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March 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!


March 1, 2016


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Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who is 72.

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On this day in 1957, 16-year-old John Lennon persuaded his Aunt Mimi to buy him a guitar.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles started recording the John Lennon song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" at Abbey Road studios. The song was inspired by a drawing of a little girl with lots of stars that John's 3-year-old son Julian brought home from school. The girl was his classmate Lucy O'Donnell.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album began the first of two weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1969, Steppenwolf's classic "Rock Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #10 and the set lists of garage bands around the world.

On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested after a Miami Doors concert for alleged indecent exposure (he supposedly whipped it out during the show — but no one on stage seemed to see it).

On this day in 1974, Queen launched its first headlining tour of England with a very loud performance in Blackpool.

On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" hit #1 on the singles chart, Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" peaked at #14 and Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" was the #1 album in the land.

On this day in 1980, Journey's joyous "Anyway You Want It" entered the singles charts on its way to #23 via the backseats of cars across America.

On this day in 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm on stage during a concert in Switzerland. He was rushed to a hospital and survived, but decided it was time to quit life on the road (and eventually the band).

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/1/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jon Anderson/Gary Mallaber @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt @2:45pm


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Def Lep Ready To Go

After recovering from various health issues — especially singer Joe Elliott's throat problems — Def Leppard will start a 50-plus-date tour on May 1st. Styx, the Leps tour partner last year, will roll on a few of the early May dates, then REO Speedwagon will join the tour on May 10th. When do we get the great songs and singing? September 22nd at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine. Rock on!

Boston Tour

Boston's 40th-anniversary tour will launch on April 29th in Hollywood, Florida. With over 31 million albums sold to date, now we need a concert date here in the Southland — how about July?

Perry Finds Pagey's Les Paul

Word is that Jimmy Page has been reunited with the 1960 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty" guitar that was stolen in 1970. Former Led Zeppelin roadie Henry "The Horse" Smith says, "Glad to announce the Black Beauty is now back in the hands of Jimmy thanks in part to (producer/musician/collector/Paul Rodgers collaborator) Perry Margouleff." The guitar was the inspiration for the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom model of a few years ago, which had a slim-profile neck, Page BurstBucker pickups gold Bigsby vibrato and a six-position toggle for isolating the neck and bridge pickups or adding the middle pickup to any combination. Good job, Perry!

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It was Louis C.K. who said: "When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Love has sold more songs than you've had hot dinners."

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Saturday March 12th: Join yer Uncle Joe for the biggest hot rod, muscle car, street machine and street truck enthusiasts show in the West — Lucas Oil presents the 3rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at the Fairplex in Pomona! The event is open to all years, makes and models of custom cars, with over 1,000 high performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country in Show Car Alley, Street Machine Challenge, the Pro-Builder Face Off Invitational, along with the Burnout Contest and a huge Manufacturer's Midway. See you there!


March 2, 2016


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Dr. Theodor 'Ted' Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss (pronounced like "voice"), would have been 112.
Lou Reed would have been 74.
Eddie Money turns 67.
Jon Bon Jovi is 54.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles began filming "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1968, Syd Barrett was pushed out of Pink Floyd.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "The Captain & Me" album was released. Eventually, it sold over two million copies and topped out at #7 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/2/16


10 At 10: Cover Songs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Boston w/singer Brad Delp @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani @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 Supertramp and Roger Hodgson as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Roger. Check out this preview!


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Stones To Cuba

Leave it to The Rolling Stones to become the first British rock band to play a concert in Cuba — and a huge one at that! The free Concert For Amity on March 25th at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana will be filmed by JA Digital and Paul Dugdale (who previously directed the excellent "The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun — Hyde Park Live in 2013" as well as concert films for Coldplay and Adele, among others).

Bad Co./Walsh

Taking his cue from yer Uncle Joe, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke more or less confirmed that the band was hitting the road this Summer with an "amazing co-headliner." Even though Simon didn't mention occasional Eagle Joe Walsh by name, everyone's waiting for the co-headlining trek to be announced any day now. If so, their June 9th gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts may be the first of a Summer run that would include a beautiful evening concert in Southern California.

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It was Dr. Seuss who said: "Adults are obsolete children."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you."

It was H.G. Wells who said: "The past is but the beginning of a beginning."

It was Robert Benchley who said: "Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment."


March 3, 2016


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Thin Lizzy (and occasional Pink Floyd) guitarist Snowy White is 68.
REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato is 63.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley released his first #1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."

On this day in 1966, Stephen Stills and Neil Young formed Buffalo Springfield in a small house near the intersection of Fountain and Gower in Hollywood. It was actually a Buffalo Springfield earthmover parked nearby that inspired the group's name (granted, they also had a thing for the initials B.S.).

On this day in 1967, former Yardbird guitar god Jeff Beck debuted his Jeff Beck Group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and a new singer by the name of Rod Stewart.

On this day in 1973, War's "The Cisco Kid" began its climb to #2 on the singles charts as Stealers Wheel's clever "Stuck In The Middle With You" entered the charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player" hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen began its first world tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Through much of that tour, the Pasadena band was the opening act for Black Sabbath or Journey.

On this day in 1979, the debut album from The Police, "Outlandos d'Amour," defied the critics when it began a long journey to #23 on the charts, eventually selling over a million copies. Yet, super stardom was still a couple of years away.

On this day in 1984, the Yes song "Leave It" further confirmed the iconic Progressive Rock band's successful reinvention when it began its climb up the charts to #24.

On this day in 2012, legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died at his home in Brisbane, California of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 64-year-old had been battling prostate cancer for several years. Before forming his own band with Sammy Hagar in 1973, Montrose had performed with Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group, among others.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 3/3/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jack Bruce/Cream @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin @2:45pm


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Songwriters Hall

Huge props to Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Marvin Gaye who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, joining over 400 artists and songwriters enshrined since 1969. Among others honored in the June 9th ceremony in New York will be songwriter Chip Taylor — who penned "Angel Of The Morning" and the Troggs' "Wild Thing" — and Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. What a great line-up!

All Hail Bono & Jimmy Carter

Bono and former president Jimmy Carter will be honored at the We Are Family Foundation gala on April 29th. Bono will receive the foundation's Humanitarian Award, while Carter will get the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award. The fundraiser at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom will also feature a performance by the organization's co-founder, Nile Rodgers and his band Chic.

Dylan's Treasure Trove

A previously unknown collection of over 6,000 artifacts from Bob Dylan's private archives has been sold to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University Of Tulsa for an estimated $20 million. Most of the collection — including handwritten lyrics, contracts and private letters alongside video and audio recordings — will be housed (with very restricted access) in the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Word is that select highlights will be displayed to the public. The collection itself is estimated to be worth over $60 million, and seeing that Dylan sold it for about a third of that, you know there will be some significant charitable donations written off for tax purposes.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

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

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

It was Aristotle who said: "A friend to all is a friend to none."


March 4, 2016


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Bassist Chris Squire of Yes would have been 68.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 53.

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On this day in 1877, Emile Berliner invented the microphone... and where would we be without that?

On this day in 1966, John Lennon's controversial comment about The Beatles being "more popular than Jesus now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1972, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Neil Young's classic "Harvest" album began its journey to become his most successful ever, eventually spending two weeks at #1 and selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd kicked off their "Dark Side Of The Moon" American tour in Madison, Wisconsin. So awesome was the project that famed engineer Alan Parsons even left his job at Abbey Road Studios to mix the sound for the tour.

On this day in 1978, Jackson Browne's live masterpiece, "Running On Empty," hit #2 on the album charts as it sold over seven million copies.

On this day in 1986, pianist/vocalist Richard Manuel of The Band hung himself following a concert in Florida. He was only 42 and the suicide came as a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

On this day in 1989, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 3/4/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Lynyrd Skynyrd w/guitarist Gary Rossington @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 feature the music of Supertramp and Roger Hodgson as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Roger. Check out this preview!


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Bad Co./Walsh

As expected, Bad Company will co-headline a U.S. tour with Joe Walsh. Starting in Dallas on May 12th, their One Hell Of A Night tour will hit our Forum on May 20th, and wrap in Nashville on July 3rd. The two groups will alternate the headlining slot throughout the tour, with Walsh joking, "If it's a long bus ride, I go first!" Joe's backing band will feature his old Barnstorm bandmate, drummer Joe Vitale, as well as famed guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Chad Cromwell. Bad Company will consist of singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke — the three surviving/founding members — along with guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning. Great rocking!

Tull!

Jethro Tull's landmark 1971 album "Aqualung" will be getting the deluxe box set treatment on April 22nd. The double-CD/double-DVD collection will include a remix of the original album as well as the five-song "Life Is A Long Song." The DVDs will include 5.1 surround mixes, hi-res stereo mixes, the 1974 quadrophonic mix and flat transfers of all the music. In addition, the 1971 promotional film for "Life Is A Long Song" will be included on the second DVD. The classic LP was Tull's fourth album release and first to reach the Top 10 Stateside.

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It was George Carlin who said: "'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?"

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Some people find fault like there is a reward for it."

It was James Thurber who said: "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."


March 5, 2016


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Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 64.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" began a rapid climb up the singles charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin performed "Stairway To Heaven" in concert for the first time. Belfast, Northern Ireland was the chosen spot... and the crowd went wild.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd's ominous "Animals" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1982, comedian John Belushi, "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Blues Brother, died of an overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He was 33.

On this day in 1994, Grace Slick pointed a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home. By June, she had been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.


March 6, 2016


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Guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 70.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones began writing and recording sessions for "Paint It Black" at RCA studios in Hollywood. They finished it off next day, released it a month later and saw it hit #1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance were added, along with screams from a tape recording of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks-penned "Rhiannon" entered the charts, eventually peaking at #11.

On this day in 1976, the "Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" compilation entered the album charts. It soon spent five weeks at #1 and eventually sold over 29 million copies — the biggest selling album of the 20th Century!

On this day in 2014, original Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee passed away following a routine surgical procedure. Rock's first super fast lead guitarist, Alvin had continued to tour and release music as recently as 2013. He was 68.


March 7, 2016


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Singer/bassist Chris Taylor-White of The Zombies is 73 and virtually invisible.
Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is 70.
Drummer Kenny Aronoff, who's worked with hundreds of artists including John Mellencamp and John Fogerty, is 63.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording "Lovely Rita" for what became their "Sgt. Pepper" album.

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" peaked at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, legendary A&R man John Hammond suffered a heart attack while attending a showcase concert by his brand new signing, Bruce Springsteen. Fortunately, both John and Bruce survived.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie shocked his fans by going "soul" with the release of his "Young Americans" album. It eventually hit #9 as it inspired various forms of dancing around the world.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company's excellent "Desolation Angels" album began its run up the charts to #3, selling two million copies along the way.

On this day in 1981, the epic Rush "Moving Pictures" album began its run to #3 on the charts and four million sold — inspiring many millions of air guitar and air drum players around the world.

On this day in 1987, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" peaked at #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1988, The Beatles "Past Masters Volume 1" and "Volume 2" compilation albums were released.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/7/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - George Thorogood @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette @2:45pm

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "A man is about as big as the things that make him angry."

It was Jack Handey who said: "I hope that after I die, people will say of me: 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"

It was J. K. Rowling who said: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move."

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This Saturday, 10am - Noon: Join yer Uncle Joe for the biggest hot rod, muscle car, street machine and street truck enthusiasts show in the West — Lucas Oil presents the 3rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at the Fairplex in Pomona! The event is open to all years, makes and models of custom cars, with over 1,000 high performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country in Show Car Alley, Street Machine Challenge, the Pro-Builder Face Off Invitational, along with the Burnout Contest and a huge Manufacturer's Midway. See you there!


March 8, 2016


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Drummer/singer Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees is 71.
Bassist/singer Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles and Poco, is 70.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles held the top two positions on the U.S. album charts with "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album") and the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.

On this day in 1973, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan became the first of several Grateful Dead keyboard players to die while working with the band. "Pig Pen" had actually been ill for a few years before passing on at the age of 27.

On this day in 1974, Bad Company played their first real gig at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

On this day in 1977, Foreigner released their self-titled debut album, which eventually charted at #4, yielded three Top 10 singles and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1980, Heart's transitional "Baby Le Strange" album entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1990, Robert Plant released his "Manic Nirvana" album.

On this day in 2003, with no intention of having a hit single, the Foo Fighters released their classic "Times Like These." While it soon peaked at #65, it went on to become one of their most played songs ever.

On this day in 2013, Peter Banks, Yes' original lead guitarist, died in his London home from heart failure. He was 65 and had been ill for some time.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/8/16


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - KISS w/singer Paul Stanley @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt @2:45pm


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Too Loud!

After years of fronting one of the loudest bands in the world, AC/DC's Brian Johnson has been ordered to stop touring immediately. With just 10 U.S. dates left on the band's Rock or Bust World Tour, doctors say that Brian is risking "total hearing loss." While the situation isn't clear, word is that AC/DC plan on making up the rescheduled shows "with a guest vocalist." Best of luck to Brian!

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It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The past is not what it was."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody can be as agreeable as an uninvited guest."

It was Alice Cooper who said: "Mediocrity is your greatest enemy."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."


March 9, 2016


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Singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders is 74.
Guitarist Robin Trower is 71.

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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic second album, "Axis: Bold As Love," spent the first of three weeks at #3.

On this day in 1974, as David Essex's "Rock On" peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" was about to hit #1 and Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" had begun its run to #5.

On this day in 1985, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' masterpiece "No Jacket Required" album began its run to seven weeks at #1 with 12 million sold and both Album Of The Year and Pop Male Vocal GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 2007, 55-year-old Boston singer Brad Delp took his life in his home.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/9/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Bad Company w/singer Paul Rodgers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Oliver @2:45pm


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George Martin Passes

Famed producer Sir George Martin, who signed The Beatles and became their indispensable mentor and collaborator throughout their career, died last night at the age of 90. George produced nearly all of The Beatles' recordings, advising them on songwriting and arranging, and capturing the shear vitality of their early performances in the studio. He was responsible for some of the biggest landmarks of Sixties rock, from his unique sonic mixes, to his symphonic buildup and the lingering last chord of "A Day in the Life," to the delicate harpsichord-like piano on "In My Life," and the string arrangement for "Yesterday" that signaled the group's expanding ambitions. Thank you George, and God speed.

Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and his look-a-like, Will Ferrell, are teaming up for another benefit concert. The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera will be held on April 29th in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. Proceeds will go to Cancer for College. Ferrell and Smith first collaborated on charity work together in 2014 by playing off how much they looked like each other. Their drum-off on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon raised close to half a million dollars. Here's to hoping they raise even more this time!

Wyman's Cancer Fight

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Since doctors caught the cancer in its earliest stages, the 79-year-old is expected to make a full recovery. Wyman is the second member of The Stones to be afflicted with cancer. Drummer Charlie Watts was diagnosed and successfully treated for throat cancer in 2005.

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It was David Allen who said: "You can do anything, but not everything."

It was Irene Porter who said: "Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed."

It was Fran Lebowitz who said: "Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."


March 10, 2016


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Boston's main guy, Tom Scholz is 69.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is 53.

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On this day in 1973, as "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group was rocketing to #1, Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1984, Night Ranger's biggest hit, "Sister Christian," began its climb to #5 on the singles charts as The Cars' "You Might Think" was working towards a #7 peak.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton released his very personal "Pilgrim" album, which eventually charted at #4.

On this day in 2003, AC/DC and The Righteous Brothers were among the performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2008, The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, along with The Ventures, Little Walter, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Madonna.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 3/10/16


10 At 10: Lady Rockers
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Bad Company w/singer Paul Rodgers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Breuer @2:45pm


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Macca's A Busy Guy

Paul McCartney's Out There tour wrapped up in Buffalo last October after 27 shows in 22 cities, and — as anticipated — he's just announced his new One On One tour, which will launch in Fresno on April 13th. Many more dates will be added to the schedule as Macca and his band wind through a variety of North American cities like Portland, Seattle and Vancouver during the first two weeks. Sir Paulie promises to once again work through his entire career, including songs by The Beatles, Wings and solo numbers. Let's just hope he doesn't forget us!

Journey Rehearsing With Smith

Journey's just started rehearsals for its Summer tour with The Doobie Brothers. Guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and bassist Ross Vallory are working Steve Smith back into the line-up after he left them in 1985 to play jazz and session work. Singer Arnel Pineda will be joining the boys shortly, and they should be full tilt boogie when they hit Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on May 12th.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Ability is a poor man's wealth."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "True friends stab you in the front."

It was Mae West who said: "When women go wrong, men go right after them."

It was P. J. O'Rourke who said: "Some people are better imagined in one's bed than found there in the morning."


March 11, 2016

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On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Between The Buttons" album hit #2 for the first of four weeks while selling four million copies over the next several months.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the "Let It Be" single in the U.S.

On this day in 1972, Neil Young's "Harvest" album — his most successful ever — hit #1 for the first of two weeks while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Steely Dan's "Peg" peaked at #11 as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "What's Your Name" peaked at #13 while the Jefferson Starship's "Count On Me" began a run to #8 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1978, two months after it was released, Van Halen's self-titled debut album finally charted. It eventually reached #11 while selling 10 million copies.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton's episode of "MTV Unplugged" debuted. In short order, the resulting album (which was released over Slowhand's objection) became the best-selling album of his career — three weeks at #1 and over 10 million sold. Lesson learned: Don't expect your guitar gods to know retail.

On this day in 1997, former Beatle Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney at the hand of his Queen. Shortly afterward, Ringo Starr and George Harrison began referring to their former bandmate as "His Holiness."

On this day in 2000, KISS began another Farewell Tour. At last check, they were still on the road.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 3/11/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Lynyrd Skynyrd w/guitarist Gary Rossington @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara @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 Lynyrd Skynyrd and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, Johnny Van Zant and Artimus Pyle. Check out this preview!

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It was Robert Brault who said: "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

It was George Burns who said: "If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age."

It was Plato who said: "I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

It was U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers who said: "[In a meeting] Say as little as possible while appearing to be awake." True that!


March 12, 2016


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Singer extraordinaire James Taylor is 68.
Keyboardist Billy Payne of Little Feat is 67.
Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins would have been 67.


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On this day in 1969, Beatle Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

At 9:30pm E.S.T. on this day in 1971, the Allman Brothers Band began recording their legendary "At The Fillmore East" album.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon and fellow songwriter Harry Nilsson were thrown out of the Troubadour in West Hollywood for being far, far, far too drunk. The stories and photos in the press brought to a head Lennon's troubled life when he and Yoko Ono were separated.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #2 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" peaked at #4, and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" topped out at #10.

On this day in 1977, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" album topped out at #8 while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, powered by their "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Faithfully" singles, Journey's "Frontiers" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's "Photograph" was about to become their first hit single when it entered the charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1988, featuring several samples of Led Zeppelin songs as well as Jimmy Page's guitar work, Zep frontman Robert Plant's "Now & Zen" album began its run to #6 on the charts. When it sold over three million copies, it became Plant's most successful solo album ever.

On this day in 2007, Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2012, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack lost his long fight with cancer. The 65-year-old passed away in his Wyoming home with his family at his side.

On this day in 2014, original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr lost his 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The 56-year-old died peacefully in his sleep at home.


March 13, 2016


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Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is a well-dressed 56.

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On this day in 1852, Uncle Sam first appeared in a political cartoon.

On this day in 1935, Donald Duck made his crotchety debut.

On this day in 1965, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds to play the blues with John Mayall. Six months later, he left Mayall's band... but that's another story for another day.

On this day in 1965, The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" entered the U.S. singles charts as The Beatles hit #1 with "Eight Days A Week."

On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first gig at London's legendary Marquee Club (previous home to The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who).

On this day in 1967, six members of Sounds, Inc. (three saxophones, two trombones and a french horn) recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song "Good Morning Good Morning" at Abbey Road studios in London. Though they were not credited on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, they were all paid scale wages.

Remember how yesterday in 1970, the Allman Brothers Band began recording the gig that became their live "At The Fillmore East" album? It was around 3am on this day in 1970 that they finally finished playing their five-and-a-half hour set.

On this day in 1971, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's song "Lucky Man" entered the charts where, a few weeks later, it peaked at #48.

On this day in 1976, the Eagles' "Take It To The Limit" peaked at #4 as "Love Hurts" by Nazareth topped out at #8 and Foghat's "Slow Ride" charted at #20.


March 14, 2016


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Railroad engineer Casey Jones would have been 153 today — and the Grateful Dead song would have had a completely different ending!
Quincy Jones, a true musical genius, is 83.
Saxophonist Walter Parazaider of Chicago is 71.

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On this day in 1964, as The Beatles' cover of the Isley Brothers' version of "Twist And Shout" entered the charts, the Fab Four's records made up 60% of the U.S. singles market.

On this day in 1970, Van Morrison's classic "Moondance" album entered the charts, eventually reaching #29 as it sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' first solo album, "Face Value," entered the U.S. charts. It eventually peaked at #7 and sold over four million copies — more than any Genesis album before it.

On this day in 1981, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" album began a climb to #51 on the charts as Rush's classic "Limelight" entered the singles charts. Never a "singles band," Rush's run ended much, much sooner than Joan's when "Limelight" topped out at #55.

On this day in 1981, Eric Clapton was admitted to a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital after a serious attack of bleeding ulcers. He was forced to cancel a 60-date U.S. tour and finally quit drinking.

On this day in 1992, U2's classic "One" began its journey to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2005, U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O'Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2011, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Leon Russell were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/14/16


10 At 10: 1967
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bad Company/Joe Walsh tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jackson Browne @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jeff Foxworthy @2:45pm


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Emerson R.I.P.

Keyboardist, composer and songwriter Keith Emerson — one-third of the pioneering progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer — died by his own hand last Thursday night at the age 71. Word is that he'd been suffering from depression over a degenerative nerve issue that had sharply curtailed his ability to play. Driven by Emerson's virtuoso keyboard playing, E.L.P.'s progressive, experimental vibe, influenced generations of music fans, and he wil be missed.

More Idol

Jump back! Billy Idol has added two more six-date residency runs at the House Of Blues at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. He'll start on August 31st, then reboot on October 12th. Rock on, Billy!

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "The future ain't what it used to be."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "I keep reading between the lies."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "I worship the quicksand he walks in."

It was Erma Bombeck who said: "The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."


March 15, 2016


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Blues guitar legend Lightnin' Hopkins would have been 104.
Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 76.
Beach Boy Mike Love is 75.
Super Flake Sly Stone is 73.
Legendary guitarist & producer Ry Cooder is 69.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels is 53.

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On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's long overdue "Physical Graffiti" finally hit the charts on its way to six weeks at #1 and over 16 million sold.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" hit #1 and ELO's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" peaked at #9 as Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" broke into the Top 100 singles charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie's "Young Americans" began its run to #28 on the singles charts as John Lennon's definitive cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" was working its way to #20.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Refugee" peaked at #15 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger' most successful album, "American Dream," hit #1 for the first of six weeks, selling five million copies in the process.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "Why Can't This Be Love" (their first with singer Sammy Hagar), The Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" and Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" (featuring Sting and Peter Gabriel on backing vocals) all broke into the Top 40. Van Halen soon peaked at #3, The Stones #5 and Phil #7.

On this day in 1999, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2004, George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2010, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, ABBA and Jimmy Cliff were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/15/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bad Company/Joe Walsh tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Papa @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 The Who as well as more of Joe's conversations with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Check out this preview!


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George's Final Masterpiece

Legendary Beatles' producer Sir George Martin's final project, the eight-part "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music," will get its television premiere in November. The PBS series saluting the art of recording music will feature appearances by over 150 artists, including new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Lindsey Buckingham, Joni Mitchell and Tom Petty, among many others. In a statement made just before his passing, George said, "Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together regardless of race, nationality, age or income. And, recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible." Right so!

Frampton/Skynyrd

Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd will hit the road this Summer with an August 18th date at The Greek Theatre, one of the first dozen dates to be announced. Gonna be some real guitar work that evening!

Phil Returns To The Stage

Phil Collins made his first live appearance in nearly two years last Friday night at Miami, Florida's Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater. Collins performed for the "Second Annual Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala," the charity spearheaded by Collins and his wife Orianne. This time around, Phil — who last took the stage in 2014 when he played two songs at his sons' school fundraiser — was backed by his longtime solo and Genesis sideman Daryl Stuermer, Eric Clapton's longtime bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Brad Cole, famed L.A. jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright, master percussionist Luis Conte and Nick Collins, Collins' 14-year-old son, on drums. But will Phil tour?

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It was Steve Jobs who said: "A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?"

It was Groucho Marx who said: "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."



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