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August 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!


August 16, 2016


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INXS guitarist Tim Farris is 59.
Singer/dancer/saucy girl-next-door Madonna is 58.

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On this day in 1938, Blues legend Robert Johnson (from whose music most Rock & Roll evolved) died at the age of 27 after being poisoned by a jealous husband (or so the story goes).

On this day in 1962, The Beatles replaced drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr. Twenty years later, in 1982, Best released an album of early Decca Record auditions on which he was playing with the legendary group. True enough, his backbeat was all over the place.

On this day in 1969, after great difficulties in the recording studio, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's supergroup Blind Faith finally saw its self-titled debut album enter the charts. However, even two weeks at #1 wasn't enough to pull the project together, and the band dissolved after its ill conceived mini-tour of the States.

On this day in 1977, Rock & Roll legend Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. Heart attack or heavy drug abuse, it doesn't really matter — he's not living in Kalamazoo, he's dead.

On this day in 1980, Queen's epic "Another One Bites The Dust" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and over a million sold.

On this day in 1986, Genesis were on a roll when their "Throwing It All Away" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/16/16


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Harley Speedway Motorcycle Races tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford


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Coop Reports On Perry

Alice Cooper says that his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Joe Perry hadn't eaten for two days before he passed out on stage last month in a collapse brought on by exhaustion and dehydration. Alice also noted that, "Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I'm used to working like that... We were doing 25 to 30 songs with no break. You're in fourth gear, and there's no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him."

Fresh Old Styx

While they haven't released a new album since 2003's excellent "Cyclorama," Styx are unleashing their latest in a series of videos, "Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas." Why another DVD from one of our best live touring bands? As lead guitarist/singer James "J.Y." Young says, "Radio won't play anything new and nobody buys albums anymore... So why put in all that time and money into making something [new] when we can put out something we know they want and they'll really like." And singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw adds, "Since radio has changed so much, this is something that's harder to lose control of… We shoot it. We edit it. We put it out and we know how many are sold. It really feels like ours." The DVD will be out on September 2nd. Rock on!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "You are your word. Don't give your word unless you intend to keep it. A leader whose promise means everything is trusted."

It was Confucius who said: "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

It was Edgar Watson Howe who said: "A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."

It was Pete Seeger who said: "Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."


August 17, 2016


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Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian is 67.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles played their first gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool with their new drummer, Ringo Starr. Some of original drummer Pete Best's fans began a fight as the Fab Four entered the club, and George Harrison finished the night with a black eye.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin began their seventh North American tour in their first three years. Having just completed the "Led Zeppelin IV" album, the band was at the height of their creative success, so both the music and the partying were epic.

On this day in 1974, as Eric Clapton's "461 Ocean Boulevard" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Bad Company's debut single, "Can't Get Enough," entered the singles charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1985, driven by their hit single cover of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' In The Boys Room" and their wild stage show, Motley Crue's "Theatre Of Pain" hit #6 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/17/16


10 At 10: Woodstock
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Harley Speedway Motorcycle Races tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Jimi Hendrix/Eddie Kramer @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jo Koy

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It was Ambrose Bierce who said: "The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "You are what you is."

It was Robert Frost who said: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."


August 18, 2016


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Original Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is 66.

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On this day in 1973, "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" by Chicago peaked at #10 as The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" entered the singles charts on its way to #15 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk's rocking "We're An American Band" album entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1977, The Police (with guitarist Andy Summers) played their first gig as a three-piece following the departure of original guitarist Henri Padovani.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Panama" peaked at #13 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi released their third album, "Slippery When Wet." It eventually spent eight weeks at #1, 38 weeks inside the Top 5 and sold over 12 million copies, becoming the best selling album of 1987.

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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 Queen and conversation with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and singer Freddie Mercury. Check out this preview!

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Thursday 8/18/16


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Harley Speedway Motorcycle Races tix) @12:30pm
The Story - John Entwistle/The Who @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan


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Macca Re-Ups

In a surprise move, Sir Paul McCartney has gotten back together with The Beatles's first American record company, Capitol Records. Macca's new deal covers the master recordings of his entire post-Beatles catalog, from his 1970 "McCartney" album through his forthcoming new studio album. Plans are also set to release new archival compilations — assembled under the watchful eyes of Sir Paulie and his team — starting next July.

Billy/B.B. Induction

ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be working the 2016 Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame Inductions on October 12th. Not only will Billy be inducting B.B. King, he'll perform with B.B. King's Blues Band and Gary Clark Junior. Others to be inducted at the event include Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson.

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It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Speak when you are angry — and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret."

It was Julia Child who said: "I enjoy cooking with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food."

It was Wynton Marsalis who said: "Experiencing great things can motivate us to be great ourselves."


August 19, 2016


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Cream drummer Ginger Baker is 77.
Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is 71.
Queen bassist John Deacon is 65.

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On this day in 1959, 61-year-old blues guitar legend Blind Willie McTell died in Milledgeville, Georgia from a brain hemorrhage. Just the same, The Allman Brothers Band (unlike a big English band or two) still gave him full writing credits when they covered his material 10 years later.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles hit #1 with "All You Need Is Love."

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" was working its way to #42.

On this day in 1997, Fleetwood Mac released "The Dance," the soundtrack to a TV special featuring the recently reunited/most famous line-up of the classic band. Within a few weeks, it hit #1 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/19/16


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Harley Speedway Motorcycle Races tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Queen/Freddie Mercury @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias


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A Digitally Altered Steven Tyler

When Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida debuted the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith ride, your Uncle Joe was the voice of the production! Now, over 19 years later, word is that Disney officials got wind that singer Steven Tyler had briefly flashed a sexually suggestive hand gesture during the ride's introductory video. In short order, Disney eliminated the prank by digitally altering the singer's "Shocker" gesture right out of the video. Is Steven Tyler the reason why we can't have fun anymore?

New Metallica (Finally!)

It's official! Metallica's long-awaited new studio album — "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" will arrive on November 18th. The album's 12 tracks add up to 80 minutes of ROCKIN' new music.

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It was Vin Scully who said: "It's a mere moment in a man's life between the All-Star Game and an old timers game."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."

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Amazing Late Summertime Factoids

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train running under a car driving under an airplane.

The Eisenhower Interstate system (which we're still using) required that one mile in every five be straight to use as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies. Whew... I think we all feel safer now!


August 20, 2016


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Trombonist James Pankow of Chicago is 69.
Singer/rock god Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame is 68.
Doug Fieger, singer/guitarist for The Knack, and Thin Lizzy bassist/singer Phil Lynott would have been 64.

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On this day in 1966, the title song of The Beatles' forthcoming film "Yellow Submarine" entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1969, all four of The Beatles were together in the studio for the last time as they finished recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

On this day in 1977, The Marshall Tucker Band released the song "Can't You See." While it had virtually no commercial impact, it became part of the soundtrack for the Summer of 1977.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at the L.A. Sports Arena in one of the first high profile benefits for Vietnam veterans.

On this day in 1983, Jackson Browne's "Lawyers In Love" album entered the charts on its way to #8.


August 21, 2016


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Bassist/singer Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame is 65.
Guitarist/singer Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 65.
Former Journey drummer Steve Smith is 62.

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On this day in 1954, Bill Haley & the Comets broke into the Top 40 with "Shake, Rattle & Roll." Music would never be the same.

On this day in 1965, driven by the overwhelming success of the "Satisfaction" single, The Rolling Stones' "Out Of Our Heads" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" album hit #1.

On this day in 1971, Paul McCartney's second solo album, "Ram," hit #2 as The Moody Blues sixth album, "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 2005, Robert A. Moog, one of the most influential innovators in the history of Rock & Roll and the guy whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound, passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina.


August 22, 2016


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Blues legend John Lee Hooker would have been 99.
Dale Hawkins, the guy who wrote "Susie-Q," would have been 78.
Former Grateful Dead singer Donna Godchaux is 70.
Singing sprite Tori Amos is 53.

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On this day in 1966, New York police managed to talk two teenagers down from a 22nd-floor ledge where they had threatened to commit suicide unless they met The Beatles. Instead, the girls were sent to Roosevelt Hospital to get their heads examined, then were charged with disturbing the peace. And all they really wanted was a little Beatle love!

On this day in 1968, a day before their sixth anniversary, John Lennon's wife, Cynthia, sued The Beatle for divorce after discovering Yoko Ono living in their London home. Definitely not the kind of anniversary gift or home accessorizing she had in mind.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles were together for the last time in one room. The four gathered at John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park home just outside of London for a photo shoot for the cover of the "Hey Jude" album.

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton, under the guise of Derek & the Dominoes, began work on "Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs."

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Cosmo's Factory" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin released their final studio album, "In Through The Out Door." Within two weeks, it was locked in for another seven weeks at #1.

On this day in 1981, in the process of selling over six million copies, Foreigner's "4" album hit #1 for the first of 10 weeks.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones classic "Start Me Up" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week run at #2, forevermore earning a spot on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1987, as the Grateful Dead's "In The Dark" album peaked at #6, Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album entered the charts. A full 11 months later, "Hysteria" finally hit #1 for six weeks while selling over 12 million copies Stateside alone.

On this day in 1992, a full 51 weeks after it was released, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" peaked at #2 on the charts. Their most commercially successful album, it sold over 13 million copies and produced three hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Jeremy."

On this day in 2006, Bruce Gary, the original drummer for The Knack, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 55. As a longtime L.A. session musician, he had worked with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Cream's Jack Bruce and Robby Krieger of The Doors as well as blues masters Albert Collins and Albert King.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/22/16


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Bad Company/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - George Thorogood @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield


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Plant For Wyman

On the heels of his own 68th birthday, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant will help former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman celebrate his 80th at a special concert. The October 28th Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Gala will be part of BluesFest London. Wyman and his longtime group The Rhythm Kings (who opened for Led Zeppelin at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert) will headline the Indig02 show. Plant and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler are among many yet-to-be-announced guests, and other BluesFest shows at London's O2 Arena will include Van Morrison and Jeff Beck, and Bad Company and Richie Sambora. Wyman, who was with The Rolling Stones from 1962 through 1993, will celebrate his actual 80th birthday on October 24th.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Lost time is never found again."

It was Miriam M. Wynn who said: "If you're afraid to ask the question, it's probably because you already know the answer."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "To respond is positive, to react is negative."

It was Steven Wright who said: "There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot."

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Fulfilling Food Factoids

* Five percent of people who frequent restaurants claim they eat out because they do not know how to cook.

* Chef Boy-ar-dee was a real chef (Hector Boiardi) who created the first take-home, ready to fix pasta meals. His sauce became so popular among U.S. troops during World War II that demand after the war made him a superstar.

* Betty Crocker was a fictional spokesperson created by General Mills in the early 1920s to answer letters from consumers. Alas, Andy Chandley still has a crush on her.


August 23, 2016


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Rock drumming/partying god Keith Moon of The Who would have been 70.
Singer/actor/heartthrob Rick Springfield is 67.

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On this day in 1962, John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia, almost six years to the day before she filed for divorce. The lucky couple's wedding night was spent with The Beatles playing Liverpool's Riverpark Ballroom.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles played the Hollywood Bowl. A full 13 years later, a mediocre live recording of the concert was released.

On this day in 1968, a very frustrated Ringo Starr walked out on The Beatles during sessions for "The Beatles (White Album)." Fortunately, he eventually came back.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" hit #1 on the Stateside singles charts just as The Doors jazzy "Soft Parade" album peaked at #6.

On this day in 1974, Bruce Springsteen hired drummer Max Weinberg, completing the line-up for the most famous version of The E Street Band.

On this day in 1975, Jefferson Starship's epic "Miracles" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week run at #3.

On this day in 1980, Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion" album hit #2 for the first of five weeks, selling over four million copies and garnering a Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award for Pat.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's legendary "Back In Black" album began its climb to #4 and 21 million sold Stateside alone.

On this day in 1986, R.E.M.'s "Lifes Rich Pageant" album began its climb to #21. Little did they know that breakthrough success was just around the corner.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/23/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Bad Company/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Scorpions/Rudolph Schenker @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter


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Styx/Felder Again

Styx and former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder will relive their 2014 Soundtrack Of Summer tour with a five-show residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas on January 6th, 7th, 11th, 13th and 14th. If they have as much fun as they did the last time around, don't be surprised if Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane rocks into Summer!

Metallica/Floyd For Young

Talk about a wide variety of music! Neil Young has recruited Metallica and Roger Waters to headline the 2016 edition of his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. The October 22nd and 23rd event will roll at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The Bridge School Benefit Concert, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is an all-acoustic event organized by Young and his estranged wife, Pegi to raise funds for the Bridge School facility that helps children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.

Bruce Is Back (Briefly)

For a guy who wasn't going to tour to promote the re-release of his classic "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" album last December, Bruce Springsteen has been kicking major butt as he has been rocking through The River Tour since January! The extended touring will come to an end when The Boss starts a run of 10 U.S. dates tonight with two shows in his backyard of East Rutherford, New Jersey. No Southland dates this time around, but Bruce and The E Street Band will roll through Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and before shutting it down in the Boston suburb of Foxborough on September 14th.

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It was Jim Gaffigan who said: "Turns out saying you worked out is so much easier than working out."

It was Charlton Heston who said: "Political correctness is just tyranny with manners."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "You can observe a lot by just watching."

It was David Russell who said: "The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn."


August 24, 2016


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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, the bluesman whose "That's All Right Mama" was Elvis Presley's first single, would have been 111.
Traffic drummer/singer Jim Capaldi would have been 72.
Uriah Heep singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ken Hensley is 71.
James Gang drummer/organist Jimmy Fox is 69.

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On this day in 1966, The Doors began recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios in Los Angeles with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles had their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tagged along. John Lennon later said the experience was like "going somewhere without your trousers," a situation that Jagger was very familiar with even then.

On this day in 1968, to celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually the day before), Who drummer Keith Moon drove a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1979, The Cars played a free concert to an audience of 500,000 in New York's Central Park. No, they didn't really move around much on stage, but they did sell a lot of T-shirts.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their "Tattoo You" album. It eventually spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Lonely Ol' Night" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1989, The Who performed their rock opera "Tommy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles with an all-star cast that included Elton John, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and Patti LaBelle.

On this day in 1991, Metallica's mighty "Enter Sandman" entered the singles charts on its way to #16 and selling over a million copies.

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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 Yes and conversation with bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and singer Jon Anderson. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/24/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Bad Company/L.A. Fair tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Supertramp/Roger Hodgson @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte

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It was Plato who said: "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

It was John Fogerty who said: "Ran out of time and money, looks like they took my friends. Oh! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again."

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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Saturday 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!


August 25, 2016


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KISS frontman Gene Simmons is 67.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is 65.
Master songwriter Elvis Costello is 62.
Def Leppard/Whitesnake/Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell is 53.

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On this day in 1970, Elton John played his first American concert at the Troubadour in West Los Angeles. That began a week-long stand that helped Sir Elty break through in America even before he became a star in his British homeland.

On this day in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer played their first-ever gig at the Plymouth Guild Hall in England.

On this day in 1973, The Allman Brothers Band's most successful album, "Brothers And Sisters," and biggest single, "Ramblin' Man," both entered the charts. The single eventually peaked at #2 while the album spent five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, "Born To Run." Recorded over 14 months, Springsteen was in fear of being dropped by his label after his first two critically lauded albums were commercial disappointments. Instead, the album brought both critical acclaim and commercial acceptance, as well as Bruce on the covers of "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines. Superstardom was just down the road.

On this day in 1979, The Knack scored two chart toppers in one day: their debut album, "Get The Knack," and their first single, "My Sharona," both hit #1. "My Sharona" stayed at the Top for five weeks.

On this day in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" album began its climb to #17 on the U.S. charts, selling over six million copies and influencing every Hard Rock band in the world for decades to come.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's legendary "Back In Black" album began its climb to #4 and 21 million sold Stateside alone.

On this day in 1994, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged." The success of that show led to two new albums and several tours by the duo.

On this day in 2000, producer Jack Nitzsche died in Los Angeles. As well as having worked closely with Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, Jack won an Oscar in 1982 for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" for the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/25/16


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Bad Company/L.A. Fair tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara


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A Petty Party

If you want to celebrate Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary, then set September 13th aside for a party at the Fonda Theater! Over 30 artists — including Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction and Carly Rae Jepsen — will take part in the benefit for the Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

Benatar On Broadway

Looks like a new musical focusing on the musical and personal relationship between Pat Benatar and her guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo is reportedly due to hit Broadway next year. Working in the style of "Rock of Ages" and "Jersey Boys," the question is can the only artist to have won the Best Female Rock Vocalist GRAMMY Award four years in a row succeed on Broadway like The Four Seasons, Carole King and Gloria Estefan?

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It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'"

It was Demetri Martin who said: "Don't be so quick to judge others. Take your time and really get into it."

It was William Feather who said: "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."

It was Bob Marley who said: "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."


August 26, 2016


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On this day in 1967, The Beatles appeared with their new guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at a press conference where Paul McCartney announced that the bandmates had given up drugs. Yeah, sure.

On this day in 1967, as the Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, "Are You Experienced," entered the charts on its way to #5, their "Purple Haze" single started working its way to #65. Not one person said the song wasn't about drugs.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" single in the States. The U.K. had to wait until September 30th for the release.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix played his last live show at the Isle of Wight festival. Three weeks later, he was dead.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Duane Allman joined Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos sessions in Florida. The first result was the stunning guitar riff that made the song "Layla" so memorable.

On this day in 1972, just as "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Rod Stewart's beautiful "You Wear It Well" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1972, the Doobie Brothers' classic "Toulouse Street" album entered the charts, eventually selling a million copies and just missing charting in the Top 20.

On this day in 1978, as guitarist Pete Townshend's "clean edit" of The Who's "Who Are You" began its climb to #14 on the singles charts, Steely Dan's "Josie" began its run to #26.

On this day in 1978, driven by the success of his "Life's Been Good," single, Joe Walsh's "But Seriously Folks" album peaked at #8.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's song "The End Of The Innocence" peaked at #8 on the charts.

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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 Yes and conversation with bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and singer Jon Anderson. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/26/16


10 At 10: Girls!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Bad Company/L.A. Fair tix) @12:30pm
The Story - Yes/Rick Wakeman @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan


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Over Million Tickets

Jump back — it's official! Guns N' Roses' North American Not In This Lifetime Summer stadium tour sold over one million tickets — a staggering amount for a rock band in this day and age. You've gotta wonder if they'll return after next year's foreign gigs.

Axl Goes Back To Work

Just a few days after the surprisingly super-productive Axl Rose wrapped up Guns N' Roses' North American reunion tour, he's heading back out with AC/DC! The first of their make-up dates for last Spring's postponed American gigs will take place on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. You may recall that those 10 shows were postponed when AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was advised to stop touring or risk going deaf. If this short run is really the final leg of the Rock Or Bust tour, then that's also it for bassist Cliff Williams who has vowed to retire when this run finishes.

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It was Bobby Knight who said: "The key is not the will to win; everyone has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other."

It was Edouard Herriot who said: "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

It was Arthur Baer who said: "If you do big things they print your face, and if you do little things they print only your thumbs."


August 27, 2016


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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is 63.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles spent four hours with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air. It was the one and only time they ever met, and the King of Rock & Roll's first words were "Can I get you Beatles a drink?"

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, died at the age of 33 of a medication overdose.

On this day in 1977, "Just A Song Before I Go" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash peaked at #7 as "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp topped out at #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne recorded "Stay" and "Running On Empty" live in concert in Columbia, Maryland. Later, he said that was the only night he and his band ever got both songs exactly right.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "King of Pain" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #3 as "China Girl" by David Bowie peaked at #10 and "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top topped out at #56.

On this day in 1990, guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan died at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash in dense fog following a gig with Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton in Wisconsin. All five people aboard the helicopter, including members of Clapton's entourage, were killed.

On this day in 1991, Pearl Jam released their debut album, "Ten." Although it took almost a year to peak on the charts, it became their most commercially successful album, eventually selling over 13 million copies and producing three hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Jeremy."


August 28, 2016


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Drummer Danny Seraphine of Chicago is 68.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles played the first of two concerts at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. After the gig, the Fab Four met Bob Dylan, who immediately introduced them to marijuana. All of the post-show giggling eventually led to an interesting relationship.

On this day in 1965, The Beach Boys' classic "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the singles charts just as The Beatles' "Help!" soundtrack entered the album charts on its way to 14 weeks at #1. Just another day in the Sixties!

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's live version of "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, George Thorogood's signature album "Bad To The Bone" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1986, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young and Mick Fleetwood performed in Long Beach at a concert billed "Get Tough on Toxics." Hmm... wonder if it worked?


August 29, 2016


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Jazz legend Charlie "The Bird" Parker would have been 96 (his nickname as a kid was "The Yardbird").
Pop icon Michael Jackson would have been 58.

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On this day in 1895, the real Eleanor Rigby was born in Liverpool.

On this day in 1959, George Harrison recruited John Lennon and Paul McCartney to play a last minute gig as the Quarry Men at Liverpool's Casbah Coffee Club after the Les Stewart Quartet had an argument and refused to play. The Quarry Men's performance immediately secured them a regular Saturday night show. Too bad for Les and his Quartet!

On this day in 1964, Roy Orbison released his classic "Oh, Pretty Woman." Soon it would spend three weeks at #1 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl. The show was recorded for possible release, but Paul's microphone broke, making the recordings unusable. Isn't it interesting that through all the little girls' screams, no one in the crowd noticed that they couldn't hear Paul.

On this day in 1966 in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, The Beatles played their last concert. Of the 25,000 present, it's doubtful that anyone heard any of the 11 songs that the Fab Four played.

On this day in 1970, The Kinks' classic "Lola" began its climb to a scandalous #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer To Home" album hit #6 as Black Sabbath's quickly recorded, self-titled debut album began its run to #23.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 2014, Jethro Tull's original bassist, Glenn Cornick, passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 67 in his Hilo, Hawaii home. Glenn's highly inventive bass work on Tull's first three albums was a major component in the Progressive Rock band's success.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/29/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Gabriel Iglesias/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - REO Speedwagon/Kevin Cronin @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin

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It was Ella Fitzgerald who said: "It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."


August 30, 2016


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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released the album "Highway 61 Revisited." Folk purists were once again horrified to hear him using electric guitars, but the album's first single, "Like A Rolling Stone," became one of Dylan's best-loved songs.

On this day in 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority and Led Zeppelin headlined the Texas International Pop Festival at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. No matter what they say, no one who was there really remembers any of it.

On this day in 1973, The Doors finally broke up, following Jim Morrison's death in July 1971.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their 16th album, "Tattoo You." It spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over three-million copies — their biggest to date.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" (inspired by his father) entered the singles charts on its way to #26.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/30/16


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Gabriel Iglesias/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Lou Gramm & Mick Jones/Foreigner @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Michael Loftus


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Stones Exhibition

Assembled with the full cooperation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, the wide ranging "Exhibitionism" Rolling Stones exhibit that debuted in London last April, will be relocating to Industria Superstudio in New York's West Village on November 12th. the attraction incorporates a massive collection of memorabilia, including more than 500 previously unseen artifacts — various instruments, original posters and album art, handwritten lyrics, personal diaries and correspondence, costumes and stage props. We can only hope the show hits the Southland next Spring as the band begins their next American tour!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: ""Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

It was Will Rogers who said: "There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works."

It was Robert Orben who said: "For a real quick energy boost, nothing beats having the boss walk in."

It was Jonas Salk who said: "Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."


August 31, 2016


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Rock icon Van Morrison is 70.
Scorpions guitarist/founder Rudolf Schenker is 68.

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On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin's incredible version of "Piece Of My Heart" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" of the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine" when writing "My Sweet Lord." The Chiffons, whose original recording of the song had charted at #1 for four weeks in 1963, received no additional compensation whatsoever.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" album started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. charts. At the same time, it was topping the charts in 25 other countries, eventually selling over 20 million worldwide. As much as group leader Mark Knopfler didn't like the spotlight, his band was the biggest in the world.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's classic "Sunset Grill," featuring Patty Smyth on backing vocals, entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 2014, Survivor's second frontman, Jimi Jamison, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 63. He had joined Survivor in 1984 after "Eye Of The Tiger" became an international hit, and recorded a number of the band's other best-known songs including "I Can't Hold Back."

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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 John Lennon as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with producer Jack Douglas. Check out this preview!

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It was Pablo Neruda who said: "Laughter is the language of the soul."

It was President Barack Obama who said: "Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who said: "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."



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