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September 16 - 30, 2016


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


September 16, 2016


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Blues legend B.B. King would have been 91.
Drummer Kenney Jones, of The Who and Small Faces, is 68.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers original (and current) bassist Ron Blair is 68.

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On this day in 1967, almost six months after its release, The Doors' self-titled debut album peaked at #2 on the charts while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album began its 19th week on the charts at #1.

On this day in 1977, Marc Bolan, the man who was T. Rex, died in a car crash at the age of 28.

On this day in 1978, "Blue Collar Man" by Styx entered the singles charts on its way to #21 just as "Just What I Needed" by The Cars peaked at #27.

On this day in 1978, Boston's second album, "Don't Look Back," hit #1 for the first of three weeks. In a weird twist, in "only" selling seven million copies (10 million less than their debut album), many considered "Don't Look Back" a commercial failure.

On this day in 1978, The Grateful Dead became the first Western rock band to headline a concert at the foot of the famous Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt. Far out!

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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!

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Friday 9/16/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - ZZ Top tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams


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All Hail The Jovi

It's about time, say we. Bon Jovi will finally be honored as the 2016 Legend of Live at Billboard's 13th annual Touring Conference & Awards, being held in Beverly Hills on November 9th and 10th. The Jovi's touring track record includes more than $1 billion in global ticket sales over the last 10 years. Jon Bon Jovi and his group have been the top touring band in the world three times in six years: a feat only matched by The Rolling Stones. For the record, previous Legend of Live honorees include Bob Seger, Sir Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rush, Journey, the Allman Brothers Band and Ozzy Osbourne. Huzzah!

Ozzy Saves His Stuff

Remember that collection of newly discovered Black Sabbath-related memorabilia that was set to go on the auction block on September 30th? The items, from 1968-1973, included handwritten song lyrics, publicity posters, flyers and photographs from when the group was still known as Earth. Well the Osbourne family bought the entire lot "ensuring that this important piece of hard rock musical history remains intact."

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It was Calvin Coolidge who said: "No man ever listened himself out of a job."

It was Arthur Baer who said: "Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

It was Neil deGrasse Tyson who said: "Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans."

It was Alexandre Dumas' son who first said: "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

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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!


September 17, 2016


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Hank Williams would have been 93.
Lol Creme of 10cc is 69.
Singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes is 66.

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On this day in 1967, The Doors performed "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Even though Sullivan insisted Jim Morrison change or omit the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in "Light My Fire," Jimbo sang it anyway (what a scalawag!).

On this day in 1967, two days after The Who had recorded a crazed performance for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" TV show, the program aired (on a different network) right after The Doors performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Whether or not Keith Moon realized that the crew had already set a charge under his riser for The Smothers Brothers show, he set up another flash explosion in his drum kit. Then, 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 1983, David Bowie's "Modern Love" (featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar) entered the singles charts on its way to #14 and dance floors around the world.

On this day in 1997, a reunited Fleetwood Mac launched its first tour in more than a decade.


September 18, 2016


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Guitarist Kerry Livgren of Kansas is 67.
Drummer Michael Hossack of The Doobie Brothers would have been 67.

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On this day in 1968, after watching the 1956 Rock & Roll movie "The Girl Can't Help It" at Paul McCartney's house, The Beatles recorded 20 takes of "Birthday" at Abbey Road studios. With the basic tracks recorded live, the Fab's longtime roadie, Mal Evans, added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 in London. Some contend that if Hendrix had been put into an upright position in the ambulance rather than left lying on his back, he would not have suffocated on his own vomit. Some say if the nearest hospital had admitted blacks, he could have been saved. Others feel he was overdosed as part of a bad business deal.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon released his classic "Imagine" album. It eventually hit #1 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Boston's debut single, "More Than A Feeling," entered the charts on its way to #5 just as "Do You Feel Like We Do," Peter Frampton's third single from "Frampton Comes Alive," entered the charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 1982, Billy Squier's "Emotions In Motion" album hit #5 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1982, The Stray Cats' "Rock This Town" began its run up the singles charts to #9 as Crosby, Stills & Nash's beautiful "Southern Cross" started its climb to #18.

On this day in 1982, Rush's "New World Man" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single ever when it hit #21.


September 19, 2016


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Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, would have been 82.
Today is also my Mom's birthday. She says she's 29, and who am I to question that?

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' song "It's All Over Now" peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" began its climb to #43 on the album charts. Little did Bob know, he was less than a year away from his big breakthrough.

On this day in 1969, "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the charts on its way to #3, becoming their fourth Top 5 single in less than a year.

On this day in 1970, The Who's classic "Tommy" rock opera album peaked at #4 with two million in sales over a year after its release just as Neil Young's classic "After The Goldrush" album began its run to #8 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1970, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song "Our House" entered the charts on its way to #30.

On this day in 1973, Gram Parsons, credited as the father of Country Rock and a member of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, died from a drug overdose at the age of 26. His coffin was later stolen by two associates and taken to Joshua Tree where it was set on fire. Now that was a Rock & Roll wake!

On this day in 1974, Max Weinberg made his live debut as the drummer in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band at the Main Point in Philadelphia.

On this day in 1979, organizers Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall recruited Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor and several others to play the first of five "No Nukes" concerts in New York's Madison Square Garden.

On this day in 1981, one week after it entered the charts, The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks. It eventually sold over four million copies to become their second biggest selling studio album ever.

On this day in 1987, John Mellencamp's "Lonesome Jubilee" began its climb to #6 and three million in sales (the second biggest of his career) as Aerosmith's comeback album "Permanent Vacation" entered the charts on its way to #11 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd released the "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" album, their first following the departure of Roger Waters. It eventually hit #3, sold over four million copies and was supported by an awesome tour.

On this day in 1987, R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" entered the singles charts on its way to #9. Even though Michael Stipe's lyrics describe a dismissive, manipulative relationship, the song became a very popular song on the wedding circuit.


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All Hail The Jovi

It's about time, say we. Bon Jovi will finally be honored as the 2016 Legend of Live at Billboard's 13th annual Touring Conference & Awards, being held in Beverly Hills on November 9th and 10th. The Jovi's touring track record includes more than $1 billion in global ticket sales over the last 10 years. Jon Bon Jovi and his group have been the top touring band in the world three times in six years: a feat only matched by The Rolling Stones. For the record, previous Legend of Live honorees include Bob Seger, Sir Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rush, Journey, the Allman Brothers Band and Ozzy Osbourne. Huzzah!

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It was Steven Wright who said: "99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."

It was Robert Frost who said: "Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Well done is better than well said."

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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!


September 20, 2016


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Bassist Chuck Panozzo of Styx is 67.
Drummer John Panozzo of Styx would have been 67.

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On this day in 1969, even as the band was imploding behind the scenes, Blind Faith's self-titled album began the first of its two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, guitarist Peter Frampton left Humble Pie for a solo career. Five years later, he finally made it.

On this day in 1973, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played the opening show at L.A.'s newest Rock & Roll nightclub, The Roxy. It certainly was a most auspicious beginning!

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his "Born To Run" album and single. While Springsteen's two previous albums had failed to make any significant commercial impression, "Born to Run" went all the way to #3 and remained on the charts for 60 weeks. As few weeks later, the "Born To Run" single peaked at #23.

On this day in 1975, War's iconic "Low Rider" entered the singles charts on its way to #7 as David Bowie released his song "Fame." Written in part by John Lennon, who was inspired by Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame," "Fame" soon became Bowie's first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1980, Queen's "The Game" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks, eventually selling over four million copies. Though Queen had become one of the biggest bands in the world, "The Game" was their only album to top the American charts.

On this day in 1983, the first ARMS Benefit Concert to raise money for research to fight Multiple Sclerosis, which former Faces bass player Ronnie Lane suffered from, was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Ronnie's friends Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood were among the featured performers.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/20/16


10 At 10: Guitar Riffs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Stevie Nicks/Pretenders tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Kansas/Rich Williams @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Craig Shoemaker


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Beatles Eight Days Release

Ron Howard's amazing documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years," will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18th. Produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison, a second disc of bonus features will be included in the Special Collector's Edition. Those mini-documentaries will include The Beatles as songwriters, their humor, Liverpool, concert performances, the historic Shea Stadium shows and their visits to Japan and Australia. A must see!

Corbetta R.I.P.

Jerry Corbetta, the voice of Sugarloaf's Seventies hit "Green Eyed Lady," lost his long fight with a neurological disorder last Friday, a week shy of his 69th birthday.

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It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Don't be offended when people don't seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance."

It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "After the first blush of sin comes its indifference."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is the one thing you can't get for nothing."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."


September 21, 2016


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Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is 69.

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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix released his version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" just six months after Dylan's original recording. Jimi's version eventually hit #20, making it his highest charting single in The States.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" became their first (and only) million-selling #1 hit single.

On this day in 1991, Rush's million-selling "Roll The Bones" became their seventh American Top 10 album when it hit #3.

On this day in 2006, original Bad Company bassist Raymond "Boz" Burrell died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He was 60 years of age.

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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 Kansas and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Rich Williams and singer Ronnie Platt! Check out this preview!

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Hump Day 9/21/16


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Stevie Nicks/Pretenders tix! @12:30pm


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Beatles Top 10 (Again)

It's official: 46 years after they broke up, The Beatles are back in the Billboard Top 10! The new "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" debuted at #7 in its first week in stores, making it the Fab Four's 32nd Top 10 album. (The Eighties were the only decade in which The Beatles did not reach the Top 10.) There are four other acts with more Top 10 albums: The Rolling Stones with 36, Barbra Streisand with 34 and Frank Sinatra with 33. Of course, they were active as recording artists for a lot longer than The Beatles.

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It was Keith Richards who said: "Nothing is static in this life — and thank God."

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

It was Sidney Greenberg who said: "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."


September 22, 2016


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Vocalist David Coverdale of Whitesnake is 65.
Joan Jett is a rockin' 58.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles appeared on the cover of "Time Magazine."

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" hit #2 on the album charts and induction into the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1985, the first Farm-Aid concert, organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to help the nation's farmers, was held in Champaign, Illinois and raised $10 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 Kansas and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Rich Williams and singer Ronnie Platt! Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Vacation Show Menu

Thursday 9/22/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Stevie Nicks/Pretenders tix! @12:30pm

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

It was Pablo Picasso who said: "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up."

It was Will Rogers who said: "It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"


September 23, 2016


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Jazz legend John Coltrane would have been 90.
Ray Charles would have been 86.
Bruce Springsteen is 67.

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On this day in 1966, during his flight to London in search of a record deal as well as fame & fortune, James Marshall Hendrix changed the spelling of his nickname to Jimi.

On this day in 1967, The Doors' "People Are Strange" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Honky Cat" peaked at #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine of Wings returned to England from Nigeria where they had recorded the basic tracks for the classic "Band On The Run" album. In short order, Macca was finishing the project in former Beatles producer George Martin's AIR Studios with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

On this day in 1978, "Double Vision" by Foreigner entered the singles charts on its way to #2 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Listen To Her Heart" began its climb to #59.

On this day in 1978, Boston played the first of two sold-out Summer Fest dates at Anaheim Stadium.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's classic "End Of The Innocence" album hit #8 as it sold six million copies. On the same day, Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" entered the album charts on its way to #1 and six million in sales.

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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 Kansas and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Rich Williams and singer Ronnie Platt! Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Vacation Show Menu

Friday 9/23/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Stevie Nicks/Pretenders tix! @12:30pm
The Story - / @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After -

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It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Love all, trust few, do wrong to none."

It was Raymond E. Feist who said: "Every person you encounter, whom you interact with, is there to teach you something. Sometimes it may be years before you realize what each had to show you."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily."


September 24, 2016


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Linda McCartney would have been 75.

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On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley's classic "Jailhouse Rock" single was released. It eventually spent seven weeks at #1 while scandalizing America's youth with its tongue in cheek lyrical references and searing guitar solo by Scotty Moore. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby" peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with his new manager, Chas Chandler of The Animals. It was on that flight from New York that Hendrix changed the spelling of his name from "Jimmy" to "Jimi." Upon his arrival in England, Jimi only had a few short days to assemble a band before he'd be kicked out of the country for lack of a work visa. So within a week the brand new Jimi Hendrix Experience was performing on stage.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" became their third Top 10 single when it hit #3 and "Telephone Line" by ELO topped out at #7 as Styx's "Come Sail Away" entered the singles charts. Four long months later, "Come Sail Away" finally peaked at #8.

On this day in 1977, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' self-titled debut album first hit the charts. Though it eventually sold over a half million copies, it never made it into the Top 50.

On this day in 1978, Boston played the second of two sold-out "Summer Fest" dates at Anaheim Stadium. Massive mayhem ensued.

On this day in 1983, Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" entered the charts on its way to #5 and a Best Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1988, Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 2005, The Rolling Stones' million-selling "A Bigger Bang" album peaked at #3 on the charts.


September 25, 2016


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles "Yesterday" entered the singles charts on its way to a four week run at #1 and becoming the most covered song in the world.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded Paul McCartney's "Fool On The Hill" in Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin recorded "Me And Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Kris Kristofferson, who wrote the song, never heard her superior version of it until after she died.

On this day in 1971, Yes released their first Top 40 charting single, "Your Move," as Cat Stevens released "Peace Train," which eventually hit #7 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, as Boston's debut album entered the charts, eventually spending six weeks at #3 and selling over 17 million copies, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "The Roaring Silence" began its climb to #10 — becoming the biggest album of Manfred's career. Rock & Roll was selling records!

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney's band Wings played a benefit to raise $50,000 for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in Venice's St. Marks Square. But the 25,000 audience members at Macca's benefit concert unknowingly set back the restoration project when their combined weight loosened paving stones and allowed water to seep into the Square itself.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham died of over indulgence at the age of 32. Bonham passed away at guitarist Jimmy Page's home after a night of heavy drinking (reportedly 40 shots in just a few hours). The coroner reported that both asphyxiation and alcohol poisoning caused his death.

On this day in 1982, The Who's final studio album for many years, "It's Hard," entered the charts on its way to #8.


September 26, 2016


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Crooner Brian Ferry of Roxy Music is 71.
Guitarist Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship fame and Los Lobos guitarist/singer/songwriter Cesar Rosas are both 62.

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On this day in 1964, The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" (their first American hit single) entered the charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored The Beatles with the Order Of The British Empire.

On this day in 1970, the third single from The Who's "Tommy" album, "See Me, Feel Me," entered the charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in theaters across America. Some say it never closed.

On this day in 1979, The Clash released their first single, a remake of the Bobby Fuller Four's classic, "I Fought The Law."

On this day in 1981, The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week stay at #3 as Genesis' "No Reply At All" began its climb into the Top 20.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's live "Nine Tonight" album entered the charts on its way to a four-week stay at #3 while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1986, Boston released their third album, "Third Stage," 10 years after their first. It eventually spent four weeks at #1 and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason," R.E.M.'s "R.E.M. No.5: Document" and Rush's "Hold Your Fire" all entered the album charts. They eventually all sold over a million copies and charted at #3, #10 and #13 respectively.

On this day in 1987, The Grateful Dead's "Touch Of Grey" peaked at #9 on the singles chart — their only song to reach the Top 20 in a 40-plus year career.

On this day in 1987, Billy Idol's cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells song "Mony Mony" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 2003, singer Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 54.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 9/26/16


10 At 10: One Hit Wonders
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Harley Night Finals/Costa Mesa Motorcycle Races tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Paul Stanley/KISS @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jeff Foxworthy

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "He who slings mud generally loses ground."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

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This Saturday, 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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This Saturday: 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!


September 27, 2016


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Guitarist/songwriter Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive is 73.
Singer/actor Meatloaf is 69.

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On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney added a new lead vocal to "Fool On The Hill" at Abbey Road Studios while orchestration was being added to "I Am The Walrus."

On this day in 1975, Pink Floyd's classic "Wish You Were Here" entered the album charts on its way to #1 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1979, just moments after beginning his song "Better Off Dead," Elton John collapsed on-stage at L.A.'s Universal Amphitheatre during a two man show with percussionist Ray Cooper. Even though he claimed he was suffering from exhaustion brought on by the flu, Elton returned after a 10 minute break to finish the nearly three-hour-long concert. Thank goodness Ray didn't have to sing!

On this day in 1980, The Rolling Stones' "She's So Cold" began its climb to #26 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Amanda" entered the singles charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 1986, bassist Cliff Burton of Metallica was killed when the band's bus crashed in rural Sweden. He was only 24.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 9/27/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Harley Night Finals/Costa Mesa Motorcycle Races tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Kenny Aronoff/John Mellencamp @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Larry Miller


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Neil's Latest Biking Stories

Rush drummer Neil Peart has released the third volume in his travelogue series documenting his motorcycle trips in between Rush tour dates. "Far And Wide" covers the 35 shows and 17,000 mile trek on the band's R40 tour last year. The book also covers "memories of 50 years of playing drums." Right so, Neil!

R.I.P. Loudermilk

John D. Loudermilk, the prolific songwriter responsible for such memorable tunes as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," died of a heart attack in his Christiana, Tennessee home last Wednesday. The 82-year-old Nashville-based songwriter's greatest success in the Sixties and Seventies included "Tobacco Road" (especially the version by the U.K. band The Nashville Teens which hit #14 in 1964). Loudermilk's biggest hit was "Indian Reservation," which Paul Revere & The Raiders took to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Rest in peace, music man.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting."

It was Steven Wright who said: "I played a blank cassette at full volume and drove the mime next door totally crazy."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."


September 28, 2016


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On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin announced that she would be leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company in a month because she and the band "weren't growing together anymore." Ah, the Sixties!

On this day in 1974, John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" (featuring Elton John on backing vocals) entered the singles charts on its way to #1. In fact, it was John's only #1 solo single during his lifetime, and — even more surprising — he was the last former Beatle to hit that mark.

On this day in 1996, as Rush's "Test For Echo" (their ninth consecutive Top 10 LP) hit #5, R.E.M.'s "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" — their last with original drummer Bill Berry — entered the album charts for a quick run to #2.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Rolling Stones as well as conversation with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 9/28/16


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Harley Night Finals/Costa Mesa Motorcycle Races tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ron White

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It was William James who said: "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

It was Eddie Rickenbacher who said: "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."

It was Mary S. Almanac who said: "Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does."

It was Sophocles who said: "What people believe prevails over the truth."


September 29, 2016


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Rock & Roll Icon Jerry Lee Lewis is 81.
Guitarist/singer Mark Farner of Grand Funk is 68.
Guitarist Mike Pinera, who worked with Blues Image, Iron Butterfly and Alice Cooper, is 68.

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On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones began their first-ever tour of the U.K. supported by The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles recorded "Every Little Thing," "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" and "What You're Doing" with producer George Martin at Abbey Road Studios. It was just a normal day for the lads.

On this day in 1967, drummer Mickey Hart joined The Grateful Dead.

On this day in 1967, BBC Radio broadcast a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" at 7:30pm. Not only was John Lennon listening, he also recorded a bit of the broadcast that he later used in The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus."

On this day in 1972, Cat Stevens played a sold-out show with an orchestra at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in support of his "Catch Bull At Four" album. The show must have helped because the album eventually charted at #1.

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk hit #1 on the singles charts with "We're An American Band."

On this day in 1973, The Rolling Stones' "Goat's Head Soup" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1977, AC/DC unleashed their "Let There Be Rock" album. While it's true that America didn't notice for a couple more years, the Australian band was truly rewriting the Hard Rock rule book.

On this day in 1979, Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" peaked at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, Foreigner's "Head Games" album entered the charts on its way into the Top 5 and five million in sales.

On this day in 1981, Billy Squier's "Don't Say No" album hit #5 while selling three million copies.

On this day in 1984, The Cars classic "Drive" peaked at #3 as Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" entered the charts on its way to the Top 30.

On this day in 1989, Glenn Frey joined Don Henley onstage in Los Angeles for the first time since the break-up of the Eagles eight years earlier. While they were trying to figure out if they could work together again, the rest of the free world was already thinking "Eagles reunion!"

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" was one of the most played Rock songs in all of America.

On this day in 1992, Peter Gabriel released his "Us" album which eventually sold a million copies and charted at #2.

On this day in 1996, it was announced that Julian Lennon was the anonymous buyer who had purchased Paul McCartney's handwritten recording notes for the song "Hey Jude" at auction for about $40,000. The song was written by McCartney for young Julian when John Lennon separated from his mother, Cynthia, in 1968.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 9/29/16


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Harley Night Finals/Costa Mesa Motorcycle Races tix! @12:30pm
The Story - John Fogerty/CCR @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt


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All Hail Tom!

On February 10th, Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at an all-star gala just two nights before the GRAMMY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. A group of ace performers will cover Petty songs at the fundraiser for the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity, which provides financial, medical and personal assistance to musicians in need. Previous honorees have included Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Don Henley, Sting, Bono and Billy Joel.

Bob's Live Box

Bob Dylan's famous 1966 tour with The Band is the focus of a new 36-disc box set cleverly called "The 1966 Live Recordings." The project actually provides very interesting insight into a critical moment in rock history as Dylan pushed forward with a new electric sound. Also, most of "The 1966 Live Recordings" have never been released. The box set will be released in several formats on November 11th.

Deeper For Journey

After a few years of playing hits, Journey will dig deep into their catalog for next year's tour. Founding member/guitarist Neal Schon says, "we've been asked to play 'Escape' and "Frontiers" in their entirety. I think it will be fun for everyone to get reconnected with those records. Some of those songs, like 'Frontiers,' we've never played live. We actually went through it at a sound check recently and it sounded amazing. I'm excited about doing it." And we're excited about hearing it!

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It was Plato who said: "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut."

It was Diane Kavelaras who said: "Good design should solve problems, not just decorate."


September 30, 2016


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Drummer Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield fame would have been 74.
Marc Bolan, who really was T. Rex, would have been 69.

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On this day in 1955, James Dean, the icon of cool, died in an automobile accident at the age of 24.

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan began his recording career. His harmonica playing in a session for Caroline Hester's debut album captured the attention of record executive John Hammond, who signed Bob to a solo deal the next day. The rest, as they say, is history.

On this day in 1966, guitarist Noel Redding was offered the job of bass player in Jimi Hendrix's new band, the Experience.

On this day in 1967, as Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield song "Rock 'N' Roll Woman" began its slow climb to #44.

On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut album was certified with "Gold" status, a half-million copies sold. Unfortunately, on that same day, David Crosby's girlfriend, Christine Hinton, was killed when her Volkswagen collided with a school bus in Northern California.

On this day in 1971, Yes began their first tour with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had just joined the band the previous month.

On this day in 1972, as they were really hitting their stride in the studio and on stage, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Trilogy" album hit #5.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith's version of The Beatles' "Come Together" peaked at #23 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1978, driven by their "Renegade" hit single, Styx's "Pieces Of Eight" album entered the charts on its way to #6 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1982, Bruce Springsteen released his most haunting album, "Nebraska." Though it charted at #3, it only sold a million copies — far off his normal pace.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Pump" album, the biggest of their career, entered the charts on its way to selling over seven million copies and hitting #5.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones released their "Bridges To Babylon" album. While the album didn't sell all that well, the following tour was one of their most successful — both artistically and commercially.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Rolling Stones as well as conversation with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 9/30/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Harley Night Finals/Costa Mesa Motorcycle Races tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan


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Final Crüe

Mötley Crüe: The End — Live In Los Angeles — documenting the band's sold-out December 31st, 2015 Staples Center concert — will finally be released on November 4th. This was the over-the-top show that put an end to Mötley Crüe's touring career, capping 35 debauched years of hard rocking. But wait — there's more! November 25th will see the release of "The End" box set, which will include six of their best albums on CD and vinyl. Rock on!

Live Queen

Just in time for Holiday giving, Queen's brand new collection of live performances, "On Air — The Complete BBC Radio Sessions," will be released on November 4th. The combination of all six sessions the band did for the British Broadcasting Corporation between February 1973 and October 1977 will also feature highlights from three concerts aired on the BBC and nearly four hours of interviews done between 1976 and 1992.

Fresh Skynyrd (Sort Of)

Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member/guitarist Gary Rossington and his wife, longtime Skynyrd backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, will release "Take It On Faith" on November 4th. The brand new 12-track blues and soul album Rossington compilation features all-star contributions by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues rock veteran Delbert McClinton, late Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward and one-time Fleetwood Mac singer Bekka Bramlett.

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It was Charles M. Schulz who said: "I love mankind, it's the people I can't stand."

It was Isabel Moore who said: "Life is a one-way street. No matter how many detours you take, none of them leads back. And once you know and accept that, life becomes much simpler."

It was Richard Branson who said: "Be authentic and organic. It can't be forced or it won't work. And most importantly, have fun."

It was Neil deGrasse Tyson who said: "The good thing about science is that's it's true whether or not you believe in it."



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