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October 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!


October 16, 2016


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Singer/bassist Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 73.
Singer/guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 69.

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On this day in 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded — thus eliminating any chance of earning herself a backstage pass.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Day Tripper" in three takes at Abbey Road studio. Then they added vocals and a few other overdubs, completing the song by the end of the day. Most efficient indeed!

On this day in 1966, Grace Slick made her first appearance with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. She was replacing Signe Toly Anderson, who had left the band to have a baby.

On this day in 1971, Santana released the song "Everybody's Everything" as the "Santana III" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival announced that they were breaking up.

On this day in 1982, "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne peaked at #7 on the singles charts as Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1999, the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.


October 17, 2016


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On this day in 1961, a 17-year-old Mick Jagger coincidentally met his old school chum Keith Richards on a train. While the two bonded over a mutual love of R&B records, fame and the "Glimmer Twins" were still a long way off.

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' cover of "Time Is On My Side" and The Zombies "She's Not There" began their climb to #6 and #2 just as Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit #1.

On this day in 1969, just as they released the mighty "Led Zeppelin II," Led Zeppelin began their third U.S. tour of the year at New York's Carnegie Hall. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1969, the American Federation of Musicians rescinded a four-year-old order banning The Kinks from playing in the U.S. That ban — which almost bankrupted the band — resulted from an unauthorized 1966 appearance on the television variety show "Hullabaloo."

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" began its climb to #18 as "All Right Now" by Free peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" album hit #8 as it was selling two million copies.

On this day in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Street Survivors" album was released with cover art that showed the band members surrounded by flames. But that cover art was quickly changed when three members of the group (including frontman Ronnie Van Zant) were killed in a plane crash three days after the album's release. Considered by most to be the band's finest, "Street Survivors" eventually charted at #5 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's double-album "Tusk" was released. A complete stylistic change for the band, the album peaked at #4 and sold a couple million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis' classic "ABACAB" album entered the charts on its way to #7 and two million in sales. The title track of the album was written in three parts: the "A" section, "B" section and "C" section. The title itself was simply a reference to how the trio assembled the catchy number.

On this day in 1992, Peter Gabriel's million-selling "Us" LP hit #2 just as Alice In Chains' breakthrough album "Dirt" began its run to #6 and four million sold. The music scene was changing!

On this day in 1995, Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, was sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.

On this day in 1999, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played the first rock concert at L.A.'s brand-new Staples Center. The state-of-the-art acoustics allowed at least a full one-third of the audience to actually hear some of the show.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/17/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Roger Waters tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Porcaro/Dream Weaver @1:30pm

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It was Robin Williams who said: "You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars."

It was Mark Twain who said: "What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "In the depths of my heart I can't help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless."

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Five Quick Verbiage Factoids

'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand, and 'lollipop' is the longest word typed with only the right hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.

The words 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (they're called palindromes).

There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.


October 18, 2016


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Chuck Berry, the Grandaddy of Rock & Roll, is 90.
Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon's most famous lead guitarist, would have been 67.
Drummer Keith Knudsen of the Doobie Brothers would have been 64.

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On this day in 1957, Paul McCartney made his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England. Besides Macca, the line-up included John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and Len Garry. Any idea what ever happened to those other guys?

On this day in 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig (in front of 14,500 deafened and confused Parisians) just six days after forming.

Forget doing a club tour! On this date in 1968, Deep Purple made their American concert debut opening for Cream for the first of two nights at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. Both bands played seven (long) songs: Deep Purple's first was their hit "Hush" and Cream's first was their hit "White Room."

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released their first single not written by Lennon & McCartneyGeorge Harrison's "Something." While its John Lennon-penned flip side, "Come Together," hit #1, "Something" itself peaked at #2 — and became one of the most covered Beatles songs ever.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" entered the album charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Babylon"album hit #3 as it sold over a million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/11/16


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Roger Waters tix! @12:30pm
The Story - George Thorogood @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette


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Hall Of Fame Nominees

Even though only five will make the final cut, we have ourselves an excellent list of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominees for the Class of 2017! Led by the heavily favored Pearl Jam, other first time nominees include the Electric Light Orchestra, Steppenwolf, Journey, Joan Baez, Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode, Tupac Shakur and Bad Brains. The Cars, Chic, Chaka Khan, the J. Geils Band, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, The Zombies, Joe Tex and Yes have also been nominated again. Through 11:59pm on December 5th, you can vote for your favorites at RockHall.com. The top five artists chosen by the public will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. The final inductees will be announced in December, determined by a voting body of over 800 artists and music industry insiders. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductions will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next April.

Phil Live!

Phil Collins has been off the road since 2010 due to various serious health issues, but we're all expecting him to announce his first U.S. concert tour in years any day now. In fact, he made the first nine dates of the European leg of his Not Dead Yet Live tour (including five Royal Albert Hall shows) official yesterday. Come on Phil, you can do it!

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It was Robert Frost who said: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on."

It was Gypsy Rose Lee who said: "She's descended from a long line her mother listened to."

It was Buddha who said: "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

It was Mother Teresa who said: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."


October 19, 2016


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Guitarist/singer Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers is 68.

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On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars, arrived in New York City for their first American tour. After two shows, Beck left, forcing Page to handle all the guitar parts himself. When the group folded upon its return to England, Jimmy inherited the band's name, hired new personnel and changed the group's moniker to Led Zeppelin. For some reason, that irritated Jeff.

On this day in 1968, Small Faces singer/guitarist Steve Marriott asked singer/guitarist Peter Frampton of The Herd to sit in with the band for a show in London. That marked the beginning of the highly successful Humble Pie, which Marriott and Frampton soon left their respective bands to form.

On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's landmark third album, "Electric Ladyland," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1974, driven by their #1 hit single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album hit #1 six weeks after its release.

On this day in 1979, Journey released "Evolution," with Steve Perry behind the mic. The album was so named because the band felt it best described how their sound was changing. After "Evolution" sold over three million copies and broke into the Top 20, the band's massive commercial breakthrough was right around the corner.

On this day in 1991, Nirvana's ground breaking "Nevermind" album began its climb to a three week run at #1 and over 10 million copies sold.

On this day in 2014, Raphael Ravenscroft, the Scotsman responsible for the iconic saxophone solo in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 "Baker Street" hit single, passed away at the age of 60 of a heart attack in a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K. He notably performed with many others, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd and America.

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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 Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as more of Joe's new conversation with John Fogerty. Check out this preview!

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Hump Day 10/19/16


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Roger Waters tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Brad Delp/Boston @1:30pm


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Inside The Nominees

According to "Rolling Stone" magazine, the Hall Of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be honored. Although Pearl Jam have had five drummers, only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted should they make it in. Of the many musicians Electric Light Orchestra has had, just Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy will be honored. The classic Steve Perry line-up of Journey, along with founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie are set (if they're voted in). And original Yes singer Jon Anderson is on the ballot along with drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White, keyboardists Tony Kaye and Rick Wakeman, guitarists Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin, and bassist Chris Squire. For the first time ever, the Hall is making perfect sense!

Where's Bob?

If you run into Bob Dylan, please tell him that the Swedish Academy that's awarding him the Nobel Prize For Literature in Stockholm on December 10th would like to talk with him. Word is that the Academy hasn't heard from Bob since they announced that he'd won it last Thursday. Officially, they say that "If he doesn't want to come, he won't come. It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him."

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."

It was Josh Billings who said: "One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."

It was Mary Pickford who said: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

It was David Frost who said: "Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home."

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Wot a Language!

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The cowboy decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.


October 20, 2016


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Tom Petty is 66.

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On this day in 1964, overexcited fans were arrested during The Rolling Stones' first concert at the Olympia in Paris. The stampeding fans broke windows and chairs at the theater before 150 people were arrested.

On this day in 1973, just as Steve Miller's million-selling "The Joker" album entered the charts on its way to #2, "The Joker" single began its trek to become Steve's first #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album entered the charts on its way to eight weeks at #1 and over seven million sold.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's pseudo-reggae "D'yer Mak'er" began its climb into the Top 20. Note: the title (pronounced "D-jer Make Her" as in "Did You Make Her") did not appear anywhere in the song's lyrics.

On this day in 1977, just days after releasing their "Street Survivors" album, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a fiery plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, along with Steve and Cassie Gaines were killed in that crash which, after investigation, was caused by the plane running out of fuel.

On this day in 1978, The Police began their first American tour at the infamous New York punk club CBGB.

On this day in 1979, Pat Benatar's debut album, "In The Heat Of The Night," entered the charts on its way to #12 and a million in sales as the Eagles' "Long Run," their final studio album (for many years), was about to spend nine weeks at #1 and sell seven million copies.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's live "Nine Tonight" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks as it racked up over four million in sales.

On this day in 1984, in a sign of things to come, U2's "Unforgettable Fire" entered the album charts on its way to selling three million copies while only peaking at #3.

On this day in 1990, driven by their hit single "Suicide Blonde," INXS' million selling "X" album hit #5 just two weeks after its release.

On this day in 2001, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elton John, John Mellencamp and others performed at the six-hour Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. More than 5,000 police officers and firemen attended the benefit for the families of police and firemen killed on September 11th.

On this day in 2001, the first of two nights of the Volunteers for America benefit concerts for the victims of 9/11 was held in Atlanta and Dallas. Organized by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw, Styx was joined by REO Speedwagon, Journey, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner and many others.

On this day in 2008, AC/DC released "Black Ice," their first album in eight years. It immediately went to #1 and sold almost a million copies in the first week alone.

On this day in 2015, 74-year-old Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers in Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly in his home in Dunkirk, New York.

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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 Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as more of Joe's new conversation with John Fogerty. Check out this preview!

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Thursday 10/20/16


10 At 10: Tom Petty
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Roger Waters tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Pete Townshend/The Who @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dana Carvey


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Mick's Voice

Remember that dusty dry wind at Desert Trip? Turns out that Mick Jagger's throat does too! The Rolling Stones canceled last night's show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas due to Mick's severe laryngitis. Of course The Stones are hoping to reschedule the date "very soon," and they're expected to make an announcement about Saturday's Vegas show soon.

More Song Royalties B.S.

Does this sound like a scam to grab big bucks from Eric Clapton? He's just been named in a lawsuit claiming he credited a song from his 1992 MTV "Unplugged" album to the wrong writer. The estate of Bo Carter — a blues artist in the 1920s and '30s — claims that Eric incorrectly attributed the song "Alberta" to blues icon Lead Belly. The lawsuit alleges Clapton actually performed Carter's original song "Corrine, Corrina." No word on why they waited 25 years to pursue the cash, but the estate is suing Clapton and other media and music publishing companies for all the profits they made off the song.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it."

It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."

It was Philip J. Simborg who said: "Alimony is always having to say you're sorry."

It was Plato who said: "The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves."

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This Friday, 10am - 2pm: Uncle Joe will be broadcasting his 100.3 The Sound show live from the Hollywood Park Casino Grand Opening in Inglewood! Stop by the beautiful, newly renovated Hollywood Park Casino at 3883 W. Century Boulevard and you can win prizes, concert tickets and maybe a pair of front row seats for Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances at the Hollywood Pantages on May 27th (must be 21 and present to win at the 2pm drawing). Good times!!


October 21, 2016


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Bandleader/keyboardist Manfred Mann is 76.
Guitar god Steve Cropper is 75.
Blues guitarist Elvin Bishop is 74.
Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland would have been 64.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather is 59.

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On this day in 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan recorded his first album. It cost $400 to produce, was finished in one day and you could understand every word he sang on it.

On this day in 1972, America released their third Top 10 hit, "Ventura Highway."

On this day in 1972, Yes' extraordinary complex, million-selling "Close To The Edge" album hit #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1978, The Who's "Who Are You" album — their last before drummer Keith Moon's death — hit #2 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' "Best Friend's Girl" began its climb into the Top 40, but their big commercial breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1983, Yes released "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which went on to become their first #1 hit single.

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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 Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as more of Joe's new conversation with John Fogerty. Check out this preview!

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Friday 10/21/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Roger Waters tix! @12:30pm
The Story - John Fogerty/CCR @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jo Koy


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Queen Live!

Remember to act surprised when Queen + Adam Lambert announce shortly that they'll hit U.S. concert stages next year. And make sure you get tickets because these guys are REALLY GOOD!

Screwing Spinal Tap

Harry Shearer, one of the creators of the rocking classic "This Is Spinal Tap" movie, has sued French media company Vivendi for $125 million over unpaid royalties. Word is that Harry and his fellow co-creators Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner have only collected $81 each in merchandising income and $98 each in musical sales income since 1984. Their contract with the Canal Plus studio, which is owned by Vivendi, called for 40% of all net receipts. They need to turn the lawyers up to 11!

Songwriters Hall Of Fame

What do Bryan Adams, Gloria Estefan, Chicago co-founders Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow, Madonna, Sly Stone, George Michael, ELO's Jeff Lynne, and Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown of Kool and the Gang have in common? They've all been nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame's Class of 2017. The final group of five individual writers or writing teams will be inducted in a ceremony in New York on June 15th.

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It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

It was General George S. Patton who said: "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."

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Today!! 10am - 2pm: Uncle Joe will be broadcasting his 100.3 The Sound show live from the Hollywood Park Casino Grand Opening in Inglewood! Stop by the beautiful, newly renovated Hollywood Park Casino at 3883 W. Century Boulevard and you can win prizes, concert tickets and maybe a pair of front row seats for Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances at the Hollywood Pantages on May 27th (must be 21 and present to win at the 2pm drawing). Good times!!


October 22, 2016


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Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 71.
Keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars is 64.

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On this day in 1969, nine days before it came out in America, Led Zeppelin's iconic "Led Zeppelin II" album was released in England.

On this day in 1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who before a paying audience at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

On this day in 1977, "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner peaked at #6 just as Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and sports arenas around the world.

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's exquisite "Aja" album hit #3 for the first of seven weeks with two million sold just as Foreigner's self-titled debut album peaked at #4 while selling five million copies.

On this day in 1982, "The Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II" was released with virtually no input from the band.

On this day in 1983, "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads peaked at #9 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #7. The U.S. was rocking again!

On this day in 1994, producer Jimmy Miller died in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 52. After surviving The Rolling Stones' lifestyle from the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies, Jimmy finally succumbed to lung cancer.


October 23, 2016


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Johnny Carson would have been 93.
Dwight Yoakam (a true rocker!) is 60.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is a wacky 57.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is 52.

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On this day in 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds entered the charts on its way to spending three weeks at #1. The song's lyrics were drawn from the Bible's "Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8."

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's classic "Imagine" single entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" entered the singles charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1976, three months after it entered the album charts, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #3 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" entered the singles charts on its way to #29, "Hold On" by Santana topped out at #15 and Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" peaked at #12.


October 24, 2016


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Bassist Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones is 80.
Producer Ted Templeman, who worked with Van Morrison, the Doobie Brothers and Van Halen, is 72.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd arrived in the U.S. to begin their first North American tour. Their first stop was Bill Graham's famed Fillmore West in San Francisco and, by all accounts, group mastermind Syd Barrett was physically present — no more, no less.

On this day in 1970, The Kinks' "Lola" peaked at #9 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Santana's classic "Abraxas" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks as it sold five million copies.

On this day in 1970, on the strength of their live show alone, Led Zeppelin was on the brink of being the biggest band in the world as their "Led Zeppelin III" album entered the charts on its way to #4 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1970, truly their best live album ever, The Rolling Stones' "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out," hit #6 as The Allman Brothers Band's classic "Idlewild South" entered the charts to eventually become their first Top 40 charting album.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney received a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records celebrating his status as the world's best-selling songwriter.

On this day in 1981, The Police's "Ghost In The Machine" album entered the charts on its way to six weeks at #2 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1981, the Stevie Nicks/Don Henley duet "Leather & Lace" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1987, George Harrison's cover of James Ray's "Got My Mind Set On You," INXS' "Need You Tonight" and John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" all entered the singles charts at the same time. While George and INXS both eventually hit #1, John topped out at #8.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" — their first album without bassist Roger Waters — peaked at #3 as it sold over four million copies. The massive success of the following tour was way beyond anyone's anticipation.

On this day in 1992, on the strength of their "Man On The Moon" hit single, R.E.M.'s "Automatic For The People" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/24/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Geddy Lee/Rush @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Little strokes fell great oaks."

It was Red Skelton who said: "All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner."

It was Stephen Covey who said: "If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting."

It was Bil Keane who said: "Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

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I Scream, You Scream...

From "Health" magazine:
* 44% of women and 30% of men feel guilty for eating ice cream.
* Americans eat an average of one ton of ice cream in their lifetimes.
* One ton is the approximate weight of a baby elephant.
Now, enjoy!


October 25, 2016


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Vocalist Jon Anderson of Yes is 72.
Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is 69.
Guitarist Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions is 61.
Guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who worked with Paul McCartney and The Pretenders, is 59.
Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot is 55.


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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Afterward, letters from concerned parents — chastising the program's producers for the booking — flooded the show's offices. Despite CBS' promise that The Stones would never grace their studio again, they were back on the show a few months later. Oh, the scandal! Oh, the ratings!

On this day in 1969, "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #3 and a cool million in sales.

On this day in 1975, driven by the success of their "Squeeze Box" hit single, The Who's surprisingly dark "The Who By Numbers" album entered the charts on its way to #8 and a million in sales.

On this day in 1975, Jethro Tull's "Minstrel In The Gallery" became their sixth Top 10 album Stateside when it peaked at #7.

On this day in 1975, driven by their "Strange Magic" hit single, the Electric Light Orchestra was about to score their first Top 10 album as "Face The Music" began its quick climb to #8.

On this day in 1980, The Police album "Zenyatta Mondatta" (recorded under a severe time restriction) entered the charts on its way to #2 and two million in sales. On this same day, their "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 10. Overall, not a bad day for the eclectic trio.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album hit #1 for the first of eight weeks. As the band toured constantly for the next 18 months, the album eventually sold over 12 million copies.

On this day in 1991, concert promoter Bill Graham (who ran the Fillmore East & West) was killed in a helicopter crash north of San Francisco.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/25/16


10 At 10: Mystery Theme!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ralph Harris


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Daltrey Clarify's Who Is Best

We all know how incredible this month's massive Desert Trip concerts were, but leave it to Who frontman Roger Daltrey to put his band into perspective with the other five Desert Trip headliners. The question has always been, who is the best band — The Rolling Stones or The Who. After the Desert Trip "battle of the bands" concluded, Roger pointed out that, "We've never claimed to be a Rock & Roll band. The Stones are the best Rock & Roll band. We're a Rock band. It was fighting music. We don't do the roll. We did the rock. And we're the best f***ing Rock band in the world." Right so!

Brian's Ill

No, we don't know what's wrong with Queen's Brian May, but he's had to cancel his December tour with singer Kerry Ellis due to medical concerns. The 69-year old guitar god says, "Just a word or two to say thanks so much for all your lovely words and wishes dear folks. I got myself in a very depleted state and have taken the decision now to clear my diary of everything until the end of the year... Need to turn off the phones and media for a while. Apologies to everyone involved in the things I will miss. I have to get away and prioritize healing — sometimes there is no choice." The plan is that Brian and Queen drummer Roger Taylor will be touring next year as Queen + Adam Lambert. Get well soon, Brian!

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It was John Fogerty who said: "Well, I'm here to tell you now each and ev'ry mother's son, you better learn it fast; you better learn it young, 'cause someday never comes."

It was Jim Rohn who said: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

It was the Dalai Lama who said: "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

It was Horace Greeley who said: "Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing. Only one thing endures and that is character."


October 26, 2016


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded M.B.E. (Members of the British Empire) medals by Queen Elizabeth II. The Fab Four were the first non-military recipients of the award, which was given in recognition of the amount of attention, financial and otherwise, that the group had generated for Britain. Although none of the other Beatles ever confirmed it, John Lennon said the boys smoked "a bit of marijuana" in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Talk about a high point in their career!

On this day in 1974, driven in part by the success of their tongue-in-cheek anti-business "Bungle In The Jungle" single, Jethro Tull's "War Child" began a run to three weeks at #2 — making it their fifth Top 10 album.

On this day in 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's over-titled "Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends... Ladies And Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer" triple live album hit #4. In addition to becoming the highest charting LP of their career Stateside, it was also their last for three years as exhaustion from the previous four years of constant touring and recording finally took its toll.

On this day in 1975, wearing an extremely spangly Dodger uniform, Elton John played a sold-out show at Dodger Stadium on the final night of his "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" tour. Joe Walsh and Emmylou Harris — neither of whom could match Elton for spangly flash — were his opening acts.

On this day in 1978, The Police played their first American show at Boston's Rat Club. After they played every song they knew, they had to start replaying them to fill out their set.

On this day in 1981, David Bowie and Queen recorded "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. While the song never became a big hit, its rhythm track was one of the most sampled riffs for the next 20 years.

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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 Cars and conversation with guitarist/frontman Ric Ocasek and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 10/26/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Steven Tyler/Aerosmith @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ralph Harris


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Where's Bob

Why is Bob Dylan ignoring the Nobel Foundation that's presenting him a Nobel Prize for Literature? While he's infamously uncomfortable alone in the spotlight, Dylan has before accepted — in person — the Legion d'Honeur, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and an honorary doctorate from Princeton. But not only is he ignoring the Nobel Foundation and not acknowledging the award, he's even had the simple words "winner of the Nobel prize in literature" removed from his web site! Know that the Nobel Foundation does not accept any rejections of the prize: Dylan's name will be listed as the winner in 2016 whatever he says (or doesn't say). But the award money is a different matter. Under Nobel rules, the winner must give one lecture on literature (or in Dylan's case, perform a concert) within six months to receive the $900,000 in prize money. Whether or not he will attend the December 10th ceremony and collect the cash for some charity, you could say that "the answer is blowing in the wind."

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is the name everyone gives their mistakes."

It was Will Rogers who said: "The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is."

It was Dale Carnegie who said: "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

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Word Play

* Oscar Wilde and his friends came up with the word "dude." It came from the words "duds" and "attitude."

* William Shakespeare coined a number of proper names including Olivia, Miranda and Jessica.

* Go ahead and Google it, but there is no synonym for "thesaurus."


October 27, 2016


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Bassist Garry Tallent of The E Street Band is 67.

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On this day in 1962, the fledgling Rolling Stones made their first recordings at London's Curly Clayton Studios. Frontman Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman covered blues songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley, but no record deal resulted.

On this day in 1973, Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" peaked at #12 as Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen was hailed as the most important artist of the day on the covers of both "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines — even though he'd never had a hit single or sold many albums.

On this day in 1979, Foreigner's "Dirty White Boy" peaked at #12 on the singles charts as their "Head Games" album hit #5 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1979, Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, with its release delayed by the unexpected success of the live "Cheap Trick At Budokan," Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" album hit #6.

On this day in 1983, U2's tribute to Martin Luther King, "Pride In The Name Of Love," entered the singles charts on its way to #33.

On this day in 1984, Pat Benatar's "We Belong" entered the charts on its way to #5 and becoming her second biggest single.

On this day in 1986, as The Police were breaking up behind the scenes, their "Every Breath You Take: The Singles" compilation album was released to sell over five million copies and peak at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' rocking cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle" entered the charts on its way to #26 — the Crowes' highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "Razor's Edge" hit #2 for the first of two weeks and — on the strength of their live show — eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2002, Tom Dowd, one of the most legendary record producers in the history of Rock & Roll, died of natural causes at the age of 77 in Florida.

On this day in 2013, iconic singer/songwriter Lou Reed passed away in his home in South Hampton, New York after a failed liver transplant. The 71-year-old's lifestyle was the stuff of underground rock myth at the same time his performance and poetry skills were an inspiration to generations of fans.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 10/27/16


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger @1:30pm


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Chrissie's Insight

Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders started their 27-date arena tour last night in Phoenix. While they'll finish with a December 18th show at The Forum, the Pretenders will also play a few solo theater shows to promote their just-released "Alone" album. After avoiding touring for a few years, why is Chrissie Hynde finally returning to the road? She says, "One of the things you have to learn in this business — and people often learn it too late — you really have to learn how not to burn yourself out, and it has to stay fun. I like to think of it kind of as a hobby, y'know, with the same enthusiasm as someone who goes mountain climbing or something — y'know, something you can't do all the time, but you really look forward to it when it does happen." Rock on!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Ability gets you to the top; character keeps you there."

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

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


October 28, 2016


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Reddy Teddy."

On this day in 1961, a customer asked Liverpool record store clerk Brian Epstein for "My Bonnie," a single by The Beatles. Epstein didn't have it, but after a second customer requested the record, he ordered it and tracked the group down to the Cavern Club. In short order, he became the band's manager.

On this day in 1964, filming of the "T.A.M.I. Show" (Teen Aged Music International Show) began at the Santa Monica Civic. The highly influential concert movie was shot over a three-day stretch featuring Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones and a smoking performance by James Brown.

On this day in 1967, as "People Are Strange" by The Doors peaked at #12, The Who's powerful "I Can See For Miles" entered the charts on its way to becoming their only Top 10 single.

On this day in 1977, the Sex Pistols released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" in the United States. A full 10 years later, the album — which still stands as a testament to what punk rock was all about — finally had sold a million copies.

On this day in 1977, Steve Perry joined Journey for their first public concert together, appropriately enough in their hometown of San Francisco.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," one of the greatest make out songs ever, entered the charts on its way to #13 amidst very heavy airplay.

On this day in 1983, almost five years to the day after their first U.S. gig at a small club in Boston, The Police played Miami's Orange Bowl in front of an audience of over 48,000 people. During 1983's "Synchronicity" tour (the band's last), they set box office records with sold-out shows at stadiums across the States.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, Genesis released their "We Can't Dance" album, which hit #4 within the month. By the end of the following tour, it had sold over four 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 The Cars and conversation with guitarist/frontman Ric Ocasek and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 10/28/16


10 At 10: Rain!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Ric Ocasek/The Cars @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette

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It was Henry Ford who said: "A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time."

It was William Feather who said: "If you're naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don't like."

It was George F. Tilton (not Mike Ditka) who said: "Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal."

It was George Carlin who said: "To me, fast food is when a cheetah eats an antelope. That's fast."

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Pumpkin Factoids

Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

Pumpkins, gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the family Cucurbitacae, which also includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons. Ever try to carve a gherkin?

Pumpkins are indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus. Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed-out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns during Halloween celebrations.

Pumpkins generally weigh from 15-to-30 pounds, although some weigh as much as 600 pounds (too much time spent watching TV, no doubt).

Why Pumpkins Are Better Than Men

1. Every year you get a brand new crop to choose from.
2. No matter what your mood, pumpkins are always ready to greet you with a smile.
3. They are always on the doorstep waiting for you.
4. If he starts smelling up your place, you can just throw him out.
5. A pumpkin is turned on (lit-up) only when you want him to be.


October 29, 2016


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Guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and Wings is 72.
Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's legendary original guitarist, is 69.

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On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their "Willy & The Poor Boys" album. Within the next two months, it spent six weeks at #3 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1971, guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon released the song "Mind Games." Despite its strident, brittle sound, it eventually hit #18 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, the "Best Of The Doobies" compilation was released to buy time as The Doobie Brothers worked up new music in the studio.

On this day in 1977, "Come Sail Away" by Styx and Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Loving Fun" both entered the charts. They eventually hit #8 and #9 as they became ingrained in the American conscience.

On this day in 1977, Meatloaf released his classic "Bat Out Of Hell" album. Though it never charted higher than #14, it did sell over 14 million copies!

On this day in 1981, Rush released their double live album "Exit... Stage Left," named after their favorite punch line of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss. Showing the strength of their seemingly underground fan base, the album soon hit the Top 10.

On this day in 1983, Genesis' "Genesis" album entered the charts on its way to selling four million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1988, the soundtrack to U2's semi-documentary "Rattle & Hum" entered the album charts. It soon spent six weeks at #1 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1999, the surviving members of The WhoPete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle — reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to promote an Internet video company. Also performing that night were KISS, Tony Bennett and the Dixie Chicks. Now that was a line-up!


October 30, 2016


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Singer and rock icon Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane/Starship is 77 and still very feisty.
Drummer Chris Slade, who played with AC/DC, The Firm, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Tom Jones, is 70 and still very bald.
Eagles bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit is 69 and still very cool.

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On this day in 1971, six weeks after its release, John Lennon's "Imagine" album hit #1 on the charts and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Heart's million-selling debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," peaked at #7 six months after it entered the charts.

On this day in 1982, former Eagle Don Henley's classic "Dirty Laundry" single entered the charts on its way to #3. Ironically, its lyrics are probably more true today than they were in 1982.

On this day in 1999, powered in part by the mega-successful, two-time GRAMMY Award winning "Smooth" single, Santana's "Supernatural" album lived up to its title as it settled in for a 12-week run at #1, selling over 30 million copies worldwide! The album also received the Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album GRAMMY Awards.


October 31, 2016

Casper's scary race car ride.

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Singer/guitarist Russ Ballard of Argent fame is 71.
Drummer Bob Seibenberg of Supertramp is 67.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 is 55.

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On this day in 1956, Paul McCartney's mother died from breast cancer. Mary McCartney had ignored pains in her chest, dismissing them as symptoms of menopause. By the time she consulted a doctor and underwent surgery, it was too late — the cancer had spread. 14-year-old Paul was devastated and buried his grief in an obsession with music.

On this day in 1970, one week after it entered the album charts, Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin III" hit #1 for the first of six weeks. Eventually, it also sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1973, Cheap Trick played their first gig. And yes, they were very, very LOUD.

On this day in 1975, Queen released their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," in Britain. It went on to spend a record eight consecutive weeks at #1 there (it only broached the Top 10 Stateside), then enjoyed a second life on the charts in the Nineties when it was featured in the film "Wayne's World." Scarra-Moosh!!

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones' classic "Start Me Up" peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Journey's iconic "Don't Stop Believin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and a million in sales as Ozzy Osbourne's million selling "Diary Of A Madman" album began its climb to #16.

On this day in 2013, guitarist Bobby Parker died of a heart attack in a Bowie, Maryland hospital at the age of 76. His riffs inspired many, many artists, including John Lennon in The Beatles song "I Feel Fine" and Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" — both based on Parker's propulsive 1961 track, "Watch Your Step."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/31/16


10 At 10: Halloween
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - 4-pack of L.A. Auto Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jerry Seinfeld


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Bob's Good To Go

As all of America had hoped and prayed for, Bob Dylan will definitely accept his Nobel Prize for Literature. An official message posted on the Nobel Foundation's official website reports that (after six weeks of no communication) Dylan officially called the Swedish Academy, which officially presents the Nobel Prizes, and officially told them "of course" he accepts the award. Furthermore, Bob also said, "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless... I appreciate the honor so much." When asked if he'll make the trip to accept the award on December 10th, the singer cryptically responded with, "Absolutely. If it's at all possible." The British Press also reports that America's suddenly verbose poet said, "It's hard to believe... Whoever dreams about something like that?" Who indeed!

Aero Force One/Air Force One

No one saw this coming. Last Friday, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry got to hang with President Barack Obama when Tyler's private jet landed at the same Florida airport as Air Force One. According to Joe, when Obama heard Tyler and Perry were on the tarmac, he invited them aboard his plane for a meet-and-greet. The guitarist further noted, "Steven and I have had some pretty cool adventures, but this one is right up there... This was the first time I've ever met a president, a seated president; it was pretty flipped out — and it was definitely worth the wait." Tyler said, "No better way to finish a beautiful South American tour... From Aero Force One to Air Force One... the best Welcome Home ever." To no one's surprise, drummer Joey Kramer (who wasn't part of the encounter) immediately went on social media to voice his exception to Joe and Steven's opinions. Same as it ever was.

Here Comes Timothy!

As he alluded to in last week's OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit will tour the West Coast to promote his new album, "Leap of Faith." Timothy's SoCal trek will start at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on January 7th, and finish at The Rose in Pasadena on January 29th. Rock on, Timothy!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Those who dare not, do not!"

It was Goodman Ace who said: "The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else's."

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

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Scary Halloween Factoids

"Hallow" is an old word meaning holy, whilst "e'en" is Scottish for evening.

Halloween is believed by some to be the time when the dead and other demonic creatures rise to walk the earth once more.

Black cats are a symbol of Halloween because it was once believed that souls could travel back into the world of the living in the body of an animal — usually a black cat.

The ancient Celtic fire festival called "Samhain" (pronounced "sow-in") is the origin of modern Halloween. It was the "feast of the dead" that marked the close of the harvest and the initiation of the winter season, which continued from Pagan into Christian times.

Halloween marks modern witches' New Year's eve. It is a time spent celebrating death, fertility and renewal.

The tradition of witches riding their brooms didn't come about just because they were the handiest flight objects available. The broomstick was symbolic of the magical powers of females because it was used in the cleansing of ritual places.

It is estimated that between the 15th and 18th centuries two million people were executed for witchcraft, and 80% of that number were women.



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