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May 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!


May 1, 2016


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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Bring It All Back Home" album entered the charts on its way to #6 and over a million in sales.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles played their last U.K. show for a paying audience. London's Wembley Arena was the venue, and their support acts included The Rolling Stones and The Who.

On this day in 1967, 32-year-old Elvis Presley married 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu seven years after they first met. You can do the math.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" — the group's first release on their own Rolling Stones Records label — entered the charts on its way to a two week run at #1 — their sixth #1 hit single. No word if they ever got paid.

On this day in 1971, Ringo Starr's cover of fellow Beatle George Harrison's "It Don't Come Easy" began its run up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones announced their upcoming tour by playing live on a flatbed truck driving down Fifth Avenue in New York City.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks as "Live Bullet" began its run up to #34 setting up Bob Seger for his big breakthrough.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett's cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Crimson And Clover" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

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This Saturday, 10am - Noon: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, there will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the Orchard Supply Hardware at 18060 Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills. See you there!


May 2, 2016


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Bob Henrit, who played drums for The Kinks and Argent, is 72.
Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm is 66.
Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is 47.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' incredible cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" became their first charting single in the States, eventually touching #48 and inspiring garage bands all across America.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles' fourth American LP, "The Beatles Second Album," began its first of five weeks at #1, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 1965, although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan featured The Rolling Stones for a second time. They performed "The Last Time," "Little Red Rooster," "Everybody Needs Somebody," and "2120 South Michigan Avenue." So many teenaged girls wet their pants in excitement during The Stones' performance that the Ed Sullivan Theater had to be fumigated the next day.

On this day in 1969, after several failed attempts (36 takes in all), The Beatles finally recorded George Harrison's "Something" to their satisfaction.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix's live "Band Of Gypsys" album entered the charts on its way to #5 and over two million sold.

On this day in 1977, Eric Clapton recorded his song "Wonderful Tonight." It eventually hit #16 on the singles charts and #1 at wedding receptions around the world.

On this day in 1979, the movie version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" opened, and drummer Kenny Jones (of The Faces) played his first official gig as Keith Moon's replacement.

On this day in 1981, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' driving version of "The Waiting" began its run up the singles charts to #19.

On this day in 1992, Tom Petty released the song "Peace In L.A.," written and recorded the day before, in the wake of the April 29th Rodney King verdict and subsequent rioting in Los Angeles.

On this day in 2005, Cream — featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker — launched a four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show marked the first time the three legends had performed together since Cream's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and the first time Cream had played in public since the band staged its farewell concerts at the same venue in November 1968.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/2/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Speedway Motorcycle races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Vivian Campbell/Def Leppard @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

It was Bill Gates who said: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

It was Will Rogers who said: "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."

It was Bill Withers who said: "It is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror."


May 3, 2016


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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, would have been 83.
Bassist Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon is 63.
Guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols is 60.

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On this day in 1969, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1971, at a gig in Denmark, Led Zeppelin played "Four Sticks" live for the first and only time in their career.

On this day in 1971, multi-platinum album selling Grand Funk Railroad, who were notorious for refusing to talk to the press, chose New York to finally hold their first-ever press conference. The press demonstrated their respect for the well-spoken, swell-playin' trio when just six journalists showed up. And truthfully, five of them came solely for the free food.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' cover of Holland–Dozier–Holland's Motown hit "Take Me In Your Arms And Rock Me" began its run up to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney began his first coast-to-coast tour of America with his new band, Wings, in Fort Worth, Texas.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's "Against The Wind" started a six week run at #1, eventually selling over five million copies and becoming his most successful album ever.

On this day in 1980, Def Leppard's "On Through The Night" began a slow climb up the album charts to #51. Their breakthrough success was still two years away.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones "Dirty Work" album peaked at #4. By the time their tour ended, the album had also sold over a million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/3/16


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Speedway Motorcycle races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Graham Nash/Crosby, Stills & Nash @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tim Hawkins


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Playing The Sistine Chapel

This past Saturday, U2's The Edge became the first ever contemporary musician to perform inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, which was famously painted by Michelangelo and opened in 1483. Playing for 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists at the Cellular Horizons conference on regenerative medicine carried extra weight for The Edge, whose father died of cancer a month ago and whose daughter had suffered from leukemia. Backed by a choir of seven Irish teens, The Edge performed acoustic versions of U2's "Yahweh", "Ordinary Love" and "Walk On," as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen's song "If It Be Your Will." The guitarist also thanked Pope Francis and said, "Being Irish you learn very early that if you want to be asked to come back it's very important to thank the local parish priest for the loan" of the facility, which he called "the most beautiful parish hall in the world." Right so!

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

It was Steven Wright who asked: "If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?"

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."

It was Mae West who said: "There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out."

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Thoughts For An Early May Day

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.


May 4, 2016


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Surf guitar god Dick Dale is 79.
Drag racing icon John Force is 67.
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 65.
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 44.

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On this day in 1968, The Moody Blues' "Days Of Future Passed" began a quick climb up the charts to a five-week run at #3.

On this day in 1970, four students protesting the Vietnam war were killed and 11 were wounded by National Guard troops at Kent State University. In reaction, massive anti-war protests swept the country and Neil Young wrote and immediately recorded "Ohio" with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

On this day in 1973, Atlanta, Georgia was where Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour. Billed as the "biggest and most profitable Rock & Roll tour in the history of the United States," the group eventually grossed over $4 million from the concerts alone. This tour also saw the boys flying between gigs in "The Starship," a legendary customized luxurious/debauched Boeing 720 passenger jet.

On this day in 1974, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of "The Loco-Motion" hit #1 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1974, driven by the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Second Helping" album began a run up to #12 with two million sold.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" peaked at #9 as Foreigner's "That Was Yesterday" topped out at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1987, blues guitarist Paul Butterfield died of a drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was only 44.

On this day in 2005, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils And Dust" debuted at #1 on the "Billboard Top 200" albums chart.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/4/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Speedway Motorcycle races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - John Lennon @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Eddie Izzard


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Desert Trip!

THE classic rock concert of the century! Six bands and performers who revolutionized all of popular music in the Sixties will be gathering at the Empire Polo Field in Indio over a single weekend in October. One stage with two artists per day with full sets beginning at sundown — it's the one-off Desert Trip! Friday October 7th will see Bob Dylan followed by The Rolling Stones. Saturday October 8th will feature Neil Young followed by Paul McCartney. Sunday October 9th will see The Who followed by Roger Waters. If they sell out when tickets go on sale Friday at 10am, will they add another weekend?

AC/DC Refunds

AC/DC and Axl Rose start their European tour swing this Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal. But word is that a lot of Belgian AC/DC fans aren't keen on seeing singer Brian Johnson's replacement — Mr. Axl Rose — front the Australian band at their May 16th show. In fact, about 7,000 AC/DC fans requested ticket refunds before Monday, the promoter's refund deadline. But don't worry about empty seats at the show: the refunded tickets were all resold on Tuesday.

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It was Keith Richards who said: "I really don't care what they write about us, so long as they write about us."

It was W. C. Fields who said: "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally."

It was Bob Hope who said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "Politics makes estranged bedfellows."


May 5, 2016


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Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 68.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded John Lennon's song "I'm Only Sleeping."

On this day in 1968, Buffalo Springfield performed their last gig together in Long Beach.

On this day in 1979, The Doobie Brothers' "Minute By Minute" entered the singles charts on its way to #14 and backseats across America.

On this day in 1984, the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure" entered the charts on its way to #10 and a million sold.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/5/16


10 At 10: Cinco de Mayo
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Speedway Motorcycle races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Pablo Francisco

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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 Dire Straits and more of Joe's extensive conversation with frontman Mark Knopfler! Check out this preview!

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It was William Shakespeare who said: "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

It was Fred Allen who said: "A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

It was Kurt Vonnegut who said: "The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful."

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an actual holiday (not an invented commercial holiday) that commemorates Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although Mexico declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1810, it took 11 years to get word to the Spanish soldiers, forcing them to leave Mexico as the French moved in and took over. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day that 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French army of 8,000. That defeat prevented Napoleon III from supplying the American Confederate rebels for another year, thus allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. That huge U.S. army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War. For whatever reason, Americans of every ethnicity celebrate Cinco de Mayo just like we do our version of St. Patrick's Day. To that end, I personally propose a toast to freedom and liberty! With a strawberry margarita, of course!


May 6, 2016


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Detroit rocker Bob Seger is 71.
Davey Johnstone, Elton John's longtime guitarist, is 65.

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On this day in 1957, Chuck Berry recorded "Rock & Roll Music." It eventually charted at #8 and, to this day, it serves as one of Rock & Roll's songwriting benchmarks.

On this day in 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards woke up in a Clearwater, Florida hotel room and discovered that he had composed the "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" riff on his tape recorder while he slept.

On this day in 1971, while on their way home from a small gig in Sunderland, England, The Who stopped at a construction site outside Sheffield for a roadside leak. Before long, a photo of their urination episode became the "Who's Next" album cover art — one of the most famous LP covers in all of Rock & Roll history.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Rocket Man" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil" briefly entered the singles charts, peaking at #84.

On this day in 1978, the Kansas album "Point Of Know Return" peaked at #4 with sales of over four million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/6/16


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Speedway Motorcycle races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani


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Stealing The Stones

Ever heard a story like this? The Rolling Stones have demanded that presumptive Republican presidential nomineee Donald Trump stop using their music for any part of his campaign. Sir Mick Jagger and company have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs (notably "Start Me Up" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want") and "have requested that they cease all use immediately." It seems that Republican politicians don't have much respect for copyrights and licensing.

Big Elty Numbers

Talk about big numbers! "Elton John's Greatest Hits" album has been certified 17-times platinum with 17 million copies sold since its November 1974 release. But wait — there's more! Sir Elty's U.S. release of "The Greatest Hits 1970-2002" has been certified six-times-platinum. But more important to the iconic legend is that his Elton John AIDS Foundation has selected 10 Americans for grants to receive leadership training in advocacy work in communities that continue to be deeply impacted by the epidemic. Right so, Piano Man!

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It was Robert F. Kennedy who said: "About one-fifth of the people are against everything all the time."

It was Dave Barry who said: "People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."

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Sunday May 15th, 11am - 1pm: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, this will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 1091 Old Irvine Boulevard in Tustin! Be ready for good times and prizes!


May 7, 2016


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Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 70.
Tubes drummer (and founding member of Journey) Prairie Prince is 66.
Drummer Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads is 65.

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On this day in 1968, inspired by two of his favorite musicians — sax player Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry — piano player/singer Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton Hercules John. No word where the inspiration for Hercules came from.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" was the #1 single in the U.S.A.

On this day in 1983, inspired by group leaders Ray and Dave Davies' sister, The Kinks' "Come Dancing" began a run up the singles charts to #6.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" album peaked at #6 six weeks after its release. With sales of two million copies, it became the poorest selling Floyd album in a decade.

On this day in 1994, Green Day's "Long View" entered the singles charts on its way to #36. World domination was still a year or two away.

On this day in 1998, singer Steve Perry, who was suffering from degenerative hip problems, left Journey when the band decided to tour without him.


May 8, 2016


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Blues great Robert Johnson would have been 105 if he hadn't made a pact with the devil at the crossroads and then been killed by a jealous husband at age 27 (or so the story goes).
Convicted pedophile/rock star Gary Glitter is now 76.
Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith is 74.
Drummer Alex Van Halen is 62.

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On this day in 1965, the so-called British Invasion reached its zenith when nine of the songs in the Billboard Top 10 were by British artists.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' last album, "L.A. Woman," began a run to #9 with two million sold just as "The Yes Album" began working its way up the charts to #40, setting Yes up for their huge commercial breakthrough.

On this day in 1976, "Show Me The Way" by Peter Frampton peaked at #6 and Steve Miller's "Take The Money And Run" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones' transitional "Black And Blue" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's breakthrough "American Fool" album began a run up the charts that saw it spend nine weeks at #1 while selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Get a Grip" entered the album charts at #1, making it the group's highest-debuting and highest-charting album to date.


May 9, 2016


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Guitarist Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco fame is 72.
Piano Man Billy Joel is 67.
Bassist Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick is 66.

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On this day in 1785, Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, thus assuring the eventual existence of bar bands.

On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed their first recording contract with EMI Records, beginning one of the most famous and successful careers in recording history.

On this day in 1963, the Oregon band The Kingsmen released the Rock & Roll classic "Louie, Louie." Many radio stations banned the song when they decided the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene. That, of course, helped sell a whole lot more records.

On this day in 1970, The Guess Who's "American Woman/No Sugar Tonight" hit #1 as "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Jethro Tull's transitional "Benefit" album began its climb to #11 on the charts. The band's big breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1974, Bruce Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt in Boston, and Bonnie allowed Bruce to perform his traditional two-hour set in its entirety. In the audience was critic and future Bruce manager Jon Landau, who wrote the next day, "I saw rock & roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Though true, it took Springsteen years to live that quote down.

On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)" — his last Heartbreakers album before the solo "Full Moon Fever" — entered the charts on its way to #20.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's collaborative "Walking Into Clarksdale" entered the album charts on its way to #8.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/9/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Kerry Livgren/Kansas @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

It was Jean Kerr who said: "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want — an adorable pancreas?"

It was Helena Rubinstein who said: "Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong"


May 10, 2016


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Dave Mason and Donovan, along with songwriter Graham Gouldman of 10cc, are all 70 today. That could be one interesting party!

Bassist and world-class deadbeat Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols would have been 59.

Bono, the voice of U2 (and some say his generation), is 56.

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On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones did their first professional recording session in London for Decca Records (who casually rejected the results).

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded their first attempt on Keith Richards' song "Satisfaction" at Chess Studios in Chicago. Two days later, they got it right in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones appeared in separate courts facing separate drug charges.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' studio version of "Get Back" began its quick run to five weeks at #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton recorded his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." As much as he disliked his version of the song, it went on to become his only #1 hit single.

On this day in 1974, Led Zeppelin threw a party celebrating the launch of their Swan Song record label at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The bash ended with the guests tossing food, china and other guests at one another. Don't believe me? Ask your mom!

On this day in 1978, with Brian Jones long dead and Keith Richards cleaned up for the first time in years, The Rolling Stones released the biggest hit of the Summer of '78, "Miss You."

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" (their most rocking song ever) briefly entered the singles charts, touching on #53 before fading back.

On this day in 1986, Journey's "Raised On Radio" album began a run to #4 with four million sold.

On this day in 2014, original Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi lost an eight-year battle with cancer. He was only 62.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/10/16


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Tommy Shaw/Styx @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Papa


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Mas Desert Tripping

Yes, a second weekend has been added to Desert Trip, bringing six of the world's most iconic and influential Rock & Roll artists back on stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Due to overwhelming demand, you'll be able to experience The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan on both October 8th and 15th, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on October 9th and 16th, and Roger Waters and The Who closing out the festival on October 10th and 17th. That said, good luck in finding a room near the venue!

Vinyl Floyd

We're way overdue for a Pink Floyd catalog vinyl rerelease — after all, it's been over 20 years since the last Floyd vinyl LP was unleashed! The new reissue series will launch on June 3rd with four psychedelic releases: 1967's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," 1968's "A Saucerful Of Secrets," the soundtrack for the 1969 film "More" and the double album set from the same year, "Ummagumma." The original packaging has been painstakingly recreated, and the 180 gram vinyl LPs have been mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman for optimum sound quality. Set the controls for the heart of the sun!

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It was Maya Angelou who said: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

It was Jay Leno who asked: "How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?"

It was Charles Swindoll who said: "The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it."

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."


May 11, 2016


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Eric Burden of The Animals and War is 75.
Drummer Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band is 69.

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On this day 1970, The Who unleashed their "Live At Leeds" (one of the greatest live albums ever) and The Beatles released their final single, "The Long And Winding Road." The Beatles soon hit #1 and The Who eventually peaked at #4.

On this day 1974, Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley's Los Angeles Forum concert. Afterward, all four Zep members spent over 2 hours backstage hanging with Elvis.

On this day 1974, Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (one of their few songs inspired by an actual person) began its climb up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day 1981, reggae legend Bob Marley died of a brain tumor in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.

On this day 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Southern Accents" hit #7 on the album charts as Phil Collins' "Sussudio" began it's climb to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died in his Irish home at the age of 57.

On this day in 2008, original Rush drummer John Rutsey died at the age of 55 of a heart attack caused by complications from diabetes. His health had forced him to retire just before the trio's first significant tour in 1974.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/11/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Michael McDonald/Doobie Bros. @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt

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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 Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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Bucks Up

"Billboard" magazine's latest Top Money-Makers list shows that The Rolling Stones earned more cash in the U.S. than any other rock act last year. While they actually didn't do many shows, the world's greatest Rock & Roll band earned $39.6 million in total revenue, placing them at #3 on the tally. Other rockers in the "Billboard Top 10" include Billy Joel, #4 with $31.7 million in total revenue, The Grateful Dead — and their spinoff group Dead & Company — at #6 with a combined $23.8 million, and U2 at #8 with $21.8 million. Who was #1 on the list? Taylor Swift, of course, with $73.5 million in total revenue last year.

Helping Doobies Fight Cancer

The Doobie Brothers is once again teaming with the Love Hope Strength cancer foundation to find bone-marrow donors. The charity is creating a database by testing volunteers with a simple mouth swabbing at tables at their shows with Journey beginning tomorrow night at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. As the band's co-founder Patrick Simmons points out, cancer has hit the Doobie Brothers over their 45-year history: Bobby LaKind, Keith Knudsen and Michael Hossack have all died from cancer-related illnesses. And Simmons' son, Patrick Simmons Jr., is a cancer survivor.

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It was Martin Mull who said: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Never mistake activity for achievement."

It was Woody Allen who said: "My one regret in life is that I am not someone else."

It was Harold Wilson who said: "The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."


May 12, 2016


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Comic genius George Carlin would have been 79.
Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan would have been 71.
Multi-instrumentalist/singer extraordinaire Stevie Winwood is 68.
Guitarist Billy Squier is 66.
KISS/Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer is 58.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction" in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. Two days earlier, they had unsuccessfully attempted to record the song at Chess Studios in Chicago.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd played one of their first experimental concerts in quadraphonic sound at the "Games for May" event at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

On this day in 1969, Santana recorded "Evil Ways," which went on to become their first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1969, Mick Taylor joined The Rolling Stones for his first official session as their new lead guitarist. By the time they'd finished, the basic tracks for "Honky Tonk Woman" were complete and an early version of "Country Honk" had been committed to tape.

On this day in 1971, Mick Jagger married his first wife, Bianca, at the St. Tropez Town Hall. The large Roman Catholic service was attended by the other Rolling Stones, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Steven Stills. Think any of that group caught a buzz?

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually spent four weeks at #1 and is still hailed by many as their best album ever.

On this day in 1973, as it was racking up over 11 million in sales, Led Zeppelin's "Houses Of The Holy" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Red Rose Speedway" entered the charts on its way to a three-week run at #1 as David Bowie's "Alladin Sane" began its climb to #17 — his most successful album to date.

On this day in 1973, Steely Dan's "Reeling In The Years" peaked at #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, singer Mickey Thomas made his debut with the Jefferson Starship at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

On this day in 2008, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' divorce became official with a monetary award of nearly $50 million for Mills — far more than the former Beatle had originally offered, but significantly less than his ex was seeking.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/12/16


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Nick Mason/Pink FLoyd @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin

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It was Dave Barry who said: "You should not confuse your career with your life."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "Don't count the days, make the days count."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

It was Bob Costas who said: "We live in a culture that grows more stupid and graceless by the minute... Is it too much to ask that you confine your buffoonery to situations that don't damage your team?"

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This Sunday, 11am - 1pm: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, this will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 1091 Old Irvine Boulevard in Tustin! Be ready for good times and prizes!


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This Sunday, 2pm - 4pm: Join J.B. as he's hanging with The Sound Crew at the Mike Thompson RV at 18240 Ward Street in Fountain Valley!


May 13, 2016


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Rock & Roll pioneer Ritchie Valens would have been 75 today.
Magic Dick, trumpet and harmonica player with the J. Geils Band, is 71.
The amazing Stevie Wonder is 65.
Danny Kirwan, guitarist/vocalist in the first successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, is 66.

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On this day in 1966, The Kinks recorded "Sunny Afternoon."

On this day in 1967, Cream's debut album, "Fresh Cream," entered the American charts on its way to an inauspicious #39. Their fate would change once Jimi Hendrix's influence impacted Eric Clapton.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles' pseudo-documentary "Let It Be" premiered in New York.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "Still The Same" began a run to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns N' Roses' "G N' R Lies" hit #2 with five million sold just as Tom Petty's classic "Full Moon Fever" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 with over five million sold.

On this day in 2012, Donald "Duck" Dunn, one of the most important bass players in the history of Rock & Roll, passed away in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo. High school classmates Dunn and guitarist Steve Cropper joined Stax Records in Memphis in the early Sixties to play with Booker T. & The MGs — whose "Green Onions" became an immediate hit. As part of that racially integrated band in the Deep South (a highly unusual situation in that era), they became a R&B powerhouse turning out hits like Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man." Dunn also played on hundreds of sessions, recording with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1978, Dunn and Cropper joined Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as back-up for the highly successful Blues Brothers album and movies. The duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992 and received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Duck was 70 years old.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/13/16


10 At 10: Numbers
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Janie Hendrix/Jimi Hendrix @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan

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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 Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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Bruins Hail The Who

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will receive the prestigious George & Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA's 2016 Spring Sing annual musical competition on May 21st at Pauley Pavilion. The annual award is presented by the UCLA Alumni Association and the UCLA Student Alumni Association to an artist that has made lasting contributions to the world of music in the spirit of the famed sibling songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin. Recipients over the years have included Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Frank Sinatra, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie.

A (Very) Bucks Up Show

Word is that the six-day/two weekends Desert Trip festival (featuring Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd) sold out in three hours with an estimated gross of $150 million, making it the highest box office gross in concert history. Most interesting is that the 35,000 reserved seats per show (selling for $1,599, $999 and $699) and 35,000 general admission three-day passes (going for $399) sold out first — and the $199 daily passes were the last to sell out. Now about the hotel room rates...

Yes (Sort Of)

As original Yes singer Jon Anderson hinted at in our recent Uncle Joe's Garage session, Jon and former Yes members Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have formed a new musical project called Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman — or ARW. Their two-month An Evening Of Yes Music & More U.S. tour will start on October 4th and eventually hit our Orpheum Theatre on November 22nd. Jon says, "To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words... I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels." Right so!

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It was Ayrton Senna who said: "The harder I push, the more I find within myself."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it."

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Triskaidekaphobia

The "fear of the number 13," and today is Friday the 13th. Here are some of the factoids and superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and Fridays in general.

All months whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

A maximum of three Friday the 13ths can appear in one year, but every year will have at least one.

In ancient times, Friday was the day of the pagan goddess Freya, and 13 was her sacred number, because the pagan calendar had 13 months. Christian monks considered anything having to do with goddesses to be unlucky, and anything having to do with pagans as being evil. When pagans worshipped Freya on Friday the 13th, the monks accused them of "devil worship."

The Bible points to Friday as being the day Eve gave Adam the apple.

Ancient Norsemen used 13 knots in the nooses they used to hang people.

In the 19th century, Lloyd's of London refused to insure any ship sailing on Friday the 13th. The U.S. Navy still won't launch ships on that date.

Hotels and office buildings often don't have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes have no 13th row.

The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 military time, from launch pad #39 (that's 13 X 3), and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970.


May 14, 2016


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Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce would have been 73.
The head Talking Head, David Byrne, is 64.
Original Rush drummer John Rutsey would have been 63.

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On this day in 1955, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley And His Comets entered the Top 40 on its way to becoming the first #1 record of the rock era.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' cryptic "Paint It, Black" entered the American singles charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things," driven by Jeff Beck's mind-blowing guitar work, peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released Neil Young's "Ohio," only 10 days after the fatal Kent State University shootings that inspired the song. Backed with Stephen Stills' beautiful "Find The Cost Of Freedom," it topped out at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf electrocuted himself while tuning his electric guitar in the bathtub.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's career defining "Pyromania" peaked at #2 while selling over 10 million copies!

On this day in 1988, Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with John Bonham's son Jason on drums.

On this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.


May 15, 2016


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Former Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno (über-producer for David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2) is 68.

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On this day in 1965, The Byrds made their first entry into the charts with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Three months later, the song peaked at #1 and was a strong factor in Dylan's decision to switch from acoustic to electric music.

On this day in 1965, "For Your Love" by The Yardbirds entered the charts on its way to #6. The song featured Eric Clapton on all the guitar parts except the solo, which was recorded by his replacement, Jeff Beck.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman for the first time at the Bag O' Nails nightclub in London. They clicked big time and married on March 12th, 1969.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd played a concert in front of a large lake at the Crystal Palace Bowl in South London. Not only were a great number of fish in the lake killed by the very loud music, a full one-third of the audience blew their minds!

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" peaked at #11 on the singles chart as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "4 Way Street" album spent the first of four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, two truly classic albums, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" and Jethro Tull's masterpiece "Aqualung," entered the charts on their way into the Top 10. "Sticky Fingers" spent four weeks at #1 while "Aqualung" became Tull's biggest seller, topping out at #7 and selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1975, the most famous Fleetwood Mac line-up (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John & Christine McVie) made their live debut in El Paso, Texas.

On this day in 1976, as The Rolling Stones' million selling "Black And Blue" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" began its climb to a three-week stay at #3 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1976, Thin Lizzy's classic "The Boys Are Back In Town" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 and a spot in every action movie soundtrack for the next 40 years.

On this day in 1984, guitarist Nils Lofgren was drafted into The E Street Band by Bruce Springsteen to replace "Little Steven" Van Zandt.



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