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May 16 - 31, 2016


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!


May 16, 2016


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Foghat drummer Roger Earl is 70.
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 51.

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On this day in 1970, a very unhappy Randy Bachman left The Guess Who following a gig at the Fillmore East.

On this day in 1971, in the process of selling over seven million albums, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Deja Vu" finally hit #1.

On this day in 1981, Billy Squier's insightful "The Stroke" entered the singles charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Who Will You Run To" began its climb to #7 as U2 topped the singles charts for the first of three weeks with their epic "With Or Without You."

On this day in 1992, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' big breakthrough album, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," began a six week run at #3 while selling seven million copies and yielding the #2 charting "Under The Bridge" single.

On this day in 2010, legendary Hard Rock singer Ronnie James Dio died in his home of stomach cancer at the age of 67.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/16/16


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 Vin Scully who said: "Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination."

It was George Burns who said: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "If it were not for hopes, the heart would break."

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This weekend! Looking for great music and fun? Join J.B., Mark Thompson, Rita Wilde, Cynthia Fox and The Sound Crew for a great time at the 19th Annual Doheny Blues Festival at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive. You'll enjoy 24 acts on three stages Saturday and Sunday, and the headliners will include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.


May 17, 2016


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Drummer Bill Bruford, who rose to fame with Yes and King Crimson, is 68.
Dave Abbruzzese, Pearl Jam's second drummer, is 48.

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On this day in 1846, Antoine Sax patented the first Rock & Roll instrument: the saxophone.

On this day in 1969, as Led Zeppelin's self titled debut album peaked at #10 with eight million sold, Chicago's debut album ("Chicago Transit Authority") entered the charts bound for #17 and two million sold. That marked the first time a group ever debuted with a double album.

On this day in 1975, 10cc's haunting "Not In Love" was working its way to #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, the Doobie Brothers' "Stampede" entered the album charts on its way to #4 just as ZZ Top's "Fandango" began its run to #10. America was rocking!

On this day in 1980, Joe Walsh's "All Night Long" topped out at #19 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, as Van Halen's "Women And Children First" peaked at #6 with three million sold, the Scorpions' "Animal Magnetism" entered the album charts on its way to #52, setting the German band up for their big American breakthrough.

On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's Encino home was torched by arsonists. That directly inspired Tom to write "I Won't Back Down."

On this day in 1999, producer Bruce Fairbairn (who had worked with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Yes, among others) died at the age of 49.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/17/16


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Kenny Aronoff/John Mellencamp @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter


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Mudcrutch!

MudcrutchTom Petty's Gainesville, Florida band that preceded The Heartbreakers — will perform two intimate shows at the Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall on California State University's Northridge campus. The May 23rd and 24th Mudcrutch: From Northridge with Love shows will benefit The Midnight Mission, the oldest continuously operating human service organization in the Los Angeles region, which aids the homeless population in the city's Skid Row area. The official tour in support of the "Mudcrutch 2" album returns to the Southland on June 28th at The Observatory in Santa Ana.

Original Alice Cooper Again

Word is that most of the surviving original Alice Cooper band are reuniting for a new album. Alice himself reports, "I wrote three or four songs with original drummer Neil Smith and guitarist Mike Bruce in Phoenix for about two weeks, just writing songs and demoing songs." Original bassist Dennis Dunaway also wrote a few songs, of which Alice says, "We haven't seen those yet, but I know Dennis has always written great stuff. It's fun to go back and work with guys you haven't worked with in awhile. It's not trying to recapture your youth. It's trying to recapture a sound. And it's a very elusive sound." Rock on!

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It was Albert Einstein who said: "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it's how you handle what happens to you."

It was Samuel Goldwyn who said: "Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting on with people one cannot stand."

It was the Bhagavad Gita that said: "Man has control of action alone, never the fruits of the action."


May 18, 2016


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Keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman of Yes is 67.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles began their third U.K. tour, this time supporting Roy Orbison. The Beatles' set list consisted of "Some Other Guy," "Do You Want to Know A Secret," "Love Me Do," "From Me To You," "Please Please Me," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout." By the end of the 21-date trek, the Fab Four was headlining.

On this day in 1966, The Animals recorded the old American blues classic "House Of The Rising Sun" in one take. Four months later it became their first American #1 hit.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care Of Business" was on its way to #1. Featuring their pizza delivery guy on piano, the song become the Canadian band's biggest hit single.

On this day in 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Don't Come Around Here No More" peaked at #13 on the singles charts as Robert Plant's "Little By Little" began its slow climb to #36.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s classic "Out Of Time" spent the first of two weeks at #1 on the charts while selling over four million copies, thus becoming their biggest album to date.

On this day in 1992, Ozzy Osbourne announced another in a long series of retirements from touring.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/18/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara

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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 Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive and more of Joe's extensive conversations with Randy Bachman. Check out this preview!

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

It was Leonardo da Vinci who said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television."


May 19, 2016


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Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who is 71.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is 67.
Singer Joey Ramone would have been 65.
Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is 63.

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On this day in 1969, The Who released the classic "Tommy" rock opera album in Britain. Five days later it came out in the States.

On this day in 1973, George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" began its climb to #1 on the singles charts just as the edited version of Pink Floyd's "Money" was released to radio stations. Even without the word "bull***t" in the lyric, the Floyd classic only reached #13 on the charts.

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's classic "Breakfast In America" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks, selling over four million copies, just as "Van Halen II" peaked at #6 with over five million sold.

On this day in 1979, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunited for an impromptu jam at a wedding reception for Eric Clapton and his new wife, Patti (George's ex). The Claptons had married in March while Eric was on tour, so the delayed wedding reception also doubled as an end-of-tour party.

On this day in 1984, as The Cars' "Magic" began its run to #12, "Legs" by ZZ Top entered the charts on its way to #8, their first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel released his landmark "So" album. It eventually sold over five million copies and spent three weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1990, Heart's "Brigade" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 2000, The Allman Brothers Band fired founding guitarist Dickey Betts over "creative differences."

On this day in 2007, "Snakes & Arrows," Rush's most complex work to date, hit #3 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/19/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - John Entwistle/The Who @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Craig Shoemaker


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Kinks/Use The Force!

Believe it or not, "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill is good friends with Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks. Will he be able to talk the ever-feuding brothers into doing a reunion gig? Probably not, but when Mark announced he would be hosting a Q&A with Ray in London on June 26th, Dave immediately tweeted, "Hope Mark doesn't turn to the dark side. Ray can be very persuasive."

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

It was Leonardo da Vinci who said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything."


May 20, 2016


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Singing icon Joe Cocker would have been 72.
Diva Suprema Cher is 70.

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On this day in 1960, Johnny & The Moondogs changed their name to The Silver Beetles for their first tour of Scotland, backing pop singer Johnny Gentle. The Silver Beetles were made up of John Lennon, Paul Ramon, Carl Harrison, and Stuart de Stael. The last three were actually pseudonyms for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" hit #1. It was the first Beatles single to feature Paul McCartney on lead guitar.

On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin recorded her signature "Piece Of My Heart" with Big Brother & The Holding Company.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the movie "Let It Be" in London and Liverpool. Notably, none of them attended any of the premieres.

On this day in 1972, Jethro Tull's epic "Thick As A Brick" album entered the charts on its way to #1 without any help from a hit single — because, in fact, the album was one very long song!

On this day in 2013, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who founded The Doors with singer Jim Morrison, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, lost a long fight with bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany clinic. He was 74 years old.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/20/16


10 At 10: (Doheny) Blues
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Doheny Blues Fest tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Randy Bachman/Guess Who @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan


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SoCal Concert Season

The Southern California concert season is revving up! This Friday will see Joe Walsh and Bad Company at The Forum and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre. Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock the Doheny Blues Festival on Saturday, and The Who will rock the Honda Center in Anaheim Sunday. Rock on!

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It was Friedrich Nietzsche who said: "What does not destroy me makes me stronger."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder."

It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Never confuse motion with action."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

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This weekend! Looking for great music and fun? Join J.B., Mark Thompson, Rita Wilde, Cynthia Fox and The Sound Crew for a great time at the 19th Annual Doheny Blues Festival at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive. You'll enjoy 24 acts on three stages Saturday and Sunday, and the headliners will include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.


May 21, 2016


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Stan Lynch, the original drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, is 61.

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On this day in 1966, The Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down" entered the charts on its way to #12 as Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" peaked at #2 and "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds topped out at #14. Those were the days!

On this day in 1977, as Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams" album entered the charts on its way to #2 and two million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was still the #1 album in the U.S. (a position it eventually held for 31 weeks). To date, "Rumours" has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1983, Billy Idol's "White Wedding" began its climb up the singles charts to #36.

On this day in 1988, driven by the hit single "Tall Cool One," Robert Plant's "Now And Zen" album hit #6 with over three million sold.

On this day in 2013, British bassist Trevor Bolder, best known for his work in David Bowie's Spiders From Mars band as well as with Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 62.


May 22, 2016


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Drummer Dallas Taylor, who most famously worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, would have been 80.
Elton John's longtime collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin is 66.

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On this day in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis announced he'd married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. It's a wonder she never appeared in "Playboy."

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" knocked "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits out of the #1 spot on the American charts.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" album, considered by many to be their finest, topped the American charts one week after its release. It eventually held at #1 for four weeks and sold over three million copies

On this day in 1976, written by bassist John Deacon as a keyboard exercise for his wife, Queen's "You're My Best Friend" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1976, Steely Dan's classic, million selling "The Royal Scam" album entered the charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" were released. Coincidence? I don't think so!

On this day in 1997, a reunited Fleetwood Mac taped an "MTV Unplugged" special here in Los Angeles. The concert later became their best-selling "The Dance" album and video.


May 23, 2016


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Robert Moog, the guy who made synthesizers manageable, would have been 82.
J. Geils Band bassist Danny Klein is 70.

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On this day in 1970, with Paul McCartney's first solo album ("McCartney") holding at #1, The Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as their farewell album "Let It Be" set a record with 3.7 million advance orders. Whew!

On this day in 1979, Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy after MCA bought his old record label and tried to change his personal contract. The result was a fine new contract and his breakthrough "Damn The Torpedoes" album.

On this day in 1979, The Who's excellent documentary "The Kids Are Alright" debuted in theaters.

On this day in 1981, John Lennon's song "Watching The Wheels" peaked at #10 on the charts as George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago" (inspired in part by Lennon) began its climb to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1981, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Hard Promises" album began its climb to #5, driven in part by the hit single "The Waiting." In a fight with his record company over pricing issues, Petty famously threatened to call the LP "Eight Ninety-Eight" before he won his case.

On this day in 1987, Bob Seger scored his first #1 single with a cover of "Shakedown" as used in the "Beverly Hills Cop II" movie.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/23/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Who tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Klaus Meine/Scorpions @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias

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It was Judith Viorst who said: "Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces."

It was George Carlin who said: "Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town."

It was Gore Vidal who said: "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."


May 24, 2016


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The hilarious Tommy Chong — one half of the iconic Cheech & Chong" is 78 today.
Bob Dylan turns 75 today. Bob has released 36 studio albums, 11 live albums, 12 "Bootleg Series" releases and 17 compilations since 1962, and it was he alone that introduced lyrics that actually meant something to pop music.
Guitarist Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes is 47.

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On this day in 1963, legendary blues slide guitarist Elmore James died in Chicago of a heart attack at the age of 45.

On this day in 1965, John Lennon published his second volume of prose, "A Spaniard in the Works."

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Get Back" started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. It was their 17th U.S. #1 hit!

On this day in 1969, The Who released their landmark "Tommy" album in the States. It eventually topped out at #4 while selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1970, founding member/guitar wizard Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac to become obscure.

On this day in 1974, American jazz great Duke Ellington died in New York from cancer at the age of 75.

On this day in 1979, fans buying tickets to a Genesis benefit show at the Roxy were shocked to find the band members manning the box office.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Misunderstanding" began a climb to #14 on the charts, making it their most successful single to date. Meanwhile, Journey's "Walks Like A Lady" was on its way to #32 and Van Halen's "And The Cradle Will Rock" was headed to #55.

On this day in 1986, two very personal songs, Bob Seger's "Like A Rock" and Sammy Hagar/Van Halen's "Dreams," both entered the charts. "Dreams" eventually topped out at #22 as "Like A Rock" reached #12.

On this day in 1991, vocalist Gene Clark of The Byrds died of a heart attack in his Sherman Oaks home at the age of 46.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/24/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Who tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Elton John @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian

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It was Lily Tomlin who said: "The road to success is always under construction."

It was Erma Bombeck who said: "Never lend your car to anyone to whom you've given birth."

It was Michael Jordan who said: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

It was Ogden Nash who said: "Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else."

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This Saturday, 8pm: Uncle Joe will be emceeing the "Official" Keith Emerson Tribute Concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Many of the artists who worked with Keith and were his close friends will perform some of his most famous works as a retrospective of his entire career, from The Nice, to ELP, to The Keith Emerson Band and Three Fates Project. This great night of music and homage to one of the most influential musicians and composers of the twentieth century will feature performances by:
The Keith Emerson Band
Brian Auger (Oblivion Express)
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Bros.)
Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr's All-Star Band)
Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band/Toy Matinee)
Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck/Frank Zappa)
Travis Davis (The Keith Emerson Band)
Eddie Jobson (U.K./Roxy Music)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Steve Porcaro (Toto)
Ed Roth (Annie Lennox, CTA)
Philippe Saisse (Al Dimeola)
Joe Travers (Zappa's Universe)
Mike Wallace (Boys Club/Dragonchoir)


May 25, 2016


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Scorpions singer Klaus Meine is 68.

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On this day in 1968, the second annual Monterey Pop Festival was canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. In the wake of the cancellation, it was discovered that $52,000 was missing from the previous festival's profits and the festival's bookkeeper, Mrs. Sandra Beebe, was nowhere to be found. The shock! The horror!

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together in concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Not one person in the crowd could hear anything whatsoever when the show finally finished.

On this day in 1978, The Who performed a second "secret" concert in London for their documentary "The Kids Are Alright." That marked Keith Moon's last public performance with the band before his death.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/25/16


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Who tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Perry/Journey @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Steve Byrne


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On Stage Tonight

The mighty Who will be rocking the Staples Center tonight, and yer Uncle Joe will be doing some stage announcements! See you there!

Big $$ Stuff

John Lennon's handwritten working lyrics for the 1967 Beatles tune "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite," sold for $354,500 over the weekend at the Hard Rock Café New York. The auction also saw Elvis Presley's 1969 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar — a gift from his father, Vernon — sell for $334,000. Among the many other items on the auction block were a drumhead once used by The Who's Keith Moon ($187,500), a jacket that Queen's Freddie Mercury wore during the band's Magic Tour ($81,250) and two sheets of handwritten Jimi Hendrix lyrics which went for $62,600.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "When in doubt, don't."

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who said: "A man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "You are not a rug... everyone may try to walk all over you, but you do not have to lie there and take it!"

It was Winston Churchill who said: "He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."


May 26, 2016


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Jazz icon Miles Davis would have been 90 and still cranky.
Drummer Levon Helm of The Band would have been 76.
Chanteuse Stevie Nicks is 68.
Mick Ronson, David Bowie's main guitarist/muse, would have been 67.
Lenny Kravitz is 52.

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On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's classic song "Smoke On The Water" entered the U.S. singles charts, eventually hitting #4 while altering the consciousness of the entire Free World.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" entered the charts on its way to becoming his biggest hit single when it peaked at #2 for four weeks. Ironically, it was the last of over 100 songs written and recorded for the "Born In The U.S.A." album.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/26/16


10 At 10: Car Songs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bob Dylan tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan

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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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!

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It was Steven Wright who asked: "Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?"

It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Do not be a slave of first impressions."

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 Anthony Robbins who said: "Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."


May 27, 2016


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Bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, most famous for his work with Rod Stewart and Jefferson Starship, is 67.

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On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan released his second album, "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which eventually charted at #22 and contained two all-time classics: "Blowin' In The Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

On this day in 1972, Procol Harum's "Conquistador" entered the U.S. singles charts, eventually reaching #16 while confusing anyone trying to follow the lyrics.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," the first single from their forthcoming "Some Girls" album, entered the charts. It went on to become the Stones' third and final #1 hit in the Seventies, and "the song" of the Summer of '78.

On this day in 2006, powered by the hit single "Dani California," the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks.


May 28, 2016


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Blues legend T-Bone Walker, credited as being the first to plug in his guitar and turn the blues electric, would have been 106 today.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is 71.

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On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys incredible "Pet Sounds" album entered the charts. It quickly peaked at #10, then sank like a stone, prompting their record company to rush-release the first of MANY Beach Boys "Best Of" compilations to keep the cash flowing in.

On this day in 1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges. Yes, she was naked, but why do you ask?

On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up in disgust after Gregg Allman testified against his road manager who transported his drugs.

On this day in 1977, Heart's "Little Queen" album, considered by many to be one of their best, entered the charts on its way to selling over three million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash's beautiful "Just A Song Before I Go" began its climb to #7 on the singles charts as Heart's driving "Barracuda" was rocking its way to #11.

On this day in 1977, Bruce Springsteen settled out of court with his former manager, Mike Appel. Their suits and counter-suits had prevented Springsteen from recording for almost two years.

On this day in 1983, the second US Festival opened in Devore. Headliners for each day — Van Halen, David Bowie and The Clash — were paid a cool million dollars each. Last reports were that 237 people are still wandering around the hills, looking for their cars.

On this day in 2007, The Police kicked off their extremely successful 152-show reunion tour in front of 22,000 fans in Vancouver, Canada.


May 29, 2016


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Show biz legend Bob Hope would have been 113 today.
Singer/keyboardist Gary Brooker of Procol Harum is 71.
Danny Elfman, lord of Oingo Boingo and many soundtracks, is 61.
Bass player Mike Porcaro of Toto would have been 58.

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On this day in 1942, Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" in just 18 minutes. On its way to selling an astounding 50 million copies, the master tape wore out, so Bing re-recorded the song on March 18, 1947. That is the version of "White Christmas" most often heard today. And yes, it is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time.

On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin recorded "Hey Hey What Can I Do" at Olympic Studio Two.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hit #1 on the Stateside singles charts while their "Sticky Fingers" album was lodged at #1.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 with four million sold, just as Aerosmith's "Rocks" began its climb to #3 with four million sold.

On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley wandered off the stage in the middle of a Baltimore concert, and didn't come back. That marked the first time "The King" used Van Morrison's personal technique for terminating shows.

On this day in 1982, 38 Special's million selling "Special Forces" album began its climb to #10, thereby becoming their biggest album ever.


May 30, 2016


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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "Love Me Do" hit #1 in the States.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles began recording their "White" album by doing 18 takes of "Revolution 1" (John Lennon was hard to please that day).

On this day in 1970, the most powerful live album in the history of Rock & Roll, The Who's "Live At Leeds," and The Beatles' last album, "Let It Be," both entered the charts. "Let It Be" soon sold four million copies while spending four weeks at #1 as "Live At Leeds" eventually hit #4 while selling two million copies.

On this day 1975, in one of their most productive sessions ever, The Who recorded both "Squeeze Box" and "Slip Kid" for "The Who By Numbers" album.

On this day in 1980, bassist Carl Radle, who played in Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos, died from a kidney ailment at the age of 37.

On this day in 1981, quickly recorded to meet contractual obligations, Van Halen's "Fair Warning" began a climb to #5 on the album charts as AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" began the first of six weeks at #3 while selling over six million copies five years after it had first been released in Australia. Those were interesting times indeed.

On this day in 1981, Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" began a run to #19 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1992, the Black Crowes' "Southern Harmony And Musical Companion," in many fan's opinions their best album, began a run to #1.

On this day in 2007, Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album began its climb to #12 on the singles charts.

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway."

It was French President Charles de Gaulle who said: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."

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Memorial Day

People increasingly take holidays for granted, as nothing more than a day you don't have to go to work or school, and a gimmick for advertisers and merchandising. But the reality is that Memorial Day was established to honor all the men and women who have served or are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedoms. It's also a day to pay tribute to the families whose loved ones died, or were taken captive and never returned. We thank them for shouldering this burden, and for giving us our future at the cost of their own. The idea is that this Monday, before you hit the malls, light up the barbecue or hit the road, STOP for a moment and reflect. Remember the heroes, those who came home and the ones who never made it, all of whom helped build and preserve the American dream.


May 31, 2016


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Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham would have been 68.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" peaked at #6 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1969, The Moody Blues' "On The Threshold Of A Dream" began a climb to #20 with a million sold just as Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends" album began its slow climb to #35.

On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "One Of These Nights" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1975, Paul McCartney's "Listen To What The Man Said" began its run to #1 on the singles charts just as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Nuthin' Fancy" album hit #9.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney was featured on the cover of "Time" magazine.

On this day in 1976, The Who's gig at Britain's Charlton Athletic Grounds put them in the "Guinness Book Of World Records" as the loudest band ever with 120 decibels of sterilizing sound.

On this day in 1980, the classic Judas Priest album "British Steel" — powered by the ripping "Living After Midnight" — began its run to #34 while selling over a million copies and influencing every bar band in the world.

On this day in 1986, the title track of the Genesis album "Invisible Touch" began a quick run to #1 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/31/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Boston tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Eric Clapton/Cream @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield


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Floydian Stamps

Pink Floyd will be honored with a new series of stamps from the U.K. Royal Mail, who "worked closely" with the band on the collection. The 10 Floydian stamps feature images of five albums — "Piper At The Gates of Dawn," "Atom Heart Mother," "The Dark Side Of The Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Animals" and "The Endless River" — and five of the band's tours. The stamps will go on sale at U.K. post offices on July 7th, but can be pre-ordered now at RoyalMail.com.

New Heart

Stand by for Ann Wilson's new solo EP and a new album from Heart! Ann's second The Ann Wilson Thing solo EP, "Focus," will be out at the end of June. And Heart's "Beautiful Broken" collection of re-records and a few new songs is targeted for a mid-July release. Heart's Summer tour — with fellow Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers Cheap Trick and Joan Jett — starts Thursday in Las Vegas and will rock The Forum on August 23rd.

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It was Bill Gates who said: "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness."

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Get Out Of Your Garage Because
Uncle Joe Is Bringing His!

Sunday June 5th, 9am - Noon: Come and hang with yer Uncle Joe at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show at the Fairplex in Pomona! Join J.B. at his Meet & Greet with The Sound Crew at the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage right in the midst of the Classic Car Show! Seriously, it's hard to beat Classic Cars AND Classic Rock, so bring the whole family out to enjoy a great day!



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