the site of a famous battle during the state's 1836 War Of Independence. Officially, the Black Sabbath singer visited the historical monument with his son Jack to shoot an episode for their new History Channel show, which he admitted has been helping him fill in some blanks in his own knowledge of history. We can only hope he also apologized for wearing one of his wife's dresses at the time of his arrest!

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It was Mae West who said: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."

It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "There's no such thing as perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence."

It was David Packard who said: "More companies die of indigestion than from starvation."

It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."

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This weekend!: The last big drag meet of the year and the final round of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship — the Auto Club NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at the Fairplex in Pomona! The traditional Saturday and Sunday Uncle Joe Meet & Greets will be back, and so will the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage, courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores!


November 10, 2015


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Singer/bassist/guitarist Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 67.

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On this day in 1961, Brian Epstein, the manager of several record shops in Liverpool, paid a noontime visit to the Cavern Club to see The Beatles, whom he heard about from a teenage customer. Impressed by the performance, he introduced himself to George Harrison and Paul McCartney. By the end of the month, Brian had persuaded the group that he should be their manager. On January 24, 1962, a contract was signed and history would never be the same.

On this day in 1973, British actor David Essex's self-penned "Rock On" entered the charts on its way to #5, becoming his one and only U.S. hit single.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's "Mind Games" entered the singles charts on its way to #18.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" double album hit #1 for the first of five weeks as it sold over seven million copies.

On this day in 1973, driven in part by the success of his "Rocky Mountain Way" single, former James Gang/future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh's rocking "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" album hit #6.

On this day in 1973, The Who's masterpiece "Quadrophenia" double album entered the charts on its way to #2. Meanwhile, Jackson Browne's million-selling "For Every Man" album began a climb to #43.

On this day in 1975, 29 crewmen died when the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald plunged to the floor of Lake Superior during a nasty storm. Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot was so moved, he wrote the 14-verse "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which went on to become the most unlikely #2 charting hit in all of recording history.

On this day in 1979, the Eagles' song "Heartache Tonight" — co-written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J. D. Souther — hit #1 as Foreigner's "Head Games" single began its run to #14.

On this day in 1979, after a long, difficult birthing process, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' legendary "Damn The Torpedoes" album entered the charts on its way to a seven-week run at #2. When all was said and done, it had also sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1984, occasional Eagle Don Henley's "Boys Of Summer," co-written with guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, entered the charts on its way to #5 and a well deserved Best Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Dodger Stadium. Many consider that 2.5 hour show to be one of the highlights of their entire "Bridges To Babylon" tour.

On this day in 2007, "Raising Sand," former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's game changing collaboration with singer/fiddle player Alison Krauss (winner of a record 27 GRAMMY Awards), hit #2 on the album charts for the first of two weeks. By the time it had sold a million copies, it also scored GRAMMY Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Mr. Plant would never be the same.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/10/15


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Michael Loftus: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Idol To Vegas

Billy Idol is the latest to do a residency in Las Vegas. Billy Idol: Forever, the first multi-date gig of his career, will settle in at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for 12 shows in mid-March and early May. Rock on, Billy!

Mega Bruce Collection

The new Bruce Springsteen documentary, "The Ties That Bind," is set for its HBO debut on November 27th. The 60-minute documentary offers an in-depth interview with The Boss about the creation of "The River," as well as archival concert footage and rare photos from the same period during which Springsteen and The E Street Band were recording the album. December 4th will see the release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection," featuring four CDs and three DVDs, a remastered edition of the original 20-track album and an early 10-song single-disc version of the record, a variety of outtakes, a new making-of documentary, a previously unreleased 1980 concert video, and more.

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

It was Sam Levenson who said: "Don't watch the clock; do as it does. Keep going."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."

It was Johnny Cash who said: "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."


November 11, 2015


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Yardbirds guitarist Chris Dreja is 70.
Former Ides Of March and Survivor singer/songwriter Jim Peterik is 65.

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On this day in 1957, Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music" entered the singles charts on its way to #8 and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1972, The Allman Brothers 24-year-old bass player, Berry Oakley, was killed when he plowed his motorcycle into a bus in Macon, Georgia. Ironically, the accident happened just three blocks from the spot where Allman Brothers' guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident 13 months earlier.

On this day in 1972, Jethro Tull's double LP "Living In The Past" compilation began a surprise run up to a three week stay at #3. Among the album tracks, EP songs and British singles was the 1969 outtake "Living In The Past" (recorded in 5/4 time so as to inhibit any attempts at dancing to it). In short order, the song became the band's first Top 20 hit in the U.S., and in peaking at #11, became their biggest hit single.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as Queen's "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" entered the carts on its way to #24.

On this day in 1983, the album "90125" by Yes was released. In short order, it became one of the biggest selling albums of their career.

On this day in 1986, Pink Floyd issued a statement saying that although Roger Waters had declared that he would no longer work with the band, they would continue using the name. As they figured, that made Roger very, very angry.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/11/15


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Geoff Emerick/The Beatles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Christopher Titus: 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 Queen and conversation with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon and singer Freddie Mercury. Check out this preview!


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Tyler's Aerosmith Hiatus

Sad to report that Aerosmith have dropped a segment out of their 2016 tour schedule because Steven Tyler wants to focus on his solo career. Guitarist Brad Whitford says, "We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him... I guess he seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns, and he doesn't seem to realize that — in my opinion — his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith and don't really care for whatever he thinks he's gonna do... It's just pretty disappointing." Right so on that, Brad!

Great Who News

They're getting ready! As singer Roger Daltrey continues his recovery from a bout of viral meningitis, The Who are preparing to reboot their The Who Hits 50! Tour. They'll start with a one-off concert on February 13th at London's Wembley Arena, then they'll resume their North American tour leg that was postponed this past Fall when Roger took ill. Daltrey says, "Who'd have thought that 50 years on from first playing at Wembley Arena with The Beatles and many of the top groups of that time, The Who would once again play at this legendary venue... It's great to be feeling much better after my illness. I'll be fighting fit by then and I can't wait to get back to work." The next North American leg of The Who Hits 50! Tour will kick off on February 27th in Detroit, hit the Honda Center on May 22nd, our Staples Center on May 25th and wrap with a May 29th Vegas show. Rock on!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."

It was William Feather who said: "Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious."

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter. Going to bed saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the national holiday set aside to honor the men and women who served the United States in war. Initially known as "Armistice Day," it was established in 1926 to recognize the end of fighting in World War I at 11am, November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). It was renamed "Veterans Day" after World War II, and has always centered on special memorials at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. At some point today, take a moment to remember those who fought to protect our freedom, especially those who paid the ultimate price, from the fields in France to the deserts of Iraq.


November 12, 2015


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Keyboard great Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the MG's is 71.
The incredible Neil Young is 70.
Guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult is 68.


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On this day in 1966, the Hollywood Sunset Strip Riot took place, providing the lyrical inspiration for Stephen Stills to write Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

On this day in 1973, Queen began their first tour of Britain at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire, opening for Mott The Hoople.

On this day in 1977, the title track from Kansas' "Point Of Know Return" album entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

On this day in 1977, David Bowie's highly influential "Heroes" album began a climb to #35.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen hit the top of the charts with his double album "The River."

On this day in 1983, David Bowie's "Modern Love" peaked at #14 on the singles charts just as The Rolling Stones' "Undercover Of The Night" began its run to #9.

On this day in 1983, although ZZ Top's "Eliminator" album only peaked at #9, it eventually sold over 10 million copies.

On this day in 1988, U2's "Rattle & Hum" soundtrack album hit #1 for the first of six weeks, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 2008, Jimi Hendrix's acclaimed drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel. The 61-year-old's death was due to natural causes.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 11/12/15


10 At 10: Mystery Theme!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joey Kramer/Aerosmith: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Queen and conversation with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon and singer Freddie Mercury. Check out this preview!

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It was Robert Frost who said: "A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."

It was John James Audubon who said: "A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."

It was Viggo Mortensen who said: "There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever."

It was H.L. Mencken who said: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong."


November 13, 2015


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On this day in 1968, The Beatles' animated feature "Yellow Submarine" premiered in the U.S. The movie was the fourth film to be made by or about The Fab Four, although the other three were live-action and not animated.

On this day in 1971, Santana's cleverly titled "Santana III" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks. By the end of that run, it had sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1976, Rod Stewart hit #1 with "Tonight's The Night" as "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton peaked at #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, the double album soundtrack from Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" movie hit #2 for the first of two weeks as it sold four million copies just as Lynyrd Skynyrd's double live album "One More From The Road" hit #9 while selling three million copies. That was one hell of a lot of vinyl albums!

On this day in 1976, Bob Seger's classic "Night Moves" album began its climb to #8 via backseats across America.

On this day in 1982, Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" single entered the charts on its way to #20.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 11/13/15


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Freddie Mercury/Queen: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Queen and conversation with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon and singer Freddie Mercury. Check out this preview!


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Roll Of Honour Awards

Classic Rock's annual Roll Of Honour Awards — held on Wednesday evening in London — packed in the superstars! Queen was named Living Legends, and guitarist Brian May was on hand to pick up the honor, which was presented to him by Joe Satriani. Led Zeppelin won the Reissues of the Year prize for the second consecutive time, and Jimmy Page accepted the honor. The late Jimi Hendrix received the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award for his career contributions. His sister, Janie Hendrix, accepted the trophy from Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Alice Cooper picked up the Classic Album award for his 1975 record, "Welcome to My Nightmare." AC/DC was named Band of the Year; E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren was presented with the Outstanding Contribution award; Satriani was bestowed with The Maestro prize; and Swedish pop-metal group Europe won The Comeback trophy in large part for their appearance in that crazy Geico commercial. Also, thanks to you, 100.3 The Sound was named Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year for the second year in a row! Do you suppose our Rita Wilde has any stories to tell about the ceremony?

R.I.P. Andy

Andy White, the Scottish session drummer who famously sat in for Ringo Starr on the early recordings of The Beatles "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," died in New Jersey after suffering a stroke at the age of 85. Andy also played on many other British hit records including Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" and various Herman's Hermits songs. He was also hired to teach Little Steven Van Zandt how to play drums for his role on "The Sopranos."

R.I.P. Delores Rhoads

Delores Rhoads, the mother of legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads (and hundreds of other teenaged guitarists), has died at the age of 95. She played some 15 instruments and started teaching music at a very young age. In addition to teaching many, many students in the Valley, she was her son Randy's lifelong music instructor. Rest in peace, music lady!

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It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes."

It was Jack Nicholson who said: "My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?"

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."

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Triskaidekaphobia

The "fear of the number 13," and today is Friday the 13th. Here are some of the factoids and superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and Fridays in general.

All months whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

A maximum of three Friday the 13ths can appear in one year, but every year will have at least one.

In ancient times, Friday was the day of the pagan goddess Freya, and 13 was her sacred number, because the pagan calendar had 13 months. Christian monks considered anything having to do with goddesses to be unlucky, and anything having to do with pagans as being evil. When pagans worshipped Freya on Friday the 13th, the monks accused them of "devil worship."

The Bible points to Friday as being the day Eve gave Adam the apple.

Ancient Norsemen used 13 knots in the nooses they used to hang people.

In the 19th century, Lloyd's of London refused to insure any ship sailing on Friday the 13th. The U.S. Navy still won't launch ships on that date.

Hotels and office buildings often don't have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes have no 13th row.

The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 military time, from launch pad #39 (that's 13 X 3), and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970.


November 14, 2015


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Styx guitarist James "J.Y." Young is 66.
Former Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such is 59.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' American breakthrough album, "12x5" (12 songs by five guys), entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #3. Superstardom was looming right around the corner.

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin began recording their third album at Olympic Studios with a run-through of "Since I've Been Loving You" live to tape. That recording turned out so well, they included it on the album, and Robert Plant later described it as "the closest thing ever to a Led Zeppelin live concert."

On this day in 1970, "Cry Me A River" by Joe Cocker peaked at #11 as Van Morrison's "Domino" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and Santana's "Black Magic Woman" began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1973, Billy Joel released his breakthrough "Piano Man" album as Bruce Springsteen released his classic "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle" album.

On this day in 1975, Queen released the "A Night At The Opera" album, which contained their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin began recording what became their final album, "In Through The Out Door," in Abba's Swedish Polar Studios. The outtake "Ozone Baby" was the first number they finished.

On this day in 1981, Genesis' "ABACAB" album hit #7 as it sold over two million copies. 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 1987, INXS' "Kick" album began its run to four weeks at #3, selling over six million copies and becoming the biggest album of their career.


November 15, 2015


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On this day in 1969, just two months after its release, Santana's self-titled debut album hit #4 while selling four million copies. Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills & Nash's self-titled debut album hit #6 while selling four million copies in four months.

On this day in 1975, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to #10 as KISS' classic "Rock & Roll All Nite (Live)" began its climb to #12.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin quickly recorded "South Bound Saurez" in Abba's Swedish Polar Studios as they really began to work on what became their final album, "In Through The Out Door."

On this day in 1986, as the band was rocked by internal turmoil, The Pretenders' "Get Close" album entered the charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1992 at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, Ozzy Osbourne swore he was playing his last concert ever. Then he was joined in an emotional reunion onstage by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. No matter if it was clever marketing or happenstance, the Ozz-man has toured continuously ever since.



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