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Uncle Joe's Update Archives - January 1 - 15, 2016


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!


January 1, 2016


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Super producer Tom Dowd, who worked with Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a hundred others, would have been 91.

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On this date in 1953, Hank Williams Sr. died at the age of 29 — the first tragic Rock & Roll ending.

On this day in 1972, the song "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 2015, renowned jazz and session guitarist Jeff Golub, who played with Rod Stewart and Billy Squier among many others, lost his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at the age of 59.


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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 Bad Company and more of Joe's extensive conversations with singer Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs. Check out this preview!

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New Year/New Warnings

Now they're telling us that due to increasing product liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following 10 warning labels be placed on all containers:

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical Kung Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, knees and lower back.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause a disturbance in the time-space continuum, whereby gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.


January 2, 2016


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On this date in 1965, The Beatles' fifth U.S. album, "Beatles '65," entered the charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1.

On this date in 1969, filming began for The Beatles documentary "Let It Be" as the band rehearsed songs at London's Twickenham Studios.

On this date in 1969, Led Zeppelin began a four-day residency at the Whisky-A-Go-Go supporting Alice Cooper. Imagine their surprise to find out Alice was a guy and his band, not a girl dancing in the Whiskey's Go-Go cages.

On this date in 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with his 3-disc collection, "All Things Must Pass."

On this date in 1971, driven by his hit single "Love The One You're With," Stephen Stills' self-titled debut album hit #3 for the first of three weeks.


January 3, 2016


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Beatles' producer George Martin is 90.
The extraordinary Stephen Stills is 71.
Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones is 70.

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On this day in 1970, The Beatles recorded their last song together, George Harrison's "I Me Mine." The sad tune was inspired by a particularly nasty business meeting endured by the formerly Fab Four in late 1968. Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were joined in that last session by keyboardist Billy Preston. John Lennon — who had more or less quit the band in September 1969 — was in Denmark with Yoko Ono at the time.

On this day in 1976, Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" entered the charts on its way to the Top 10. Scaramoosh!

On this day in 2013, Phil Everly — one-half of the iconic singing duo The Everly Brothers — lost his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 74 in a Burbank hospital. Starting in 1958 with older brother Don, Phil took The Everly Brothers magical harmonies to huge success, eventually charting 12 Top 10 hits, making them the Billboard Hot 100's third biggest duo ever.


January 4, 2016


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R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe is 56.

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On this day in 1969, powered by the hit single "Magic Carpet Ride," Steppenwolf's cleverly named second album, "The Second," hit #3 on the charts making it the most successful album of their career.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo for "Let It Be." It was the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, as well as the last recording session of The Beatles as a band.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd began sessions for their "Meddle" album just as director Stanley Kubrick inquired if he could use the band's previous album, "Atom Heart Mother," for the soundtrack to "A Clockwork Orange." Without hesitation, the band said no. Sharp business men, those Floydians.

On this day in 1973, the Allman Brothers Band announced that Lamar Williams had been hired as the replacement for original bassist Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash the previous October.

On this day in 1986, Thin Lizzy's bassist/singer Phil Lynott died in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. The 34-year-old's kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse.

On this day in 1992, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" began its climb up the charts to a four-week run at #2. In the process, it sold over 12 million copies!

On this day in 2010, Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter best known for his autobiographical hit song "Baker Street," died at his home at the age of 63 after a long battle with liver disease. Rafferty was also responsible for the classic Stealers Wheel Top 10 hit, "Stuck In The Middle With You."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 1/4/16


10 At 10: Back
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Supercross tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Simon Kirke /Bad Company: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - : 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Guns N' Reunion?

Let's hope Guns N' Roses' long rumored reunion doesn't hit any speed bumps between now and the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio in mid-April. With founding members Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagen and Izzy Stradlin participating, and Matt Sorum on drums, word is that the reunited band is negotiating with promoters to play as many as 25 football stadiums in North America this Summer. Don't be surprised if they also become the first act to play the new Las Vegas Arena on April 6th. It's expected their tickets be priced in the $250-$275 range. Axl and Slash lasted played together on July 17, 1993 in Buenos Aires. Not only have they sold 44.5 million albums total in the U.S., the band's first album, "Appetite for Destruction," became the biggest-selling debut in U.S. history, with 18 million sold and five weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."

It was Ram Dass who said: "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

It was Frederico Fellini who said: "Life is a combination of magic and pasta."

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Early New Year Factoids

Every cat on Chatham Island in the Pacific — and there are thousands — is black.

More females than males have been depicted in the nude by painters and sculptors in every society except that of ancient Greece.

The rule of thumb to calculate the weight of a blue whale is a ton and a half per foot.


January 5, 2016


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Chris Stein, Blondie guitarist/songwriter and one-time Debbie Harry squeeze, is 67.
REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt is 61.

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On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's self-titled debut album and Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," were both released to severely lackluster sales.

On this day in 1985, driven in part by the #1 hit single "I Want To Know What Love Is," Foreigner's "Agent Provocateur" album entered the charts on its way to #4, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1998, Sonny Bono died after skiing into a tree in South Lake Tahoe.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/5/16


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Supercross tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Chuck Panazo/Styx: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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The Bucks Up Tours Of 2015

Good news from the trenches! AC/DC, U2 and the Foo Fighters placed among the Top 5 worldwide touring artists of 2015, based on gross ticket sales. AC/DC (54 shows in 50 cities grossing $180 million) came in second behind Taylor Swift's massive $250 million trek, while U2 (76 shows in 22 cities grossing $152.2 million) and Foo Fighters (67 shows in 61 cities raking in $127 million) ranked at #4 and #5, respectively. And bonus points for Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl, who played most of his band's dates with a broken leg. Pollstar's list of the Top 20 worldwide touring acts also included Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Mötley's Final Final

Mötley Crüe closed their 34-year live performance career with their 'final concert ever' Thursday night at the Staples Center. True to form, the show wasn't all smooth running — one of the off kilter highlights was Tommy Lee's drum kit roller coaster malfunctioning in midair, leaving him hanging upside down above the audience. And, of course, the ultra loud show ended with "Home Sweet Home." Good news if you missed it — the Crüe's Final Tour will be released as a full-length concert film. Christian Lamb, who has directed concert films for Incubus and Madonna, directed the Crüe's final concert segment, and Jackass director Jeff Tremaine is busy producing the documentary portion right now. Good show boys!

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It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "A committee is a thing that takes a week to do what a good man can do in an hour."

It was Ed Howe who said: "No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next."

It was Brendan Behan who said: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."

It was George Jean Nathan who said: "I drink to make other people interesting."

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Thursday January 14th: Join yer Uncle Joe in welcoming Styx back to the Saban Theatre! Great singing, great playing and a great, great show!!


January 6, 2016


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Original Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett would have been an insane 70.
Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 63.

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album (another of the Fab Four's U.S.-only releases) began an eight-week run at #1, eventually selling over six million copies. On the same day, The Rolling Stones psychedelic "Their Satanic Majesties Request" began a six-week run at #2.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton released "Frampton Comes Alive," which eventually rewrote the record books and spurred the release of many, many horribly inferior live albums for years to come.

On this day in 1979, powered by the "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" hit single, Queen's million selling "Jazz" album hit #6.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self-titled debut album entered the charts. Ultimately, on the strength of the "Sultans Of Swing" hit single, the previously unknown band's LP peaked at #2 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1990, Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins saw his fourth solo album, "...But Seriously," hit #1 for the first of three weeks. By the end of its run, it had yielded four Top 5 singles and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman officially left The Rolling Stones saying, "I really don't want to do it anymore." Keith Richards, who had been trying to convince Wyman to stay, could only say, "I did everything but hold him at gunpoint." Since then, Bill has reportedly taken only three airplane flights.

On this day in 2001, Fleetwood Mac performed at the White House at a goodbye party for President Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, Christine McVie skipped the reunion.

On this day in 2004, Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's mastermind, unveiled the iPod at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The world of music has never been the same.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/6/16


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Supercross tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Jack Bruce/Cream: 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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Musical Shenanigans

Was anybody surprised when Axl Rose pulled out of last night's scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! so he wouldn't have to deal with the Guns N' Roses reunion? Do you think he'll show up for the Coachella Music Festival headlining gig in April? Then there wasPeter CeteraChicago's original bassist/lead singer who hasn't played with the band since 1985 and who had at "emphatically declined" to rejoin his bandmates for their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction. Yesterday, Peter finally agreed to perform with the five surviving original members of the band, and even suggested that the other musicians who have played with Chicago for all these years since he left be included as well? Way to go Peter!! Rock on!

Streaming Those Beatles

Checking on a whole new generation of fans streaming The Beatles on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL and Amazon Prime Music, what would you guess to be the fave Fab Four songs around the world? "Come Together," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "Love Me Do" and "Yesterday" are the Top 5, and "Here Comes the Sun," "Help!," "All You Need Is Love," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Twist and Shout" complete the Top 10. And who is listening? Since the catalog went live on Christmas Eve, 65% of Beatles plays on Spotify were by users under the age of 34, and over 673,000 people added the band to Spotify playlists. Rock on!

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Though Christian Nestell Bovee was the first to publish it in 1862, Mark Twain is generally credited with saying: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet."

It was E.B. White who said: "Be obscure clearly."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.

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Sunday January 17th, Noon - 2pm: Join J.B., Jeff Styles The World Famous Pin Striper and The Sound Crew for more fun at the Mike Thompson RV (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, cell phones to be pin striped and stories to be told — so don't be late!


January 7, 2016


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Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins is 67.

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On this day in 1978, just as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue" LP peaked at #4 on the strength of their "Turn To Stone" hit single, Jackson Browne's classic live "Running On Empty" album entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" — heavily influenced by the Tulsa musicians Eric was recording his "Slowhand" album with — entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #3. Co-written with singer Marcy Levy and guitarist George Terry, the song was a tribute to famed Tulsa songwriter J.J. Cale.

On this day in 1984, The Police song "Wrapped Around Your Finger," another masterpiece written by Sting, started its quick climb to #8 on the singles charts.

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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 Eagles and conversation with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 1/7/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Supercross tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Paul McCartney/The Beatles: 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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Original Trick In The Hall

More good news from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. All four original members of Cheap Trick will perform when the band is inducted on April 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Drummer Bun E. Carlos, who no longer tours or records with the band he co-founded in the early Seventies, says, "I'm happy to report that, last Friday, Joel Peresman at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame confirmed that all have agreed that the four of us will be featured performers in Brooklyn on April 8th." Bun E., who left the band in 2010 after arguments with singer Robin Zander, says, "I'm assuming everybody is going to make nice. Me too. I have no agenda here. I won't get up there and be like, "Screw these guys! I mean, such a highlight day in your career. You should try not to wreck it. I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be a gas." Rick Nielsen's son, Daxx Nielsen, is now Cheap Trick's drummer but will not be inducted. Nor will bass players Pete Comita and Jon Brant, who joined the group when Tom Petersson left from 1980 to '87.

New U2

Fresh off a major tour, U2 is making serious progress on their next studio album, "Songs Of Experience." The Edge says that the way the songs are coming together reminds him of the atmosphere in which the quartet created its 1993 album "Zooropa." The guitarist further says, "(Producer Brian Eno) would love to see us making albums a bit more like that. Where we go, 'You know what? We're not going to second-guess any of this. Let's just go for it.' I think there's a quality you get when there's a certain momentum to the process." Word is that parts of the new disc were completed on breaks between tour dates, and singer Bono (who rarely slows down) even wrote a song about the Paris terrorist attacks just before the band's recent tour ended. "Songs Of Experience" — a companion album to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" — is expected out sometime in this year. Right so!

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It was Shirley MacLaine who said: "Sex is hardly ever just about sex."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."

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

It was Kerry O'Quinn who said: "The content of your mind — your values and ideas — are nobody's business but your own."


January 8, 2016


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Bill Graham, the first Rock & Roll Super-Promoter, would have been 85.
Elvis "The King" Presley would have been 81.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is 70.
The one & only David Bowie is 69.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' classic "Rubber Soul" album — written and recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market — began a six-week run at #1, selling over six million copies in the process.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "December's Children (And Everybody's)" album — described as "just a collection of songs" by Mick Jagger — peaked at #4 on the charts. In addition to the various outtakes that padded out the compilation, both the brand new #1 charting "Get Off My Cloud" and the two-year-old "As Tears Go By" Top 5 hit single, spurred over a million in sales of the album.

On this day in 1972, George Harrison's uneven "The Concert For Bangladesh" double live album entered the charts. Two weeks later, it began a six week run at #2.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 1977, driven in part by the hit singles "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing," the Electric Light Orchestra's million-selling "A New World Record" album topped out at #5.

On this day in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark overdosed on drugs and alcohol. A founding member of the young band, he was all of 30 when he died. What a waste.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 1/8/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Supercross tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles: 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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A Personal Who Print For You

Talk about doing good! The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are offering you a personalized lithograph hand signed by the duo. The new prints are based around the logo for "The Who Hits 50" greatest hits album and tour, featuring your own name and your age with each print personally hand-signed by Daltrey and Townshend. Included in the $878 price is a donation of $500 made on your behalf to the band's charity, Teen Cancer America. Each print is individually printed in digital archival inks on 310gsm German etching paper and numbered one of one (1/1), measuring 13-inches by 18-inches and is set in an off-white window mount then framed in a black lacquer wood frame. The finished print size is 18-inches by 24-inches. And the good deed you're doing for teens with cancer is immeasurable.

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It was Paul Harvey who said: "If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of ten it will."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame."

It was George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) who said: "Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."

It was Bil Keane who said: "A hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away."


January 9, 2016


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Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitar god and the oldest of The Yardbirds "Holy Trinity" of guitarists, is 72.
Scat singing/swell playing Dave Matthews is 49.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' U.S.-only "Beatles '65" album — over half of which had appeared on the band's previous British release, "Beatles For Sale" — began its nine-week run at #1 on the American charts.

On this day in 1967, producer George Martin brought in session musicians to play the flute, piccolos and flugelhorn for The Beatles' "Penny Lane."

On this day in 1971, Santana's "Black Magic Woman" peaked at #4 as the Allman Brothers Band's "Revival" briefly entered the charts.

On this day in 1971, the U.S. Jaycees presented Elvis Presley with an award honoring him as one of the "ten outstanding young men of America." Kind of doubtful he was the only one who was stoned at the ceremony.

On this day in 1982, "Under Pressure," a collaboration by Queen & David Bowie, peaked at #29 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1993, Stone Temple Pilots' debut album, "Core," began its climb to a two-week run at #3. It eventually sold over eight million copies.


January 10, 2016


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Rod Stewart is 71 and apparently still fertile.
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (who's worked with Zappa, Bowie, Journey, and the Jefferson Starship) is 70.
Donald Fagan, the taller half of Steely Dan, is 68.
Songstress Pat Benatar is 63.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley began his first RCA recording session. By the end of the day, the finished songs included "I've Got A Woman" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

On this day in 1970, driven by the big hit singles "Down On The Corner"/"Fortunate Son" and "Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Willy And The Poor Boys" album began its six-week run at #3, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 1970, as high quality stereo headphones were catching on with the general public, The Moody Blues' excellent "To Our Children's Children's Children" album began a climb to #14.

On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's "Dream On" reentered the singles charts for the second time in 18 months. This time around, it made it all the way up to #6.

On this day in 1976, legendary bluesman Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) lost his battle with kidney disease in Hines, Illinois at the age of 65.


January 11, 2016


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Venerable blues legend Slim Harpo would have been 92.
Sax player Clarence Clemons (The Big Man) of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 74.
Original Yes Keyboard player Tony Kaye is 70.

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On this day in 1963, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go (the first Rock & Roll club in L.A.) opened on Sunset Boulevard. They claim that the floors have actually been fully cleaned at least twice since then.

On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's classic "The Times They Are a-Changin'" album was released. When it debuted at #20 on the charts, Pop music's approach to lyrics was about to change across the board.

On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded the song he had written the day after Christmas 1966. In the intervening 17 days, he had changed the lyric from "Jesus Saves" to "Purple Haze."

On this day in 1969, without a tour to support its release, The Rolling Stones' excellent, million-selling "Beggars Banquet" album hit #5 — a true return to form for the band.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin played "Kashmir" live for the first time during a gig in Rotterdam.

On this day in 1980, The Pretenders released their debut album in the States. It eventually topped out at #9 on the charts as it sold over a million copies.

On this day in 1992, Nirvana's "Nevermind" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Even before it sold over 10 million copies, it had changed Rock forever.

On this day in 2005, Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden died of colon cancer in his Petaluma, California home at the age of 66.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 1/11/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Butch Trucks/The Allman Brothers Band: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was the immortal Frank Zappa who said: "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "Be and not seem."

It was Marlene Dietrich who said: "It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."


January 12, 2016


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English blues singer Long John Baldry, who gave Rod Stewart and Elton John their first real gigs, would have been 75.

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On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their incredible self-titled debut album in America. Though it took months to make it into the Top 10, it did sell over 10 million copies!

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" began its slow climb to #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1993, Cream surprised even themselves by reforming for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Other inductees that evening included The Doors, Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival — whose leader, John Fogerty, refused to play with CCR's other two surviving members.

On this day in 1995, Led Zeppelin was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Other inductees that evening included The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Martha & The Vandellas, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.

On this day in 1998, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Santana, among others. Outside of the first public appearance in years by founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, no drama unfolded.

On this day in 2003, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died in Miami after an emergency surgery. He was only 53.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/12/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Monster Trucks tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Mike Birbiglia: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Bowie R.I.P.

David Bowie passed away late Sunday after a very private 18-month battle with cancer. The iconic artist was not only an innovative musician, but a fashion icon and an actor as well. He was theatrical, flamboyant, without parallel in his showmanship, and his work touched and influenced the lives of countless musicians, performers, visual artists, designers, actors and more with his innovative approach to creativity and reinvention. Rest in peace, Starman.


January 13, 2016


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Producer Chris Thomas, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend as well as the Pretenders, is 69.
Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan sax player Cornelius Bumpus would have been 63.
Guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin of Yes is 62.

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On this day in 1968, "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors peaked at #25 and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" topped out at #67 on the singles charts as Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" broke into the Top 40.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" was released in the States. Even with its weird mix of orchestral music and Beatles songs, it soon spent two weeks at #2.

On this day in 1973, the song "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Eric Clapton performed at the Rainbow Theatre concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend of The Who in order to help Clapton shake his heroin addiction. Eric opened his set, and much later ended the show, with "Layla."

On this day in 1978, The Police began recording their debut album "Outlandos d'Amour" in the early morning (cheapest) hours at Surrey Sound in London.

On this day in 1979, "We've Got Tonite" by Bob Seger peaked at #13 while "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen topped out at #24 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/13/16


10 At 10: Stadium Song for the L.A. Rams
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Monster Trucks tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO: 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 a tribute to David Bowie with his music as well as Joe's extensive conversations with David and his producer Ken Scott. Check out this preview!

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It was W.C. Fields who said: "We lived for days on nothing but food and water."

It was Jerry Seinfeld who said: "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."

It was Hal Lee Luyah (was that really his name?) who said: "There's a deception to every rule."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

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This Thursday: Join yer Uncle Joe in welcoming Styx back to the Saban Theatre! Great singing, great playing and a great, great show!!

Long may you run, Tim.


January 14, 2016


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Longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is 49.
Head Foo Fighter/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is 47.

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On this day in 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at #26 with "Tutti Frutti." The world of music would never be the same.

On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones played their first gig with drummer Charlie Watts. London's Flamingo Jazz Club was the place, and Rock & Roll has never been the same.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Jump" entered the singles charts. The first release from their "1984" album, it not only became the band's first #1 hit, it spent five weeks on top of the charts!

On this day in 1984, U2's "I Will Follow" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #81. No one knew that the future 'biggest band in the world' was still three years away from their huge breakthrough.

On this day in 1989, Guns 'N' Roses' "Paradise City" entered the singles charts on its way to #5 — making it their third Top 5 song in six months.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 1/14/16


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Monster Trucks tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Bill Wyman/The Rolling Stones: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Erin Foley: 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 a tribute to David Bowie with his music as well as Joe's extensive conversations with David and his producer Ken Scott. Check out this preview!

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It was James Russell Lowell who said: "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion."

It was Kenneth Tynan who said: "A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything's in vain."

It was Mark Twain who said: "I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one."

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Tonight! Tonight! Join yer Uncle Joe in welcoming Styx back to the Saban Theatre! Great singing, great playing and a great, great show!!


January 15, 2016


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Ronnie Van Zant, the singer and heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd, would have been 66.

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On this day in 1966, The Who's classic "My Generation" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #74.

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" only after being forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Oh, those were scandalous times indeed!

On this day in 1977, as the Eagles "Hotel California" album began its eight-week run at #1 (eventually selling over 16 million copies), Queen's "A Day At The Races" entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1982, driven by the hit single "Shadows Of The Night" (which would soon win a Best Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award), Pat Benatar's million-selling "Get Nervous" album hit #4.

On this day in 1983, powered by two very strong singles — "Even Now" and "Shame On The Moon" — Bob Seger's "The Distance" album began its run to #5.

On this day in 1983, Led Zeppelin's final album, a compilation of outtakes called "Coda," hit #6.

On this day in 1992, Dee Murray, Elton John's longtime bassist, died following a stroke in Nashville at the age of 55.

On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson died from heart failure in his Agoura Hills, California home at the age of 52.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 1/15/16


10 At 10: Clapping
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Monster Trucks tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - John Mellencamp: 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 a tribute to David Bowie with his music as well as Joe's extensive conversations with David and his producer Ken Scott. Check out this preview!

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It was Harry S. Truman who said: "Intense feeling too often obscures the truth."

It was Eric Hoffer who said: "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Selfishness is not living as one wants to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.



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