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November 16 - 30, 2015


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


November 16, 2015


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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's masterpiece, "Electric Ladyland," hit #1 for the first of two weeks as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon's "Walls And Bridges" album — featuring the hit singles "#9 Dream" and "What Ever Gets You Through The Night" — peaked at #1.

On this day in 1974, Ringo Starr's cover of The Platters' "Only You," recorded with John Lennon on acoustic guitar and Harry Nilsson on backing vocals, entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1978, the film version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" opened, starring Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper, Steve Martin and a lot of other people at the lowest point in their careers.

On this day in 1979, Pink Floyd released their "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" single in the U.K. where it went directly to #1.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's landmark "Scarecrow" album hit #2 for the first of three weeks as it sold over five million copies. At the same time, ZZ Top's "Afterburner" &mash; the follow up to their 10-million selling "Eliminator" album — began its climb to #4 and five million sold.

On this day in 1985, Stevie Nicks' "Talk To Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/16/15


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliot & Ric Savage/Def Leppard: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Will Rogers who said: "Never miss a good chance to shut up."

It was William Feather who said: "Beware of people who can't be bothered by details."

It was Carl Sandburg who said: "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine."

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November 17, 2015


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Gordon Lightfoot is 77 and glad to be alive.
Byrds guitarist/songwriter Gene Clark would have been 71.
Jethro Tull lead guitarist Martin Barre is 69.


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On this day in 1967, The Beatles completed the recording sessions for their "The Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack album.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Let It Bleed" album.

On this day in 1970, Elton John recorded his "11-17-70" album live in a New York studio in front of an invited audience of 100 people.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin recorded "All My Love," Robert Plant's personal song for his late son, in just two takes at Abba's Polar Studios in Sweden.

On this day in 1978, in their usual flamboyant style, Queen spiced up their Madison Square Garden concert with a group of mostly naked women riding bicycles onto the stage during the performance of "Fat Bottomed Girls." Oh, the glory... the beautiful bouncing glory!

On this day in 1979, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Don't Do Me Like That" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's massive "Tusk" album hit #2 as it sold two million.

On this day in 1979, Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a heart attack at the age of 28.

On this day in 1987, during a concert in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2's Bono pulled a fan from the audience up on stage to sing along to "People Get Ready." Once he got into the spotlight, the aspiring star handed Bono a demo tape. No, he never got signed.

On this day in 1990, ZZ Top's million selling "Recycler" album — released in conjunction with a cameo in the movie "Back To The Future Part III" — hit #6 on the charts as the band was touring the States.

On this day in 2007, after six years in production, Eagles album "Long Road Out Of Eden" debuted at #1. It eventually sold over seven million copies, yielded two GRAMMY Awards (Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "How Long" and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "I Dreamed There Was No War") and spawned several very, very, very successful tours.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/17/15


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Ducks Hockey tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mickey Hart/Grateful Dead: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Andrew Norelli: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Walsh Returns To School (Sort Of)

Occasional Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be the focus of a special Q&A event November 30th at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena. Joe's participation is part of the school's ongoing "Let's Talk Music" series. He promises to discuss the current state of the music industry, offer advice to aspiring artists, and share stories (of which there are many!) about his own long and successful career. The event is open to the public, though space is very limited. The Q&A also will be streamed online at LACM.edu/LetsTalkMusic. Musicians who have previously participated in "Let's Talk Music" installments include Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Ziggy Marley, The English Beat's Dave Wakeling, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, and producers Don Was and Glen Ballard. Rock on, Joe!

Woodie Says So

If it wasn't enough to have Keith Richards tell us, now guitarist Ron Wood is confirming that The Rolling Stones are heading back into the studio next month to start work on a new album. While promoting his latest book, "Ronnie Wood: How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary," Woodie has recently been saying, "I know Mick's got a load of ideas. We're going to see what happens, y'know, and see how it goes. I mean, if we get on a flow, we'll have an album." Rock on, Woodie!

R.I.P. P.F.

P.F. Sloan, the songwriting great behind classics like Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man," passed away at the age of 70 on Monday night after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. A true prodigy, P.F. signed his first record deal when he was 13! Rest in peace.

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It was Sam Levenson who said: "Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it."

It was Clare Boothe Luce (not Leonardo da Vinci) who said: "The height of sophistication is simplicity."

It was Rita Mae Brown who said: "The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny."


November 18, 2015


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Mickey Mouse, occasional banjo player and full time icon, is 87.
John McFee, longtime guitarist with the Doobie Brothers, and former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell are both 61.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is 53.


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On this day in 1967, The Doors's million-selling second album, "Strange Days," hit #3 for the first of four weeks as Buffalo Springfield — another highly influential L.A. band, albeit one with severe internal issues — saw their "Buffalo Springfield Again" album begin a lame run to #44.

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones classic album "Beggars Banquet" was released. It eventually sold over a million copies and topped out at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, Steely Dan's "Do It Again" began working its way to #6... and no one could figure out who this Dan guy was.

On this day in 1972, The Moody Blues' "Seventh Sojourn" — the seventh album by their "classic" lineup — entered the charts on its way to a five week run at #1 just as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" began a slow climb to #16.

On this day in 1978, "Double Vision" by Foreigner peaked at #2 as "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" by Styx topped out at #21 on the charts.

On this day in 1987, U2, while performing a second night in the L.A. Coliseum, decided to support themselves as a fictional country group called the Dalton Brothers. Good thing it was supposed to be a joke, because they really, really sucked.

On this day in 2000, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2's 10th studio album, debuted at #3. Over the next few months, as the Irish lads' tour rolled across America, the album sold over four million copies. Within a year, its songs had won seven GRAMMY Awards as it became the only album in history to have multiple tracks win the Record Of The Year GRAMMY Award: "Beautiful Day" in 2001 and "Walk On" in 2002.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/18/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Ducks Hockey tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ken Caillat/Fleetwood Mac: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Bruce To SNL (And More?)

Word is that Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will perform on the December 19th year-ending episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" — just his third SNL appearance. It's a safe bet that this is Bruce's big promotional appearance for the reboot of his 1980 "The River" album, as the huge new "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" box set will be released on December 4th. But serious fans are wondering if Bruce is actually getting set for another round of concert appearances. Stay tuned!

Grohl/Muppets

Dave Grohl is headed to "The Muppets." The head Foo Fighter will challenge Animal (drummer for the Muppet band, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem) to a drum-off on the December 1st episode of the ABC show. For those with short memories, Dave made a cameo in the 2011 "The Muppets" film as Animool, a member of a group of Muppets knock-offs called the Moopets.

Stagecoach

The 10th installment of the Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio will feature John Fogerty, The Doobie Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band. The three-day extravaganza will run from April 29th to May 1st.

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It was Malcolm Forbes who said: "When in doubt, duck."

It was Mark Twain who said, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."

It was Benjamin Disraeli who said: "Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."


November 19, 2015


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Drummer Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and Gun N' Roses fame is 55.


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On this day in 1954, Sammy Davis, Jr. was involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino. Three days later, he lost sight in his left eye, which was then replaced with a glass eye. And now you know.

On this day in 1959, the cartoon show "Rocky And His Friends" debuted on ABC-TV. The first characters to be introduced were Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose as the heroes, along with Boris and Natasha as their enemies. Dudley Do-Right came on the scene a little bit later.

On this day in 1965, Kellogg's Pop Tarts were created. Many historians mark that day as the very moment modern civilization began to implode.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin began sessions for their sixth album by recording a demo called "Driving To Kashmir." As the song developed, its title would later be shortened to just plain "Kashmir."

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's classic "Peg" began its run to #11 as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Turn To Stone" headed to #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, "Suddenly Last Summer" by The Motels hit #9 as Journey's "Send Her My Love" peaked at #23 and Robert Plant's "In The Mood" began its crawl up to #39.

On this day in 1983, driven in part by the success of their "Sister Christian" hit single, Night Ranger's million selling "Midnight Madness" entered the charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1983, Badfinger bassist Tom Evans took his own life just as Badfinger singer Pete Ham had done eight years earlier. Evans was only 36.

On this day in 1984, Don Henley released his classic "Building The Perfect Beast" album, which eventually sold over three million copies and charted at #13.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's "Armageddon It" began its run to #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged In New York" soundtrack album debuted at #1 (and soon sold over five million copies) just as Tom Petty's solo "Wildflowers" LP entered the charts on its way to #8 and three million sold.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 11/19/15


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Ducks Hockey tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan: 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 Boston as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Tom Scholz and Brad Delp. Check out this preview!


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GRAMMY Hall Of Fame

Fleetwood Mac lead the inductees into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year. Joe Cocker's 1974 hit "You Are So Beautiful," "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang, Blondie's 1979 single "Heart Of Glass," Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n Roll," Jimmy Buffett's 1977 classic "Margaritaville" and Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album — the first to feature Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham — are among the classic albums and hit songs judged to "exhibit qualitative or historical significance." Right so!

Trick's '79 Forum Show

Cheap Trick's legendary 1979 New Year's Eve show at the L.A. Forum will finally be released on December 11th. One of the most popular group's in the world at the time, the Trick were flying behind the blockbuster "Cheap Trick At Budokan" live set and the stellar "Dream Police" album. But will they finally make it into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

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It was Bertrand Russell who said: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt."

It was Jim Carroll who said: "I'm just a constant warning to take the other direction."

It was poet Sam Brown who said: "Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both."


November 20, 2015


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Blues legend Leadbelly would have been 127.
"Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum is 73.
Guitar god Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band would have been 69.
Guitar god & uber-goofball Joe Walsh of the James Gang and Eagles is 68.

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On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan recorded his first album. One of the best known songs on the album was his cover of "House of the Rising Sun," which the Animals turned into a huge hit three years later.

On this day in 1965, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence" was released in a much different mix than they'd recorded it. Surprise! Then it reached #1. Bigger surprise!!

On this day in 1965, The Who released their "My Generation" single in the U.S. Although it took a couple of months to significantly chart, the music world was changed forever.

On this day in 1970, "Lola" became The Kinks' first Top 10 single in the U.S. in five years.

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's excellent cover of the Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" began its journey to #24.

On this day in 1973, drummer Keith Moon collapsed twice during the first date of The Who's U.S. tour in San Francisco after someone spiked his drink with horse tranquilizer. After guitarist Pete Townshend solicited a volunteer from the crowd, 19-year-old Scott Halpin got up on stage and drummed like a maniac for the last three songs of the set. Despite that shining moment in the limelight, Scott has never been heard from again.

On this day in 1976, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" entered the charts on its way to #1 just as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" took off for #10. America was rocking!

On this day in 1976, Jackson Browne's epic fourth album, "The Pretender," entered the charts on its way to #5 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar's million selling "Get Nervous" album shot up the charts to #4, driven in part by the hit single "Shadows of the Night" which later won the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1982, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Long After Dark" album began its climb to #9.

On this day in 1993, Pearl Jam's "Daughter" began working its way to #33 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, David Crosby got the liver transplant that saved his life.

On this day in 1999, driven by their "Learn To Fly" single, the Foo Fighters' million selling "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" album peaked at #10.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 11/13/15


10 At 10: Ladies
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Ducks Hockey tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Tom Scholz/Boston: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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New Seger!

The last time I spoke with Bob Seger, he had 300-400 songs he hadn't finished to his satisfaction. A couple years ago he reworked a few of those and wrote some new ones for his excellent "Ride Out." And now, Bob says he's worked up a new release from some of his unreleased songs, and is ready to roll on another tour. The working title for the album, "I Knew You When," comes from a song he first worked up in 1997. The new album is Bob's way to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a recording artist. And the following tour will be a "bucket-list" tour that will stop in a number of locations he's wanted to play at for quite a while. So far, the only venues mentioned are the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Hollywood Bowl. Bring it on, Bob!

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It was Danny Kaye who said: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."

It was George Carlin who said: "'No Comment' is a comment."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Hey, it's good to be here. It's good to be anywhere"

It was Jack Handy who said: "Before criticizing people, walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you will be a mile away and have their shoes."

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This Evening, 5pm - 7pm: Great fun at the opening day of the L.A. Auto Show with yer Uncle Joe, 100.3 The Sound and the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores)! Be ready to talk music, horsepower and beautiful car designs! See you there!


November 23, 2015


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Pianist (and occasional Grateful Dead sideman) Bruce Hornsby is 62.

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On this day in 1968, Steve Miller's classic "Living In The U.S.A." began its climb to #49 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" was released in America. For some convoluted reason, it didn't come out in the U.K. until January 15, 1971.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' million-selling "It's Only Rock & Roll" became their fifth album to hit #1 in the States.

On this day in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Freebird" entered the charts on its way to #19. It should have charted higher, but American radio just wasn't ready for nine-minute singles.

On this day in 1991, U2's "Mysterious Ways" began its run up the singles charts to #9.

On this day in 1991, Stevie Ray Vaughan's posthumous studio compilation album "The Sky Is Crying" entered the charts on its way to #10, over two million sold and a Contemporary Blues Album GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/23/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with David Gilmour Forum tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jackson Browne: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bill Engvall: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Freddie Mercury Film (Maybe)

Sounds like the long-discussed bio-pic on Queen frontman Freddie Mercury wil start shooting next Summer. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten has reportedly crafted a script that everyone seems to agree with, and Ben Whishaw (featured in the latest James Bond film, "Spectre") is apparently set to portray Freddie. Furthermore, Queen guitarist Brian May says, "At this moment I'm more excited than I've ever been about the film's potential... We'll make an announcement when we're ready. It may be soon." Let's hope so!

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It was Vince Lombardi who said: "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference."

It was Sam Levenson (tho often credited to Audrey Hepburn) who said: "As you grow older, you will find that you have two hands: The first is for helping yourself, the second for helping others."

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More Fall Factoids

1. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Coffee is the world's second largest item of international commerce. Petroleum is the first.

4. M&Ms are named after Frank Mars, the candy maker, and his business associate, Bruce Murrie.


November 24, 2015


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Booker T. & the MG's bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn would have been 74.

Drummer Pete Best, who was replaced in The Beatles by Ringo Starr, is 74 and perhaps still just a bit bitter about the whole thing.

Lee "Do You Know What I Mean" Michaels is 70.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke is 60.

Chris Hayes, guitarist with Huey Lewis & the News, is 58.

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On this day in 1964, having just changed their name from the High Numbers, The Who played the first night of their new residency at the Marquee club advertised as "The Who — Maximum R&B!"

On this day in 1966, The Beatles began sessions for the follow-up to their "Revolver" album by recording tracks that eventually evolved into "Strawberry Fields Forever."

On this day in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their single "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in England.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "Helen Wheels" (inspired by his trusty old Land Rover) entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's "Mind Games" album — recorded as he was having difficulties with U.S. immigration and at the beginning of his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono — entered the charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1973, six weeks after its release, The Who's epic million selling "Quadrophenia" peaked at #2. Unfortunately the supporting tour was a disaster on every level.

On this day in 1979, in the process of selling over two million copies, Styx's "Cornerstone" hit #2 on the album charts just as ZZ Top's "Deguello" comeback was beginning its march to #23.

On this day in 1979, The Police's driving "Message In A Bottle" barely made it onto the singles charts. Though it peaked at #79 a week or two later, it eventually became one of their (and especially Sting's) signature songs.

On this day in 1984, Bryan Adams' "Reckless" album began to rocket up the charts to #1 and five million sold. Among the six singles released from the album were "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven" and "Summer of '69," which assured Bryan airplay for the rest of his life.

On this day in 1985, blues/rock pioneer Big Joe Turner — best known for his raucous version of "Shake, Rattle And Roll" — died from a heart attack at age 74.

On this day in 1990, documenting the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, The Scorpions' "Crazy World" album — featuring the international hit "Wind Of Change" — entered the American charts on its way to #21 and over two million sold.

On this day in 1991, Queen's Freddie Mercury died from AIDS complications at age 45, and KISS drummer Eric Carr died of cancer at age 41.

On this day in 1993, blues guitarist Albert Collins died of liver cancer in Las Vegas at the age of 61.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/24/15


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Journey/Doobie Brothers tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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U2 Reschedules

After postponing their November 14th and 15th Paris concerts due to the tragic terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS that killed over 120 people, U2 have rescheduled those shows to December 6th and 7th at Bercy's Accorhotels Arena. Bono said, "So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable. For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city. It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows." The December 7th concert will be filmed live for the Hamish Hamilton-directed concert special Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, which will air that night on HBO.

Foos Release

Leave it to the Foo Fighters to release a surprise five-track EP for free dedicated to the victims of the Paris massacre, which led to the cancellation of the Foos' remaining European dates. The "Saint Cecilia" EP was recorded in the Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin, Texas during the last U.S. leg of their Sonic Highways world tour. Frontman Dave Grohl says: "To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done." Right so!

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It was Hal Lee Luyah (Was that really his name?) who said: "A penny saved is a congressional oversight."

It was Karen Kaiser Clark who said: "Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals."

It was Victor Hugo who said: "There is nothing like a dream to create the future."


November 25, 2015


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Drummer Bev Bevan of the Electric Light Orchestra is 71.

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On this day in 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their first U.K. appearance. The show was at the Bag O'Nails club in London, just two days before Jimi's 24th birthday.

On this day in 1967, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" album entered the charts on its way to #17, making it the most successful album of his career.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their incredible "White Album" Stateside. It soon spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over 19 million copies.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon returned his M.B.E. to Queen Elizabeth with a note stating "Your Majesty, I am returning this M.B.E. in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag." Unfortunately, Her Majesty's response is lost to history.

On this day in 1972, proving that American radio had no idea what to do with David Bowie, his rocking "The Jean Genie" entered the singles charts for a couple weeks before it peaked at #71.

On this day in 1974, Genesis released the classic "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" album, their last with singer Peter Gabriel.

On this day in 1976, as The Band was set to split up, they held a Thanksgiving farewell concert that attracted guest performers Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, among others. The whole gig was immortalized in the film "The Last Waltz."

On this day in 1984, Bob Geldof gathered up a veritable who's who of British pop royalty (including Duran Duran, Bananarama, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and U2) to record "Do They Know It's Christmas." Under the name Band Aid, the song was then released to benefit victims of the Ethiopian Famine.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun" entered the charts on its way to #4 and a Best Rock Vocal Group GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 2007, Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow was found dead of a cocaine overdose at his Las Vegas home. He was 52 years old.

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

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/25/15


10 At 10: Thanksgiving/Birds
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Journey/Doobie Brothers tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Journey/Doobies

It's official! Starting on May 12th at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Journey and The Doobie Brothers will be rolling a 49-date co-headlining tour of North America. For the tour, which will also feature former Traffic member Dave Mason, Journey will welcome back famed drummer Steve Smith, who played in the band's classic Steve Perry-fronted lineup from 1978 to 1998. The Doobies will also will be adding an old friend to their line-up for the tour: founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, who has played on many of The Doobies' studio albums. Should be some great jamming!

Martin's Return

Coming off the just-completed Yes fan cruise, Cruise to the Edge, longtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre is taking his solo band out on a month's worth of East Coast U.S. tour dates. Will the Martin Barre Band play their mix of classic Tull and Martin's own solo work on the West Coast? Stay tuned!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary."

It was Susan Sontag who said: "Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

It was Elizabeth Taylor who said: "It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."

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Tidbits & Giblets

Ever since Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving has been a time to remember all the good things we have in life. It's also a good time to overeat in the company of family and friends. Here are some T-day T-Facts to digest:

1. U.S. turkey consumption has increased over 230% since 1970.

2. Of the 300 million turkeys raised annually, 45 million are consumed at Thanksgiving.

3. A full-grown domestic turkey averages 3,500 feathers.

4. Turkeys lived, died and were eaten almost 10 million years ago.

5. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, nearby flocks of turkeys would drop dead.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, and they can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.

8. Turkeys can see in color, and their heads change colors when they become excited.

9. The average person consumes between 2,000 and 2,500 calories each day. Researchers estimate that once Thanksgiving Day is over, the average American will have gobbled up over 4,000 calories.

10. Because Americans like white meat so much, turkeys are bred to produce large breasts. Our domesticated turkeys have such large chests that the male, "tom turkey" is not able to fertilize the eggs of the female, "hen turkeys" in the natural mating position. Sadly for today's "tom turkeys," turkey eggs are fertilized by artificial insemination for the hatchery.

11. The number of hours you can leave a turkey out without risking salmonella poisoning: Two.

12. Degrees Fahrenheit a turkey has to reach to kill harmful bacteria: 180.

13. Degrees Fahrenheit the stuffing should reach: 165.

14. Just remember that the person who cooks Thanksgiving dinner gets to put their tired feet up at the end of the evening and watch someone else do the dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


November 26, 2015


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Temptress/songstress/dancer Tina Turner is 77.
Fleetwood Mac's founding member/bassist John McVie is 70.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me."

On this day in 1968, Cream performed its final concert at Royal Albert Hall in London. At the end of the show, the crowd of 10,000 chanted "God save the Cream." Soon after, guitar god Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker rejoined to form Blind Faith. Unfortunately, no one ever felt the need to chant "God save Blind Faith."

On this day in 1969, John Lennon participated in his last session with The Beatles, finishing the B-side "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." What a way to go.

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy In The U.K." as their first single — perhaps the reason for the existence of crop circles.

On this day in 1977, driven in part by the iconic song duo "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions," Queen's legendary "News Of The World" album blasted onto the charts on its way to peaking at #3 for three weeks while selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1977, Eric Clapton's classic "Slowhand" album began its climb to a five-week run at #2 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1977, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue" album began its run to #4, yielding three hit singles along the way.

On this day in 1983, "Crumblin' Down" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaked at #9 as Genesis' first Top 10 hit, "That's All," entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1988, "Desire" by U2 peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's album "Hysteria" logged its 62nd week in the Top 10 album charts.

On this day in 1994, the Eagles' live "Hell Freezes Over" reunion album (the reunion no one ever thought would happen) began a two-week run at #1, eventually selling over eight million copies.

On this day in 1994, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's collaborative "No Quarter" album entered the charts #4, eventually selling over four million copies and proving that Robert and Jimmy hadn't lost any of their old Led Zeppelin magic.


November 27, 2015


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Martial arts god Bruce Lee would have been 75.
Guitar god Jimi Hendrix would have been 73.

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On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones opened their legendary four-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Recordings of the first two shows later became their classic live album, "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out."

On this day in 1970, former Beatle George Harrison released his triple album "All Things Must Pass" and the single "My Sweet Lord," which soon spent four weeks at #1. Produced by Phil Spector and engineered by Ken Scott, the album featured many noted players like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. The sprawling collection of songs eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1971, "Led Zeppelin IV," one of the greatest Rock albums ever recorded, entered the U.S. charts at #36. It soon spent a month at #2 and eventually sold over 23 million copies.

On this day in 1971, Elton John's "Madman Across The Water" began its climb to #8, selling 2 million copies in the process. Next up: four years with a string of seven #1 LPs and over 33 million sold — Super Stardom.

On this day in 1971, Don McLean's epic "American Pie" began its four week run at the top of the singles charts as the Grateful Dead's iconic "Truckin'" began to work its way up to #64.

On this day in 1976, Queen's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #13 as Foghat's "Drivin' Wheel" was headed to #34.

On this day in 1982, Rush's million selling "Signals" album hit #10 as their tour sold out across North America.

On this day in 1982, Phil Collins, Genesis' singer/drummer, saw his second solo album, "Hello, I Must Be Going!," enter the charts on its way to #8 and three million in sales. Suddenly, he found himself selling more records than his band.

On this day in 1995, The Beatles' "Anthology I" set a first-week sales record, selling 1.2 million copies in the U.S.

On this day in 2004, Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #2 and a Record Of The Year GRAMMY Award.


November 28, 2015


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Wry song meister Randy Newman is 72.
Drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam is 53.

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On this day in 1964, the iconic "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks peaked at #7 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Let It Bleed" album. It eventually spent two weeks at #3 while selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1970, "See Me, Feel Me" by The Who peaked at #12 on the singles charts as Elton John's signature "Your Song" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon had promised Elton that if his song "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," which featured Elton's piano work and backing harmonies, reached the top of the U.S. chart, he would appear onstage with him. The two old friends performed three songs together on that Thanksgiving night concert: "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Sadly, it would be the final concert appearance of Lennon's career.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's album "The River" hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner peaked at #2 on the singles charts as "No Reply At All" by Genesis topped out at #29 and Billy Squier's "My Kinda Lover" began its climb to #45.

On this day in 1981, The Cars' "Shake It Up" entered the album charts on its way to #9 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1992, Bon Jovi's song "Keep The Faith" topped out at #29 on the singles chart.


November 29, 2015


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Blues legend John Mayall is 82.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston line-up is 64.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles released the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single in the U.K. Over the next three days, it sold over a million copies!

On this day in 1975, The Who's rather dark, million selling "The Who By Numbers" album hit #8 on the strength of its goofy Top 20 hit single "Squeezebox."

On this day in 1980, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" began its run to #1 as Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" started its climb to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, the Eagles' "Eagles Live" album (recorded at the end of their contentious "Long Run" tour at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium) began its quick climb to #6 and over seven million copies sold.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" (featuring drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police) entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1986, Bruce Springsteen entered the U.S. album charts at #1 with his "Live 1975-1985" box set. That marked the fourth time in chart history that an album debuted at #1, and the first time a box set had ever done so. Topping that achievement, "Live 1975-1985" soon became the most successful box set ever, eventually selling over 13 million copies.

On this day in 2001, former Beatle George Harrison succumbed to cancer at age 58.


November 30, 2015


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Mark Twain would have been 180 and still acerbic.
Sir Winston Churchill would have been 141.
Ageless Rock & Roll TV impresario Dick Clark would have been 86.
Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple is 70.
The icon of sneering, Billy Idol, is 60.

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On this day in 1974, Elton John's cover of The Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (featuring John Lennon on guitar) began its run up to two weeks at #1 just as the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" began its climb to #1 via backseats across America.

On this day in 1977, veteran crooner Bing Crosby hosted his 42nd Christmas special on TV. David Bowie was his most notable guest, and the two performed a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy"/"Peace on Earth," which was then released as a single. You'll hear that duet and four more hours of Rock & Roll Christmas songs when 100.3 The Sound (and over 60 more stations across North America) airs Uncle Joe's Rockin' Christmas Show later next month!

On this day in 1979, Pink Floyd released their classic double album "The Wall." It was soon parked at #1 for 15 weeks and eventually sold over 24 million copies.

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne released his live "Speak Of The Devil" album. Consisting of covers of his work with Black Sabbath, this was Ozzy's only album to feature Night Ranger's guitarist Brad Gillis, who was filling in for the recently deceased Randy Rhodes. It topped out at #14 on the charts while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1991, "We Can't Dance," the final album by the most successful Genesis line-up, hit #4 while selling over four million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/30/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Petersen Auto Museum Private Grand Opening tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Kenny Aronoff/Rollling Stones: 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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Bono/Edge/World AIDS Day

Bono and The Edge will be joining host Jimmy Kimmel on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for tomorrow's World AIDS Day shopathon to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED) (which Bono co-founded). Actresses Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Wilde will also make appearances during the special. But wait — there's more! Bono and The Edge will also perform at "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" World AIDS Day event at Carnegie Hall. That event — hosted by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah — will celebrate progress in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, as well as commemorate the 10-year anniversary of both the ONE charity (also co-founded by Bono) (Red). Right so!

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It was Clare Boothe Luce who said: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."

Though often credited to Ted Turner, it was Laurence J. Peter who first said: "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise."

It was Lee Iacocca who said: "We are continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems."

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Three Quickies

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

The average person (living outside of Southern California) will spend two weeks over their lifetime waiting for the traffic light to change. Southern Californians spend that much time every month just waiting to get clear of the on ramp!

If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.



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