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Uncle Joe's Update Archives - January 16 - 31, 2017


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!


January 16, 2017


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Racing god A.J. Foyt is 82.

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On this day in 1964, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go (the first Rock & Roll club in L.A.) opened on Sunset Boulevard. They claim that the floors have actually been fully cleaned at least twice since then.

On this day in 1970, John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit of erotic lithographs was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography. Yes, Yoko was his inspiration, but why did you ask?

On this day in 1980, when the Japanese police found a half pound of marijuana in his baggage at the airport, they threw Paul McCartney into a Tokyo jail cell for nine days. Bummer.

On this day in 1982, the Journey song "Open Arms" entered the charts on its way to becoming one of the band's biggest hits (#2 for six weeks) just as The Police tune "Spirits In The Material World" topped out at #11.

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It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A right delayed is a right denied."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

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

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorating the life of a tremendously important American, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of every January. One of America's greatest orators and civil rights leaders, at age 35 in 1964 he became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated. While legislation for a commemorative holiday was introduced four days after his assassination, it took 15 years and petitions signed by six million people endorsing the holiday submitted to Congress before the holiday legislation passed in 1983. King's actual birthday is January 15th, but the holiday was created a week later to overcome opposition claiming the 15th was too close to Christmas and New Year's Day.

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today. That includes public schools, most banking institutions and all post offices. There will be no mail delivery, but most public transportation and trash pickup will continue as normal.


January 17, 2017


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Benjamin Franklin would have been a witty 311.
Muhammad Ali would have been 75.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 68.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" at R.C.A. Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1981, as her "Treat Me Right" single began its climb to #18, Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion" album hit #2 for the first of five weeks. Eventually, over four million copies of the LP were sold.

On this day in 1981, Steely Dan's classic "Gaucho" album hit #9 just as John Lennon's "Woman" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1990, The Who, The Kinks and Simon & Garfunkel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1994, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake jolted Southern California at 4:31am, killing 57 and causing over $40 billion in losses with 89,000 structures destroyed or damaged to the point of requiring extensive repair.

On this day in 1996, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/17/17


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Grand National Roadster Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Scorpions/Klaus Meine @1:30pm


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It was Harry S. Truman who said: "Intense feeling too often obscures the truth."

It was Eric Hoffer who said: "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Selfishness is not living as one wants to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence."


January 18, 2017

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" burst onto the charts headed for a seven-week run at #1. Beatlemania had arrived in America!

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" both entered the American album charts. The Beatles soon hit #2, followed by C.C.R. at #7.

On this day in 1973, The Rolling Stones played a benefit concert for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims at the Forum in Los Angeles. In an era when they rarely played "oldies," for this special show The Stones dusted off two classics they'd not performed live since June 1965: "Route 66" and "It's All Over Now." The Forum crowd also heard "No Expectations," which had been performed only once before (Hyde Park in 1969) and wouldn't be played again for 21 years! A truly legendary performance from a legendary band.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd began recording what eventually became their "Dark Side Of The Moon" album at Abbey Road Studios in London with a young engineer named Alan Parsons.

On this day in 1974, with the addition of King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, Bad Company was officially formed by Free singer Paul Rodgers, Free drummer Simon Kirke and Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs. Fame and fortune were right around the corner.

On this day in 1975, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" single, their follow up to the #1 charting "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," began its climb to #14. At the same time, Bad Company's "Movin' On" was beginning its climb to #19.

On this day in 1980, The Clash's "London Calling" album was released as "The Wall" by Pink Floyd hit #1 on the charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" and INXS' "What You Need" both entered the charts. Soon Heart would hit #1 and INXS #5 — for both, their highest charting singles to date.

On this day in 1989, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Otis Redding, among others. At the New York dinner, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died about a month earlier, by singing Orbison's classic, "Crying."

On this day in 2015, after a long battle with liver disease, drummer Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 66.

On this day in 2016, singer/guitarist Glenn Frey of the Eagles lost a 15-year fight with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Glenn and his partner, Don Henley, were not only one of America's greatest songwriting teams, they were the Laurel Canyon, mid-Seventies answer to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Their songs were always hip and clever, reflecting their times, their surroundings, and their rapidly developing lifestyle. With Glenn at the driving wheel, the Eagles sold more than 150 million records, with six #1 albums in the U.S. alone, not to mention embedding their music in millions of fans lives.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/18/17


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Grand National Roadster Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Bad Company/Paul Rodgers @1:30pm



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More U2

Did you remember to act surprised when U2 sold out their May 20th The Joshua Tree Rose Bowl concert in a matter of minutes yesterday? Well the draw of the Irish lads playing their entire "The Joshua Tree" album for the first time to celebrate its 30th anniversary was too much for us to resist. And that's why U2 immediately added three more U.S. shows, including another Rose Bowl gig on Sunday May 21st. With tickets going on sale (briefly) next Monday, stay tuned to The Sound for your chance to win them even sooner!

More Leps

After playing over 70 shows last year, Def Leppard are jumping back on the road this Spring. Their next North American trek will include Poison and Tesla on the bill, starting on April 8th. And their long awaited Southland gig will be at Ontario's Citizens Bank Arena on June 14th. To get you in the mood, the Leps will release their "And There Will Be A Next Time — Live from Detroit" video/CD package on February 10th.

Here Comes Ann

With Heart "in a cocoon of metamorphosis" this year, singer Ann Wilson has booked 20 dates running from March 8th through April 7th with an L.A. stop at The Wiltern on March 12th. Her backing band for the solo outing features guitarist Craig Bartok, a member of both Heart and The Ann Wilson Thing, The Ann Wilson Thing's bassist Andy Stoller; and drummer/percussionist Denny Fongheiser, who played with Heart during the Nineties.

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It was James Russell Lowell who said: "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion."

It was Kenneth Tynan who said: "A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything's in vain."

It was Mark Twain who said: "I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one."

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This Saturday, Noon - 2pm: Join J.B. and NHRA Funny Car Champion Drag Racer Jack Beckman for more fun at the Mike Thompson RV Super Store at 18240 Ward Street (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Circle K NHRA Winternationals Drag Races tickets to win!


January 19, 2017


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Janis Joplin would have been 74.
Rod Evans, the first Deep Purple singer, is 70.
Smooth dancing, swell dressing singer Robert Palmer would have been 68.
Martha Davis of The Motels is 66.
Dewey Bunnell of America is 65.

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On this day in 1980, on it's sixth week on the charts, Pink Floyd's double album masterpiece "The Wall" hit #1 for the first of 15 weeks just as their edit of "Another Brick In The Wall, pt. 2" began its climb up the singles charts to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." peaked at #9 on the singles charts just as R.E.O. Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" began its climb to a three week run at #1.

On this day in 1994, The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1998, Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins died from throat cancer in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 65. Although he never received the recognition accorded to Elvis Presley, his guitar-playing and songwriting defined the rockabilly genre and greatly influenced The Beatles.

On this day in 2006, legendary R&B singer Wilson Pickett died at the age of 64 of a heart attack. The 1991 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee was known for such classics as "Mustang Sally," "In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway."


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 1/19/17


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Grand National Roadster Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Steve Perry/Journey @1:30pm



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Here Comes The Dan

It was just last October that Steely Dan — in the tradition of The Allman Brothers Band — performed another of their 10-night residencies at New York's Beacon Theatre. Those gigs went so well that this April the Dan will do a nine-date Las Vegas residency at the Opaline Theatre in The Venetian. No word if Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will mix up setlists or feature full albums over the course of the "Reelin' In The Chips" gigs, but you know their band will be "the best touring band on the stage today!" The dates for the Dan's Vegas run are April 12th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th, and 29th. Stand by, Dan fans!

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It was John Wayne who said: "Life is hard, but it's harder if you're stupid."

It was Mae West who said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

It was Aristotle who said: "Education is the best provision for old age."

It was Joseph Wood Krutch who said: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function."


January 20, 2017


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Blues legend Lead Belly (Huddy Ledbetter) would have been 129... or 132. There's also a chance he was born on January 23rd instead of January 20th. What is known for sure is that he spent time in prison on at least three different occasions for violent crimes, and was one of the most influential bluesmen ever.
Paul Stanley of KISS (the guitarist with the star on his eye) is 65.
Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney's longtime guitarist, is 58.

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On this day in 1964, Capital Records belatedly released their first Beatles album in the U.S., "Meet The Beatles." Contrary to what the record company had predicted, the Americanized version of the British "With The Beatles" album immediately topped the charts for 11 weeks.

On this day in 1979, the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" single began its climb to #1 — the second chart topper of their career. A year later, the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins-penned song won the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat during a concert in Des Moines, then was hospitalized and administered a series of painful rabies shots. In his defense, the Prince Of Darkness said he thought the bat was plastic. At least that's what we think he said.

On this day in 1988, Beach Boy Mike Love insulted Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger while being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The other — better behaved — inductees that year included The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Drifters, Berry Gordy, Jr. and Woody Guthrie.


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 1/20/17


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Grand National Roadster Show tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Peter Frampton @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan


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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 Peter Frampton and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Peter. Check out this preview!


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Macca Wants His Music Back

Having been screwed on copyrights to his music by Michael Jackson and publisher Sony/ATV, and having seen Duran Duran getting ripped off in U.K. courts last month, Paul McCartney has engaged the U.S. court system to regain ownership of songs he wrote or co-wrote. Macca filed a lawsuit in New York yesterday "to confirm his ownership in his U.S. reversionary copyrights, which are granted to him by U.S. copyright law, in the songs he wrote with John Lennon and recorded with The Beatles." Under U.S. copyright law, creators who sold copyrights before 1976 have a right to reclaim them at a certain point. Word is that McCartney has been serving notices of his intention to reclaim his works from the current copyrights owners since 2008, and is expecting to have these copyrights returned to him beginning October 5, 2018.

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It was Groucho Marx who said: "The secret to life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

It was Dolly Parton who said: "You'd be surprised at how much it costs to look this cheap."

It was Peter F. Drucker who said: "Much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."


January 21, 2017


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On this date in 1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd, with Paul McCartney serving as best man. The couple met while The Beatles were filming "A Hard Day's Night." (Patti played one of the schoolgirls in the train scene near the start of the film.)

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' tender "Ruby Tuesday" began its run up to #1 backed with the scandalous "Let's Spend The Night Together."

On this date in 1978, the title track of the Kansas "Point Of Know Return" album peaked at #28 on the singles charts.

On this date in 1984, as their comeback "90125" album topped out at #5, Yes hit #1 with the song "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" — their one and only chart topper.

On this date in 1984, John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" began its climb up the singles charts to #5.

On this day in 1987, legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on the anniversary of his death, along with Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Rick Nelson, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Carl Perkins and B.B. King, among others.

On this date in 1988, "Pollstar," the trade magazine for concert promoters, named U2 as the biggest live attraction in the U.S.


January 22, 2017


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Sam Cooke, one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, would have been 86.
Singer/actor Meat Loaf is 70.
Journey singer Steve Perry, another of the greatest voices of the 20th century, is 68.
INXS frontman Michael Hutchence would have been 57.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Day Tripper" peaked at #5 on the charts. Its flip side, "We Can Work It Out," had already charted at #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It's also worth noting that those two songs comprised the first ever "double A-side" release, another sign of The Beatles' overwhelming domination of the Sixties music scene.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles began recording what became their "Let It Be" album. Billy Preston, who was hanging out in the lobby getting high, was invited by George Harrison to join in the session.

On this day in 1972, as Yes' classic "Fragile" album began its climb to #4 with two million sold, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's live "Pictures At An Exhibition" (based on Mussorgsky's classic piece of the same name) was beginning its own run to #10 on the charts. Progressive Rock was in its heyday!

On this day in 1977, "Somebody To Love" by Queen peaked at #13 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1977, Paul McCartney's live "Wings Over America" triple album hit #1 on the charts as ZZ Top's fifth LP, "Tejas," was beginning its climb to #17.

On this day in 1983, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Long After Dark" album peaked at #9 with two million sold.

On this day in 1983, "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash peaked at #8 on the singles chart as their two-million-selling "Combat Rock" album topped out at #7 — the most successful of their career.


January 23, 2017


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Organist Danny Federici of Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 67.
Singer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 64.
Some sources list today as Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons' B-day, but it's actually October 19th.

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On this day in 1971, as Elton John's "Tumbleweed Connection" album began to climb the charts to #5, his "Your Song" single peaked at #8 a mere 53 weeks after he and lyricist Bernie Taupin began working together.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd released their "Animals" album just as they launched their biggest, most mind boggling world tour to date. The dark themed album eventually hit #3 and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Chicago's guitarist Terry Kath killed himself playing Russian Roulette eight days before his 32nd birthday. At the time of his death, Chicago's song "Baby What A Big Surprise" was in the Top 10.

On this day in 1982, Bob Seger's "Feel Like A Number" topped out at #48 while "Leather And Lace" by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6.

On this day in 1986, the first class was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke and Jerry Lee Lewis were inducted along with Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and disc jockey Alan Freed, who actually coined the phrase "Rock & Roll." An excellent starting class indeed!

On this day in 1988, the title track of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album entered the singles charts on its way to #10. The album itself would eventually sell over 20 million copies and spawn seven hit singles.

On this day in 1990, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia at the age of 37. He had been paralyzed from the waist down since crashing his car in 1986.

On this day in 1997, Richard Berry, who wrote the classic "Louie Louie" and never saw a dime for it, died of an aneurysm at the age of 61 in South Central Los Angeles.

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It was Susan Richman who said: "The trouble with dawn is that it comes too early in the day."

It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean."

It was Paul Harvey who said: "If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of ten it will."

It was Marty Indik who said: "Confusion is always the most honest response."

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This Sunday, 10am - Noon: Get ready for great times at the 68th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona! In addition to the 10am - Noon Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew at the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores), you'll be part of the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world!


January 24, 2017


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Neil Diamond is 76.
Acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon would have been 70.
Blues Brother John Belushi would have been 68.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed a contract to make record store owner Brian Epstein their manager. Epstein helped guide the Fab Four into becoming the most dominant band in the history of Rock & Roll — and they did it all without a signed contract because, for whatever reason, Brian never signed the contract himself. Basically, Brian Epstein and The Beatles worked together with just a handshake agreement. Those were special times indeed!

On this day in 1969, Jethro Tull's first American performance was opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears and Savoy Brown at New York's Fillmore East.

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz percussionist Willie Bobo's "Evil Ways" entered the singles charts on its way to becoming the band's first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1976, just as the live version of KISS' "Rock & Roll All Nite" peaked at #12 on the singles chart, Bruce Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" began a quick run to #83.

On this day in 1981, Styx's epic ballad "Babe" began a run up the singles charts to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1984, Apple Computer launched the highly innovative Macintosh which contained several virtually unknown features including simple on screen icons and an odd little attachment called a mouse. Two years later, the first "Uncle Joe's Record Guide" was published. Eight years after that, unclejoe.com was hand-coded into existence. So much for free time!

On this day in 2000, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played the opening date of their reunion tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan. That show marked the first time the quartet had performed together in 25 years.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/24/17


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Billy Joel tix! @12:30pm
The Story - David Bowie/Ken Scott @1:30pm



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Ray's Newest (At Last)

At last — new music from frontman Ray Davies of The Kinks! Due out on April 21st, "Americana" is actually a companion piece to Ray's 2013 memoir of the same name. And — like the book — the new album focuses on America's role in Davies' life. Recorded with the U.S. group The Jayhawks at The Kinks' Konk Studios in London, the album also features a number of spoken-word interludes. Don't expect the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer to tour, but he plans to release a second "Americana" album later this year.

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It was Orson Welles who said: "My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

It was Gen. George S. Patton who said: "If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

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This Saturday, Noon - 2pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew when they return for more fun at the Mike Thompson RV Super Store at 18240 Ward Street (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Circle K NHRA Winternationals Drag Races tickets to win — so don't be late!


January 25, 2017


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Guitarist Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 65.

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On this day in 1858, Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" was performed for the first time at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles' groundbreaking "She Loves You" began to shoot up the U.S. singles charts on its way to a two week stay at #1.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Proud Mary" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #2. Like Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March," "Proud Mary" has been played at virtually every wedding ceremony since.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was released from jail in Japan after serving nine days for possessing a half-pound of marijuana. Where did he go next? Why Amsterdam, of course!

On this day in 1992, U2's song "Mysterious Ways" hit #9 on the U.S. singles charts.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 1/25/17


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Billy Joel tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Butch Trucks/The Allman Brothers Band @1:30pm


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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 Bon Jovi as well as conversation with Jon Bon Jovi. Check out this preview!

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It was Kin Hubbard who said: "The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."

It was Bil Keane who said: "A hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away."


January 26, 2017


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Acting god/philanthropist Paul Newman would have been 92.
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen is a rockin' 62.

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On this day in 1970, John Lennon wrote "Instant Karma" in the morning and recorded it at Abbey Road Studios that evening with George Harrison, bassist Klaus Voorman and future Yes drummer Alan White. The song was totally finished by 4am the next day. It shipped 10 days later, and, within a month, eventually peaked at #3 in the States as The Beatles' "Let It Be" was heading to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" began lumbering up the album charts, eventually settling in at #11.

On this day in 1977, Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac's founding guitarists, was committed to an English institution after he threatened to shoot his accountant with a shotgun — not because of a lack of money, but because the royalty checks kept coming.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' breakthrough "Refugee" single began its run to #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1980, the Pretenders' self-titled debut album entered the U.S. charts on its way to a peak of #9. Front woman Chrissie Hynde's stinging performance and producer Chris Thomas' edgy mix still rocks!

On this day in 1985, John Fogerty's "Centerfield" album began a two-month run up the charts to #1, giving John's career one hell of a comeback.

On this day in 1997, ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed during the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. It was just as scary as it sounds.

On this day in 2003, Billy Joel was hospitalized after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, New York. He was released — seemingly unscathed — early the next morning.


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 1/26/17


10 At 10: Eddie Van Halen
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Billy Joel tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Stewart Copeland/The Police @1:30pm


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T.P. For Zombies

The Zombies are wrapping up the 50th anniversary tour for their "Odyssey & Oracle" album in style. Super Zombies fan Tom Petty has written the introduction to the definitive book, "The Odyssey: The Zombies In Words And Images." Other contributors include Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana and Graham Nash. With the book due out in March, you'll have plenty of time to consume it before they hit The Ace Hotel in L.A. on April 29th.

Big Names & Voices Helping Others

Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi are among the artists doing a March 9th benefit for the New York charity God's Love We Deliver. The charity takes free meals to people suffering from serious illnesses in the New York area. Right so!

R.I.P. Butch

Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, took his own life Tuesday night in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 69. A great drummer and human, Butch was one of the coolest, hippest musicians I've ever enjoyed interviewing. God speed, Butch.

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It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away."

It was Derek Bok who said: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat."

It was Robin Williams who said: "I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone."


January 27, 2017


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have been 261.
Blues slide guitar legend Elmore James would have been 99.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is 73.
Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey and J. Geils Band keyboardist Seth Justman are both 66.

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On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released six weeks after he'd been killed in a plane crash. Recorded just three days before he died, it became his only #1 hit.

On this day in 1971, David Bowie arrived in the United States for his first promotional tour. While he didn't actually perform any live dates, he did manage to raise a few eyebrows by wearing a sheer gingham dress.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's eery "Space Oddity" began its climb to #15 on the U.S. singles charts. However, due to his convoluted contractual situation, it's doubtful he ever received a penny for it.

On this day in 2014, folk singer Pete Seeger died in New York after a short illness at the age of 94. Seeger recorded over 100 albums, traveled with Woody Guthrie, mentored young folk singers such as Bob Dylan, and performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at a concert for Barack Obama's inauguration. He co-penned songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "If I Had A Hammer," and was blacklisted during the Fifties when he was accused of supporting Communism. He returned to the spotlight in the Sixties as a popular protest singer, campaigning against nuclear weapons, the Vietnam war and in support of the Civil Rights movement.


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 1/27/17


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Billy Joel tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Jon Bon Jovi @1:30pm


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Queen!

It's official! Queen + Adam Lambert are finally returning to the U.S. and Canada for the first time in three years. They'll start in Phoenix on June 23rd and hit the Hollywood Bowl on June 26th. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor basically discovered Adam Lambert when he was a contestant on American Idol. Take my word for it: Adam is not imitating Freddie Mercury, and he's going to blow your mind!

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It was Wyatt Earp who said: "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Comedy is tragedy plus time."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Youth is wasted upon the young."

It was Josh Billings who said: "There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together."

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This Saturday, Noon - 2pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew when they return for more fun at the Mike Thompson RV Super Store at 18240 Ward Street (405 at Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley. Great deals on hundreds of RVs, stories to be told and Circle K NHRA Winternationals Drag Races tickets to win — so don't be late!


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This Sunday, 10am - Noon: Get ready for great times at the 68th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona! In addition to the 10am - Noon Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew at the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores), you'll be part of the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world!


January 28, 2017


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his national television debut on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS.

On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded a five song demo with producer Glyn Johns, seriously hoping to interest a record label — any record label. The demo didn't work for them, but they eventually signed with Decca Records (who had rejected The Beatles) a few months later.

On this day in 1967, Buffalo Springfield released their classic "For What It's Worth" single. During its long climb up the charts to #7, it became the defining song for a generation.

On this day in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its first non-nightclub appearance opening for The Who at London's Saville Theater. No guitars were burned, but everyone was deafened and had the time of their lives!

On this day in 1978, as Kansas released "Dust In The Wind," the #6 charting biggest song of their career, Van Halen unleashed "You Really Got Me," the first single from their self-titled debut album. That song eventually hit #36.

On this day in 1978, the Doobie Brothers guest starred on "What's Happening!!," yielding the infamous line, "Which Doobie you be?" Who said Seventies TV sitcoms lacked depth?

On this day in 1984, John Mellencamp's "Uh-Huh" album hit #3 on the charts while selling three million copies just as Van Halen's "1984" began shooting up the charts to spend five weeks at #2 with over 10 million sold.

On this day in 1984, though it's still one of his most played songs, Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" only made it to #46 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, a Who's Who in the music world showed up at the legendary A&M Studios in Hollywood to "check their egos at the door" and record "We Are The World" to aid Ethiopian famine relief. The most casual of all was Bruce Springsteen, who parked his rental car in a public lot across the street and just walked on in.

On this day in 1989, The Travelling Wilburys' "Volume One" album hit #3 for the first of six weeks while the all star collaboration (consisting of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison) sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1995 (almost a year after it had been released), Green Day's third album, "Dookie," finally peaked at #2 for the first of two weeks. Soon after that, it received the Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY Award. To date, "Dookie" has sold over 20 million copies!

On this day in 2005, 60-year-old Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi died in London after a fight with stomach cancer.

On this day in 2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell died of heart failure in his Florida home at the age of 56.

On this day in 2016, 74-year-old guitarist Paul Kantner, the co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, died of multiple organ failure following a heart attack earlier in the week. Among his other career highlights, Paul performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the Sixties — Monterey in 1967 and Woodstock and Altamont in 1969.

On this day in 2016, original Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Signe Anderson lost her fight with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on the same day as the group's co-founder, Paul Kantner, died. She was also 74, the same age as Kantner. Signe left Jefferson Airplane not long after their first album, making way for Grace Slick to join the iconic group.


January 29, 2017

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On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" album was part way through an eight-week run at #1 as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was peaking at #10 and Boston's "Long Time" was heading towards #22 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, David Bowie's highly influential (but slow selling) "Low" album entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1979, Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded for the first time.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks married Kim Anderson, the widower of her best friend. They split a year later.

On this day in 1992, blues great Willie Dixon died of heart failure in a Burbank hospital at the age of 76.


January 30, 2017


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Jefferson Airplane's founder, Marty Balin, is 75.
Steve Marriott, the cheeky singer for the Small Faces and Humble Pie, would have been 70.
The multi-talented singer/drummer for Genesis, and ├╝ber-solo artist, Phil Collins, is 66.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles did their last public performance on the "cold, windy and damp" rooftop of their Apple Corp. Building at #3 Savile Row in London. They played 42 minutes before the police found their way to the rooftop to shut them down. A portion of that performance was featured in the "Let It Be" movie, and another portion surfaced on the "Let It Be" album.

On this day in 1971, as their "Pendulum" album peaked at #5, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" entered the charts on its way to #8. Though most fans thought it was an anti-Vietnam war song, frontman John Fogerty later said that he wrote it more about intra-band tensions tearing the group apart.

On this day in 1971, four months after her death from a heroin overdose, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album was heading towards a nine-week run at #1 as her recording of Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" was released. That single soon became her only #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, KISS performed together for the first time in makeup at the Popcorn in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets that night for a crowd of under 10 people. Guitarist Paul Stanley later said that the makeup was inspired by the New York Dolls' outrageous appearance.

On this day in 1982, blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins died from cancer in Houston at the age of 79.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Angel" entered the charts on its way to becoming their most successful single to date when it hit #3.

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It was Sam Levenson who said: "If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I can resist everything except temptation."

It was Garry Shandling who said: "They should put expiration dates on clothes so we would know when they go out of style."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 1/30/17


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NHRA WinterNationals drag racing tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Jackson Browne @1:30pm

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February 10th - 12th: Join Uncle Joe for 57th Circle K NHRA WinterNationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona — including the traditional Uncle Joe Meet & Greets at the Uncle Joe's Mobile Garage (courtesy of Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores).


January 31, 2017


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Guitarist Terry Kath of Chicago would have been 71.
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols is a very cranky 61.

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On this day in 1967, Jack Bruce of Cream and lyricist Peter Brown wrote "Sunshine Of Your Love" at about 5:30am ("It's getting near dawn...").

On this day in 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete the filming of the "Strawberry Fields Forever" promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the U.S. market, since U.K. television was still only broadcast in black and white. During a break in the filming, John Lennon bought an 1843 circus poster from a nearby antiques shop which provided him with most of the lyrics for his song "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite."

On this day in 1970, backed with the even more powerful "Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" entered the singles charts on the way to a two-week stay at #2.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's double live album "Frampton Comes Alive" entered the charts at #191. Just 10 weeks later it began a 10-week run at #1, selling over six million copies while becoming one of the best-selling live albums ever.

On this day in 1981, Styx's most commercially successful album, "Paradise Theatre," entered the charts for a three-month climb to a three-week run at #1. While it sold over three million copies, intra-band tensions were at an all time high.

On this day in 2009, Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin passed away in his Van Nuys home at the age of 68.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 1/31/17


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NHRA WinterNationals Drag Race tix! @12:30pm
The Story - Foreigner/Mick Jones & /Lou Gramm @1:30pm

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Talk About Double Bill!

Peter Frampton will open for Steve Miller and his band throughout their Summer tour. The boys will be playing back-to-back gigs here: the Pacific Amphitheatre on August 9th and the Greek Theatre on August 10th. See you at both of 'em!

Two More Slowhand Shows

Eric Clapton sold out his March 25th and 26th Southland concerts so quickly, we were all praying for a couple more dates to his supposed farewell tour. But little did we expect Slowhand to schedule more gigs in September! Turns out that our final run with E.C. will be September 15th and 16th at The Forum in Inglewood. Rock on!

Crunching Purple/Coop/Edgar

Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Deep Purple and Alice Cooper will be rocking North America with the Edgar Winter Band later this Summer. August 13th is the date at the Greek Theatre, so don't be late.

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It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

It was Peter F. Drucker who said: "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said."

It was Martin Mull who said: "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "If you're going through Hell, keep going."



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