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September 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!


September 1, 2016


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On this day in 1979, U2 released their first record in Ireland, the "U2-3" EP.

On this day in 1979, INXS made their live debut at the Oceanview Hotel in Sydney, Australia. Before they scored their first American Top 40 hit four years later, they averaged over 250 gigs a year in Australia's many pubs and clubs.

On this day in 1979, Neil Young's million selling classic "Rust Never Sleeps" album hit #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 and conversation with John Lennon as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with producer Jack Douglas. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/1/16


10 At 10: Southern Rock
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Gabriel Iglesias/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Mulaney

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Truth is stranger than Fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."

It was Bruce Lee who said: "Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."

It was Dave Barry who said: "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"

It was Keith Richards who said: "Some of it, you really want to unlearn."

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This Saturday! 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!


September 2, 2016


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Keyboardist Steve Porcaro of Toto is 59.

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On this day in 1970, Phil Collins answered an ad in Britain's "Melody Maker" magazine and found himself at an audition for the drummer's slot in Genesis. Phil got the job, and five years later, when Peter Gabriel left the band, he became the group's lead vocalist.

On this day in 1972, "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" by The Hollies peaked at #2 as The Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" album began its run to two weeks at #1 as Cheap Trick's "Surrender" peaked at #62 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, former Beatle George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias in Henley-on-Thames, England. Born in Mexico, she was raised in America, and the couple met in 1974 when she worked as a secretary for George's Dark Horse Records Company in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1988, the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour began with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and Sting headlining the shows.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" (supposedly based on one of Steven Tyler's true adventures) entered the singles charts on its way to #5, as did The Rolling Stones' "Mixed Emotions." At the same time, the title track of Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood" album began its run to #6 on the charts.

On this day in 1995, Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum opened with a seven-hour concert that included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Allman Brothers Band, George Clinton, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Little Richard and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The show was great, but parking was a real bitch.

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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!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 9/2/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Gabriel Iglesias/L.A. Fair tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - John Lennon @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen

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It was Robin Williams who said: "What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong."

It was Garrison Keillor who said: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose."

It was Samuel Johnson who said: "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless. Knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."


September 3, 2016


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Grand Funk Railroad singer/drummer Don Brewer is 68.

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On this day in 1977, Heart's "Barracuda" peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, the first three-day US Festival, financed by Apple Computer's co-founder Steve Wozniak, kicked off where the Glen Helen Pavilion is now located. Over 400,000 people showed up to hear Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, The Cars, the Grateful Dead, Talking Heads and Pat Benatar, among others. It is said that on most hot September evenings, you can still hear lost souls looking for their cars in the hillsides around Devore.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's "Foolin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #28.


September 4, 2016


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Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers is 67.


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On this day in 1962, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded together for the first time at the legendary EMI Studios on Abbey Road in St. John's Wood. The Beatles made a 2-song demo that included "How Do You Do It" and "Love Me Do." In the process, producer George Martin made them redo "Love Me Do" 16 times. What was he thinking?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Help!" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts as Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" topped out at #2.

On this day in 1965, The Who had their equipment van stolen outside the Battersea Dog's Home in England while they were inside purchasing a guard dog.

On this day in 1970, The Rolling Stones released their classic live album, "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out." Many still consider it to be one of the top live recordings ever.

On this day in 1971, "Riders On The Storm" by The Doors peaked at #14 on the singles charts as Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" entered the album charts on its way to #8 (the Sab's highest charting LP until 2014's "13") and a couple million copies sold.

On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album (their first with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) hit #1 a full 54 weeks after it entered the charts. During that long gestation period, it also sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1976, after much intra-band wrangling over releasing a ballad, KISS' "Beth" began its run to #7 and a million sold — their most successful single ever!

On this day in 1982, Steve Miller's "Abracadabra" hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, Don Henley launched his solo career as his "I Can't Stand Still" album entered the charts on its way to #24.

September 4th Historicals

On this day in 1781, Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles. Too bad half of them got stuck in traffic and missed the ceremony.


September 5, 2016


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Singer Freddie Mercury of Queen would have been 70.
Drummer Buddy Miles (who worked with Hendrix, among many others) would have been 69.

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On this day in 1964, The Animals' cover of "House Of The Rising Sun" hit #1 just as Manfred Mann released his #1 charting "Do Wah Diddy." Now that was a Rock & Roll day!

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones flew into Los Angeles just to record "Get Off Of My Cloud," which would soon hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" album entered the charts, eventually peaking at #2 a few weeks down the road.

On this day in 1981, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) peaked at #3 as her first solo album, "Belladonna," hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, Foreigner's "Urgent" topped out at #4 as "Fire And Ice" by Pat Benatar hit #17 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Billy Squier's breakthrough album, "Don't Say No," hit #5 on the charts as it sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen joined The Pretenders onstage at Perkins' Palace in Pasadena to cover the Jackie Wilson classic "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher." Needless to say, the place came unglued.

On this day in 1992, recorded as a tribute to an old friend, Temple Of The Dog's self-titled album hit #5 as it sold over a million copies. Of no small measure, the sessions also yielded the birth of Pearl Jam.

On this day in 1998, Aerosmith's version of Diane Warren's "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" entered the charts on its way to becoming their first #1 single.

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Labor Day

Organized by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was held on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City. Two years later, union organizers settled on the first Monday in September to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday," and by 1894, 24 states had adopted the holiday. On June 28, 1894, U.S. Congressmen eager to curry favor among the unions made the day a Federal Holiday. The big back-to-school sales and end-of-year model close-out automobile sales evolved around the holiday weekend many, many years later.


September 6, 2016


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Bassist/songwriter/singer Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is 73.


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On this day in 1968, as a favor to his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo for The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." True to form, he used George's guitar and received no credit on the album.

On this day in 1975, Rod Stewart's breakthrough "Atlantic Crossing" album began its climb to #9.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 40 as Genesis' "Turn It On Again" began its short run to #58.

On this day in 1980, The Cars' million selling "Panorama" entered the album charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1990, Tom Fogerty, brother of John and a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, died at the age of 48.

On this day in 1994, pianist Nicky Hopkins died at age 50. Following his performance on The Rolling Stones' "Their Satanic Majesties Request," he became an in-demand session player who worked with The Who, The Kinks, Steve Miller, John Lennon and Rod Stewart, among many others.

On this day in 1997, Fleetwood Mac's reunion album "The Dance" hit #1 as it sold over five million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/6/16


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Def Leppard tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Randy Bachman/Guess Who @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bill Engvall


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Stevie/Chrissie

It's official! Stevie Nicks will hit the road on October 25th in support of her most recent solo album, 2014's "24 Karat Gold — Songs From The Vault" (a collection of newly recorded but previously unreleased solo songs dating back to 1969). But wait — there's more! Stevie's bringing Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders along for the trip. They'll up wrap their 24 date tour at The Forum in Inglewood on December 18th.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."

It was Don Shula who said: "The start is what stops most people."

It was Warren Miller who said: "Every hundred years, all new people."

It was Rachel Flotard who said: "You have your standard work life that pays your rent; then you have your other work life that pays your heart."


September 7, 2016


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Rock & Roll icon Buddy Holly would have been 80.
Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders, is 65.
Keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers is 63.

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On this day in 1963, Bob Dylan's "The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan" album began its climb to #22.

On this day in 1968, The Doors's "Waiting For The Sun" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks as the "Steppenwolf" album (driven by the "Born To Be Wild" hit single) peaked at #6.

On this day in 1968, as Creedence Clearwater Revival's breakthrough cover of "Suzy-Q" entered the singles charts on its way to #11, The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" began a run to #48 as it scared radio programmers across the States.

On this day in 1976, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that George Harrison "subconsciously plagiarized" The Chiffon's 1963 hit "He's So Fine" in his 1970 hit "My Sweet Lord." Harrison had to pay $587,000 to ABKCO Music, a company owned, ironically, by The Beatles' former business manager, Allen Klein.

On this day in 1978, drummer Keith Moon of The Who died at the age of 31. Ironically, he overdosed on a drug prescribed to help keep his alcoholism in control.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 2003, singer/songwriter/icon Warren Zevon lost his fight with lung cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 56.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/7/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Def Leppard tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Don Henley/Steve Porcaro @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - James P. Connolly


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Freddie's Birthday In Space

Just in time for Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday on Sunday, an asteroid in the main Asteroid Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has been named after the iconic Queen singer. But don't worry, Queen guitarist/astrophysicist Brian May says that the 3.5 km wide Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury (which swings around the sun at 20 kilometers per second) will never come closer than 350 million kilometers to Earth. Whew!

The Floyd Exhibition

The long anticipated major Pink Floyd career retrospective, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, will be held at London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) from May 13th through October 1st, 2017. A collaboration of all the remaining band members to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of their first single, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will feature over 350 objects, artifacts, instruments, handwritten lyrics, architectural drawings and the band's eery face masks from "The Wall" tour, as well as the original "Animals" and "Division Bell" cover art. Burt will the giant exposition make it Stateside?

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "In matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain."

It was Doug Stokes who said: "I wish like hell that I could do that again tomorrow."

It was Steve Maraboli who said: "As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better."


September 8, 2016


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Bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr of The Cars would have been 69.

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On this day in 1962, "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett entered the Hot 100 chart at #85.

On this day in 1965, Variety ran an ad that read, "Madness! Parts available for four insane boys age 17 to 21." Soon 437 young men, including Stephen Stills, applied for the roles that were eventually taken by Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones. When the contracts were all signed, the four insane boys became The Monkees. Their TV series premiered in September 1966, and before the end of that year, the manufactured band had sold over 8 million albums.

On this day in 1973, Keith Richards' personal Rolling Stones song "Angie" entered the charts, eventually going all the way to #1 while becoming one of their biggest selling singles ever.

On this day in 1973, The Allman Brothers Band's most successful album, "Brothers And Sisters," hit #1 for the first of five weeks.

On this day in 1976, President Gerald Ford's son, Stephen, invited Peter Frampton, his manager and his girlfriend to the White House. They were given a tour of the Presidential home and spent part of the afternoon in the First Family's living quarters, watching television with the President.

On this day in 1979, as "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO hit #4, "Let's Go" by The Cars peaked at #14 and "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp topped out at #15, Foreigner's "Dirty White Boy" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin's final studio album, "In Through The Out Door," entered the charts on its way to a seven-week run at #1 as it sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1988, Elton John auctioned off a portion of his private collection of stage costumes and memorabilia. The assortment netted more than $6 million for charity, including $16,000 brought by one particular pair of glasses.

On this day in 1990, INXS' rocking "Suicide Blonde" entered the singles charts on its way to selling a million copies and reaching #9.

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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 Pink Floyd and more of Joe's conversation with drummer Nick Mason, guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters and engineer Alan Parsons. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/8/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Def Leppard tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Stewart Copeland/The Police @1:20pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden


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New/Old Santana

Recorded by the surviving original band members last March 21st, the DVD of Santana's classic line-up reunion show will be released on October 21st. The "Santana: Live At The House Of Blues, Las Vegas" concert featured guitar god Carlos Santana, guitarist Neal Schon and organ player Gregg Rolie (both of whom left Santana to form Journey in 1971), drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello. Now, if only they'd tour!

Dave's Mom

This should be fun. Dave Grohl's mom, Virginia Grohl, has written the "From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars" book. As you would guess from the lengthy title, the mother of the Foo Fighters frontman/Nirvana drummer interviewed the moms of other musicians about what it's like to raise a child who achieves rock stardom. Among those interviewed for the book are Marianne Stipe, mother of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe; Hester Diamond, mother of Beastie Boys' Mike D; Janis Winehouse, mother of Amy Winehouse; Donna Haim, mother of the sisters in Haim; Verna Griffen, mother of Dr. Dre; and Patsy Noah, mother of Maroon 5's Adam Levine. The tome will hit bookshelves April 25th, just in time for Mother's Day.

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It was Jay Leno who said: "Racecar driving is a little like sex. All men think they're good at it... and when you are out there by yourself, you actually are good at it — until somebody else comes on the track."

It was Robert Lewis Stevenson who said: "Wine is bottled poetry."

It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see."


September 9, 2016


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Otis Redding, one of the greatest soul singers of all time, would have been 75.
Keyboardist Billy Preston, who worked with The Beatles and Eric Clapton, among many others, would have been 71.
Eurythmic Dave Stewart is 64.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," shown only from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn't corrupt the nation's youth.

On this day in 1968, during one of the 17 takes that The Beatles recorded of "Helter Skelter," Paul McCartney played bass while lying on his back.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon released his second solo album, "Imagine," in the States. It finally came out in the U.K. on October 9, 1971.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles' "Witchy Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 as Rod Stewart's "Never A Dull Moment" album hit #2 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1978, Foreigner's "Double Vision" album hit #3 for the first of eight weeks, selling over seven million copies in the process. On this same day, The Who's "Who Are You," their last album recorded with drummer Keith Moon, entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #2 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden" single entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1978, a very young U2 supported The Stranglers at Dublin's Top Hat Ballroom. The Stranglers took up both dressing rooms, leaving Bono and company to dress behind the speakers. Note: In all the years since, The Stranglers were never invited to open for U2.

On this day in 1981, on its way to selling over nine million copies and becoming the biggest commercial success of their career, Journey's "Escape" album hit #1.

On this day in 1981, both Sting of The Police and Phil Collins of Genesis made their first live solo appearances at Amnesty International's fund-raising Secret Policeman's Other Ball in London.

On this day in 2007, guitarist/singer Hughie Thomasson, a founding member of the Outlaws and a longtime member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of a heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida at the age of 55.

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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 Pink Floyd and more of Joe's conversation with drummer Nick Mason, guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters and engineer Alan Parsons. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 9/9/16


10 At 10: Classic MTV Videos
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (Def Leppard tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Alan Parsons/Pink Floyd @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias

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It was Dave Grohl who said: "That's one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85000 people and they'll sing it back for 85000 different reasons."

It was Rita Rudner who said: "When I eventually met Mr. Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "A leader is a dealer in hope."

It was William Saroyan who said: "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."


September 10, 2016


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Vocalist Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night is 74.
Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 66.

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On this day in 1964, Rod Stewart made his professional recording debut, covering the old blues track "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." After finishing his vocals, Rod reportedly ran out of the studio looking for a tall, leggy blonde. The bassist on the session, John Paul Jones, later became a cornerstone of Led Zeppelin, at which point all the tall leggy blondes came looking for him — but that's a different story for a different time.

On this day in 1966, one week after it entered the charts, The Beatles' "Revolver" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1975, KISS' album "KISS Alive" was unleashed. Within four months, it peaked at #9. Within four years, it had inspired thousands of budding guitarists.

On this day in 1977, featuring a strong Michael McDonald influence, The Doobie Brothers' "Livin' On The Fault Line" album began its run into the Top 10.

On this day in 1983, Jackson Browne's million-selling "Lawyers In Love" album peaked at #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks' "If Anyone Falls" single began its climb to #14 on the charts.

On this day in 1988, "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses hit #1, "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer peaked at #2 and Van Halen's "When It's Love" topped out at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1988, Eric Clapton kicked off an American tour with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler playing in his band.

On this day in 1994, Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" entered the singles charts on its way to #18.


September 11, 2016


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Drummer Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead is 73.
Guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx is 63.
Multi-instrumentalist Moby is 51.

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On this day in 1962, one week after their first recording sessions, The Beatles cut two Lennon/McCartney songs, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" with producer George Martin. For some reason, Martin insisted that session drummer Andy White sit in, on the chance that new percussionist Ringo Starr didn't work out. What ever happened to ol' Andy?

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Help!" album hit #1 Stateside for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles climbed on a bus and began filming "The Magical Mystery Tour." If they had waited another day or two to figure out a story line, the TV special might have made some sense.

On this day in 1969, the first real bootleg record album — "Great White Wonder" featuring unreleased songs by Bob Dylan — turned up in stores in Los Angeles. In the American tradition of commercialization, soon bootlegs were everywhere.

On this day in 1971, The Who's greatest album, "Who's Next," topped out at #4 on the charts while selling three million copies.

On this day in 1977, on Bing Crosby's personal invitation to appear as a special guest on his annual Christmas television special, David Bowie recorded duets of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" with Der Bingle.

On this day in 1982, John 'Cougar' Mellencamp's breakthrough album "American Fool" hit #1 for the first of nine weeks, during which it sold over five 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 Pink Floyd and more of Joe's conversation with drummer Nick Mason, guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters and engineer Alan Parsons. Check out this preview!

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September 11th

On this, the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, let us not forget the horror but continue to honor those cast into the role of heroes by fate. Take a moment to say a prayer for them and their families, and a prayer for your families and loved ones, as well as the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces fighting to protect our freedom around the world. God bless America.

Our Quote For The Day:
It was John Donne who said (in 1624): "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less... Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."


September 12, 2016


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Original Foghat bassist Tony Stevens is 67.
Vocalist Gerry Beckley of America is 64.
Drumming god Neil Peart of Rush is 64.

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On this day in 1966, The Monkees' TV show premiered on NBC.

On this day in 1970, as they continued on a creative roll, The Moody Blues' million selling "A Question Of Balance" album entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album entered the charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1 while it sold four million copies.

On this day in 1981, recorded under much duress, The Pretenders' "Pretenders II" album hit #10.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's rockin' live cover of Eugene William's "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" entered the charts on its way to #5 as Billy Squier's "In The Dark" began its climb to #35.

On this day in 1987, U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" began its climb to #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1990, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks announced that they would no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac. Two years later, they reunited with the group to sing at President Clinton's inauguration. Four years after that one-off, they reunited for an MTV Unplugged special, which led to a #1 charting album and an immensely successful concert tour. Promises, promises, promises.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton's "Unplugged," the album he didn't think was worthy of releasing, entered the charts. It went on to spend three weeks at #1, win the Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award, sell over 10 million copies and become Eric's most commercially successful release ever. So much for guitar god's judgmental skills!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 9/12/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Mick Fleetwood Blues Band tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Def Leppard/Vivian Campbell @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers."

It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Write drunk. Edit sober."

It was AC/DC's Angus Young who said: "I've only got one solo, but it's a doozy!"

It was C.S. Lewis who said: "What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing."


September 13, 2016


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Vocalist David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears is 75.
Bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera of Chicago is 72.
Dio/Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell drummer Vinny Appice is 59.
Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey (who now drums with The Who) is 51.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles released "Yesterday" as a single — only in America, never in Britain. While the song was credited as a Lennon/McCartney composition, it was written entirely by and recorded solely by Paul McCartney. It hit #1, it went on to become the most covered song in the history of recorded music.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon debuted his Plastic Ono Band, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, at the "Toronto Rock 'N' Revival Show." A semi-professional recording of the gig was later released as "Live Peace In Toronto."

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" album and Santana's self-titled debut album both entered the charts. CCR quickly spent four weeks at #1 while Santana sold over two million copies by the time it had peaked at #4 two months later.

On this day in 1975, just as ZZ Top's half-live/half-studio album "Fandango" peaked at #10, Bruce Springsteen's classic "Born To Run" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1975, the Eagle's "Lyin' Eyes'" entered the singles charts on its way to #2 and a Pop Vocal Group GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1980, Jackson Browne's "Hold Out" album hit #1 as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1980, Mark Knopfler's brother David left/was forced out of Dire Straits. The brothers, along with drummer Pick Withers and bassist John Illsley, had formed the band three years earlier.

On this day in 1985, Police singer/bassist Sting began his first solo tour in San Diego, in support of his "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" album.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet album entered the charts on its way to eight weeks at #1 and over 12 million in sales.

On this day in 2015, Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon lead guitarist and songwriter from 1970 until 1989, died at the age of 65. No cause of death has been given.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/13/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Mick Fleetwood Blues Band tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Styx/James "JY" Young @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar


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Guns & Money

So far this year, Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime reunion tour has sold over a million tickets and grossed $116.8 million in just 27 stadium dates and two arena shows — and that doesn't include their fee for headlining two weekends of Coachella! Their MetLife Stadium gig in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Bruce Springsteen's backyard) has been the most profitable stop so far, pulling in $11.6 million from 100,177 fans. And as long as Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan get along, they have 11 Latin American concerts booked for the Fall, plus Asian and Australian dates being discussed for next year.

Bruce's Book Tour

Fresh off one of the most demanding international tours he's ever done, Bruce Springsteen is heading right back out to make a few "special appearances" to promote his autobiography, "Born to Run." The book's release and tour will hit on September 27th in New Jersey, then roll into the Los Angeles Barnes & Noble at The Grove on October 3rd. The intense book Bruce has been working on for years will be accompanied by the compilation album "Chapter & Verse," which includes five unreleased tracks. Whew!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."

It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

It was John Lubbock who said: "Many a blessing has been recognized too late."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Refuse to ruin a perfectly good today by thinking about a bad yesterday."


September 14, 2016


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Guitarist Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 67.

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles released the Paul McCartney song "Hey Jude" as their first single on their own Apple Records label. Backed with "Revolution," it almost immediately began a nine-week run at #1.

On this day in 1968, The Who's Pete Townshend told "Rolling Stone" magazine of his plans to write a "rock opera" about a deaf, dumb and blind boy. The project became "Tommy," one of The Who's most successful musical efforts. Aside from the original double album, the piece was also recorded by a symphony orchestra, turned into a feature film with an accompanying soundtrack, and later presented as a successful Broadway production.

On this day in 1968, a mere four months after releasing their breakthrough album, "Days Of Future Passed," The Moody Blues' "In Search Of The Lost Chord" began its climb to #23 on the album charts — selling hundreds of thousands of the new hi-fidelity headphones in the process.

On this day in 1969, Genesis — which consisted at that time of Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and John Mahew — played their first paid gig at a cottage in Surrey, England owned by Gabriel's former Sunday school teacher. Although they didn't really go over all that well, they still decided to stick with it.

On this day in 1981, Genesis released their "ABACAB" album. It eventually sold over two million copies while charting at #7 — their first Top 10 release.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's classic "Scarecrow" album entered the charts on its way to #2 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1985, Heart's "Never" began its run up the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1991, Bob Seger's million-selling "The Fire Inside" album peaked at #7.

On this day in 1996, Pearl Jam's third chart topper, "No Code," hit #1 on the same day it entered the album 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 Led Zeppelin and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/14/16


10 At 10: Cowbell!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - ZZ Top tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Journey/Jonathan Caine & Neal Schon @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tim Hawkins


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More Desert Trip Tix

Having sold out six of the giant Desert Trip concerts at the Empire Polo Club in Indio in a matter of minutes, promoters are about to unleash a small batch of the expensive tickets just as the concerts are set to roll. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan & His Band will rock Friday nights October 7th and 14th, and Paul McCartney and Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will rock Saturdays October 8th and 15th. Roger Waters and The Who will close the festival weekends on Sunday October 9th and 16th. And of course 100.3 The Sound will have tickets for you to win, so stand by!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

It was Albert Pines who said: "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."


September 15, 2016


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Legendary Blues shouter Big Joe Turner, the inspiration to Elvis Presley and Little Richard who topped the charts with "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954, would have been 105.
Occasional Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 67.

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On this day in 1963, Swan Records released The Beatles' "She Loves You" single in the U.S. after Capitol Records turned down the opportunity. Without any significant promotion, no one even noticed.

On this day in 1967, The Who recorded a crazed performance of three songs for the September 17th broadcast of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show. Whether or not Keith Moon realized that the crew had already set a charge under his riser, he set up another flash explosion in his drum kit. At the end of Pete Townshend's ritualistic destruction of his guitar and amplifiers in the chaotic finale of "My Generation," the huge boosted explosion went off, damaging Townshend's ears forever and leaving the band and Tommy Smothers stunned by the concussion. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1968, The Doors' album "Waiting For The Sun" hit #1.

On this day in 1973, "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" by Elton John peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, Pink Floyd released their classic "Wish You Were Here" album. It eventually spent two weeks at #1 and sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1979, one week after its release, Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door" album hit #1 for the first of seven weeks. Their final studio album, it eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1980, David Bowie made his Broadway debut playing the lead role in "The Elephant Man."

On this day in 2004, Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died in Los Angeles at age 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

On this day in 2008, Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright lost an intense, short battle with cancer at his home in Britain at the age of 65.

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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 Led Zeppelin and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist/producer Jimmy Page! Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 9/15/16


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - ZZ Top tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Jack Bruce/Cream @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco

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It was Harry S. Truman who said: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

It was Robin Williams who said: "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "If we don't start, it's certain we can't arrive."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech."

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Saturday October 1st, 11am - 1pm: They're not kidding when they say "Everything Off-Road!" Perfect for an official Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with The Sound crew surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Off-Road vehicles at the 2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire at the Pomona Fairplex! Everything from off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles and ATV's and RC cars — and a special set from The Jeremy Benson Band!


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Saturday October 1st: Motorcycles racing on dirt with NO BRAKES! Of course Uncle Joe will be the Grand Marshall at the Harley Night Finals — Sidecar National at the Costa Mesa Speedway in the O.C. Fair & Event Center!



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