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August 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!


August 1, 2016


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Grateful Dead demi-god Jerry Garcia would have been 74.
Guitarist Tommy Bolin, who worked with Deep Purple and the James Gang, would have been 66.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot is 57.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 — their third straight chart topping single in less than six months.

On this day in 1969, the 3-day Atlantic City Pop Festival opened in New Jersey. Over 110,00 came out to hear Iron Butterfly, C.C.R., Jefferson Airplane, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Santana and Joe Cocker perform.

On this day in 1971, George Harrison held his first Concert For Bangladesh at New York's Madison Square Garden. The benefit, featuring Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, raised a lot of money to combat famine in the Southeast Asian nation — which, due to legal problems, the needy never saw.

On this day in 1981, MTV made its debut on America's television screens. The cable channel was launched in approximately 2.1 million homes video of "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles. It was 10 full months before any of the V.J.s appeared in "Playboy" magazine, the final arbiter of success in the Eighties.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Bad Animals" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1987, the #1 hit in the U.S. was "Shakedown" — Bob Seger's song from the "Beverly Hills Cop II" soundtrack that was also his own first #1 single. Originally, the tune was supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who contracted laryngitis. We can only assume Seger sent him flowers.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/1/16


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Peter Frampton tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Larry Miller

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "You may delay, but time will not."

It was Keith Richards who said: "I've nothing against daylight. I don't live totally nocturnally, only when I feel like it. Which is most of the time."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals."

It was Jean-Paul Sartre who said: "Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."

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This Saturday, 7pm: Kansas, hosted by Uncle Joe Benson, will headline the Pershing Square Free Summer Concert! Join yer Unc and The Sound Crew for great music under a SoCal Summer moon.


August 2, 2016


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Keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band is 79.
Traffic drummer/singer Jim Capaldi would have been 72.

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On this day in 1961, The Beatles began a regular booking at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Although the club was really just a basement, it played host to literally hundreds of aspiring bands from Northern England.

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney produced Badfinger's Abbey Road recording session for "Come And Get It."

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1971, The Who released their incredible "Who's Next" album. Ten days later it entered the charts on its way to #4 (things just took a little longer to happen in 1971).

On this day in 1974, Steely Dan drummer Jim Hodder and guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter quit the group. Baxter soon joined The Doobie Brothers and Hodder reportedly went to work at Pink's Hot Dogs on La Brea. Their departures helped pave the way for Steely Dan to become a two-man studio project featuring Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.

On this day in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album entered the charts as the band toured the States in two station wagons, opening for Loggins & Messina. It was the former blues band's first album with pop-oriented songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. A full 54 weeks later, it became the Mac's first #1 charting, multi-million selling album.

On this day in 1980, Whitesnake made their presence known when "Fool For Your Loving" became their first entry to the U.S. singles charts, eventually hitting #53.

On this day in 1986, the Genesis album "Invisible Touch" hit #3 for the first of two weeks. By the end of their supporting tour, it had sold over two million copies.

A Special Anniversary

On this day in 1876, famed gunfighter/pistoleer/U.S. Frontier Scout & Marshall James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was killed dead by a shot in the head while playing poker in a Deadwood, South Dakota saloon. Wild Bill died holding a poker hand which consisted of the Ace of Clubs, the Ace of Spades, two black eights, and an odd card which some say was either the Queen of Hearts, the Queen of Spades or the Jack of Diamonds. The combination of two aces and two eights has since been known as a "Dead Man's Hand." Now shuffle 'em up again, my friend!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/2/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Peter Frampton tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Graham Nash/CSNY @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian


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He Really Doesn't Know

"At this point, I don't know. We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I'll feel after," was AC/DC guitarist Angus Young's reply when quizzed on his band's status after they finish the last 10 dates of their current Rock Or Bust tour. The iconic Rock & Roll Fame Hall Of Fame band has lost three longtime members (founding guitarist Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and singer Brian Johnson) in the last couple years, and 39-year-veteran bassist Cliff Williams will retire at the end of this tour. Angus, his nephew Stevie Young, Williams, drummer Chris Slade and singer Brian Johnson's tour replacement, Axl Rose, will start AC/DC's potential last tour leg on August 27th in Greensboro, North Carolina. After that... even Angus doesn't know.

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It was Sophocles who said: "The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "It's like deja-vu, all over again."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."


August 3, 2016


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Tony Bennett is 90.
Though they're never seen together, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and
Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland are both 53.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles gave their 294th and final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Their departure from the club also coincided with their first entry into the American singles charts with "From Me To You." While that single only reached #116, super stardom was just a few weeks away.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones recorded "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow" in Los Angeles, where even that title seemed unusual.

On this day in 1968, The Doors scored their last #1 hit with "Hello, I Love You."

On this day in 1968, the first Newport Pop Festival opened to over 100,000 people (most without sunscreen) in Costa Mesa. Performers included Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. The neighborhood just recovered last year.

On this day in 1973, in an extremely rare TV appearance, an Eagles gig at U.C.L.A. was featured on ABC's "In Concert."

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' classic "It's Only Rock And Roll (And I Like It)" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1987, Def Leppard's 4th album, Hysteria, hit the charts on its way to #1, yielding seven hit singles and over 12 million in sales in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, "Hysteria" sold over 25 million!

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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 Santana and Journey as well as Joe's extensive conversation with founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/3/16


10 At 10: In Harmony
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Peter Frampton tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Lynyrd Skynyrd @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden

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It was A.A. Milne who asked: "Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?"

It was Thomas L. Friedman who said: "The first rule of holes is that when you're in one, stop digging."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Success covers a multitude of blunders."

It was Eddie Vedder who said: "The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself."


August 4, 2016


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On this day in 1970, The Doors singer, Jim Morrison, was charged with public drunkenness in L.A. when he was found passed out on the doorstep of the elderly Eleanor Brough's house.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" blasted onto the singles charts on its way to #12 just as Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" was working its way to #57.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his family were seriously injured when their rental car careened over a cliff on the Greek island of Rhodes.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin played their first British gig in four years. Over 120,000 filled Knebworth Park to its limits to show their appreciation.

On this day in 1979, "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Electric Light Orchestra entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Cheap Trick's live cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" began its climb to #35.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon secretly began recording his comeback album, "Double Fantasy," in New York City.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his song "Cover Me" as The Cars song "Drive" entered the singles charts. Meanwhile, Ratt's multi-million selling "Out Of The Cellar" album peaked at #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/4/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Peter Frampton tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jimmy Shubert

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

It was Charles M. Schulz who said: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

It was Confucius who said: "A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.


August 5, 2016


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Guitarist Rick Derringer is 69.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles released the British version of "Revolver," considered by many to be the best album ever recorded.

On this day in 1967, as the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" hit #3 on the American charts, Pink Floyd released their debut album, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," to little acclaim.

On this day in 1972, Eric Clapton's "Layla" single peaked at #10 as Chicago's "Saturday In The Park" began its climb to a three-week run at #3.

On this day in 1972, record mogul Clive Davis signed a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play at Max's Kansas City in New York City. After throwing one heck of a party with their $125,000 advance, the band went directly into debt.

On this day in 1978, "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones hit #1 as "I Need To Know" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaked at #41 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith's trippy cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" entered the singles charts on its way to #23.

On this day in 1983, after sleeping through most of his trial, David Crosby was sentenced to five years in a Texas jail for drug and gun possession.

On this day in 1992, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro died of cardiac arrest at his Hidden Hills, California home. He was only 38 years old.

On this day in 1996, Los Del Rio started a 14-week run at #1 with their song "Macarena." That marked the exact moment that the Nineties started to REALLY suck.

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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 Santana and Journey as well as Joe's extensive conversation with founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/5/16


10 At 10: 1989
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box(Lynyrd Skynyrd/Peter Frampton tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Santana/Gregg Rolie @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams

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It was Babe Ruth who said: "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."

It was Mark Twain who said: "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Go only where you are wanted. Go only when you are needed. Stay only if you are appreciated."

It was John Wooden who said: "A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."

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This Saturday, 7pm: Kansas, hosted by Uncle Joe Benson, will headline the Pershing Square Free Summer Concert! Join yer Unc and The Sound Crew for great music under a SoCal Summer moon.


August 6, 2016


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On this day in 1965, the British version of The Beatles' "Help!" album (superior in all ways to the U.S. version) was released.

On this day in 1966, The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" began its run up the singles charts to #14.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Jungle Love" — a perennial concert favorite — entered the singles charts on its way to #23.

On this day in 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna," which produced four hits including "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and "Edge of Seventeen." Fortunately for her main band, she continued on as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

On this day in 1982, the $10 million film version of Pink Floyd's best selling double-album "The Wall" had its U.S. premiere in New York City. With virtually no dialogue, the film was a series of surreal episodes equating rock & roll with fascism, women & sex with pain, and death & life with an inescapable madness. Not what you'd call uplifting.

On this day in 1983, "Cuts Like A Knife" by Bryan Adams peaked at #15 on the singles charts just as Robert Plant's "Big Log" began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1988, a full 57 weeks after its release, Guns 'N Roses debut album "Appetite For Destruction" hit #1 for the first of five weeks.


August 7, 2016


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Iron Maiden singer/jet airliner pilot Bruce Dickinson is 58.

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On this day in 1965, as "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits peaked at #1, The Beach Boys' "California Girls" entered the singles charts. They don't write 'em like that anymore, do they?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles released the song "Help!," which soon spent three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1970, Fleetwood Mac welcomed singer/keyboardist Christine McVie into the band. The new wife of bass player John McVie had previously worked with Chicken Shack. Ironically, her stint with the Mac lasted twice as long as the marriage.

On this day in 1971, on break from Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills continued his hot streak when his "Stephen Stills 2" solo album hit #8.

On this day in 1976, Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown" entered the charts as "Last Child" by Aerosmith peaked at #21.

On this day in 1982, "Hurts So Good" by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp peaked at #2 on the singles charts. John would soon use the money earned from that hit to hire lawyers to remove the tag 'Cougar' from his name forever.

On this day in 1982, as Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's first solo album, "Pictures At 11," peaked at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, Billy Squier's "Emotions In Motion" entered the album charts on its way to #5 and five million in sales.


August 8, 2016


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The Edge (Dave Evans), U2's guitarist, is 55.

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On this day in 1964, The Animals' soulful cover of the traditional blues song "The House Of The Rising Sun" entered the singles charts, marking the first time most American kids ever heard a blues song. Soon, they'd make it #1 for three weeks!

On this day in 1964, just as The Beatles' American compilation album "Something New" began its run to nine weeks at #2, their "I Should Have Known Better" single peaked at #53.

On this day in 1966, on the same day that their incredible "Revolver" album was released in the U.S., The Beatles were banned in South Africa because of John Lennon's infamous remark about the group being more popular than Jesus Christ.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles posed for the famous street crossing photograph which was used on their "Abbey Road" album cover. A policeman had to hold up traffic for several minutes at 10am as the band was photographed crossing the street in single file in front of the Abbey Road Studios. It was a hot day in London, so Paul McCartney walked barefoot. Later, when the "Paul is dead" hoax broke around the world, his walking barefoot was seen as a clue that Paul was, in fact, dead (in some countries, corpses are buried without shoes). The late Sixties/early Seventies were full of sketchy clues like that, you know.

On this day in 1970, as "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young peaked at #14 on the singles charts, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their "Looking Out My Back Door" single that eventually hit #2.

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin bought a headstone for her idol and inspiration, blues legend Bessie Smith, who had been buried in an unmarked grave. Joplin notably sang many of Smith's songs with Big Brother & The Holding Company.

On this day in 1976, Boston's self-titled first album was released and became the fastest-selling debut ever, moving over 17 million copies before it began to slow down.

On this day in 1981, Journey's "Escape" album entered the charts on its way to #1 and nine million in sales.

On this day in 1984, Ratt's debut album, "Out Of The Cellar," hit #7 on its way to selling three million.

On this day in 1987, U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" hit #1 on the singles chart.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/8/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box @12:30pm
The Story - Elton John @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni


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Allman Down

Gregg Allman has canceled the rest of his Summer tour due to "serious health issues." The liver transplant recipient is under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. With luck, Gregg's return gig will be at his Laid Back Festival in Atlanta on October 29th.

Fresh/Old Eric

However much Eric Clapton has been backing off on concert tours in recent years, his output of concert albums has certainly been ramping up. Next in line is his "Live In San Diego" album, recorded at the iPayOne Center on March 15th, 2007. The gig was part of E.C.'s "Road To Escondido" tour, and featured songs with his old friend J.J. Cale, who lived in the San Diego area. September 30th is the release date.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do."

It was John Lubbock who said: "However vexed you may be overnight, things will look very different in the morning."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "Shallow men believe in luck and circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect."

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This Saturday: You need to be hanging with Joe Benson and The Steve Miller Band at the Greek Theatre — much, much fun to be had!


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This Sunday, Noon - 2pm: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, this is going to be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 725 West Huntington Drive in Monrovia! Good times!


August 9, 2016


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On this day in 1968, after the other Beatles went home around 2am, Paul McCartney recorded 25 takes of "Mother Nature's Son" at Abbey Road Studios. At that point, he decided the 24th take was the one to include on what became The Beatles "White Album."

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin rocked the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Their opening act, a young Jethro Tull, had just hit #1 back in England with their "Stand Up" album.

On this day in 1973, guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell informed Paul McCartney that they didn't want to go to Africa to record the album that eventually became "Band On The Run." Because of that, this also marks the day that Henry and Denny officially left Paul's band Wings.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "Love Walks In" entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 1986, Queen gave their last ever live performance. England's Knebworth Park was the venue, and the last two songs the band played were "We Are The Champions" and "God Save The Queen."

On this day in 1995, Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at the age of 53. He was in drug rehab at the time.

On this day in 1997, the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" entered the singles charts on its way to #42 and becoming one of the Top Rock Airplay songs of the year.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/9/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Fireworks Finale/Jeff Lynne's ELO tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Michael McDonald/Doobie Brothers @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don McMillan


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Not Recouping

The judge who oversaw Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" copyright infringement trial has ruled against the band and their publishing company's attempts to recoup nearly $800,000 in legal fees. While a federal jury decided that the Zep weren't guilty of plagiarizing Spirit's "Taurus" in a bizarre copyright infringement trial, judge R. Gary Klausner ruled yesterday that the lawsuit itself was not frivolous and meritless. Thus the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy (California) Wolfe and their attorney were not obligated to repay the defendants' legal fees. And the beat goes on.

Eric's Big Fish

Did you know that Eric Clapton, one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, is also a champion fly fisherman? But it's still a bit surprising that — while vacationing in Iceland last weekend — the 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer landed the largest salmon caught all Summer in the Vatnsdalsá River. They say that E.C. spent over a half hour trying to land the 28 pound/three-and-a-half foot long fish while running about a kilometer downstream before bringing the fish ashore. And because there's a "catch and release" policy for all salmon caught in that Icelandic river, Eric had to toss it back after verifying its size. Sure sounds like the basis for a new song!

Grandbaby On The 405

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider just welcomed his fourth grandchild into the world in a most unusual way. Parker Pryde Snider, the 8 pound 10 ounce baby girl, was born Sunday afternoon at the side of the 405 Freeway! Dee's oldest son Jesse and his wife Patty, who have three other children, were en route to the hospital when the baby decided not to wait. They continued on with Patty breastfeeding the baby in the front seat. But was the baby singing "We're not gonna take it" during the birth?

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It was John Fogerty who said: "Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo, the trick is to ride and make it to the bell."

It was Paul Gauguin who said: "There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite."

It was Walter Cronkite who said: "There's no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free or you are not free."

It was Ray Romano who said: "The more I go through parenting, the more I say I owe my mother an apology."


August 10, 2016


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Leo Fender, inventor of all those wonderful electric guitars, would have been 107.
Jethro Tull's head guy, Ian Anderson, is 69.
INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 55.

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On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" double album hit #1 for the first of four weeks just as The Doors' "Waiting For The Sun" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, The Who's "Magic Bus" entered the singles charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1974, driven by their "La Grange" hit single, ZZ Top's breakthrough album "Tres Hombres" peaked at #8.

On this day in 1976, Elton John opened the first of seven shows at Madison Square Garden. That run broke the house record set the previous summer by The Rolling Stones, and marked the absolute peak of Sir Elty's staggering popularity.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' most successful album, "Reckless," hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Driven by three hit singles — including "Summer Of '69" — it also sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1995, Bob Dylan released his classic statement about the death of The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, who died the day before. Bob said, "There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or a player. I don't think any eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great, much more than a superb musician, with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He's the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me, he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There's a lot of spaces and advances between The Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep." That's exactly what Mr. Dylan said.

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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, Don Henley, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer as well as Joe's brand new conversation with Toto founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Steve Porcaro. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/10/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Fireworks Finale/Jeff Lynne's ELO tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Beck @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bobby Collins


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Lots O' Mono Stones $$

Kind of surprising they haven't done this before, but The Rolling Stones' Sixties catalog has been remastered and bundled in a new box set — in mono (ie. that's one channel only, the way they really did it back then)! "The Rolling Stones In Mono" will be released on September 30th. The collection will include "The Rolling Stones," "12 x 5," "The Rolling Stones No. 2," "The Rolling Stones, Now!," "Out Of Our Heads" (U.S. & U.K. versions), "December's Children (And Everybody's)", "Aftermath" (U.S. & U.K. versions), "Between The Buttons," "Flowers," "Their Satanic Majesties Request," "Beggars Banquet" and "Let It Bleed," as well as "Stray Cats," a new compilation essential non-album B-sides and rarities entirely restored in mono for the first time. The bucks up limited-edition box set will be available in both CD and vinyl while the stand-alone versions will be available next year.

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It was Bob Dylan who said: "All the money you make will never buy back your soul."

It was Sam Rayburn who said: "No one has a finer command of language than a person who keeps his mouth shut."

It was Epicurus who said: "We should look for someone to eat and drink with before we look for something to eat and drink."

It was Joe Benson who said: "The oft-lauded extra leisure time of underemployment is vastly overrated."


August 11, 2016


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Original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is 73.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd recorded "Apples & Oranges" at Abbey Road Studios. The song eventually became their third single and was truly as horribly lame as the title would lead you to believe.

On this day in 1973, Joe Walsh released his "Rocky Mountain Way" single just as The Edgar Winter Group released "Free Ride." Soon, Joe's single peaked at #23 while Edgar's hit #14.

On this day in 1973, two Deep Purple albums, their new "Made In Japan" live collection and the two-year-old "Machine Head" LP, peaked at #6 and #7 respectively.

On this day in 1984, "Cover Me" by Bruce Springsteen entered the singles chart on its way to #7.

On this day in 2014, comedy icon Robin Williams took his life in his home. He was only 63 years old.

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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, Don Henley, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer as well as Joe's brand new conversation with Toto founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Steve Porcaro. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/11/16


10 At 10: Colors
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Fireworks Finale/Jeff Lynne's ELO tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Heffron


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Phil's First In Six Years

Well it's not a tour, but former Genesis frontman/drummer Phil Collins will headline the opening ceremony for the 2016 U.S. Open on August 29th with a performance of "In the Air Tonight." Phil's first major public performance in six years will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Fresh Old Hendrix

At last! Jimi Hendrix and the Band Of Gypsys — bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles — played four historic concerts at Manhattan's Fillmore East: two on New Year's Eve 1969 and two on New Year's Day 1970. As you would expect, most of those performances were never released, including the first show in its entirety — until now! "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" will be released September 30th digitally, on CD and as a double LP. Rock on!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."

It was Robin Williams who said: "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

It was Ellen Glasgow who said: "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

It was Dion Boucicault who said: "Men talk of killing time while time quietly kills them."


August 12, 2016


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Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is 67.

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On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. The world's first bootleg and royalty lawsuits were just around the corner.

On this day in 1960, Pete Best became the drummer of the Silver Beetles. With Ringo Starr around the corner, Pete didn't last much longer than that band name.

On this day in 1967, Fleetwood Mac made their live debut at London's National Jazz & Blues Festival. The festival's headliners were two British artists who were neither blues nor jazz: Donovan and Pink Floyd. Oh, the Sixties!

On this day in 1969, Eric Clapton's supergroup Blind Faith made their live U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden. Too much too soon: they were doomed before they played their first note.

On this day in 1972, "Honky Cat" by Elton John entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1974, driven by their "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" hit single, Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" album peaked at #8.

On this day in 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash's "CSN" album hit #2 for the first of four weeks. Before long it had also sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "Hollywood Nights" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1991, Metallica released their legendary "Metallica" album (also known as "The Black Album"). Their fifth studio album, it hit #1 within three weeks and went on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1992, Pearl Jam's epic "Jeremy" crossed into the mainstream and entered the singles charts on its way to #79.

On this day in 2006, Tom Petty's third solo album, "Highway Companion," hit #8 on the charts.

On this day in 2010, Little Feat drummer/co-founder Richie Hayward died at the age of 64 in Vancouver. He had been fighting liver cancer for over a year.

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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, Don Henley, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer as well as Joe's brand new conversation with Toto founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Steve Porcaro. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/12/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Fireworks Finale/Jeff Lynne's ELO tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Toto/Steve Porcaro @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan


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Cat Returns

Folk-rock icon Cat Stevens — officially known as Yusuf — will do an intimate three-week American tour next month. The A Cat's Attic tour will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of his first single, "I Love My Dog." But don't worry, Cat will be playing all of his awesome hits on October 6th and 7th at the Pantages Theater!

Resurrecting The Pretenders

After two years away from her band to promote a solo album and an autobiography, Chrissie Hynde has returned the Pretenders to action. Though no one knows who plays on the new album or even its name, but know that the Pretenders will tour this Fall!

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common."

It was William Blake who said: "A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's gonna stop them."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution."

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This Saturday: You need to be hanging with Joe Benson and The Steve Miller Band at the Greek Theatre — much, much fun to be had!


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This Sunday, Noon - 2pm: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, this is going to be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 725 West Huntington Drive in Monrovia! Good times!


August 13, 2016


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On this day in 1952, Blues maven Big Mama Thornton recorded the original version of "Hound Dog," which soon became a #1 R&B hit. Little did the world know, Elvis Presley's version was just waiting in the wings!

On this day in 1964, The Kinks entered the U.K. charts for the first time with "You Really Got Me." In short order it hit #1 for two weeks, giving them their big breakthrough.

On this day in 1965, the Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco's Matrix Club. Marty Balin, the group's vocalist and guitarist, owned the club, thus making the audition process go a lot smoother.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' best album to date, "Revolver," hit #1 on the British charts, while anti-Beatlemania raged Stateside following John Lennon's remark that the group was "more popular than Jesus."

On this day in 1966, driven by the hit single "Paint It Black," The Rolling Stones' "Aftermath" (their first filled with Jagger/Richards compositions) hit #2 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1973, Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play" album hit #1.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band began their legendary five-night, two shows per evening stand at New York's Bottom Line club, setting the stage for the breakthrough success of the "Born To Run" album two weeks later.

On this day in 1977, Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" entered the charts on its way to #30 — making it his most successful single ever.

On this day in 1977, Bachman Turner Overdrive announced they were splitting up, sending all of Canada and bar bands everywhere into mourning.

On this day in 1983, "How Can I Refuse" by Heart entered the singles charts on its way to #44.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's "Love Bites" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" began its climb to #7.


August 14, 2016


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Singer/guitarist David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Byrds fame, is 75 and still living large!
Bassist Tim Bogart of Vanilla Fudge fame is 72.

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On this day in 1962, Ringo Starr was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes when he was approached by The Beatles manager Brian Epstein about replacing drummer Pete Best. Much to Pete's chagrin, Ringo started four days later.

On this day in 1965, The Animals' anthem "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #13 as The Kinks' "Who'll Be The Next In Line" started its climb up to #34.

On this date in 1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Recording at CBS Studio 50 in New York City, they performed "I Feel Fine," "I'm Down," "Act Naturally," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday" and "Help!" The program was broadcast on September 12th, as the season-opener of "The Ed Sullivan Show."

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's classic "Maggie May" entered the singles chart on its way to five weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" started working its way to #1.

On this day in 1971, "Who's Next," The Who's greatest album, entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's "Rock 'N Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as Peter Frampton's "Frampton Comes Alive" album hit #1 for the first of 10 weeks.

On this day in 1982, "Keep The Fire Burnin'" by REO Speedwagon peaked at #7 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1985, Michael Jackson snookered Paul McCartney with a bid of $47.5 million for the ATV music publishing catalog and the Northern Songs Catalogue of The Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

On this day in 2014, keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier — a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult who also contributed to vital records by Patti Smith and The Clash — lost his lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lanier, who had been a heavy smoker, was 67.


August 15, 2016


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Doobie Brothers guitarist/singer Tom Johnston is 68.
Drummer Tommy Aldridge, who worked with Black Oak Arkansas, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne, is 66.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better" single peaked at #53.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles performed in front of 56,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York. Even though screaming fans drowned out the pathetic 600 watt P.A. system, the gig did set a record for concert attendance at that time.

On this day in 1969, three days of "Peace, Love and Music" known as the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Fair began on Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York. Almost half a million people braved rainstorms and traffic jams to see Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Joe Cocker, among others.

On this day in 1970, Free's "All Right Now" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Sugarloaf released their "Green Eyed Lady," which soon hit #5.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer To Home (I'm Your Captain)" single began its climb to #22 as The Who's rocking cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" peaked at #27.

On this day in 1970, Traffic's "John Barleycorn Must Die" album, which began life as group leader Steve Winwood's first solo project, peaked at #5 Stateside — making it the most successful album of their career.

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" album was released a year before group leader Tom Scholz wanted it to be. Soon, there would be hell to pay.

On this day in 1981, Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" peaked at #19 just as Blue Oyster Cult's "Burning For You" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 40.

On this day in 1981, Pat Benatar's "Precious Time" album hit #1 as Stevie Nicks' first solo album, "Bella Donna," began its climb up the charts to #1.

On this day in 1987, "Paper In Fire" by John Mellencamp entered the singles charts on its way to #9 as Heart's "Who Will You Run To" started its climb to #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/15/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Harley Speedway Motorcycle Races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jackson Browne @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ellen Degeneres

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else."

It was G.K. Chesterton who observed: "Where do you hide a leaf? In a forest."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30, the wit; and at 40, the judgment."

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September 3rd: Starting with an Uncle Joe's Meet & Greet with The Sound Crew on the midway, you know J.B. will be hosting Bad Company at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona — a Rock & Roll party!



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