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November 16 - 30, 2016


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


November 16, 2016


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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's masterpiece, "Electric Ladyland," hit #1 for the first of two weeks as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon's "Walls And Bridges" album — featuring the hit singles "#9 Dream" and "What Ever Gets You Through The Night" — peaked at #1.

On this day in 1974, Ringo Starr's cover of The Platters' "Only You," recorded with John Lennon on acoustic guitar and Harry Nilsson on backing vocals, entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1978, the film version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" opened, starring Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper, Steve Martin and a lot of other people at the lowest point in their careers.

On this day in 1979, Pink Floyd released their "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" single in the U.K. where it went directly to #1.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's landmark "Scarecrow" album hit #2 for the first of three weeks as it sold over five million copies. At the same time, ZZ Top's "Afterburner" — the follow up to their 10-million selling "Eliminator" album — began its climb to #4 and five million sold.

On this day in 1985, Stevie Nicks' "Talk To Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

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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 ZZ Top and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Billy F. Gibbons. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/16/16


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Adam Sandler & Friends tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt


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Petty/Miller Fest

Talk about a Hall Of Fame line-up! Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the Steve Miller Band will be headlining the 2017 Mountain Jam festival June 16th through the 18th at Hunter Mountain, New York. The 13th annual event — co-founded by Gov't Mule frontman and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes — will also feature guitarists Peter Frampton and Gary Clark Jr., as well as Neil Young's current backing group, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Aero/Goodbye?

Is it really goodbye? Aerosmith has announced a 17-date "farewell" tour of Europe, cleverly named the Aero-Vederci European tour, May 17th through July 5th. As for the Stateside leg of the tour, stay tuned!

R.I.P. Mose

Mose Allison, the revered Mississippi blues/jazz artist best known for writing The Who's concert staple "Young Man Blues," died at his home in Hilton Head, SC on Tuesday, four days after his 89th birthday. His lifelong fans included Van Morrison, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Clash and Johnny Winter. Rest in peace, music man.

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It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."

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

It was Carl Sandburg who said: "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

It was John James Audubon who said: "A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."

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November 17, 2016


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Gordon Lightfoot is 78 and glad to be alive.
Byrds guitarist/songwriter Gene Clark would have been 72.
Jethro Tull lead guitarist Martin Barre is 70.


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On this day in 1967, The Beatles completed the recording sessions for their "The Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack album.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Let It Bleed" album.

On this day in 1970, Elton John recorded his "11-17-70" album live in a New York studio in front of an invited audience of 100 people.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin recorded "All My Love," Robert Plant's personal song for his late son, in just two takes at Abba's Polar Studios in Sweden.

On this day in 1978, in their usual flamboyant style, Queen spiced up their Madison Square Garden concert with a group of mostly naked women riding bicycles onto the stage during the performance of "Fat Bottomed Girls." Oh, the glory... the beautiful bouncing glory!

On this day in 1979, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Don't Do Me Like That" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's massive "Tusk" album hit #2 as it sold two million.

On this day in 1979, Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a heart attack at the age of 28.

On this day in 1987, during a concert in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2's Bono pulled a fan from the audience up on stage to sing along to "People Get Ready." Once he got into the spotlight, the aspiring star handed Bono a demo tape. No, he never got signed.

On this day in 1990, ZZ Top's million selling "Recycler" album — released in conjunction with a cameo in the movie "Back To The Future Part III" — hit #6 on the charts as the band was touring the States.

On this day in 2007, after six years in production, Eagles album "Long Road Out Of Eden" debuted at #1. It eventually sold over seven million copies, yielded two GRAMMY Awards (Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "How Long" and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "I Dreamed There Was No War") and spawned several very, very, very successful tours.

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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 ZZ Top and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Billy F. Gibbons. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 11/17/16


10 At 10: Bass!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Adam Sandler & Friends tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Brian May/Queen @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Whitney Cummings


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Medal Of Freedom

Bruce Springsteen is in the elite group of 21 major stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and sports that will receive this year's Presidential Medal Of Freedom. President Barack Obama will present the country's highest civilian honor next Tuesday at the White House. Others to be honored include former Supremes singer Diana Ross, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Cicely Tyson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates, sports broadcaster Vin Scully, and Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to people who have "made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Rock on!

No Bob In Sweden

Word is that Bob Dylan won't be accepting his Nobel Prize For Literature in Stockholm next month. The Swedish Academy, which oversees the annual honor, says that he will be absent from the December 10th ceremony "due to pre-existing commitments." He does, however, feel "very honored, and wishes that he could receive the prize in person." In the recent past, several laureates have, for various reasons, been unable to come to Stockholm to receive the prize. Now the singer/songwriter has until June 10th to give a so-called "Nobel Lecture" to cash in on the $900,000 prize money.

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It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes."

It was Robert Frost who said: "A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."

It was Viggo Mortensen who said: "There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever."

It was H.L. Mencken who said: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong."


November 18, 2016


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Mickey Mouse, occasional banjo player and full time icon, is 88.
John McFee, longtime guitarist with the Doobie Brothers, and former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell are both 62.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is 54.


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On this day in 1967, The Doors' million-selling second album, "Strange Days," hit #3 for the first of four weeks as Buffalo Springfield — another highly influential L.A. band, albeit one with severe internal issues — saw their "Buffalo Springfield Again" album begin a lame run to #44.

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones classic album "Beggars Banquet" was released. It eventually sold over a million copies and topped out at #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, Steely Dan's "Do It Again" began working its way to #6... and no one could figure out who this Dan guy was.

On this day in 1972, The Moody Blues' "Seventh Sojourn" — the seventh album by their "classic" lineup — entered the charts on its way to a five week run at #1 just as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" began a slow climb to #16.

On this day in 1978, "Double Vision" by Foreigner peaked at #2 as "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" by Styx topped out at #21 on the charts.

On this day in 1987, U2, while performing a second night in the L.A. Coliseum, decided to support themselves as a fictional country group called the Dalton Brothers. Good thing it was supposed to be a joke, because they really, really sucked.

On this day in 2000, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2's 10th studio album, debuted at #3. Over the next few months, as the Irish lads' tour rolled across America, the album sold over four million copies. Within a year, its songs had won seven GRAMMY Awards as it became the only album in history to have multiple tracks win the Record Of The Year GRAMMY Award: "Beautiful Day" in 2001 and "Walk On" in 2002.


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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 ZZ Top and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Billy F. Gibbons. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 11/18/16


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Adam Sandler & Friends tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan

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It was Sam Levenson who said: "Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it."

It was Vin Scully who said: "As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody's day."

It was Rita Mae Brown who said: "The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny."

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November 19, 2016


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Drummer Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and Gun N' Roses fame is 56.


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On this day in 1954, Sammy Davis, Jr. was involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino. Three days later, he lost sight in his left eye, which was then replaced with a glass eye. And now you know.

On this day in 1959, the cartoon show "Rocky And His Friends" debuted on ABC-TV. The first characters to be introduced were Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose as the heroes, along with Boris and Natasha as their enemies. Dudley Do-Right came on the scene a little bit later.

On this day in 1965, Kellogg's Pop Tarts were created. Many historians mark that day as the very moment modern civilization began to implode.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin began sessions for their sixth album by recording a demo called "Driving To Kashmir." As the song developed, its title would later be shortened to just plain "Kashmir."

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's classic "Peg" began its run to #11 as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Turn To Stone" headed to #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, "Suddenly Last Summer" by The Motels hit #9 as Journey's "Send Her My Love" peaked at #23 and Robert Plant's "In The Mood" began its crawl up to #39.

On this day in 1983, driven in part by the success of their "Sister Christian" hit single, Night Ranger's million selling "Midnight Madness" entered the charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1983, Badfinger bassist Tom Evans took his own life just as Badfinger singer Pete Ham had done eight years earlier. Evans was only 36.

On this day in 1984, Don Henley released his classic "Building The Perfect Beast" album, which eventually sold over three million copies and charted at #13.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's "Armageddon It" began its run to #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged In New York" soundtrack album debuted at #1 (and soon sold over five million copies) just as Tom Petty's solo "Wildflowers" LP entered the charts on its way to #8 and three million sold.


November 20, 2016


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Blues legend Leadbelly would have been 128.
"Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum is 74.
Guitar god Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band would have been 70.
Guitar god & uber-goofball Joe Walsh of the James Gang and Eagles is 69.

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On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan recorded his first album. One of the best known songs on the album was his cover of "House of the Rising Sun," which the Animals turned into a huge hit three years later.

On this day in 1965, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence" was released in a much different mix than they'd recorded it. Surprise! Then it reached #1. Bigger surprise!!

On this day in 1965, The Who released their "My Generation" single in the U.S. Although it took a couple of months to significantly chart, the music world was changed forever.

On this day in 1970, "Lola" became The Kinks' first Top 10 single in the U.S. in five years.

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's excellent cover of the Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" began its journey to #24.

On this day in 1973, drummer Keith Moon collapsed twice during the first date of The Who's U.S. tour in San Francisco after someone spiked his drink with horse tranquilizer. After guitarist Pete Townshend solicited a volunteer from the crowd, 19-year-old Scott Halpin got up on stage and drummed like a maniac for the last three songs of the set. Despite that shining moment in the limelight, Scott has never been heard from again.

On this day in 1976, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" entered the charts on its way to #1 just as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" took off for #10. America was rocking!

On this day in 1976, Jackson Browne's epic fourth album, "The Pretender," entered the charts on its way to #5 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar's million selling "Get Nervous" album shot up the charts to #4, driven in part by the hit single "Shadows Of The Night" which later won the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1982, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Long After Dark" album began its climb to #9.

On this day in 1993, Pearl Jam's "Daughter" began working its way to #33 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, David Crosby got the liver transplant that saved his life.

On this day in 1999, driven by their "Learn To Fly" single, the Foo Fighters' million selling "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" album peaked at #10.


November 21, 2016


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New Orleans boogie woogie piano legend Dr. John is 76.

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On this day in 1967, The Who released their tribute to British pirate radio, "The Who Sell Out" album. While it hit #13 on the U.K. charts, it barely registered at #48 in the States.

On this day in 1970, although American transistor radios couldn't handle its massive sound, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" began working its way to #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton's legendary "Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs" (recorded under the guise of Derek & The Dominos) entered the album charts. Even featuring "Layla," one of the greatest tortured love songs of all time, the album was so poorly promoted that it only reached #16 on the charts.

On this day in 1974, Jefferson Starship is reunited (for the first time) with singer Marty Balin on stage at San Francisco's Winterland.

On this day in 1980, Eagle Don Henley was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and Quaaludes after paramedics treated a 16-year-old girl suffering from drug intoxication at his Los Angeles home. A truly great song, "Dirty Laundry," later resulted.

On this day in 1981, released just seven months after his first solo album, Ozzy Osbourne's classic "Diary Of A Madman" hit the charts, heading towards three million in sales and a peak of #16.

On this day in 1981, The Cars' "Shake It Up" began its run to #4, their biggest hit single to date.

On this day in 1987, featuring the hit single cover of James Ray's "Got My Mind Set On You," George Harrison's "Cloud Nine" album began its climb to #8 on the charts.

On this day in 1992, Bon Jovi's "Keep the Faith" began its run up the album charts on its way to #5 and two million in sales.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/21/16


10 At 10: 1989
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Setzer Orchestra tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliott/Def Leppard @1:30pm

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It was Keith Richards who said: "Hey, it's good to be here. It's good to be anywhere."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Most fools think that they are only ignorant."

It was Mario Puzo who said: "The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."

It was Jack Handey who said: "Before criticizing people, walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you will be a mile away and have their shoes."

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Johnson's Seventh

History was made yesterday when El Cajon's own Jimmie Johnson joined the legendary Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as the only seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions with a come-from-behind win. The 41-year-old Johnson started the season's final 400-mile race in last place, and eventually took the lead with just two laps to go. The victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway was Jimmie's 80th career win, which also put him in seventh place on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series list of all-time wins. Jimmie won his seventh title in just his 15th season — and he won each title driving with the same number (48), sponsor (Lowes), owner (Rick Hendrick) and crew chief (Chad Knaus). Do you think we'll see him in town before the March 26th Auto Club 400 race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana? Stay tuned!


November 22, 2016


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Foghat lead guitarist Rod Price would have been 70.
E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt and Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth are both 67.

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On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin destroyed American Top 40 radio as "Whole Lotta Love" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1969, recorded immediately after Joe Cocker's legendary set at Woodstock, and featuring his classic covers of The Beatles' "She Came in Through The Bathroom Window" and "Something," the "Joe Cocker!" album entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1970, Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon at the White House and received a Drug Enforcement Agency badge. Kind of ironic since one of them was high and the other was a crook.

On this day in 1975, Ted Nugent's self-titled debut solo album entered the charts on its way to #28 and two million sold.

On this day in 1976, Nazareth's slow cover of the Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts" began its climb up the charts to #8.

On this day in 1980, Heart's "Tell It Like It Is" entered the charts on its way to #8 spurred by tons of airplay on radios all across America.

On this day in 1986, Bruce Springsteen's cover of Edwin Starr's #1 1970 epic single "War" entered the charts on its way to #8. This live version had been recorded near the end of Bruce's four-hour September 30, 1985 concert — the third date of the five L.A. Coliseum shows that closed out his record breaking 15-month "Born In The U.S.A." tour.

On this day in 1988, Pink Floyd released their live "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" double album, recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988. Though it charted no higher than #11, it did sell over three million copies and became the first rock album to be played in space as Soviet cosmonauts took it aboard Soyuz TM-7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/22/16


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Setzer Orchestra tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Elton John/Ken Scott @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both."

It was Bob Dylan who said: "Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear. It's not dark yet, but it's getting there."

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

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


November 23, 2016


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Pianist (and occasional Grateful Dead sideman) Bruce Hornsby is 63.

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On this day in 1968, Steve Miller's classic "Living In The U.S.A." began its climb to #49 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" was released in America. For some convoluted reason, it didn't come out in the U.K. until January 15, 1971.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' million-selling "It's Only Rock & Roll" became their fifth album to hit #1 in the States.

On this day in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Freebird" entered the charts on its way to #19. It should have charted higher, but American radio just wasn't ready for nine-minute singles.

On this day in 1991, U2's "Mysterious Ways" began its run up the singles charts to #9.

On this day in 1991, Stevie Ray Vaughan's posthumous studio compilation album "The Sky Is Crying" entered the charts on its way to #10, over two million sold and a Contemporary Blues Album GRAMMY Award.


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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 Kinks and more of Joe's conversation with frontman Ray Davies. Check out this preview!

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It was T. S. Eliot who said: "It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference."

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 Vince Lombardi who said: "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

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Tidbits & Giblets

Ever since Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving has been a time to remember all the good things we have in life. It's also a good time to overeat in the company of family and friends. Here are some T-day T-Facts to digest:

1. U.S. turkey consumption has increased over 230% since 1970.

2. Of the 300 million turkeys raised annually, 45 million are consumed at Thanksgiving.

3. A full-grown domestic turkey averages 3,500 feathers.

4. Turkeys lived, died and were eaten almost 10 million years ago.

5. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, nearby flocks of turkeys would drop dead.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, and they can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.

8. Turkeys can see in color, and their heads change colors when they become excited.

9. The average person consumes between 2,000 and 2,500 calories each day. Researchers estimate that once Thanksgiving Day is over, the average American will have gobbled up over 4,000 calories.

10. Because Americans like white meat so much, turkeys are bred to produce large breasts. Our domesticated turkeys have such large chests that the male, "tom turkey" is not able to fertilize the eggs of the female, "hen turkeys" in the natural mating position. Sadly for today's "tom turkeys," turkey eggs are fertilized by artificial insemination for the hatchery.

11. The number of hours you can leave a turkey out without risking salmonella poisoning: Two.

12. Degrees Fahrenheit a turkey has to reach to kill harmful bacteria: 180.

13. Degrees Fahrenheit the stuffing should reach: 165.

14. Just remember that the person who cooks Thanksgiving dinner gets to put their tired feet up at the end of the evening and watch someone else do the dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


November 24, 2016


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Booker T. & the MG's bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn would have been 75.

Drummer Pete Best, who was replaced in The Beatles by Ringo Starr, is 75 and perhaps still just a bit bitter about the whole thing.

Lee "Do You Know What I Mean" Michaels is 71.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke is 61.

Chris Hayes, guitarist with Huey Lewis & the News, is 59.

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On this day in 1964, having just changed their name from the High Numbers, The Who played the first night of their new residency at the Marquee club advertised as "The Who — Maximum R&B!"

On this day in 1966, The Beatles began sessions for the follow-up to their "Revolver" album by recording tracks that eventually evolved into "Strawberry Fields Forever."

On this day in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their single "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in England.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "Helen Wheels" (inspired by his trusty old Land Rover) entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's "Mind Games" album — recorded as he was having difficulties with U.S. immigration and at the beginning of his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono — entered the charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1973, six weeks after its release, The Who's epic million selling "Quadrophenia" peaked at #2. Unfortunately the supporting tour was a disaster on every level.

On this day in 1979, in the process of selling over two million copies, Styx's "Cornerstone" hit #2 on the album charts just as ZZ Top's "Deguello" comeback was beginning its march to #23.

On this day in 1979, The Police's driving "Message In A Bottle" barely made it onto the singles charts. Though it peaked at #79 a week or two later, it eventually became one of their (and especially Sting's) signature songs.

On this day in 1984, Bryan Adams' "Reckless" album began to rocket up the charts to #1 and five million sold. Among the six singles released from the album were "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven" and "Summer of '69," which assured Bryan airplay for the rest of his life.

On this day in 1985, blues/rock pioneer Big Joe Turner — best known for his raucous version of "Shake, Rattle And Roll" — died from a heart attack at age 74.

On this day in 1990, documenting the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, The Scorpions' "Crazy World" album — featuring the international hit "Wind Of Change" — entered the American charts on its way to #21 and over two million sold.

On this day in 1991, Queen's Freddie Mercury died from AIDS complications at age 45, and KISS drummer Eric Carr died of cancer at age 41.

On this day in 1993, blues guitarist Albert Collins died of liver cancer in Las Vegas at the age of 61.


Off The Record w/uncJoe Index logo 257x66px logo

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 Kinks and more of Joe's conversation with frontman Ray Davies. Check out this preview!

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Tidbits & Giblets

Ever since Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving has been a time to remember all the good things we have in life. It's also a good time to overeat in the company of family and friends. Here are some T-day T-Facts to digest:

1. U.S. turkey consumption has increased over 230% since 1970.

2. Of the 300 million turkeys raised annually, 45 million are consumed at Thanksgiving.

3. A full-grown domestic turkey averages 3,500 feathers.

4. Turkeys lived, died and were eaten almost 10 million years ago.

5. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, nearby flocks of turkeys would drop dead.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, and they can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.

8. Turkeys can see in color, and their heads change colors when they become excited.

9. The average person consumes between 2,000 and 2,500 calories each day. Researchers estimate that once Thanksgiving Day is over, the average American will have gobbled up over 4,000 calories.

10. Because Americans like white meat so much, turkeys are bred to produce large breasts. Our domesticated turkeys have such large chests that the male, "tom turkey" is not able to fertilize the eggs of the female, "hen turkeys" in the natural mating position. Sadly for today's "tom turkeys," turkey eggs are fertilized by artificial insemination for the hatchery.

11. The number of hours you can leave a turkey out without risking salmonella poisoning: Two.

12. Degrees Fahrenheit a turkey has to reach to kill harmful bacteria: 180.

13. Degrees Fahrenheit the stuffing should reach: 165.

14. Just remember that the person who cooks Thanksgiving dinner gets to put their tired feet up at the end of the evening and watch someone else do the dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


November 25, 2016


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Drummer Bev Bevan of the Electric Light Orchestra is 72.

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On this day in 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their first U.K. appearance. The show was at the Bag O'Nails club in London, just two days before Jimi's 24th birthday.

On this day in 1967, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" album entered the charts on its way to #17, making it the most successful album of his career.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their incredible "White Album" Stateside. It soon spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over 19 million copies.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon returned his M.B.E. to Queen Elizabeth with a note stating "Your Majesty, I am returning this M.B.E. in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag." Unfortunately, Her Majesty's response is lost to history.

On this day in 1972, proving that American radio had no idea what to do with David Bowie, his rocking "The Jean Genie" entered the singles charts for a couple weeks before it peaked at #71.

On this day in 1974, Genesis released the classic "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" album, their last with singer Peter Gabriel.

On this day in 1976, as The Band was set to split up, they held a Thanksgiving farewell concert that attracted guest performers Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, among others. The whole gig was immortalized in the film "The Last Waltz."

On this day in 1984, Bob Geldof gathered up a veritable who's who of British pop royalty (including Duran Duran, Bananarama, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and U2) to record "Do They Know It's Christmas." Under the name Band Aid, the song was then released to benefit victims of the Ethiopian Famine.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun" entered the charts on its way to #4 and a Best Rock Vocal Group GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 2007, Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow was found dead of a cocaine overdose at his Las Vegas home. He was 52 years old.


November 26, 2016


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Temptress/songstress/dancer Tina Turner is 78.
Fleetwood Mac's founding member/bassist John McVie is 71.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me."

On this day in 1968, Cream performed its final concert at Royal Albert Hall in London. At the end of the show, the crowd of 10,000 chanted "God save the Cream." Soon after, guitar god Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker rejoined to form Blind Faith. Unfortunately, no one ever felt the need to chant "God save Blind Faith."

On this day in 1969, John Lennon participated in his last session with The Beatles, finishing the B-side "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." What a way to go.

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy In The U.K." as their first single — perhaps the reason for the existence of crop circles.

On this day in 1977, driven in part by the iconic song duo "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions," Queen's legendary "News Of The World" album blasted onto the charts on its way to peaking at #3 for three weeks while selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1977, Eric Clapton's classic "Slowhand" album began its climb to a five-week run at #2 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1977, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue" album began its run to #4, yielding three hit singles along the way.

On this day in 1983, "Crumblin' Down" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaked at #9 as Genesis' first Top 10 hit, "That's All," entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1988, "Desire" by U2 peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's album "Hysteria" logged its 62nd week in the Top 10 album charts.

On this day in 1994, the Eagles' live "Hell Freezes Over" reunion album (the reunion no one ever thought would happen) began a two-week run at #1, eventually selling over eight million copies.

On this day in 1994, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's collaborative "No Quarter" album entered the charts #4, eventually selling over four million copies and proving that Robert and Jimmy hadn't lost any of their old Led Zeppelin magic.


November 27, 2016


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Martial arts god Bruce Lee would have been 76.
Guitar god Jimi Hendrix would have been 74.

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On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones opened their legendary four-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Recordings of the first two shows later became their classic live album, "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out."

On this day in 1970, former Beatle George Harrison released his triple album "All Things Must Pass" and the single "My Sweet Lord," which soon spent four weeks at #1. Produced by Phil Spector and engineered by Ken Scott, the album featured many noted players like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. The sprawling collection of songs eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1971, "Led Zeppelin IV," one of the greatest Rock albums ever recorded, entered the U.S. charts at #36. It soon spent a month at #2 and eventually sold over 23 million copies.

On this day in 1971, Elton John's "Madman Across The Water" began its climb to #8, selling 2 million copies in the process. Next up: four years with a string of seven #1 LPs and over 33 million sold — Super Stardom.

On this day in 1971, Don McLean's epic "American Pie" began its four week run at the top of the singles charts as the Grateful Dead's iconic "Truckin'" began to work its way up to #64.

On this day in 1976, Queen's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #13 as Foghat's "Drivin' Wheel" was headed to #34.

On this day in 1982, Rush's million selling "Signals" album hit #10 as their tour sold out across North America.

On this day in 1982, Phil Collins, Genesis' singer/drummer, saw his second solo album, "Hello, I Must Be Going!," enter the charts on its way to #8 and three million in sales. Suddenly, he found himself selling more records than his band.

On this day in 1995, The Beatles' "Anthology I" set a first-week sales record, selling 1.2 million copies in the U.S.

On this day in 2004, Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #2 and a Record Of The Year GRAMMY Award.


November 28, 2016


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Wry song meister Randy Newman is 73.
Drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam is 54.

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On this day in 1964, the iconic "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks peaked at #7 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Let It Bleed" album. It eventually spent two weeks at #3 while selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1970, "See Me, Feel Me" by The Who peaked at #12 on the singles charts as Elton John's signature "Your Song" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon had promised Elton that if his song "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," which featured Elton's piano work and backing harmonies, reached the top of the U.S. chart, he would appear onstage with him. The two old friends performed three songs together on that Thanksgiving night concert: "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Sadly, it would be the final concert appearance of Lennon's career.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's album "The River" hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner peaked at #2 on the singles charts as "No Reply At All" by Genesis topped out at #29 and Billy Squier's "My Kinda Lover" began its climb to #45.

On this day in 1981, The Cars' "Shake It Up" entered the album charts on its way to #9 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1992, Bon Jovi's song "Keep The Faith" topped out at #29 on the singles chart.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 11/28/16


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Eric Clapton tix! @12:30pm
The Story - The Allman Brothers Band/Butch Trucks @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin


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Bruce's Broken Guzzi

Remember the Moto Guzzi motorcycle that broke down as Bruce Springsteen was riding it on Veterans Day in New Jersey? The short story was that Bruce was stranded briefly before three other bikers stopped to help him out. The news that came out later revealed that the expensive Italian bike was customized for Bruce by Billy Joel at his 20th Century Cycles shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island. As Billy told the story last Monday night in his monthly Madison Square Garden show before performing Springsteen's "Born To Run," Joel said that he called Springsteen and apologized when he heard the news, to which Bruce replied, "Oh no, it's cool, dude."

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It was Hal Lee Luyah (Was that really his name?) who said: "A penny saved is a congressional oversight."

It was Karen Kaiser Clark who said: "Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals."

It was Victor Hugo who said: "There is nothing like a dream to create the future."


November 29, 2016


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Blues legend John Mayall is 83.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston line-up is 65.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles released the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single in the U.K. Over the next three days, it sold over a million copies!

On this day in 1975, The Who's rather dark, million selling "The Who By Numbers" album hit #8 on the strength of its goofy Top 20 hit single "Squeezebox."

On this day in 1980, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" began its run to #1 as Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" started its climb to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, the Eagles' "Eagles Live" album (recorded at the end of their contentious "Long Run" tour at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium) began its quick climb to #6 and over seven million copies sold.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" (featuring drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police) entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1986, Bruce Springsteen entered the U.S. album charts at #1 with his "Live 1975-1985" box set. That marked the fourth time in chart history that an album debuted at #1, and the first time a box set had ever done so. Topping that achievement, "Live 1975-1985" soon became the most successful box set ever, eventually selling over 13 million copies.

On this day in 2001, former Beatle George Harrison succumbed to cancer at age 58.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 11/29/16


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Eric Clapton tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Cream/Jack Bruce @1:30pm


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Kinks!

Talk about a big surprise for rabid reunion fans! Frontman Ray Davies and other former members of The Kinks made the scene at The Kinks Fan Club Konvention Sunday in London. No, they didn't buy any memorabilia. Nor did guitarist Dave Davies show up to duel with his big bro Ray.

Hall Of Fame Voting

Following a month of fans voting for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's Class of 2017, Journey continues to lead with over 103,000 votes. ELO is holding second with 101,059 votes, The Cars are third with 92,330, Yes is fourth with 91,258, and Pearl Jam's fifth with 75,900. Your guess is as good as anyone's as to how many of these nominees will make the final cut when the Class of 2017 is announced in mid-December.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary."

It was Susan Sontag who said: "Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

It was Elizabeth Taylor who said: "It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."


November 30, 2016


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Mark Twain would have been 181 and still acerbic.
Sir Winston Churchill would have been 142.
Ageless Rock & Roll TV impresario Dick Clark would have been 87.
Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple is 71.
The icon of sneering, Billy Idol, is 61.

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On this day in 1974, Elton John's cover of The Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (featuring John Lennon on guitar) began its run up to two weeks at #1 just as the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" began its climb to #1 via backseats across America.

On this day in 1977, veteran crooner Bing Crosby hosted his 42nd Christmas special on TV. David Bowie was his most notable guest, and the two performed a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy"/"Peace on Earth," which was then released as a single. You'll hear that duet and four more hours of Rock & Roll Christmas songs when 100.3 The Sound (and over 60 more stations across North America) airs Uncle Joe's Rockin' Christmas Show later next month!

On this day in 1979, Pink Floyd released their classic double album "The Wall." It was soon parked at #1 for 15 weeks and eventually sold over 24 million copies.

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne released his live "Speak Of The Devil" album. Consisting of covers of his work with Black Sabbath, this was Ozzy's only album to feature Night Ranger's guitarist Brad Gillis, who was filling in for the recently deceased Randy Rhodes. It topped out at #14 on the charts while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1991, "We Can't Dance," the final album by the most successful Genesis line-up, hit #4 while selling 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 Pink Floyd and Joe's brand new conversation with drummer Nick Mason. Check out this preview!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 11/30/16


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Eric Clapton tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Cheap Trick/Rick Nielsen @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Mencia


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GRAMMY Hall Of Fame

Right on schedule, the Recording Academy has announced the next 25 recordings to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. This year's selections include David Bowie's "Changes," Arlo Guthrie's "The City of New Orleans," The Beach Boys' "I Get Around," R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Hall of Fame criteria covers both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that "exhibit qualitative or historical significance." No word on why it took so long to pay tribute to these songs, but all hail the winners!

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It was Clare Boothe Luce who said: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."

It was Jim Carroll who said: "I'm just a constant warning to take the other direction."

It was Keith Richards who said: "I don't wave a flag for anything. I'm a musician."

Though often credited to Audrey Hepburn, it was Sam Levenson who said: "As you grow older, you will find that you have two hands: The first is for helping yourself, the second for helping others."

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Three Quickies

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

The average person (living outside of Southern California) will spend two weeks over their lifetime waiting for the traffic light to change. Southern Californians spend that much time every month just waiting to get clear of the on ramp!

If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.




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