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April 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!


April 1, 2016


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John Barbata, drummer with the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is 71.
Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and owner of one of the first major mobile recording studios (used by Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones), would have been 70.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro would have been 62.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1971, The Doors released "L.A. Woman," their final album before Jim Morrison's demise. It soon entered the Top 10 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1972, Ringo Starr's hilarious "Back Off Boogaloo" began its climb to #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" began its first of five weeks lodged at #2 on the album charts.

On this day in 1985, David Lee Roth officially left Van Halen to pursue a solo career. He was, of course, replaced almost immediately by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced some years later by Gary Cherone, who was then replaced by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced by David Lee Roth, who was then replaced again by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced again by David Lee Roth. Do you think that someone might have a problem holding onto lead singers?

On this day in 1985, the "We Are The World" album was released after three million copies of the single with the same name had been sold. The album's content was bolstered by the inclusion of previously unreleased material donated by eight rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/1/16


10 At 10: Fools!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steve Miller Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen @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 Bob Seger and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Bob. Check out this preview!


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Rolling Stone's Fave Drummers

When they're short on actual news, "Rolling Stone" magazine editors like to compile lists that please no one. However, this time around — while the pecking order can be argued — it's pretty hard to find fault with the Top 10 of the "Rolling Stone" 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time. Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and The Who's Keith Moon own the top two spots, followed by Ginger Baker of Cream. Rush's iconic Neil Peart and the legendary Wrecking Crew session man/drumming god Hal Blaine wrap up the Top 5. Next are Clyde Stubblefield and John "Jabo" Starks from James Brown's band, big band/jazz great Gene Krupa and rockin' jazz drummer Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Al Jackson, Jr., the Stax session drummer and member of Booker T & The MGs. Stewart Copeland of The Police came in at #10.

Massive Macca Comp

After all he's done, there's no need for Paul McCartney to go small. To that end, Macca has curated "Pure McCartney," a sprawling compilation of his extensive post-Beatles solo career that will arrive in three different formats of varying length and track listings on June 10th. The four-CD set will contain 67 songs, the double CD collection 49 tracks and the four-vinyl album set will contain 46 songs. "Pure McCartney" includes over 40 of his Top 40 hits stretching from his 1970 solo debut through last year's remix of "Say Say Say," and a number of oddities for diehard fans alongside personal favorite songs. Genius!

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It was Edgar Allan Poe who said: "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."

It was Alexander Pope who said: "Fools run in where angels fear to tread."

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who said: "Controversy equalizes fools and wise men — and the fools know it."

It was Jacob Braude who said: "There's no fool like an old fool — you can't beat experience."

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April Fool's Day

As you know, today is April Fool's Day — another of the Cynthia Fox Holy Days of Obligation. Personally, I live by Mark Twain's observation, "Without fools, the rest of us could not succeed." Just the same, here's a primer on this weird little 'holiday.'

In sixteenth-century France, the start of the New Year was observed on April 1st much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. But in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and his New Year began on January 1st. Communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people didn't receive the word on the new calendar for several years. As for the more obstinate French folks, they continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st. Eventually, the general populace labeled these people as "fools." They were subject to ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes. Over time, this kind of harassment evolved into a tradition of prank playing on the first day of April. By the eighteenth century, the tradition had spread to England and Scotland, and was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

Around the world these days, April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but one on which we must remain forever vigilant. Now come on mate, pull my finger.


April 2, 2016


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Keyboardist Leon Russell is 74.
Drummer David Robinson of The Cars (the guy who came up with the band's name and image) is 65.
Bassist Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 64.

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On this day in 1967, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with singer/drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood and singer/guitarist Dave Mason.

On this day in 1976, The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets" — their first album with Michael McDonald singing and writing — entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1977, as Kansas' "Leftoverture" album peaked at #5 with five million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album hit #1 for the first of 37 weeks. (It eventually sold over 19 million copies.)

On this day in 1977, "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" topped out at #11 and "Do Ya" by the Electric Light Orchestra stalled at #24.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" entered the charts on its way to #37 as U2's debut U.S. single, "New Year's Day," began a long climb to #53.


April 3, 2016


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Dee Murray, Elton John's long time bassist, would have been 70.
100.3 The Sound's own Cynthia Fox is 29.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan appeared on the music charts for the first time with his song "Subterranean Homesick Blues." While it barely charted at #39, it influenced every serious songwriter from The Beatles to The Byrds.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording their classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album (except for the silly gibberish they put on the LP's inner groove which was done on April 21, 1967).

On this day in 1971, as John Lennon's "Power To The People" began a run to #11 on the singles charts, Santana's "Oye Como Va" peaked at #13.

On this day in 1976, David Bowie's "Golden Years" peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1991, Paul McCartney did an acoustic performance for "MTV Unplugged," and then became the first artist to release an "Unplugged" performance as an album.


April 4, 2016


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Blues great Muddy Waters would have been 103.
Original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley would have been 65.
Solo artist and Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore would have been 64.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded their classic version of "Louie Louie" in one take using just one microphone in a small room. That's Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1964, The Beatles held the Top 5 slots on the American singles charts with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me." Seven more Beatles songs were in the Top 100 that week. The following week, two more Fab Four songs made their singles chart debut. Pretty good for a boy band from Liverpool!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album. It initially sold dozens.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Make Me Smile" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #9, making it their first of many Top 10 hits.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Deja Vu" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1981, Styx's "Paradise Theater" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1981, The Who's first album without drummer Keith Moon, "Face Dances," entered the charts on its way to #4 as the band staged another farewell tour.

On this day in 1987, Genesis' "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1987, U2's incredible "The Joshua Tree" album entered the U.S. album charts at #7, their highest entry to date. One week later the LP began a nine-week run at #1, selling over 10 million copies in the process.

On this day in 1996, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's ashes were spread over the river Ganges in India by his widow and bandmate Bob Weir. However, Jerry's ex-wife and four daughters said he actually wanted to be sprinkled over the Pacific. Don't you just hate when that happens?

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/4/16


10 At 10: Baseball!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach/Cheap Trick tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jerry Seinfeld @2:45pm


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Guns N' Roses!

They actually did it! Guns N' RosesAxl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan — ripped through an excellent 17-song set at their first reunion show last Friday night at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. The band, of course, played lots of "Appetite for Destruction" material, but also included two songs from "Chinese Democracy" and four covers, including The Who's "The Seeker." The core trio of original members was joined by long-time keyboardist Dizzy Reed and guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Second keyboardist Melissa Reese was a welcome surprise. Next up: two shows in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday.

New Stones

Jump back Rolling Stones fans! Keith Richards himself says that the band has finished recording a new album! "[The album] is in the can, although it might be a surprise to people and I can't say any more than that right now." Keef had previously said that last December's recording sessions in London yielded "a whole load of stuff... In fact, the Stones have never cut so many tracks in such a short time. Now that's not necessarily a guarantee of a good record but there is something in the works..." And as for the U.S. tour dates later this year, stay tuned!

Lennon's GRAMMY Troubled Auction

The 1966 Song Of The Year GRAMMY Award that John Lennon won for his writing contributions to The Beatles hit "Michelle" in currently part of a contested online auction. Word is that the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences, is suing the Gotta Have Rock & Roll web site to stop the auction, sighting the rule that GRAMMY trophies cannot be sold.

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It was Ivy Baker Priest who said: "I'm often wrong but never in doubt."

It was Ricky Lee Jones who said: "You never know when you're making a memory."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."

It was Groucho Marx who said: "Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others."

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April 15 - 17: Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! From Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance, to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA and hosting Saturday evening's Rock-N-Roar Concert starring Cheap Trick — there's something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 5, 2016


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Singer Alan Clarke of The Hollies is 74.
Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is 68.
Mike McCready, Pearl Jam's blazing lead guitarist, is 50.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" was fast tracking to #6 as The Who's iconic "Pinball Wizard" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

On this day in 1980, R.E.M. played their first public gig at a private birthday party in the old, dilapidated St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Though the band couldn't remember much about it, the two-hour set evidently went well.

On this day in 1986, John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Ozzy Osbourne's "Ultimate Sin" album (driven by the hit single "Shot In The Dark") hit #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain, the guitarist behind the groundbreaking band Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 27 in his Seattle home.

On this day in 1998, legendary drummer Cozy Powell died at the age of 50 in a high-speed car crash near Bristol, England. Cozy had played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck and Whitesnake, among others.

On this day in 2012, Jim Marshall, the founder of the British guitar amplifier company that bears his name, passed away after a long illness at the age of 88. Nicknamed the Father of Loud, Marshall was indeed "one of the four forefathers" — along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, inventor of the hum-canceling "humbucker" pick-up — "responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/5/16


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach/Cheap Trick tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - David Coverdale/Whitesnake @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford @2:45pm


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AC/DC Fighting Cancer

A research team at the University of South Australia has that playing loud rock music during chemotherapy treatment has been effective at improving the efficiency of the drug — and the song that they've been using is AC/DC's "Thunderstruck!" Word is that the vibrations caused by the music cause silicon micro particles carrying the chemotherapy drug camptothecin to bounce, covering the cancerous cell more evenly and creating a plasma polymer overlay that prevents the drug from escaping. The team used "Thunderstruck" because they liked how it linked thunder and plasma gas. Right so!

Light Up The Blues

Buffalo Springfield co-founders Stephen Stills and Neil Young will perform at Stills' fourth Light Up The Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks at L.A.'s Pantages Theatre on May 21st. Stephen will perform with his excellent blues ensemble, The Rides and do an unannounced set with Young. Other artists on the bill include Stills' son Chris Stills and Jakob Dylan, along with emcee Jack Black.

New Beck

Guitar god Jeff Beck will release an as-yet-untitled new studio album on July 15th, just days before he kicks off his Summer tour with blues legend Buddy Guy. Beck's tour with Guy will include a special show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 10th that will celebrate Jeff's 50-year music career.

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It was Zig Ziglar who said: "There is little you can learn from doing nothing."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "We think too much and feel too little."

It was Dr. Edward Stieglitz, not Abraham Lincoln, who said: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."


April 6, 2016


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Allman Brothers/Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes is 56.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" — the ultimate Rock & Roll song. They hung one of their three microphones from the ceiling for the singer, who — besides having a shaky take on the correct lyrics, had a real bad sore throat. The result was a true classic!

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack album for "The Graduate" began its first of nine weeks at #1. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Sabbath played at the first Cal Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway (just west of where you'll find the Ontario Mills outlet mall today). If you have any friends born in January '75... well, that Cal Jam parking lot was a wild, wild place!

On this day in 1974, Aerosmith's "Get Your Wings" album was released to general indifference. Though it only charted at #74, it did eventually sell over three million copies.

On this day in 1984, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt announced that he was leaving The E Street Band to pursue solo projects.

On this day in 1985, occasional Eagle Glenn Frey scored a solo hit when his "Smuggler's Blues" began its run to #12.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album peaked at #4, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and a million sold.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/6/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach/Cheap Trick tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Perry/Journey @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Heffron @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 Doors as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Check out this preview!

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It was David H. Comins who said: "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?"

It was Eddie Vedder who said: "Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward."


April 7, 2016


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Drummer Spencer Dryden, who most notably played with the Jefferson Airplane, would have been 78.
Original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams is 73.
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 70.
John Oates, of Hall & Oates, is 67.
Bruce Gary, the original drummer for The Knack and an ace session man, would have been 65.

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On this day in 1962, at London's Ealing Blues Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met Brian Jones. Within the year, they formed The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" peaked at #15 on the U.S. singles charts as Elton John's "Daniel" began its climb to #2.

On this day in 1979, as Dire Straits' "Sultans Of Swing" peaked at #4 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" began its run to #28 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1984, The Cars' "Heartbeat City" album entered the charts on its way to #3. It notably contained three hit singles (accompanied by outstanding videos): "Drive," "Magic" and "You Might Think."

On this day in 1987, after preacher Oral Roberts told his TV congregation that God would kill him if he didn't raise $1 million in donations, Ozzy Osbourne sent him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment.

On this day in 1990, occasional Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's "Manic Nirvana" solo album began its run up the charts to #13.

On this day in 2013, renowned producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away at the age of 61 after a brief stay in a Los Angeles hospital. You can hear the rascally English music legend's work on six Rolling Stones albums and four Led Zeppelin albums as well as LPs by Eric Clapton, Free, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Steve Miller.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/7/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach/Cheap Trick tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Stewart Copeland - The Police @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 The Doors as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Check out this preview!


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Aerosmith Farewell?

Is Aerosmith really going to do a "Farewell Tour" next year, or is frontman Steven Tyler just trying to promote his upcoming country album. Completely ignoring ZZ Top's longevity and the evolution of The Rolling Stones' line-up, Tyler told "Rolling Stone" magazine "We're probably doing a farewell tour. Look, there's two bands that still have the original members, us and The Stones. I'm grateful for that. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I'm just excited about it." Good luck with the Country record, Steven.

Allman/Top Tour

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman will launch a co-headlining tour on August 16th in Ohio, and — after hitting our Greek Theatre on October 6th — will wrap it up in Las Vegas on October 7th.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

It was Martin Van Buren who said: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

It was Billy Wilder who said: "You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning."

It was Erica Jong who said: "Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer, but wish you didn't."


April 8, 2016


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Yes guitarist Steve Howe is 69.
Grand Funk bassist Mel Schacher is 64.
Original Guns 'N' Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 54.
John Lennon's eldest son Julian is 53.

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On this day in 1972, Jackson Browne's debut single, "Doctor My Eyes," broke into the Top 40.

On this day in 1978, Journey's "Wheel In The Sky" — their first single with singer Steve Perry — topped out at #57 in its brief appearance on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns 'N Roses' "Patience" began its run up the charts to #4.

On this day in 2008, Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for the "extraordinary poetic power" in his compositions.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/8/16


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach/Cheap Trick tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - John Densmore/The Doors @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias @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 Doors as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Check out this preview!

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It was John F. Kennedy who said: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

It was Dolly Parton who said: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

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."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."


April 9, 2016


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Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins would have been 84.

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On this day in 1966, The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" began a run to #14 on the singles charts as people debated the song's supposed drug references. In fact, the song's title refers to an airplane flight at a cruising altitude of 50,000 feet.

On this day in 1967, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane appeared at the Cheetah club on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. With a crowd of over 3,000, that was the largest show The Doors had played to date.

On this day in 1977, less than an hour into a Led Zeppelin concert in the Chicago Stadium, guitar god Jimmy Page collapsed onstage with stomach cramps. Yer Uncle Joe was right there and saw him drink that entire bottle of J&B scotch whiskey before he hit the floor. That marked the last time the Zep ever played the Windy City (and they really weren't very good for that first 40 minutes!).

On this day in 1977, as Aerosmith were tearing up concert stages across America, their "Back In The Saddle" began a short run up the singles charts to #38.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's final album with Roger Waters, "The Final Cut," entered the charts on its way to #6. When it only sold two million copies, a change within the band was inevitable.

On this day in 1988, though they didn't write the song, Cheap Trick's version of "The Flame" began its climb to a two-week stay at the top of the charts.


April 10, 2016


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Guitarist/singer Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame is 57.

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On this day in 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar — THE Rock & Roll guitar!

On this day in 1962, Stu SutcliffeThe Beatles' original bass player — died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 22. He had actually left the group several months earlier, suffering from chronic headaches. He also originated the "Beatles haircut," pioneering the look of shaggy, brushed forward hair.

On this day in 1968, Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead at the invitation of drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

On this day in 1970, newspapers around the world carried Paul McCartney's statement that he was quitting The Beatles and that the group would never work together again. He cited personal differences with John Lennon and disapproval of John's wife, Yoko, and The Beatles' financial advisor, Allen Klein, as his reason for the split. The next week, he released his debut solo album. But on this week in 2000, the story finally came out that it was actually John Lennon who had walked away a couple of months earlier.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" entered the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton began the recording sessions for what became his "461 Ocean Boulevard" album. The LP was named for the address of the Miami home that E.C. and the band were staying in. They actually recorded the music down the road at Criteria Studios.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Dream On" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" pounded the #1 spot for five weeks total.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's "Comes Alive" album hit the first of 10 weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's live "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1. Meanwhile, future Hall Of Famers Heart's debut, "Dreamboat Annie, had begun its climb to #7 as Hall Of Famers Rush's "2112" made a brief run to #61 — although it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's uncomfortably calculated "Ebony And Ivory" single settled in at #1 for seven weeks — selling 8 million copies in the process — The J. Geils Band's song "Freeze-Frame" peaked out at #4 on the charts.


April 11, 2016



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Richard Berry, who originally wrote and recorded "Louie Louie" — then sold it for a few dollars — would have been 89.
Guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson is 69.

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On this day in 1956, James Brown debuted on the R&B charts with "Please, Please, Please."

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan played his first professional gig, opening for blues legend John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York's Greenwich Village. "Blowin' In The Wind" was Bob's highlight tune.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles snappy "Love Me Do" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney came up with the concept for The Beatles' film "Magical Mystery Tour" after visiting The Beach Boys during sessions for the album "Smile." Unfortunately, with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein having died from an overdose recently, there was no one around to tell Paul that the film was a lousy idea.

On this day in 1970, as The Beatles disintegrated, their single "Let It Be" hit #1.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac announced his departure from the original line-up in order to follow his religious beliefs (or was it the voices in his head?).

On this day in 1981, "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police peaked at #10.

On this day in 1987, Bon Jovi's epic "Wanted Dead Or Alive" entered the epic charts on its way to an epic #7 peak.

On this day in 1992, "I Can't Dance" by Genesis peaked at #7 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/11/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Dire Straits @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Craig Shoemaker @2:45pm


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Hall Of Fame 2016

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the Class of 2016 — also known as "What Took Them So Long To Get In?" class — in a highly entertaining four-hour show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last Friday night.

Eight of Deep Purple's 17 members from four different line-ups since 1968 were inducted. Only founding member/guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and founding singer Rod Evans were missing from the ceremony.

Chicago — minus singer/bass player Peter Cetera but including drummer Danny Seraphine for the first time in 25 years — were outstanding on every level.

The pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. was inducted, and group member Ice Cube said it best: "Rock & Roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. That is Rock & Roll, and that is us."

Steve Miller killed it, both with a great set with his band and in urging the Hall to be more inclusive and transparent, and to do more for musical education in schools. Later, in the press room, he went off on the Hall for not providing more tickets for the families and sidemen of honorees. Virtually every Hall Of Famer I've ever spoken with said the exact same thing — but it was Steve who said it loudest!

Cheap Trick were the final inductees, ushered in by Kid Rock who nailed it when he observed: "They had a punk soul, a pop heartbeat and Beatles ambitions. They're a club band, a bar band, a working band... more than 40 years later, and more than 5,000 gigs, they're still going strong." The Trick had been estranged from their original drummer, Bun E. Carlos, but Friday night, he reunited with Robin Zander, Tom Peterson and Rick Nielsen for the first time in six years — and they sounded the best ever! You'll be able to rock with them in person Saturday evening at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after I intro them at The Roar By The Shore!

The all-star jam at the end of the night featured everyone playing Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979. The evening also featured tributes to the late Eagle Glenn Frey and David Bowie. An edited version of the show will debut on HBO on April 30th.

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It was Dwight D. Eisenhower who said: "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

It was Natalie Wood who said: "The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby."

It was David Bowie who said: "Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been."

It was Theodore Roosevelt who said: "If you could kick the person responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."

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This Weekend: Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! From Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance, to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA and hosting Saturday evening's Rock-N-Roar Concert starring Cheap Trick — there's something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 12, 2016


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Steppenwolf's head guy, John Kay is 72.
David Letterman turns a cranky 69.
Guitarist Pat Travers is 60.

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On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released "Exile On Main Street" — considered by many to be their finest album.

On this day in 1975, as David Bowie's "Young Americans" album hit #8 on the charts, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Nuthin' Fancy" began its run to #9 and Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" started its climb to #13.

On this day in 1975, with their big breakthrough still a few years off, Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right" began its climb to #35 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, capturing the very essence of a broken heart, the J. Giels Band unleashed "Love Stinks" on an unexpecting world. In short order, it actually hit #39 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp released his "American Fool" album under the name John Cougar. The album was a huge success, enabling John to drop the "Cougar" name as soon as his recording contract ran out.

On this day in 1986, as The Rolling Stones' "Dirty Work" album began its run to#4 and a million sold, Van Halen's "5150" was rocketing to three weeks at #1 and over six million sold.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/12/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Michael McDonald/Doobie Brothers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jack Coen @2:45pm


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Billboard Awards

The Rolling Stones and U2 — two of the biggest touring acts in the world over the past few decades — will be competing in two categories of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 22nd. They'll be up against One Direction, Maroon 5 and Twenty One Pilots for the Top Duo/Group award. They'll also be head to head with One Direction, Madonna and Taylor Swift for the Top Touring Artist award. Meanwhile, David Bowie's a finalist for the Top Rock Album for his new record, "Blackstar," which was released just two days before he died. Others competing for that honor are Alabama Shakes' "Sound & Color," Coldplay's "A Head Full Of Dreams," Mumford & Sons' "Wilder Mind" and Twenty One Pilots' "Blurryface."

Here Comes Alice

How about spending the night before Halloween with the pioneer of shock rock? Then join Hall Of Famer Alice Cooper at the final gig of his Spend The Night With Alice Cooper tour! Alice Cooper, who has averaged over 80 concerts annually for decades, will draw equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock for his Halloween eve showcase at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre on October 30th. Spooky!

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It was Goodman Ace who said: "Familiarity breeds attempt."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."

It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

It was Diane Keaton who said: "A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience."


April 13, 2016


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Bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane is 72.
Lowell George, the crazy musical genius behind Little Feat, would have been 71.
"Mighty Max" Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer, is 65.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles announced that their first film would be called "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing tracks for "Paperback Writer." They added the vocals the next day.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's incredible "Band On The Run" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, selling over three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1974, Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" hit #1 on the singles chart just as he released "Daniel" as a single. That was some management decision!

On this day in 1985, driven by the hit single (and wild video) "Don't Come Around Here No More," Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers' "Southern Accents" began its climb to #7.

On this day in 2005, pioneering rock pianist Johnnie Johnson died in his sleep at the age of 80 in his St. Louis home. Not only did the legendary musician help Chuck Berry get his start in the early Fifties, he was the main inspiration for the song "Johnny B. Goode."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/13/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Alex Van Halen @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco @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 Steve Miller Band as well as more of Joe's conversations with Steve. Check out this preview!

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It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Not all relationships are meant to last, they're just practice for the one that does."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

It was Mae West who said: "When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."

It was NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Joe Theisman who said: "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."


April 14, 2016


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One-time guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, is 71.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles first met The Rolling Stones after The Stones' first set of the night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Keith Richard's first impression? He was blown away by The Beatles' long black leather coats. George Harrison's first impression? He was impressed by the unsigned Stones' rowdy performance.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles announced that they had changed the title of their second film from "Eight Arms To Hold You" to "Help!"

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" all by themselves (the other two Fabs just weren't around).

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released the single "Tumblin' Dice" from their "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually peaked at #7 in the States.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and over 11 million sold. Problems printing the cover art delayed the release by several weeks.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "My Love" began a four-week run at #1 on the singles charts just as Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" began its crawl up to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self titled debut album hit #2 while selling two million copies as Van Halen's "Van Halen II" blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and five million sold and Journey's "Evolution" was headed to #20 and three million sold.

On this day in 1983, bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders, who had just been fired from the band because of his drug problem, died of an overdose at the age of 29.

On this day in 1984, "I'll Wait," Van Halen's touching song of longing, entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their "Tango In The Night" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo project, "Full Moon Fever."

On this day in 2013, songwriter George Jackson, who co-authored the original version of "Old Time Rock And Roll" that Bob Seger made famous, passed away in his Ridgeland, Mississippi home at the age of 68. Among the many songs George wrote at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama were tunes for Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and the Jackson 5 ("One Bad Apple").

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/14/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin @2:45pm

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."

It was Cherie Sogsti who said: "Anything worth doing isn't done for a reason."


April 15, 2016


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Swinging guitarist/singer Dave Edmunds is 72.
Mike Chapman, who co-wrote glam anthems like Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" with Nicky Chinn, and produced Blondie, The Knack and Pat Benatar, is 69.

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On this day in 1966, Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time in public when they opened for The Byrds in San Bernardino. Little did anyone know that two years down the road Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and Neil Young would join up with The Byrds' David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

On this day in 1967, in part because no one quite knew what it meant, The Who's bouncy little "Happy Jack" began its climb to #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1971, The Beatles won the Best Film Music (Original Song Score) Academy Award for their film, "Let It Be."

On this day in 1972, "Roundabout" by Yes peaked at #13 and Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" topped out at #47 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, as they became one of the top touring acts in the world, Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album began its climb to #7 and two million sold.

On this day in 1978, Kansas' "Dust In The Wind" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Genesis' "And Then There Were Three" album began its run to #14 — their highest charting release to date.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/15/16


10 At 10: B-Sides
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Billy Gardell @2:45pm

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It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Auto racing, bull fighting and mountain climbing are the only real sports — all others are games."

It was Cale Yarborough who said: "Don't ever wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it."

It was Sterling Moss who said: "Motion is tranquility."

Though usually credited to Yogi Berra, it was Clarence Day who first said: "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."

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Naked vs. Nude

With this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place this weekend, I thought we should clear this up once and for all. The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed. Any questions? Google it.


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