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November 1-15, 2016


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


November 1, 2016


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Bassist Ric Grech of Blind Faith and Traffic would have been 70.
Dan Peek of America would have been 66.
Lyle Lovette is 60.
Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 54.
Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard is 53.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles topped the American charts with the "Abbey Road" album. It was so good, it stayed at #1 for 11 weeks and sold over 12 million copies!

On this day in 1969, John Fogerty's classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" entered the charts on its way to #14.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1.

On this day in 1980, Supertramp's live "Paris" album peaked at #8 just as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's "The River" entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with five million sold.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 1986, Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1997, on the strength of their "Good Riddance (Time Of My Life)" single, Green Day's "Nimrod" album hit #10 for the first of two weeks.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/1/16


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - 4-pack of L.A. Auto Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Greg Ladanyi/Jackson Browne @1:30pm

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It was Abraham Maslow who said: "He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail."

It was Emiliano Zapata who said: "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

It was Billy Connolly who said: "Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"

It was Mark Twain who said: "I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know."


November 2, 2016


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Keyboard whiz Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer would have been 72.
Former Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention bassist David Pegg is 69.

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On this day in 1974, George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver. It was the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle and the first time George himself had hit the road since 1966.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock & Roll" began its climb up the album charts to #1 with over a million sold.

On this day in 1974, Jethro Tull's "Bungle In The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 — their second highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1976, in an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained that they got the idea to make the Zep's "The Song Remains the Same" movie after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl's Court concerts. Unfortunately, they forgot about writing a simple screenplay so that the film would make some sense.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Small Town" and Dire Straits' "Walk Of Life" entered the singles charts on their way to #6 and #7 respectively.

On this day in 2002, the Foo Fighter's "All My Life" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a Best Hard Rock Group GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/2/16


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - 4-pack of L.A. Auto Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Stewart Copeland/The Police @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin


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All Hail Bono

While he still hasn't received the Nobel Peace Prize, Bono has been named "Glamour" magazine's first ever Man Of The Year. The American women's monthly has been honoring deserving women Women Of The Year awards since 1990. Bono was chosen as the first male recipient thanks to his charity work fighting poverty and promoting AIDS prevention through his ONE and (RED) organizations, which he co-founded. Now, if he could just get that long awaited U2 album finished so the Irish lads can tour again!

The Fans Are Voting

Once again, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is conducting a fan vote to make some lucky artist eligible for induction into the Class of 2017. Two weeks into this year's voting, Journey leads the polling with 65,309 votes. The Electric Light Orchestra is currently second with 60,784, The Cars are third with 57,042, Yes is fourth with 54,597, Pearl Jam fifth with 51,639 and Steppenwolf sixth with 36,970. You have until December 6th to vote (no more than once per day) for your fave.

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It was Aristotle who said: "Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."

It was Aldous Huxley who said: "Experience teaches only the teachable."

Though there's no proof he actually said this, Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying: "People are just about as happy as they are willing to be."

It was William Feather who said: "Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately to find it."

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Words! Words! Words!

It was the custom among men in ancient Rome, when swearing to tell the truth, to place one's right hand on one's testicles. The English word "testimony" is related to this custom.

To double the firepower, British infantry once fired volleys from two ranks with the rear rank standing behind the front rank kneeling. Rear rankers about to fire warned front rankers to keep heads down by calling out, "Beware before!" Then, "'Ware before!" Then just, "'Fore!" And now you know why golfers yell "Fore!"


November 3, 2016


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On this day in 1957, Sun Records released "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. Eventually, it sold over 5 million copies worldwide while hitting #1 in the U.K. and #2 Stateside.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles completed filming for their TV special "Magical Mystery Tour" at Ringo's country house in Weybridge, Surrey. The day's work was mainly done in the backyard, where each Beatle was filmed pretending to play a white cello.

On this day in 1977, Elton John announced another of his "100% total retirement from performing live." This time the hiatus lasted almost 15 months.

On this day in 1979, the Eagles' "The Long Run" album began a nine-week run at #1, eventually selling over 7 million copies.

On this day in 1979, Talking Heads' "Life During Wartime" entered the charts on its way to #80 and dance floors across America.

On this day in 1984, Bryan Adams' "Run To You" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1988, the U2 documentary/concert film "Rattle And Hum" was released.

On this day in 1998, U2's "Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides" was released.

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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 Beatles and conversation with Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 11/3/16


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - 4-pack of L.A. Auto Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Producer Ken Callait/Fleetwood Mac @1:30pm

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It was Will Rogers who said: "Never miss a good chance to shut up."

It was Bob Dylan who said: "I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours."

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."


November 4, 2016


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American humorist Will Rogers would have been 137.
Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders would have been 59.

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On this day in 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan played at New York's Carnegie Chapter Hall to an audience of 43 people. Ten times that many bootlegs of the show have since appeared.

On this day in 1963, The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Royal Variety Performance in London. That was the gig where John Lennon quipped "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry."

On this day in 1967, The Doors' "Strange Days" album began a run of four weeks at #3 while their debut album remained in the Top 10 almost a year after its release.

On this day in 1972, The Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin" peaked at #2 as The Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music" topped out at #11 and Jethro Tull's "Living In The Past" began a run to #11 (thus becoming Tull's highest charting American single ever).

On this day in 1978, The Who's song "Who Are You" peaked at #14 on the charts as Talking Heads' cover of "Take Me To The River" topped out at #26.

On this day in 1980, R.E.O. Speedwagon released the song "Keep On Loving You."

On this day in 1983, The Rolling Stones released their "Undercover" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1989, the updated version of Whitesnake's "Fool For Your Lovin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #37, nine years after the original mix was released.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's mighty "Pump" hit #5 on the album charts while selling 7 million copies.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 11/4/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - 4-pack of L.A. Auto Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Paul McCartney/The Beatles @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams

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It was Malcolm Forbes who said: "When in doubt, duck."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

It was Robin Williams who said: "See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time."

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More Fall Factoids

1. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Coffee is the world's second largest item of international commerce. Petroleum is the first.

4. M&Ms are named after Frank Mars, the candy maker, and his business associate, Bruce Murrie.


November 5, 2016


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Singing sensation Art Garfunkel is 76.
Country rock legend Gram Parsons of The Byrds would have been 70.
Rocker/photographer Bryan Adams is 57.

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On this day in 1977, Ozzy Osbourne quit Black Sabbath for the first of many times.

On this day in 1982, on break from Genesis, Phil Collins released his solo "Hello, I Must Be Going" album. When its sales surpassed three million, it had out sold anything Genesis had done to that date.

On this day in 1983, "One Thing Leads To Another" by The Fixx peaked at #4 just as Yes' "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "Synchronicity II" began a climb to #16 on the singles charts. Little did they realize that super stardom was right around the corner.

On this day in 1983, John Cougar Mellencamp's cynically named "Uh-Huh" album entered the charts on its way to #9. Along the way, it yielded three Top 10 singles and sold over three million copies, earning John enough money to hire real lawyers to get the Cougar label removed from his professional name.

On this day in 1994, R.E.M.'s song "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" — inspired by legendary CBS newsman Dan Rather's bizarre N.Y.C. experience — peaked at #21 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, while commandeering the Alternative Rock charts, Green Day's smashing "Welcome To Paradise" entered the mainstream charts on its way to a peak of #56.

On this day in 1999, after one mediocre album, Van Halen parted ways with their third lead singer, Gary Cherone.


November 6, 2016


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Singer/songwriter Glenn Frey of the Eagles would have been 68.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' song "Get Off Of My Cloud" hit #1, Bob Dylan's "Positively Fourth Street" peaked at #7 and The Animals released the song "It's My Life." Not a bad day at all!

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's classic "Highway 61 Revisited" hit #3 while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1965, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham presented his first show when he rented out the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco for $60. The show, a benefit concert for the city's mime troupe, featured the Jefferson Airplane (who were anything but mimes).

On this day in 1971, The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" entered the singles charts on its way to #34 as Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" peaked at #7.

On this day in 1971, one month after lead guitarist Peter Frampton abruptly left the band, Humble Pie's live "Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore" double album entered the charts on its way to #21 — their highest charting LP ever.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd's precursor to "Dark Side Of The Moon," "Meddle," began a crawl up to #70 on the album charts. When all was said and done, it had sold over two million copies and its song "Echoes" had spaced out half of America's youth.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's "Rock 'N Me" hit #1, Heart's "Magic Man" peaked at #9, and Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" topped out at #12 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, driven in part by their "Carry On Wayward Son" hit single, Kansas' breakthrough tour de force "Leftoverture" album began a run up to #5 on the charts and over four million sold.

On this day in 1982, singer/drummer Phil Collins' cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" became his first Top 10 hit — long before his band Genesis had come close to any chart success.

On this day in 1987, driven by the Top 5 success of his "Brilliant Disguise" single, Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel Of Love" album hit #1 as it sold three million copies. Meanwhile, R.E.M. scored their first Top 10 charting, million selling album with "R.E.M. No. 5: Document."

On this day in 1989, Phil Collins released his "...But Seriously" album. it soon spent three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1993, as Pearl Jam's "Vs." album hit #1 for the first of five weeks (with seven million sold), R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" peaked at #29 on the singles charts.


November 7, 2016


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Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is 73.
Longtime KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer is 56.

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On this day in 1966, John Lennon and Yoko Ono met for the first time. She claimed not to know who he was... and he believed her.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

On this day in 1974, Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest, nailing 27 of the furry rodents and even picking off one at a distance of 150 yards. No wonder chicks dig the Nuge!

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" peaked at #5 just as "Centerfold" by The J. Geils Band entered the charts on its way to six weeks at #1 and Queen's collaboration with David Bowie, "Under Pressure," began its climb to #29.

On this day in 1986, the giant "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Live 1975 - '85" box set was released. It eventually became one of the biggest-selling box sets of all time.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" peaked at #4 as U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" topped out at #13 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/7/16


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Chicago tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Mick Jones/Foreigner @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rodney Dangerfield


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All Hail Petty

This year's tribute to Tom Petty at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala is gong to rock! Among the artists set to perform are Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, the Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, George Strait, Jackson Browne, The Bangles and Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate, Jeff Lynne. And, as you'd hope, Petty and his Heartbreakers will close out the night with a mini-set. The event to raise funds for the Recording Academy MusiCares charity will take place on February 10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Rock on!

Mick's Down

Remember earlier this year when Bad Company's founding member/guitarist Mick Ralphs opted to sit out the band's U.S. tour due to health concerns? Well the 72-year-old Mick and the band finished their eight-city U.K. tour (their first in four years) at London's 02 Arena last Saturday evening and Mick immediately suffered a stroke. He's currently recovering in a hospital, and we're all wishing him a speedy recovery.

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It was A.H. Weiler who said: "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself."

It was J.P. Barlow who said: "One may as well be optimistic. The road to catastrophe will be rougher if it's paved with dread."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."

It was Rex Stout who said: "There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."

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This Weekend: Don't miss the last big drag meet of the year and the final round of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at the Fairplex in Pomona! The traditional Saturday and Sunday Uncle Joe Meet & Greets will rock, as will the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores)!


November 8, 2016


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Bram Stoker, the author of "Dracula," would have been 169 and really creepy.
Singer Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie fame) is 72.
Guitarist Roy Wood, who founded both the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, is 70.
Blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt is 67.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles worked on George Harrison's new song "Think For Yourself" at Abbey Road Studios. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take, thereby guaranteeing that it would make it onto their forthcoming "Rubber Soul" album.

On this day in 1969, on the second gig of their first U.S. tour in three years, The Rolling Stones broke a California concert record set three years earlier by The Beatles. Although Keith Richards really couldn't remember it the next day, fans paid a total of $150,000 to see the Stones rock the L.A. Forum in a legendary show.

On this day in 1969, "Led Zeppelin II" began a quick run to seven weeks at #1 on the album charts and 12 million sold. No matter what The Rolling Stones were doing at the L.A. Forum, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band in the world.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album, variously called "IV" or "ZOSO" for the Viking-like runes on its cover. Considered by many to be the greatest rock album ever, it somehow failed to reach the #1 spot while charting for a record 158 weeks and selling over 25 million copies.

On this day in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head," written by Christine McVie, entered the charts on its way to #20 and wedding receptions around the world.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's five-million-selling "River" double album hit #1 for the first of four weeks as their "Hungry Heart" single entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger's "Horizontal Bop" entered the singles charts, garnering lots of airplay but only hitting #42.

On this day in 2008, AC/DC's "Black Ice" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks, eventually selling two million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/8/16


10 At 10: Election Day
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Chicago tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Ian Gillan/Deep Purple @1:30pm

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It was William Shakespeare who said [in "As You Like It"]:
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts..."

It was William Feather who said: "Beware of people who can't be bothered by details."

It was Marcus Tullius Cicero who said in 55 BC: "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Same as it ever was, Marcus, same as it ever was.


November 9, 2016


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Guitarist Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival would have been 75.
Original REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer is 68.

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On this day in 1966, Roger McGuinn booted David Crosby out of The Byrds, replacing him by bringing back original band member Gene Clark.

On this day in 1967, "Rolling Stone," the first national rock oriented magazine, published its first issue. The debut edition featured a picture of John Lennon on the cover and included a free "roach clip."

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Junior's Farm" entered the singles charts on its way to #3. Though no one knew it at the time, the song was an homage to Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr. — the writer of "The Green, Green Grass Of Home" — on whose Tennessee farm Macca and his band were hanging out.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' cover of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" entered the singles charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1999, Journey's million selling "Trial By Fire" album — their last with singer Steve Perry — peaked at #3.

On this day in 2002, driven by their hit "Times Like These," the Foo Fighters "One By One" album hit #3 while selling over a million copies.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Journey and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Neal Schon. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/9/16


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Chicago tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte

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It was Mae West who said: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."

It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "There's no such thing as perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence."

It was David Packard who said: "More companies die of indigestion than from starvation."

It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."


November 10, 2016


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Singer/bassist/guitarist Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 68.

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On this day in 1961, Brian Epstein, the manager of several record shops in Liverpool, paid a noontime visit to the Cavern Club to see The Beatles, whom he heard about from a teenage customer. Impressed by the performance, he introduced himself to George Harrison and Paul McCartney. By the end of the month, Brian had persuaded the group that he should be their manager. On January 24, 1962, a contract was signed and history would never be the same.

On this day in 1973, British actor David Essex's self-penned "Rock On" entered the charts on its way to #5, becoming his one and only U.S. hit single.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's "Mind Games" entered the singles charts on its way to #18.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" double album hit #1 for the first of five weeks as it sold over seven million copies.

On this day in 1973, driven in part by the success of his "Rocky Mountain Way" single, former James Gang/future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh's rocking "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" album hit #6.

On this day in 1973, The Who's masterpiece "Quadrophenia" double album entered the charts on its way to #2. Meanwhile, Jackson Browne's million-selling "For Every Man" album began a climb to #43.

On this day in 1975, 29 crewmen died when the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald plunged to the floor of Lake Superior during a nasty storm. Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot was so moved, he wrote the 14-verse "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which went on to become the most unlikely #2 charting hit in all of recording history.

On this day in 1979, the Eagles' song "Heartache Tonight" — co-written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J. D. Souther — hit #1 as Foreigner's "Head Games" single began its run to #14.

On this day in 1979, after a long, difficult birthing process, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' legendary "Damn The Torpedoes" album entered the charts on its way to a seven-week run at #2. When all was said and done, it had also sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1984, occasional Eagle Don Henley's "Boys Of Summer," co-written with guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, entered the charts on its way to #5 and a well deserved Best Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Dodger Stadium. Many consider that 2.5 hour show to be one of the highlights of their entire "Bridges To Babylon" tour.

On this day in 2007, "Raising Sand," former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's game changing collaboration with singer/fiddle player Alison Krauss (winner of a record 27 GRAMMY Awards), hit #2 on the album charts for the first of two weeks. By the time it had sold a million copies, it also scored GRAMMY Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Mr. Plant would never be the same.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 11/10/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Chicago tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Benmont Tench/Tom Petty's Heartbreakers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Russell Peters


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Gregg's Down Again

Just two days after he canceled his first two concerts at New York's City Winery to give his bruised vocal cord time to heal, Gregg Allman postponed the rest of his 2016 touring schedule. Word is that Allman — who has canceled many gigs over the past few years due to health issues — plans to reboot this tour next July. Get better soon, Gregg!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."

It was Henry Rollins who said: "Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what others won't."

It was Lewis Carroll who said: "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."

It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something."


November 11, 2016


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Yardbirds guitarist Chris Dreja is 71.
Former Ides Of March and Survivor singer/songwriter Jim Peterik is 66.

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On this day in 1957, Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music" entered the singles charts on its way to #8 and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1972, The Allman Brothers 24-year-old bass player, Berry Oakley, was killed when he plowed his motorcycle into a bus in Macon, Georgia. Ironically, the accident happened just three blocks from the spot where Allman Brothers' guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident 13 months earlier.

On this day in 1972, Jethro Tull's double LP "Living In The Past" compilation began a surprise run up to a three week stay at #3. Among the album tracks, EP songs and British singles was the 1969 outtake "Living In The Past" (recorded in 5/4 time so as to inhibit any attempts at dancing to it). In short order, the song became the band's first Top 20 hit in the U.S., and in peaking at #11, became their biggest hit single.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as Queen's "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" entered the charts on its way to #24.

On this day in 1983, the album "90125" by Yes was released. In short order, it became one of the biggest selling albums of their career.

On this day in 1986, Pink Floyd issued a statement saying that although Roger Waters had declared that he would no longer work with the band, they would continue using the name. As they figured, that made Roger very, very angry.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 11/11/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Chicago tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Neal Schon/Journey @1:30pm


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R.I.P. Leonard

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential Canadian singer/songwriter whose distinctive deep baritone and catalog of widely covered songs (including "Hallelujah") spanning five decades, died in his Los Angeles home on Monday. The 82-year-old poet had been inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008, and only Bob Dylan has had a more profound influence upon his generation.

Paul's Soulful Return

KISS frontman Paul Stanley will be fronting his excellent Motown R&B tribute band Soul Station in the Southland during the first week of February. They'll start swinging at The Rose in Pasadena on the 1st, then perform on the 3rd at the Belly Up in Solana Beach and close out the trek at The Canyon in Agoura Hills on the 4th.

Historic Purple

The licensing has finally been cleared up, so Deep Purple's "California Jam 1974" will be released for the first time on Blu-ray on December 2nd. Even better news is that the film has been completely restored and a new cut of the show has been made. But will you see someone you know in the crowd?

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."

It was Steve Jobs who said: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter. Going to bed saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

It was Johnny Cash who said: "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the national holiday set aside to honor the men and women who served the United States in war. Initially known as "Armistice Day," it was established in 1926 to recognize the end of fighting in World War I at 11am, November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). It was renamed "Veterans Day" after World War II, and has always centered on special memorials at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. At some point today, take a moment to remember those who fought to protect our freedom, especially those who paid the ultimate price, from the fields in France to the deserts of Iraq.


November 12, 2016


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Keyboard great Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the MG's is 72.
The incredible Neil Young is 71.
Guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult is 69.


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On this day in 1966, the Hollywood Sunset Strip Riot took place, providing the lyrical inspiration for Stephen Stills to write Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

On this day in 1973, Queen began their first tour of Britain at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire, opening for Mott The Hoople.

On this day in 1977, the title track from Kansas' "Point Of Know Return" album entered the singles charts on its way to #28.

On this day in 1977, David Bowie's highly influential "Heroes" album began a climb to #35.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen hit the top of the charts with his double album "The River."

On this day in 1983, David Bowie's "Modern Love" peaked at #14 on the singles charts just as The Rolling Stones' "Undercover Of The Night" began its run to #9.

On this day in 1983, although ZZ Top's "Eliminator" album only peaked at #9, it eventually sold over 10 million copies.

On this day in 1988, U2's "Rattle & Hum" soundtrack album hit #1 for the first of six weeks, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 2008, Jimi Hendrix's acclaimed drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel. The 61-year-old's death was due to natural causes.


November 13, 2016


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On this day in 1968, The Beatles' animated feature "Yellow Submarine" premiered in the U.S. The movie was the fourth film to be made by or about The Fab Four, although the other three were live-action and not animated.

On this day in 1971, Santana's cleverly titled "Santana III" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks. By the end of that run, it had sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1976, Rod Stewart hit #1 with "Tonight's The Night" as "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton peaked at #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, the double album soundtrack from Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" movie hit #2 for the first of two weeks as it sold four million copies just as Lynyrd Skynyrd's double live album "One More From The Road" hit #9 while selling three million copies. That was one hell of a lot of vinyl albums!

On this day in 1976, Bob Seger's classic "Night Moves" album began its climb to #8 via backseats across America.

On this day in 1982, Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" single entered the charts on its way to #20.


November 14, 2016


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Styx guitarist James "J.Y." Young is 67.
Former Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such is 60.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' American breakthrough album, "12x5" (12 songs by five guys), entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #3. Superstardom was looming right around the corner.

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin began recording their third album at Olympic Studios with a run-through of "Since I've Been Loving You" live to tape. That recording turned out so well, they included it on the album, and Robert Plant later described it as "the closest thing ever to a Led Zeppelin live concert."

On this day in 1970, "Cry Me A River" by Joe Cocker peaked at #11 as Van Morrison's "Domino" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and Santana's "Black Magic Woman" began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1973, Billy Joel released his breakthrough "Piano Man" album as Bruce Springsteen released his classic "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle" album.

On this day in 1975, Queen released the "A Night At The Opera" album, which contained their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin began recording what became their final album, "In Through The Out Door," in Abba's Swedish Polar Studios. The outtake "Ozone Baby" was the first number they finished.

On this day in 1981, Genesis' "ABACAB" album hit #7 as it sold over two million copies. 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 1987, INXS' "Kick" album began its run to four weeks at #3, selling over six million copies and becoming the biggest album of their career.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/14/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Adam Sandler & Friends tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo @1:30pm


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R.I.P. Leon

Singer/songwriter/master musician Leon Russell died in his sleep in his Nashville home Sunday morning. The 74-year-old had been in declining health for several years and most recently was recovering from heart bypass surgery. A famed session musician (and member of the famed Wrecking Crew in the Sixties), Leon performed and arranged music for diverse artists like The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Aretha Franklin. Several of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer's songs covered by others (like Ray Charles, The Carpenters and George Benson) won GRAMMY Awards. Leon's live work, including Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" and the Concert For Bangladesh, was legendary. Rest in peace, music man, rest in peace.

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It was Keith Richards who said: "What is it that makes you want to write songs? In a way, you want to stretch yourself into other people's hearts. You want to plant yourself there, or at least get a resonance, where other people become a bigger instrument than the one you're playing. It becomes almost an obsession to touch other people. To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases. A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack."


November 15, 2016


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On this day in 1969, just two months after its release, Santana's self-titled debut album hit #4 while selling four million copies. Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills & Nash's self-titled debut album hit #6 while selling four million copies in four months.

On this day in 1975, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to #10 as KISS' classic "Rock & Roll All Nite (Live)" began its climb to #12.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin quickly recorded "South Bound Saurez" in Abba's Swedish Polar Studios as they really began to work on what became their final album, "In Through The Out Door."

On this day in 1986, as the band was rocked by internal turmoil, The Pretenders' "Get Close" album entered the charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1992 at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, Ozzy Osbourne swore he was playing his last concert ever. Then he was joined in an emotional reunion onstage by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. No matter if it was clever marketing or happenstance, the Ozz-man has toured continuously ever since.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/15/16


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Adam Sandler & Friends tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Chuck Panazo/Styx @1:30pm

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It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."

It was Sam Levenson who said: "Don't watch the clock; do as it does. Keep going."

It was Jack Nicholson who said: "My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?"

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