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June 16 - 30, 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!


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June 16, 2016


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Drummer extraordinaire Doane Perry of Jethro Tull fame is 62.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" for his classic "Highway 61 Revisited" album. Bob and his band — featuring Al Kooper playing an electric organ for the first time in his life and some of blues guitar legend Mike Bloomfield's most understated playing ever — nailed the song on the fourth of 14 takes, the only time they made it all the way through the number.

On this day in 1967, at the height of "The Summer Of Love," The Monterey Pop Festival kicked off in Monterey, California. The media coverage given to Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix during the three-day festival helped turn them into international stars.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company's "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" peaked at #13 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders died from a cocaine overdose at age 25.

On this day in 1984, the Scorpions "Love At First Sting" hit #6 on the charts, eventually selling over three million copies and becoming the most successful album of their career.

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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 Toto, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Eric Clapton and as well as more of Joe's conversations with guitarist Steve Lukather. Check out this preview!

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A Special Father's Day Collection

It was Johann Friedrich von Schiller who said: "It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry."

It was Gabriel Garcia Marquez who said: "A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."

It was Red Buttons who said: "Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."


June 17, 2016


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Barry Manilow may not be Rock & Roll, but he is 70.
Keyboardist Gregg Rolie, a founding member of Santana and Journey, is 69.
And here's one you never thought you'd hear: Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra is 58.

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On this day in 1966, Beatle Paul McCartney bought himself a remote farm in Kintyre, Scotland. He later wrote "Mull Of Kintyre" about it.

On this day in 1966, guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. In less than a year, Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie left Mayall's band to form Fleetwood Mac.

On this day in 1972, budding super star Elton John's "Honky Chateau" album began its climb to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1972, David Bowie's landmark "Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars" album entered the American charts. Although it only peaked at #75, it did spend 72 weeks on the charts and influenced the sound of rock albums and songwriting for years to come.

On this day in 1973, former Beatle George Harrison's "Living In The Material World" entered the album charts on its way to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' first single, "Just What I Needed," began its run to #27 on the charts — setting them up for their big breakthrough.

On this day in 1978, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' rocking "I Need To Know" began its climb to #41 on the charts. Tom's breakthrough was still further down the road.

On this day in 1978, Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 1975's "Born To Run," entered the charts on its way to #5 with three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin began their final tour in Dortmund, Germany.

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Another Special Father's Day Collection

It was Jim Valvano who said: "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "When my father didn't have my hand... he had my back."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."

It was Indy Car Champion Al Unser who said: "Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows."

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Next Tuesday, 5:30pm: Check out the free annual Day of Music in Fullerton! Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound Crew at the main stage and rockin' with The Jeremy Benson Band at 5:30pm! Great fun to be had — rock on!


June 18, 2016


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Sir Paul McCartney is 74.

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On this day in 1967, Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, performed a second set at the Monterey Pop Festival so that D.A. Pennebaker could film them for his documentary. Then, after The Who won a backstage argument with Jimi Hendrix over who would close the festival, Hendrix played an incendiary set that saw him light his guitar on fire. History was made, and The Who's Pete Townshend was even more pissed that he had to follow Jimi!

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, goofy behavior spread all across the good old U.S. of A. when "The Blues Brothers" movie, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, premiered.

On this day in 1988, Van Halen's "OU812" album began its four weeks at #1 with over four million sold.

On this day in 2011, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's legendary sidekick/saxophonist, died of complications from a massive stroke at the age of 69. At The Boss' insistence, the 6 foot 2 inch "Big Man" became one of the founding members of Springsteen's E Street Band in 1972.


June 19, 2016


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Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is 66.
Drummer Simon Wright of AC/DC and Dio is 53.

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On this day in 1965, The Kinks and Moody Blues played their first American gigs at New York's Academy of Music. Bad news for both bands: they hadn't paid off the New York City Musicians Union and their revoked work visas were right around the corner.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' tender "Wild Horses" entered the singles charts on its way to #28 just as Rod Stewart's classic "Every Picture Tells A Story" album was about to spend four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1976, Blue Oyster Cult's outstanding "Agents Of Fortune" album entered the charts on its way to #29 as "Don't Fear The Reaper" was about to become their biggest hit ever at #12.

On this day in 1982, Christine McVie's Fleetwood Mac song "Hold Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1997, Bobby Helms, best known for "Jingle Bell Rock," died from emphysema and asthma at the age of 63.

On this day in 2014, lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote seven #1 hit singles and dozens of Top 40 hits with his ex-wife Carole King, died in his L.A. home of natural causes at the age of 75. Among Gerry's greatest hits were "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "You've Got a Friend."



June 20, 2016


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Guitar god Chet Atkins would have been 92.
Bassist/songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is 74.
Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is 62.

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On this day in 1969, the 3-day Newport '69 Festival began in Northridge. An estimated 150,000 made it in to hear Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance — the highest fee ever paid to a single rock act for one appearance at that time. Do you know anyone born in the Southland in March 1970? Their folks were probably at the festival — or at least in the parking lot!

On this day in 1970, as Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley" album began its climb to #27, Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" entered the singles charts on its way to #55 and the set list of every bar band in America.

On this day in 2004, Saint Petersburg, Russia was the site of Paul McCartney's 3,000th concert. Macca had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 concerts with Wings and 325 solo shows. And still he rocks today, singing his songs in the same key they were written in!

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It was Glenn Turner who said: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."

It was Henry Ford who said: "A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it."

It was James Baldwin who said: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it's faced."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Sometimes falling flat on your face allows you to see things from a totally different perspective."

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This Tuesday, 5:30pm: Check out the free annual Day Of Music in Fullerton! Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound Crew at the main stage and rockin' with The Jeremy Benson Band at 5:30pm... Great fun to be had — rock on!


June 21, 2016


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The Kinks leader Ray Davies is 72.
Guitarist Joey Molland of Badfinger is 69.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer turns 66.
Guitarist Nils Lofgren of the E-Street Band hits 65.

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On this day in 1966, Britain's top session guitarist, Jimmy Page, made his live debut with The Yardbirds at a show at the Marquee Club in London. Little did anyone know that his transformation of that group into Led Zeppelin was just two years away.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the John Lennon song "She Said She Said" in its entirety. The title/lyric was inspired by a conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda at a party in the Hollywood Hills a few weeks previous.

On this day in 1969, Neil Young's first solo album, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," began its climb to #37 as Joe Cocker's cover of Traffic's "Feeling Alright" began a run to #33 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, the band he had carefully formed seven years earlier. He soon had his next group, Rainbow, up and running with Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

On this day in 1980, Eric Clapton's classic live "Just One Night" hit #2 on the charts for the first of six weeks.

On this day in 1981, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen put Steely Dan on a hiatus that lasted 13 years.

On this day in 1986, AC/DC's "Who Made Who album — the soundtrack to Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive" movie — began a chart run to #33 with over five million sold.

On this day in 2001, blues legend John Lee Hooker died in his sleep in his Los Altos, California home at the age of 83. Hooker was perhaps the most influential of all the old bluesmen, with songs covered by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, The Doors, AC/DC and many more.

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It was Henry James who said: "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language."

It was Plato who said: "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

It was Thomas Hardy who said: "And yet to every bad there's a worse."

It was Edna Ferber who said: "Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way."

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This Afternoon!, 5:30pm: Check out the free annual Day Of Music in Fullerton! Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound Crew at the main stage and rockin' with The Jeremy Benson Band at 5:30pm... Great fun to be had — rock on!


June 22, 2016


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Todd Rundgren is 68.
38 Special bassist Larry Junstrom is 67.
INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers is 59.

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On this day in 1847, the doughnut was invented so that roadies could work lengthy rock tours.

On this day in 1968, The Jeff Beck Group debuted in New York City. Their lead singer, Rod Stewart, was so nervous he hid behind the speakers for the first few songs. No, there wasn't a young blonde back there with him, but we all know how he likes his doughnuts.

On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin played their one and only gig in Iceland, which in turn inspired Robert Plant to write the lyrics to Jimmy Page's still in development "Immigrant Song."

On this day in 1973, Elton John's plaintive "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" began its climb to #2 on the singles charts. Elton had personally enlisted Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys as well as Toni Tennille to do the beautiful backing vocals.

On this day in 2008, George Carlin, the iconic, acerbic, GRAMMY-winning comedian/actor/author whose career spanned more than 50 years, died of heart failure in Santa Monica at the age of 71.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/22/16


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - / @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani

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It was Mae West who said: "Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you."

It was Mark Twain who said: "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir... mighty scarce."

Though used for at least a hundred years earlier, Albert Einstein is most often credited with saying: "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

It was Vin Scully who said: "Good is not good when better is expected."

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This Sunday, 10am - 2pm: Uncle Joe will be emceeing the 626 Golden Streets Party at the Irwindale Metro Link station next to the Miller Brewery at the 210 Freeway and Irwindale Avenue. The Sound Crew, L.A. Rams Cheerleaders and five former L.A. Rams and will be rockin' the party, so stop by for a Sunday bash!


June 23, 2016


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Original Beatle bassist Stuart Sutcliffe would have been 76.
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is 75.

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On this day in 1973, Chicago's "Just You 'N' Me" began its run to #4 on the singles charts as the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise" was climbing up to #22 and Led Zeppelin's "Over The Hills And Far Away" was stalling on its way to #51.

On this day in 1973, George Harrison's "Living In The Material World" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks as Joe Walsh's "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" began its run to #6.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney & Wings wrapped up their "Wings Over America" tour at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. Macca didn't tour the States for another 13 years — do you think somebody ticked him off?

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" album hit #1 just as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Discovery" began its climb to #5 and The Knack's "My Sharona" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." album entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1 and 15 million sold — the biggest of his career.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's all-time driving classic "Panama" entered the singles charts on its way to #13 just as Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Couldn't Stand The Weather" album began a run to #31 and two million sold.

On this day in 1990, Aerosmith's "Other Side" entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 2010, Pete Quaife, The Kinks original bassist, died of kidney failure at the age of 66 after a long illness.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/23/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Roger Hodgson/Supertramp @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani

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This Sunday OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Boston as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Tom Scholz and Brad Delp. Check out this preview!

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

It was Seth Godin who said: "Knowing what to do is very, very different than actually doing it."

It was Malcolm Forbes who said: "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "We fear the thing we want the most."


June 24, 2016


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Guitar god Jeff Beck is 72.
Singer Colin Blunstone of The Zombies is 71.
Drummer/rock icon Mick Fleetwood is 69.
Former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz is 68.
Dire Straits bassist John Illsley is 66.

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On this day in 1965, John Lennon released the follow-up to his first book, "In His Own Write." The book's title, "A Spaniard In The Works," was a play on the phrase "A Spanner In The Works." However, because we Americans didn't know "spanner" was another name for a "wrench," the joke was completely lost on us. Oh well...

On this day in 1967, as The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album was about to begin its 15 week run at #1, the Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic "White Rabbit" entered the singles charts on its way to #8, confusing most everyone who tried to figure out its lyrics.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles' self-titled debut album began a run to #22. Superstardom was still a couple years away.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' classic album "Some Girls" entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1, selling over six million in the process of becoming the most successful non-compilation album of their career.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise" entered the singles charts on its way to #22 just as ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" began a short run to #35.

On this day in 1984, Talking Heads premiered their concert movie "Stop Making Sense" directed by Jonathan Demme. Filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983 during their "Speaking In Tongues" tour, it remains one of the best Rock & Roll movies ever.

On this day in 1989, the title track of Don Henley's classic "The End Of The Innocence" album began a run to #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1995, Pink Floyd's live "Pulse" album began a run to #1 and two million sold.

On this day in 1996, Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth had returned as a (very) temporary replacement.

On this day in 1999, Eric Clapton auctioned off 100 of his guitars to raise money for his Crossroads Clinic in Antigua. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster on which he composed "Layla" fetched a (then) record price of $497,500.

On this day in 2000, KISS began auctioning off costumes and props from their 25 years in show business. Last we checked, they still haven't left the building.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 6/24/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Brad Delp/Tom Scholz/Boston @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams


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Zep Won In Court

After a week-long trial in the L.A. Federal Court which saw Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones taking the stand to rebuff charges of plagiarism, the Zep prevailed in the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright lawsuit. The plaintiffs had argued that the classic song borrowed heavily from Spirit's "Taurus," but a jury of eight men and women disagreed, finding unanimously in favor of Page and Plant's artistic handiwork.

And to clarify what this lawsuit was about (besides millions of dollars), a direct quote from Joe Walsh: "The 'Stairway' claim was based on the 4 chord descending progression at the beginning of the song, which is similar to the Spirit one (and maybe 30 other songs — one of which Randy California came across and used for the Spirit piece — he didn't write it. He used it.)"

"The Grandfather of these progressions is: C, A minor, F, and G. Starting with the early 1950's, there are probably 500 of these songs, all with those 4 chords — but each with different melodies and words. THAT should be the criteria for claims. C, A minor, F and G wasn't stolen — it's a standard single song form. Nobody owns these."

"Robert Plant's vocal melody and haunting lyrics make 'Stairway' uniquely different from anything else which might have occasional similar chords."

"It's called "Intellectual Property" and the Internet ate it."

"One more thing — NOBODY in a Music Business Legal procedure is telling the truth."

You have to wonder why no one asked Joe about this weeks ago.

A Keyboard Bass & Live ZZ

Following the April dislocation of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill's shoulder in a backstage fall in Lubbock, Texas, his doctors have decided he'll be playing a custom-made bass keyboard on this Summer's tour. The boys will be rocking England's massive Glastonbury Festival tonight. Then, on August 12th, the Top will release their first live album, the cleverly titled "Greatest Hits Live" which will feature 15 songs recorded over several tours in 13 cities around the world. Guitar god (and longtime friend of the Top) Jeff Beck is featured on two tracks, "Rough Boy" and a cover of the Tennessee Ernie Ford folk standard "16 Tons." Rock on!

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It was Ann Landers who said: "At every party, there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, usually they are married to each other."

It was St. Theresa of Avila who said: "I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear the fears of those who fear him."

It was Jim Rohn who said: "Indecision is the thief of opportunity."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind."

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This Sunday, 10am - 2pm: Uncle Joe will be emceeing the 626 Golden Streets Party at the Irwindale Metro Link station next to the Miller Brewery at the 210 Freeway and Irwindale Avenue. The Sound Crew, L.A. Rams Cheerleaders and five former L.A. Rams and will be rockin' the party, so stop by for a Sunday bash!


June 25, 2016


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Original Moody Blues bassist Clint Warwick is 74.
Eternal babe and occasional singer Carly Simon is 71.
Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald of Foreigner and King Crimson fame is 70.
Toto keyboardist/singer David Paich is 62.

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On this day in 1966, The Troggs' "Wild Thing" entered the American Top 40, scaring the bejesus out of melodic pop combos everywhere. It eventually peaked at #1.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles performed "All You Need Is Love" live on the first worldwide satellite television broadcast. Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon, among others, were on hand to help (or be seen).

On this day in 1969, guitarist Mick Taylor played his first gig as Brian Jones' replacement in The Rolling Stones. The Colosseum in Rome was the venue.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams" hit #2 with three million sold as "I'm In You," Peter Frampton's follow-up to his record breaking, mega-million selling live album "Frampton Comes Alive," began a long climb to #2 and Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" began its lurch to #17.

On this day in 1983, Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like A Knife" hit #8 on the album charts as girls swooned all around him.

On this day in 1984, Patti Scialfa joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as a back-up singer, four days before the Born In The U.S.A. world tour began.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" began its run to two weeks at #1 on the singles charts just as Van Halen's monster "OU812" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1994, Stone Temple Pilots' "Purple" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with six million sold.

On this day in 1994, Boston's fourth album, "Walk On," entered the charts a mere eight years after the band's "Third Stage." It eventually peaked at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Chet Helms, who founded and managed Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, died in San Francisco of complications from a stroke at age 62. It was Helms who staged the free concerts at Golden Gate Park that became the backdrop for 1967's Summer of Love. He also helped the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish and others develop the "San Francisco Sound."


June 26, 2016


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Chicago blues pioneer Big Bill Broonzy would have been 123.
Guitarist Mick Jones of The Clash is 61.
Crooner Chris Isaak is 60.

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On this day in 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "She Loves You" in a hotel room in Newcastle, England.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles released their "A Hard Day's Night" album, which was sold in either a stereo or mono mix. But, in fact, only the instrumental tracks were issued in stereo or mono — The Beatles' songs were all mixed in mono on both versions of the album.

On this day in 1965, as the U.S. only "Beatles VI" album launched into six weeks at #1, The Byrds' cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" began a run up to #6 on the singles charts, sparking sales of electric 12 string guitars across the land.

On this day in 1966, driven by Jeff Beck's wild guitar work, The Yardbirds' "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" entered the singles charts on it way to #13 and garage band setlists across America.

On this day in 1973, British police raided Keith Richards' London home, where they discovered guns, ammunition and Chinese heroin. The Rolling Stones guitarist was immediately arrested with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg.

On this day in 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication" album began its run up to #3, selling five million copies by the time the tour had wrapped up.


June 27, 2016


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Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan, would have been 89.

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On this day in 1949, Gene Autry recorded "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut album entered the British charts two months after it was released.

On this day in 1970, seven weeks after the Kent State Massacre that it was written about, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's blistering "Ohio" was released.

On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead's classic "Working Man's Dead" album entered the charts on its way to #27.

On this day in 1970, the English band Smile made its performance debut under its new name, Queen. A superior name indeed!

On this day in 1971, the legendary Fillmore East in New York City closed. Performers on the last night included The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys, J. Geils Band and Mountain.

On this day in 1976, John Lennon finally received his green card.

On this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin played the last of seven legendary nights at the Forum in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1978, at a special ceremony, UNICEF named Kansas as its first musical ambassadors of goodwill. Not having been told anything about the honor, the band was extremely surprised!

On this day in 1987, Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album hit #2.

On this day in 1989, occasional Eagle Don Henley released his much beloved, classic "The End Of The Innocence" solo album. It eventually peaked at #8 and sold over six million copies

On this day in 1989, The Who performed the rock opera, "Tommy" in its entirety for the first time in 19 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The revived show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1992, Guns N' Roses epic "November Rain" began its climb up the singles charts to two weeks at #3.

On this day in 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts — you go boy!

On this day in 2002, rock's greatest bass player, John Entwistle of The Who, died in his sleep from a heart attack in Las Vegas on the eve of the band's North American tour. He was only 57 years of age.

On this day in 2015, Yes bassist/co-founder Chris Squire lost his battle with acute erythroid leukemia. The 67-year-old legendary musician, nicknamed "Fish," died peacefully in his Phoenix home. He was the only member of Yes to appear on every one of their 21 studio albums since he formed the band with singer Jon Anderson in 1968.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/27/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (4-packs of Knott's Berry Farm tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Ken Scott/David Bowie @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni

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It was Frank Caliendo who said: "The secret to a long relationship is being afraid to say, 'I want out.'"

It was Buddha who said: "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Listen to many, speak to a few."

It was Doug Larson who said: "If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur."


June 28, 2016


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On this day in 1968, The Beatles recorded "Good Night" at Abbey Road studios for their "White Album." While John Lennon wrote the lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian, Ringo sang the lead vocal.

On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut album entered the charts as Stephen Stills was reconnecting with his Buffalo Springfield bandmate, Neil Young. Neil was, of course, talked into joining CSN shortly thereafter, and the album eventually hit #6 while selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1969, Steve Miller's much revered "Brave New World" album began its climb to #22.

On this day in 1975, The Eagles' "One Of These Nights" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie released "Fame," the song he cowrote with John Lennon. It eventually hit #1 on the charts three months later (real fame took a lot longer back in those days).

On this day in 1986, Genesis' last great album, "Invisible Touch," began its run to two weeks at #3 with over six million sold.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton and Elton John co-headlined a concert at London's Wembley Stadium. The event marked Elton's first public outing since undergoing painful hair transplants. Oh, the courage he demonstrated!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/28/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (4-packs of Knott's Berry Farm tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Tom Johnston/Doobie Brothers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dom Irrera

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It was Maya Angelou who said: "All great achievements require time."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "The one who loves the least, controls the relationship."

It was Tim Gunn who said: "It's easy to get along with people you like. Getting along with people you loathe shows real character."

It was Joe Benson who said: "I'm real tired of all the fake Thomas Jefferson quotes."

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Frogs With Bigger/Longer Chucks

Every species of frog has its own special mating call. The call has two parts: a "whine" which the whole species uses, and a "chuck" which is the individual frog's calling card. Females listen to the chuck carefully — the larger, more desirable frogs make longer, deeper chucks. Yeah, baby!

Computer Bugs

In 1945, when an early computer at Harvard malfunctioned, early software engineer Grace Hopper found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it, thereby restoring the machine to working order. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it. Note: At the time of her death in 1992, Ms. Hopper held the rank of Admiral in the U.S. Navy. (http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html)


June 29, 2016


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Deep Purple's drummer, Ian Paice, is 68.

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On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were found guilty of trumped-up drug charges in London. Even though they were released from prison soon after, the British music scene would never be the same.

On this day in 1968, Cream's ripping psychedelic "Disraeli Gears" album hit #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1968, Pink Floyd's second album, "A Saucerful Of Secrets," was released as they headlined at the first-ever large scale free rock concert in London's Hyde Park. Jethro Tull and T-Rex were also in the show's line-up.

On this day in 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last concert together on the final day of the three-day Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium (an appropriate name indeed).

On this day in 1974, Neil Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rutsey as the band was about to leave on their first big tour.

On this day in 1978, Peter Frampton survived a very nasty Bahamian car crash, although his career took a pretty severe hit.

On this day in 1979, Little Feat leader (and master musician) Lowell George died of a heart attack in a Virginia hotel room at the age of 34.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his "Born In The U.S.A." tour in Minnesota as "Dancing in the Dark" peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" began its rocket ride up to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, U2's mostly live "Wide Awake In America" began its climb to #37, setting up their breakthrough success 18 months later.

On this day in 1991, based on drummer Nick Mason's first solo flight, Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

On this day in 1998, George Harrison announced that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/29/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (4-packs of Knott's Berry Farm tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dana Carvey


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More Litigation

It looks like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will be drawn back into the Michael Skidmore vs. Led Zeppelin copyright infringement lawsuit. Word is that Michael Skidmore, who represents the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust and the estate of the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, is about to appeal the ruling.

Signed "Sgt. Pepper"

The British Bonhams auction house expects a signed original copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album — believed to be one of just 10 such copies — to sell for at least $54,000. The story on the LP says 19-year-old fan Paul Minett waited outside Abbey Road Studios in 1967 with his freshly pressed copy of "Sgt. Pepper" while "All You Need Is Love" was being mixed. Eventually, he got John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to autograph the album. But, because Ringo Starr wasn't with his bandmates that night, Minett had to wait another 30 years to get the drummer's signature. Bonhams says that the album would be worth nearly $110,000 if the Fab Four had signed it the same day. Kind of underscores why Ringo stopped doing autographs, doesn't it?

Lots Of Bruce

Unfortunately, Rita Wilde missed Bruce Springsteen rocking the second-longest show of his career last Saturday night. Playing for just under four hours in Gothenburg, Sweden, Bruce rocked 38 songs. The longest Springsteen show ever clocked in at four-hours-and five-minutes in Helsinki, Finland in 2012. That night he did 33 songs in the main set, plus a five-song acoustic set while opening for himself and the E Street Band. THAT is Rock & Roll!

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It was Steven Wright who asked: "If you shoot at a mime, should you use a silencer?"

It was Edith Wharton who said: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

It was W.C. Fields who said: "Start off every day with a smile and get it over with."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."


June 30, 2016


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Dire Straits rhythm guitarist Hal Lindes is 66.
Sweet guitarist Andy Scott is 65.

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On this day in 1956, Chuck Berry's classic "Roll Over Beethoven" entered the singles chart for the first time.

On this day in 1975, Gregg Allman married Cher four days after she divorced Sonny Bono. Ten days later, she divorced Allman too. Easy come, easy go.

On this day in 1979, The Cars' "Candy-O" album began its climb to four weeks at #3 as the lead single, "Let's Go," began a run up the charts to #14.

On this day in 1989, the surviving Beatles sued for an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, banning him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show featuring The Beatles. The case was eventually settled out of court.

On this day in 2001, guitar god Chet Atkins died in Nashville from complications of cancer at the age of 77. Chet was THE most recorded solo instrumentalist in history, with more than 75 albums to his credit and over 75 million albums sold worldwide. He played on hundreds of hit records, including those of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Sr.. He collaborated with a wide range of artists including Sir Paul McCartney. His business acumen and guitar style influenced generations of country and rock musicians alike. Remember the first time you ever saw a picture of The Beatles performing? That was a Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar George Harrison was playing.


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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 — and conversation with — Eric Clapton. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/30/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (4-packs of Knott's Berry Farm tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Eric Clapton @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams


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Nash's 9 Days Of Rock

The legendary Graham Nash will host a music documentary series — "Graham Nash Presents 9 Days Of Rock Docs" — featuring two films per night from July 9th through July 17th on the sister channel of AXS TV, HDNET Movies. Binge watchers will be rocking to films on The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince, David Bowie, The Who, Rush, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Green Day, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, among others. Nash — a master storyteller — will introduce each flick with personal stories and anecdotes about the subject.

R.I.P. Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore, the extremely influential guitarist who played on Elvis Presley's earliest recordings died Tuesday in his Nashville home. The 84-year-old longtime member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame had been in ill health for months. Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock." He also reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special "Elvis," which launched the King's late career comeback.

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It was Vin Scully who said: "Losing feels worse than winning feels good."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly-mobile."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "The only real valuable thing is intuition."



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