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Uncle Joe's Update Archives - January 16 - 31, 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 16, 2016


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Racing god A.J. Foyt is 81.

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On this day in 1970, John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit of erotic lithographs was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography. Yes, Yoko was his inspiration, but why did you ask?

On this day in 1980, when the Japanese police found a half pound of marijuana in his baggage at the airport, they threw Paul McCartney into a Tokyo jail cell for nine days. Bummer.

On this day in 1982, the Journey song "Open Arms" entered the charts on its way to becoming one of the band's biggest hits (#2 for six weeks) just as The Police tune "Spirits In The Material World" topped out at #11.


January 17, 2016


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Benjamin Franklin would have been a witty 310.
Muhammad Ali is 74.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 67.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" at R.C.A. Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1981, as her "Treat Me Right" single began its climb to #18, Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion" album hit #2 for the first of five weeks. Eventually, over four million copies of the LP were sold.

On this day in 1981, Steely Dan's classic "Gaucho" album hit #9 just as John Lennon's "Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1990, The Who, The Kinks and Simon & Garfunkel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1994, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake jolted Southern California at 4:31am, killing 57 and causing over $40 billion in losses with 89,000 structures destroyed or damaged to the point of requiring extensive repair.

On this day in 1996, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.


January 18, 2016

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" burst onto the charts headed for a seven-week run at #1. Beatlemania had arrived in America!

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" both entered the American album charts. The Beatles soon hit #2, followed by C.C.R. at #7.

On this day in 1973, The Rolling Stones played a benefit concert for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims at the Forum in Los Angeles. In an era when they rarely played "oldies," for this special show The Stones dusted off two classics they'd not performed live since June 1965: "Route 66" and "It's All Over Now." The Forum crowd also heard "No Expectations," which had been performed only once before (Hyde Park in 1969) and wouldn't be played again for 21 years! A truly legendary performance from a legendary band.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd began recording what eventually became their "Dark Side Of The Moon" album at Abbey Road Studios in London with a young engineer named Alan Parsons.

On this day in 1974, with the addition of King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, Bad Company was officially formed by Free singer Paul Rodgers, Free drummer Simon Kirke and Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs. Fame and fortune were right around the corner.

On this day in 1975, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" single, their follow up to the #1 charting "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," began its climb to #14. At the same time, Bad Company's "Movin' On" was beginning its climb to #19.

On this day in 1980, The Clash's "London Calling" album was released as "The Wall" by Pink Floyd hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" and INXS' "What You Need" both entered the charts. Soon Heart would hit #1 and INXS #5 — for both, their highest charting singles to date.

On this day in 1989, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Otis Redding, among others. At the New York dinner, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died about a month earlier, by singing Orbison's classic, "Crying."

On this day in 2015, after a long battle with liver disease took, drummer Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 66.


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It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A right delayed is a right denied."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

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

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorating the life of a tremendously important American, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of every January. One of America's greatest orators and civil rights leaders, at age 35 in 1964 he became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated. While legislation for a commemorative holiday was introduced four days after his assassination, it took 15 years and petitions signed by six million people endorsing the holiday submitted to Congress before the holiday legislation passed in 1983. King's actual birthday is January 15th, but the holiday was created a week later to overcome opposition claiming the 15th was too close to Christmas and New Year's Day.

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today. That includes public schools, most banking institutions and all post offices. There will be no mail delivery, but most public transportation and trash pickup will continue as normal.


January 19, 2016


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Janis Joplin would have been 73.
Rod Evans, the first Deep Purple singer, is 71.
Smooth dancing, swell dressing singer Robert Palmer would have been 67.
Dewey Bunnell of America is 65.
Martha Davis of The Motels is 65.

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On this day in 1980, on it's sixth week on the charts, Pink Floyd's double album masterpiece "The Wall" hit #1 for the first of 15 weeks just as their edit of "Another Brick In The Wall, pt. 2" began its climb up the singles charts to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." peaked at #9 on the singles charts just as R.E.O. Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" began its climb to a three week run at #1.

On this day in 1994, The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1998, Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins died from throat cancer in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 65. Although he never received the recognition accorded to Elvis Presley, his guitar-playing and songwriting defined the rockabilly genre and greatly influenced The Beatles.

On this day in 2006, legendary R&B singer Wilson Pickett died at the age of 64 of a heart attack. The 1991 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee was known for such classics as "Mustang Sally," "In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway."


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/19/16


10 At 10: Glenn Frey/Eagles
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NHRA WinterNationals Rock & Roll Suite tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jerry Seinfeld: 2:45pm


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Glenn Frey R.I.P.

Singer/guitarist Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away yesterday after a 15-year fight with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Glenn and his partner, Don Henley, were not only one of America's greatest songwriting teams, they were the Laurel Canyon, mid-Seventies answer to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Their songs were always hip and clever, reflecting their times, their surroundings, and their rapidly developing lifestyle. Know as the Lone Arranger of the Eagles, Glenn was the driving force behind the band, everything from vocals (always the best) to music and presentation. With him at the drive wheel, the Eagles sold more than 150 million records, with six #1 albums in the U.S. alone, not to mention embedding Eagles in millions of fans lives. Godspeed, Glenn.

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It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A right delayed is a right denied."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

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

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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February 12th - 14th: Join yer Uncle Joe for some high speed rocking at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Randy Balough will be racing his new Uncle Joe's Super Gas 1968 Camaro, and the boys will surely do another of their Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets. Plus, enter to win passes for The Sound's Rock N' Roll Suite right behind the Starting Line!


January 20, 2016


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Blues legend Lead Belly (Huddy Ledbetter) would have been 128... or 131. There's also a chance he was born on January 23rd instead of January 20th. What is known for sure is that he spent time in prison on at least three different occasions for violent crimes, and was one of the most influential bluesmen ever.
Paul Stanley of KISS (the guitarist with the star on his eye) is 64.
Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney's longtime guitarist, is 57.

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On this day in 1964, Capital Records belatedly released their first Beatles album in the U.S., "Meet The Beatles." Contrary to what the record company had predicted, the Americanized version of the British "With The Beatles" album immediately topped the charts for 11 weeks.

On this day in 1979, the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" single began its climb to #1 — the second chart topper of their career. A year later, the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins-penned song won the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat during a concert in Des Moines, then was hospitalized and administered a series of painful rabies shots. In his defense, the Prince Of Darkness said he thought the bat was plastic. At least that's what we think he said.

On this day in 1988, Beach Boy Mike Love insulted Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger while being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The other — better behaved — inductees that year included The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Drifters, Berry Gordy, Jr. and Woody Guthrie.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/20/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NHRA WinterNationals Rock & Roll Suite tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter: 2:45pm


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Sting/Gabriel

Sting and Peter Gabriel will be doing a joint headlining North American tour that they're cleverly calling Rock, Paper, Scissors. The boys will perform a variety of each other's songs, similar to Sting's trek with Paul Simon last year. For us, the duo will play the Hollywood Bowl on July 17th!

Acoustic Frampton

Peter Frampton's latest album, "Acoustic Classics," will be out on February 26th. Peter says that this collection of stripped down re-recordings of favorites from his first five studio sets is "Just me and an acoustic (guitar) or me and a piano, depending on what I wrote it on." Backed by his son, he'll hit the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks on March 12th and the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on March 13th.

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It was Will Rogers who said: "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

It was John Wayne who said: "Life is hard, but it's harder if you're stupid."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others."


January 21, 2016


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On this date in 1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd, with Paul McCartney serving as best man. The couple met while The Beatles were filming "A Hard Day's Night." (Patti played one of the schoolgirls in the train scene near the start of the film.)

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' tender "Ruby Tuesday" began its run up to #1 backed with the scandalous "Let's Spend The Night Together."

On this date in 1978, the title track of the Kansas "Point Of Know Return" album peaked at #28 on the singles charts.

On this date in 1984, as their comeback "90125" album topped out at #5, Yes hit #1 with the song "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" — their one and only chart topper.

On this date in 1984, John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" began its climb up the singles charts to #5.

On this day in 1987, legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on the anniversary of his death, along with Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Rick Nelson, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Carl Perkins and B.B. King, among others.

On this date in 1988, "Pollstar," the trade magazine for concert promoters, named U2 as the biggest live attraction in the U.S.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 1/21/16


10 At 10: Cities
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NHRA WinterNationals Rock & Roll Suite tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - John Densmore/The Doors: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dana Carvey: 2:45pm


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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will be a special tribute to Glenn Frey — a founding member of the Eagles — featuring his music and more of his conversation with Joe. Check out this preview!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

It was Mae West who said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

It was Aristotle who said: "Education is the best provision for old age."

It was Joseph Wood Krutch who said: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function."


January 22, 2016


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Sam Cooke, one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, would have been 86.
Singer/actor Meat Loaf is 70.
Journey singer Steve Perry, another of the greatest voices of the 20th century, is 68.
INXS frontman Michael Hutchence would have been 57.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Day Tripper" peaked at #5 on the charts. Its flip side, "We Can Work It Out," had already charted at #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It's also worth noting that those two songs comprised the first ever "double A-side" release, another sign of The Beatles' overwhelming domination of the Sixties music scene.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles began recording what became their "Let It Be" album. Billy Preston, who was hanging out in the lobby getting high, was invited by George Harrison to join in the session.

On this day in 1972, as Yes' classic "Fragile" album began its climb to #4 with two million sold, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's live "Pictures At An Exhibition" (based on Mussorgsky's classic piece of the same name) was beginning its own run to #10 on the charts. Progressive Rock was in its heyday!

On this day in 1977, "Somebody To Love" by Queen peaked at #13 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1977, Paul McCartney's live "Wings Over America" triple album hit #1 on the charts as ZZ Top's fifth LP, "Tejas," was beginning its climb to #17.

On this day in 1983, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Long After Dark" album peaked at #9 with two million sold.

On this day in 1983, "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash peaked at #8 on the singles chart as their two-million-selling "Combat Rock" album topped out at #7 — the most successful of their career.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 1/22/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NHRA WinterNationals Rock & Roll Suite tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - John Mellencamp: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan: 2:45pm


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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will be a special tribute to Glenn Frey — a founding member of the Eagles — featuring his music and more of his conversation with Joe. Check out this preview!


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Stones!

Did you notice an edginess in the air? The Rolling Stones have gathered in L.A. this week to rehearse for their South American tour which starts on February 3rd in Santiago, Chile. In their first personnel change in a while, Sasha Allen is stepping in on background vocals for longtime touring member Lisa Fischer, who's concentrating on a solo career. No word yet if The Stones' traditional surprise club show will take place here, but stay tuned!

B.O.C.'s 40th

Blue Öyster Cult's biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," is about to hit its 40th anniversary of the release. To celebrate the milestone, they've lined up the 3-show Reaper Residency at New York's B.B. King Blues Club, and booked 30 more U.S. dates including their April 17th gig at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Rock on!

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It was Susan Richman who said: "The trouble with dawn is that it comes too early in the day."

It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean."

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 Marty Indik who said: "Confusion is always the most honest response."


January 23, 2016


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Organist Danny Federeci of Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 66.
Singer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 63.
Some sources list today as Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons' B-day, but it's actually October 19th.

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On this day in 1971, as Elton John's "Tumbleweed Connection" album began to climb the charts to #5, his "Your Song" single peaked at #8 a mere 53 weeks after he and lyricist Bernie Taupin began working together.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd released their "Animals" album just as they launched their biggest, most mind boggling world tour to date. The dark themed album eventually hit #3 and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Chicago's guitarist Terry Kath killed himself playing Russian Roulette eight days before his 32nd birthday. At the time of his death, Chicago's song "Baby What A Big Surprise" was in the Top 10.

On this day in 1982, Bob Seger's "Feel Like A Number" topped out at #48 while "Leather And Lace" by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6.

On this day in 1986, the first class was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke and Jerry Lee Lewis were inducted along with Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and disc jockey Alan Freed, who actually coined the phrase "Rock & Roll." An excellent starting class indeed!

On this day in 1988, the title track of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album entered the singles charts on its way to #10. The album itself would eventually sell over 20 million copies and spawn seven hit singles.

On this day in 1990, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia at the age of 37. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since crashing his car in 1986.

On this day in 1997, Richard Berry, who wrote the classic "Louie Louie" and never saw a dime for it, died of an aneurysm at the age of 61 in South Central Los Angeles.


January 24, 2016


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Neil Diamond is 75.
Acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon would have been 69.
Blues Brother John Belushi would have been 67.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed a contract to make record store owner Brian Epstein their manager. Epstein helped guide the Fab Four into becoming the most dominant band in the history of Rock & Roll — and they did it all without a signed contract because, for whatever reason, Brian never signed the contract himself. Basically, Brian Epstein and The Beatles worked together with just a handshake agreement. Those were special times indeed!

On this day in 1969, Jethro Tull's first American performance was opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears and Savoy Brown at New York's Fillmore East.

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz percussionist Willie Bobo's "Evil Ways" entered the singles charts on its way to becoming the band's first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1976, just as the live version of KISS' "Rock & Roll All Nite" peaked at #12 on the singles chart, Bruce Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" began a quick run to #83.

On this day in 1981, Styx's epic ballad "Babe" began a run up the singles charts to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1984, Apple Computer launched the highly innovative Macintosh which contained several virtually unknown features including simple on screen icons and an odd little attachment called a mouse. Two years later, the first "Uncle Joe's Record Guide" was published. Eight years after that, unclejoe.com was hand-coded into existence. So much for free time!

On this day in 2000, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played the opening date of their reunion tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan. That show marked the first time the quartet had performed together in 25 years.


January 25, 2016


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Guitarist Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 64.

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On this day in 1858, Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" was performed for the first time at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles's ground breaking "She Loves You" began to shoot up the singles charts on its way to a two week stay at #1.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Proud Mary" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2. Like Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March," "Proud Mary" has been played at virtually every wedding ceremony since.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was released from jail in Japan after serving nine days for possessing a half-pound of marijuana. Where did he go next? Why Amsterdam, of course!

On this day in 1992, U2's song "Mysterious Ways" hit #9 on the U.S. singles charts.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 1/25/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Jon Anderson/Yes: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette: 2:45pm



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Stones!

Did you notice an edginess in the air? The Rolling Stones have gathered in L.A. this week to rehearse for their South American tour which starts on February 3rd in Santiago, Chile. In their first personnel change in a while, Sasha Allen is stepping in on background vocals for longtime touring member Lisa Fischer, who's concentrating on a solo career. No word yet if The Stones' traditional surprise club show will take place here, but stay tuned!

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It was Kin Hubbard who said: "The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."

It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit."

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This Saturday! 11am - 1pm. Great times to be had by everyone! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Is it possible that J.B. might once again participate in the Pin Stripers competition for Charity?


January 26, 2016


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Acting god/philanthropist Paul Newman would have been 91.
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen is a rockin' 61.

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On this day in 1970, John Lennon wrote "Instant Karma" in the morning and recorded it at Abbey Road Studios that evening with George Harrison, bassist Klaus Voorman and future Yes drummer Alan White. The song was totally finished by 4am the next day. It shipped 10 days later, and, within a month, eventually peaked at #3 in the States as The Beatles' "Let It Be" was heading to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" began lumbering up the album charts, eventually settling in at #11.

On this day in 1977, Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac's founding guitarists, was committed to an English institution after he threatened to shoot his accountant with a shotgun — not because of a lack of money, but because the royalty checks kept coming.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' breakthrough "Refugee" single began its run to #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1980, the Pretenders' self-titled debut album entered the U.S. charts on its way to a peak of #9. Front woman Chrissie Hynde's stinging performance and producer Chris Thomas' edgy mix still rocks!

On this day in 1985, John Fogerty's "Centerfield" album began a two-month run up the charts to #1, giving John's career one hell of a comeback.

On this day in 1997, ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed during the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. It was just as scary as it sounds.

On this day in 2003, Billy Joel was hospitalized after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, New York. He was released — seemingly unscathed — early the next morning.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/26/16


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Butch Trucks/The Allman Brothers Band: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian: 2:45pm - NEW TIME!



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A Real Reunion!

Guitar god Carlos Santana, keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie, guitar god/vocalist Neal Schon of Journey, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve have come back together for the first time in 45 years to record their follow-up to the classic "Santana," "Abraxas" and "Santana III" albums. "Santana IV" — due out on April 15th — features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band. The origins of the reunion go back to Neal hounding Carlos to record together. Carlos went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. The initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, and the recording throughout 2014 and 2015 yielded 16 tracks. "It was magical," Santana says. "We didn't have to try to force the vibe — it was immense." Starting with a Madison Square Garden gig on April 13th, Journey and Santana will do at least three co-headlining concerts.

All Hail Ritchie

A new documentary on Ritchie Blackmore— the founding member of Deep Purple and Rainbow — has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download. The "Ritchie Blackmore Story" features new interviews with Ritchie (who created the legendary guitar riff of "Smoke On The Water"), along with Queen's Brian May, KISS' Gene Simmons, Toto's Steve Lukather, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Some of Blackmore's former Deep Purple and Rainbow bandmates also appear in the flick, including Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale and the late Jon Lord. Blackmore will be welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Deep Purple at the April 8th ceremony held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jimmy Bain R.I.P.

Jimmy Bain, bassist for Dio and Rainbow, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 68. Advanced lung cancer was identified as the cause of death. Rest in peace, Jimmy.

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It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away."

It was Derek Bok who said: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat."

It was Robin Williams who said: "I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone."


January 27, 2016


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have been 260.
Blues slide guitar legend Elmore James would have been 98.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is 72.
Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey and J. Geils Band keyboardist Seth Justman are both 65.

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On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released six weeks after he'd been killed in a plane crash. Recorded just three days before he died, it became his only #1 hit.

On this day in 1971, David Bowie arrived in the United States for his first promotional tour. While he didn't actually perform any live dates, he did manage to raise a few eyebrows by wearing a sheer gingham dress.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's eery "Space Oddity" began its climb to #15 on the U.S. singles charts. However, due to his convoluted contractual situation, it's doubtful he ever received a penny for it.

On this day in 2014, folk singer Pete Seeger died in New York after a short illness at the age of 94. Seeger recorded over 100 albums, traveled with Woody Guthrie, mentored young folk singers such as Bob Dylan, and performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at a concert for Barack Obama's inauguration. He co-penned songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "If I Had A Hammer," and was blacklisted during the Fifties when he was accused of supporting Communism. He returned to the spotlight in the Sixties as a popular protest singer, campaigning against nuclear weapons, the Vietnam war and in support of the Civil Rights movement.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/27/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - John Fogerty/CCR: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin: 2:45pm - NEW TIME!


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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 Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott. Check out this preview!


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Ringo Rides Again

Looking for a good time? Ringo Starr will hit the road on a new U.S. tour in June and July. His All Starr Band's line-up will remain the same as it's been for the last few years — Todd Rundgren, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, founding Santana/Journey singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister singer-bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham. At this point in the scheduling game, Ringo's tour will end at The Greek Theatre on July 2nd.

Deluxe Cars

Jump back! On March 11th, The Cars will release "The Elektra Years 1978-1987" boxset of their first six albums. Group leader Ric Ocasek personally supervised the remastering of the 60 songs, and drummer David Robinson handled the album artwork just like he always did. A new 18-track compilation, "Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars," will be unleashed on May 6th, and special vinyl copies of the original six albums will be released on June 7th.

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It was Wyatt Earp who said: "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Comedy is tragedy plus time."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Youth is wasted upon the young."

It was Josh Billings who said: "There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together."


January 28, 2016


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his national television debut on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS.

On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded a five song demo with producer Glyn Johns, seriously hoping to interest a record label — any record label. The demo didn't work for them, but they eventually signed with Decca Records (who had rejected The Beatles) a few months later.

On this day in 1967, Buffalo Springfield released their classic "For What It's Worth" single. During its long climb up the charts to #7, it became the defining song for a generation.

On this day in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its first non-nightclub appearance opening for The Who at London's Saville Theater. No guitars were burned, but everyone was deafened and had the time of their lives!

On this day in 1978, as Kansas released "Dust In The Wind," the #6 charting biggest song of their career, Van Halen unleashed "You Really Got Me," the first single from their self-titled debut album. That song eventually hit #36.

On this day in 1978, the Doobie Brothers guest starred on "What's Happening!!," yielding the infamous line, "Which Doobie you be?" Who said Seventies TV sitcoms lacked depth?

On this day in 1984, John Mellencamp's "Uh-Huh" album hit #3 on the charts while selling three million copies just as Van Halen's "1984" began shooting up the charts to spend five weeks at #2 with over 10 million sold.

On this day in 1984, though it's still one of his most played songs, Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" only made it to #46 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, a Who's Who in the music world showed up at the legendary A&M Studios in Hollywood to "check their egos at the door" and record "We Are The World" to aid Ethiopian famine relief. The most casual of all was Bruce Springsteen, who parked his rental car in a public lot across the street and just walked on in.

On this day in 1989, The Travelling Wilburys' "Volume One" album hit #3 for the first of six weeks while the all star collaboration (consisting of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison) sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1995 (almost a year after it had been released), Green Day's third album, "Dookie," finally peaked at #2 for the first of two weeks. Soon after that, it received the Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY Award. To date, "Dookie" has sold over 20 million copies!

On this day in 2005, 60-year-old Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi died in London after a fight with stomach cancer.

On this day in 2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell died of heart failure in his Florida home at the age of 56.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 1/28/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Papa: 2:45pm - NEW TIME!


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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 Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott. Check out this preview!

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It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

It was Peter F. Drucker who said: "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said."

It was Martin Mull who said: "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "If you're going through Hell, keep going."


January 29, 2016

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On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" album was part way through an eight-week run at #1 as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was peaking at #10 and Boston's "Long Time" was heading towards #22 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, David Bowie's highly influential (but slow selling) "Low" album entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1979, Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded for the first time.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks married Kim Anderson, the widower of her best friend. They split a year later.

On this day in 1992, blues great Willie Dixon died of heart failure in a Burbank hospital at the age of 76.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 1/29/16


10 At 10: Whistling
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show tix!) @ 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan - NEW TIME: 2:45pm


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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 Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott. Check out this preview!


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Def Lep TV

At first it might seem like a strange pairing, but you can catch Def Leppard on the February 3rd episode of the A&E hilarious reality series "Pawn Stars." A more customary appearance for a group that has sold over 100 million records is the Lep's February 16th "Good Morning America" feature on ABC TV. Hopefully singer Joe Elliott's voice will return to full strength to get their next tour rolling soon.

R.I.P. Paul

Guitarist Paul Kantner, the co-founder of the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off band Jefferson Starship, died of multiple organ failure yesterday. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, who had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, was 74. Kantner formed the Jefferson Airplane in 1965 with his friend, singer Marty Balin, and soon recruited singer Grace Slick. Their second album, "Surrealistic Pillow," became a soundtrack to the Summer of Love with the help of singles "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit." Kantner and the Jefferson Airplane performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the Sixties — Monterey in 1967 and Woodstock and Altamont in 1969. Godspeed, Paul.

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It was Steven Wright who said: "You can't have everything... where would you put it?"

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I can resist everything except temptation."

It was Garry Shandling who said: "They should put expiration dates on clothes so we would know when they go out of style."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."


January 30, 2016


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Jefferson Airplane's founder, Marty Balin, is 74.
Steve Marriott, the cheeky singer for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, would have been 69.
The multi-talented singer/drummer for Genesis, and über-solo artist, Phil Collins, is 65.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles did their last public performance on the "cold, windy and damp" rooftop of their Apple Corp. Building at #3 Savile Row in London. They played 42 minutes before the police found their way to the rooftop to shut them down. A portion of that performance was featured in the "Let It Be" movie, and another portion surfaced on the "Let It Be" album.

On this day in 1971, as their "Pendulum" album peaked at #5, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" entered the charts on its way to #8. Though most fans thought it was an anti-Vietnam war song, frontman John Fogerty later said that he wrote it more about intra-band tensions tearing the group apart.

On this day in 1971, four months after her death from a heroin overdose, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album was heading towards a nine-week run at #1 as her recording of Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" was released. That single soon became her only #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, KISS performed together for the first time in makeup at the Popcorn in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets that night for a crowd of under 10 people. Guitarist Paul Stanley later said that the makeup was inspired by the New York Dolls' outrageous appearance.

On this day in 1982, blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins died from cancer in Houston at the age of 79.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Angel" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single to date when it hit #3.


January 31, 2016


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Guitarist Terry Kath of Chicago would have been 70.
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols is a very cranky 60.

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On this day in 1967, Jack Bruce of Cream and lyricist Peter Brown wrote "Sunshine Of Your Love" at about 5:30am ("It's getting near dawn...").

On this day in 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete the filming of the "Strawberry Fields Forever" promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the U.S. market, since U.K. television was still only broadcast in black and white. During a break in the filming, John Lennon bought an 1843 circus poster from a nearby antiques shop which provided him with most of the lyrics for his song "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite."

On this day in 1970, backed with the even more powerful "Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" entered the singles charts on the way to a two-week stay at #2.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's double live album "Frampton Comes Alive" entered the charts at #191. Just 10 weeks later it began a 10-week run at #1, selling over six million copies while becoming one of the best-selling live albums ever.

On this day in 1981, Styx's most commercially successful album, "Paradise Theatre," entered the charts for a three-month climb to a three-week run at #1. While it sold over three million copies, intra-band tensions were at an all time high.

On this day in 2009, Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin passed away in his Van Nuys home at the age of 68.



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