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February 16 - 29, 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!


February 16, 2017


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Former Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis is 57.
Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is 52.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for a second time, live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami. It was the first time a musical act ever appeared two weeks in a row on the legendary variety show, and we hope the last time anyone ever performed at the crummy old Deauville Hotel.

On this day in 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon and George and Patti Harrison all flew to India to spend two months studying with transcendental meditation advocate Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan soon joined them. Shortly after arriving, Ringo left because he didn't like the food. Then McCartney split and Lennon became disillusioned when rumors said the Maharishi was seeking sexual favors from females at the retreat. Listen to The Beatles song "Sexy Sadie" for more sordid details.

On this day in 1974, Elton John released his soon-to-be #1 single "Bennie And The Jets." The applause in the song was actually recorded at one of The Beatles' Hollywood Bowl concerts.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain" peaked at #21 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" began its run to #6.


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 2/16/17


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Steve Miller & Peter Frampton tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Ann Wilson/Heart @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 Fleetwood Mac as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie. Check out this preview!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

It was Henry Brooks Adams who said: "A friend in power is a friend lost."

It was Ram Dass who said: "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

It was Frederico Fellini who said: "Life is a combination of magic and pasta."

February 17, 2017


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Green Day frontman/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters are both a spunky 45.

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On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys did the first of many, many vocal recording sessions for "Good Vibrations." The next day, Brian Wilson held the first of many, many sessions (with The Wrecking Crew) for the single's instrumental track.

On this day in 1972, Pink Floyd kicked off a four-night stand at London's Rainbow Theater. In their set, they previewed songs from "Dark Side Of The Moon" a year before it was finished.

On this day in 1973, Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" entered the charts on its way to #16, despite an uproar over some of Lou's naughty lyrics.

On this day in 1979, Toto's self-titled debut album hit #9 while selling over two million copies, driven in part by the hit single "Hold The Line."


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 2/17/17


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Steve Miller & Peter Frampton tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Fleetwood Mac @1:30pm

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 Fleetwood Mac as well as more of Joe's extensive conversations with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie. Check out this preview!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."

It was Katherine Whitehorn who said: "I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool."

It was Arthur Baer who said: "It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope."

It was Henry Segerstrom who said: "We are part of all that we have met."


February 18, 2017


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Yoko Ono is 84.
Singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, formerly of Styx, is 70.
Drummer Keith Knudsen of The Doobie Brothers would have been 69.
Robbie Bachman, drummer with Bachman Turner Overdrive, is 64.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Tell Me What You See" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" for their "Help!" album. The latter was a Dylan-influenced John Lennon composition which featured tenor and alto flute work by Johnnie Scott — the first session musician brought in by the Fab Four to augment their recordings.

On this day in 1968, guitarist Dave Gilmour officially replaced founder Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. The highly psychedelicized Syd was soon checked into a psychiatric hospital, and later slipped into seclusion.

On this day in 1978, Queen's "News Of The World" album hit #3 for the first of two weeks while selling four million copies. Meanwhile, "Love Is Like Oxygen" by Sweet entered the singles charts on its way to #8 as Styx's "Fooling Yourself" began a climb to #29.

On this day in 1980, bassist Bill Wyman announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones in 1983. Never one to waffle on a decision, Bill finally made his exit nine years later.


February 19, 2017


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Guitarist Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is 69.
Bassist Mark Andes, who worked with Spirit and Heart, is 69.

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On this day in 1972, America's enigmatic "A Horse With No Name" began its run to a three week stay at #1 on the singles charts as Traffic's spacey "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys" album became their first million-seller as it hit #7.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released their classic "Rumours" album, which eventually spent 31 weeks at #1 while selling over 18 million copies!

On this day in 1977, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" hit #1 on the singles charts. Ironically, Springsteen himself hadn't even scored a Top 20 single yet.

On this day in 1980, Bon Scott, the hard living lead singer of AC/DC, died of drunken "misadventure" in London at the age of 33.

On this day in 1983, Bob Seger's classic "The Distance" album peaked at #5 as Journey's "Frontiers" began racing up the charts to a nine-week run at #2 with six million sold and Bryan Adams' breakthrough album "Cuts Like A Knife" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1989, as Metallica sold out concerts around the world, their "One" album began its climb to #35 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Bruce Springsteen's "Streets Of Philadelphia" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and Song Of The Year, Rock Song and Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Awards as well as a Best Song Of The Year Academy Award.

On this day in 1994, Green Day's "Dookie" album began its run to #2 with 10 million copies sold.

On this day in 1995, Baywatch eye candy Pamela Anderson married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wore a white bikini (for a brief period of time) and their "honeymoon" video became very, very popular.


February 20, 2017


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Guitarist J. (Jerome) Geils is 71.
Mr. Walter Becker, the guitar playing half of Steely Dan, is 67.
Guitarist Randy California of Spirit would have been 66.
Guitarist Kurt Cobain of Nirvana would have been 50.

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On this day 1958, George Harrison joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney onstage as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men (sometimes listed as The Quarrymen).

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" entered the singles charts on its way to a two week run at #1.

On this day in 1971, Santana's cover of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" (translated as "How's it going?") began a jaunt to #13 on the singles charts as Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" began to work its way to #21 (evidently America still wasn't quite ready for a man wearing gruesome face paint singing to their kids).

On this day in 1971, Black Sabbath's classic second album, "Paranoid," began its climb to #12 and four million sold.

On this day in 1974, Yes played the first of two sold out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. The most remarkable thing about those concerts was that more than 40,000 tickets were sold by word-of-mouth alone — not one cent was spent on advertising!

On this day in 1982, the J. Geils Band's surprise hit single "Freeze-Frame" started shooting up the charts to #4 just as Stevie Nicks' "Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like A White Winged Dove)" began its run to #11.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer, Neil Geraldo on Maui, just four days before she won her second GRAMMY Award.


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It was Pablo Neruda who said: "Laughter is the language of the soul."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "Good clothes open all doors."

It was Dave Barry who said: "The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning "ability to," and bics, meaning "withstand tremendous boredom."

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Presidents Day

America is the kind of place where you need a license to drive, hunt, fish, cut hair or own a dog, but anyone over 35 can run for President. Presidents Day originated on February 22, 1796 in commemoration of George Washington's birthday during the last full year of his presidency. The first formal observance of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday took place on February 12, 1866 — the year after his assassination — when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial in his honor. While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday, as Washington's had, it eventually become a legal holiday in several states. In 1968, legislation was passed that affected several federal holidays including Washington's Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd. This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process. While the holiday is still officially known as Washington's Birthday, it has become popularly known as Presidents Day, a time for honoring Washington and Lincoln, as well as the other men who have served as President.



Presidential Factoids

While Barack Obama was our 44th president, there have actually been only 42 presidents: Grover Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.

Eight presidents were actually born British Subjects: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison.

Nine presidents never attended college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman.

Episcopalian is the most common religious affiliation among presidents, followed by Presbyterian.

The oldest president inaugurated was Ronald Reagan (age 69); the youngest was John F. Kennedy (age 43). Theodore Roosevelt, however, was the youngest man to become president — he was 42 when he succeeded William McKinley, who had been assassinated.

The tallest president was Abraham Lincoln at 6'4". At 5'4", James Madison was the shortest.

The term "First Lady" was first used in 1877 in reference to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes. Most First Ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, are said to have hated the label.

James Buchanan was the only "single" president never to get married while in office. Five presidents remarried after the death of their first wives, two of which — John Tyler and Thomas Woodrow Wilson — remarried while serving in the White House. Ronald Reagan was the only divorced president. Six presidents had no children, while John Tyler — father of 15 — had the most. A busy man, that President John Tyler!


February 21, 2017


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Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison is 68.

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On this day in 1966, released only in the U.S., The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" single, backed with "What Goes On," began its climb to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Face The Music" album peaked at #8 as Peter Frampton's "Show Me The Way" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon's "Hi Infidelity" album began a 15-week run at #1 while eventually selling over nine million copies. Meanwhile, Journey's double live "Captured" album began its run to #2.

On this day in 1981, just as AC/DC's "Back In Black" single peaked at #37, Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" entered the charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1998, driven in part by the song "Given To Fly," Pearl Jam's "Yield" album hit #2.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 2/21/17


10 At 10: 1979
The Story - Graham Nash/CSNY @1:30pm

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Joining Ringo's Band

Everyone in the entire world now knows that former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recorded together over the weekend. Word is that Macca recorded some bass parts at Ringo's home studio in L.A. for the drummer's still-untitled album. The star-studded project, expected in June, will feature contributions from Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, Richard Marx, Benmont Tench and Timothy B. Schmit, among others.

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It was Pablo Neruda who said: "Laughter is the language of the soul."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "Good clothes open all doors."

It was Dave Barry who said: "The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning "ability to," and bics, meaning "withstand tremendous boredom."


February 22, 2017


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles flew to the Bahamas to begin filming their second movie, "Help!"

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and road manager Mal Evans recorded the piano chord (an E major) used at the end of The Beatles "A Day In The Life."

On this day in 1968, Genesis released their debut single, "The Silent Sun." It really wasn't very good, but they eventually scored a commercial breakthrough — 10 years later.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles began sessions for what eventually became their "Abbey Road" album by recording a take of John Lennon's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

On this day in 1969, T. Rex kicked off a British tour with a young David Bowie as the opening act. For this auspicious debut, David bypassed a musical performance to do a mime about a Tibetan monk. It's probably a good thing that no record exists of the audience's response to David's choice.

On this day in 1975, Grand Funk Railroad's rocking cover of "Some Kind Of Wonderful" (originally done by John Ellison's Soul Brothers Six) peaked at #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, The Police appeared as blondes in an advertisement for chewing gum. While the trio never made a group decision to keep the look, it sure worked out for them.

On this day in 1979, "Rolling Stone" magazine reported that Journey had entered into a deal with Budweiser, becoming one of the first corporate sponsorship agreements between a company and a rock act. Thus did Journey's staging become bigger, giant video screens were added and Mick Jagger took serious notice of a new way to finance tours.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 2/22/17


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Alice Cooper & Deep Purple tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Steve Miller @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 Elton John, as well as conversation with Sir Elton and producer Ken Scott. Check out this preview!

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More Roger For Us

The very busy Roger Waters has added 11 more shows to his Us + Them tour, bringing the grand total to 54 North American concerts. The newest L.A. gig (following the previously announced June 20th and 21st shows) will rock the STAPLES Center on June 27th. Throughout the tour, Roger will feature some of his solo songs as well as songs from Pink Floyd’s four greatest albums: "The Dark Side of the Moon," "The Wall," "Animals" and "Wish You Were Here."

Strawberry Fields Again

Word is that Liverpool's Strawberry Fields children's home and parkland may be getting a new start. The home itself was erected in the 1870s, rebuilt in the early 1970s and closed in 2005. Now the British Salvation Army has begun a crowd-funding drive to build a vocational training center for people with learning disabilities, a cafe and a permanent exhibit honoring John Lennon, whose boyhood experiences in the gardens inspired the classic Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

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It was Eddie Vedder who said: "We have to stay young. Music allows you to do that, especially Rock & Roll."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

It was Andy Rooney who said: "The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."


February 23, 2017


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Blues guitarist Johnny Winter would have been 73.
Guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 71.
Sweet bassist/singer Steven Priest is 69.
Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 65.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles began filming their second movie, "Help!," in the Bahamas.

On this day in 1972, Pink Floyd began recording the soundtrack for "Obscured By Clouds" at the Chateau d'Herouville (the Honky Chateau) in France.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Let It Ride" began a run up the singles charts to #23 just as Billy Joel's classic "Piano Man" started working its way to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits began their first American tour in Boston.

On this day in 1980, Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" hit #1. It's true, Freddie Mercury wrote it while in a bathtub.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's "Fire Lake" (featuring backing vocals from Eagles members Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley) began its run to #6 just as the Eagles' own Timothy B. Schmit song "I Can't Tell You Why" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 2003, bassist Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers died of an overdose in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 47.

On this day in 2004, Bob Mayo, Peter Frampton's longtime keyboard player, died of a heart attack at age 52 while on tour with Frampton in Switzerland.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 2/23/17


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Alice Cooper & Deep Purple tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin @1:30pm

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The Wilson's Side Bands

With Heart on hiatus following years of touring, Nancy and Ann Wilson are stretching out with side projects. While Ann and her three piece band are touring the Ann Wilson Thing this Spring, Nancy has assembled the Roadcase Royale solo band which includes three current members of Heart — keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Ben Smith — along with former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield and guitarist Ryan Waters. Two weeks after Ann hits The Wiltern on March 12th, Nancy will debut Roadcase Royale at the fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert and Awards Show at the Los Angeles Theater.

Eddie Steps Up

As funding for school music programs continue to dwindle, guitar god Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the nonprofit Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which is giving them to low-income public schools. Foundation president Felice Mancini told CNN: "The kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school." The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation has been serving over 10,000 kids with 1,800 instruments per year. The impact goes beyond the chance to form a band and become a praised and distinctive guitarist. Children who play instruments get better grades and live healthier lives. "Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," Van Halen said. Right so!

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It was Michael Deacon who said: "A well-crafted insult should be admired — it takes far more skill than any compliment."

It was Derek Bok who said: "There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable."

It was Voltaire who said: "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."

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February 24, 2017


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For many years, Beatle lead guitarist George Harrison believed he was born on February 25th. But in 1992, he announced, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." So in fact, though we still celebrate it on the 25th, George's birthday was really today. He would have been 74.

Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, who most notably played with The Rolling Stones and The Who, would have been 73.

The mighty George Thorogood is 67.

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On this day in 1958, The Champs' classic party song "Tequila" entered the singles charts. Within a month, it hit #1 for five weeks, thereby assuring the fall of Western civilization.

On this day in 1965, The Beach Boys (with help from The Wrecking Crew studio musicians) recorded the song "Help Me Rhonda."

On this day in 1969, the Jimi Hendrix Experience rocked London's Royal Albert Hall in what became their last concert.

On this day in 1971, almost five months after her death, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album began a nine-week run at #1.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin released their "Physical Graffiti" double-album, the long awaited follow-up to 1973's "Houses Of The Holy." It hit #1 on the "Billboard" charts two weeks later, a record at the time.

On this day in 1979, "Roxanne" by The Police entered the singles charts. It eventually reached #32. A hint of superstardom was still 18 months away.

On this day in 1990, Motley Crue's "Without You" entered the singles charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1998, Sir Elton John received his knighthood (for services to music and charitable services) from the real Queen of England in her Buckingham Palace.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 2/24/17


10 At 10: Movies
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Alice Cooper & Deep Purple tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Elton John/The Who @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 Elton John, as well as conversation with Sir Elton and producer Ken Scott. Check out this preview!

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It was Mae West who said: "It takes two to get one in trouble."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

It was Charles Mingus who said: "Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simply."

It was Bruce McLaren who said: "I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone."


February 25, 2017


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For many years Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison believed he was born on this day. But in 1992, he announced "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." So in fact, George's birthday was really yesterday, February 24th. He would have been 74.

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On this day in 1957, Buddy Holly & The Crickets did their first session with New Mexico record producer Norman Petty. In short order, they recorded "That'll Be The Day," which soon became their first #1 and biggest hit.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Penny Lane" entered the singles charts on its way to becoming the Fab Four's 13th #1. The flipside, "Strawberry Fields Forever," eventually hit #8.

On this day in 1978, six months after its release, Styx's "Grand Illusion" album hit #6 while selling over three million copies. Meanwhile, Warren Zevon's classic million-selling "Excitable Boy" album began to work its way to #8.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Baby Hold On" entered the charts on its way to #11, thereby becoming the biggest hit of his career.

On this day in 1984, Phil Collins' "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" entered the charts on its way to a three-week run at #1 and a Pop Male Vocal GRAMMY Award. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi's "Runaway" began its climb to #39. For them, superstardom was still two years away.

On this day in 1984, the Pretenders' classic "Learning To Crawl" became their most successful album when it hit #5 while selling over a million copies.

On this day in 1993, Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Toy Caldwell died of heart failure at age 45 in his Spartanburg, South Carolina home.


February 26, 2017


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Johnny Cash would have been 85.
Rock & Roll Icon Mitch Ryder is 72.
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain of Journey is 67.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' very edgy "19th Nervous Breakdown" began its climb to a three-week run at #2 on the American singles charts.

On this day in 1972, Yes' revered "Fragile" album hit #4 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles classic "Hotel California" entered the singles charts on a quick run to #1.

On this day in 1987, the first four Beatles albums were released on Compact Disc.

On this day in 1988, INXS' rocking "Kick" album began a four-week run at #3.

On this day in 2008, drummer Buddy Miles died of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas at the age of 60. Miles had worked with many musicians during his 50+ year career, including Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, Carlos Santana, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder.


February 27, 2017


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Guitarist Neal Schon of Journey and Santana fame is 63.
Singer Johnny Van Zandt of Lynyrd Skynyrd is 58.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd recorded their debut single, "Arnold Layne." Based on the true story of a man arrested for stealing women's underwear off of clothes lines (three years before The Kinks recorded "Lola"), the single eventually sold tens of copies.

On this day in 1971, Janis Joplin's posthumous "Pearl" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1971, George Harrison's "What Is Life" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards got busted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who found 22 grams of heroin, five grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his Toronto hotel suite. Talk about your wicked room service!

On this day in 1988, driven by the hit single "New Sensation," INXS's "Kick" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 2003, pioneering children's TV host Fred "Mister Rogers" died of cancer at age 74.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 2/27/17


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - John Mellencamp/Kenny Aronoff @12:45pm

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."

It was Shirley MacLaine who said: "It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk or running for office."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."


February 28, 2017


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Driving legend Mario Andretti is 77.
Brian Jones, founding member of The Rolling Stones, would have been 75.

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On this day in 1970, under the threat of a serious lawsuit from the family of Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, the brand new Led Zeppelin band performed in Denmark under the name The Nobs (English slang for male genitalia).

On this day in 1970, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" hit #1 for the first of six weeks just as "No Time" by the Guess Who peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon and "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum both entered the charts on their way to three weeks at #3. Those were the days!

On this day in 1976, the Eagles released "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" collection which eventually became the best-selling record in American history — over 29 million sold!

On this day in 1977, bluesman Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White died of cancer in Memphis at age 75.

On this day in 1981, Eric Clapton's "I Can't Stand It" began its climb to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Billy Idol left Generation X to pursue a solo career just as Rockpile drummer Terry Williams joined Dire Straits.

On this day in 1983, U2 released their "War" album. Though it eventually sold over four million copies and peaked at #12 on the charts, superstardom was still a few years off.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 2/28/17


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Randy Bachman/Guess Who @1:30pm

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New Stones!

Remember when The Rolling Stones released their blues covers album, "Blue & Lonesome," last December and all of the band was talking about an album of new original tunes? Well, it's happening. Over the weekend, frontman Mick Jagger officially said: "I'm working on new songs now." Stand by!

(Finally) An E.C. Movie

It's official! "A Life In 12 Bars," career-spanning Eric Clapton documentary, is currently in production. The movie will mark Clapton's rise from Bluesbreaker to guitar god to three-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and his many projects in between. Featuring unprecedented access to "extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries," the film will also provide an introspective look into personal turmoil Clapton faced, including his drug addictions and the 1991 death of his son. The release date should come right after the first of the year.

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It was Fats Waller who said: "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."

It was Adlai Stevenson who said: "You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that make him mad."

It was Fulton Oursler who said: "Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves — regret for the past and fear of the future."

It was Sally Berger who said: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."





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