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March 1 - 15, 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!


March 1, 2017


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Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who is 73.

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On this day in 1957, 16-year-old John Lennon persuaded his Aunt Mimi to buy him a guitar.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles started recording the John Lennon song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" at Abbey Road studios. The song was inspired by a drawing of a little girl with lots of stars that John's 3-year-old son Julian brought home from school. The girl was his classmate Lucy O'Donnell.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album began the first of two weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1969, Steppenwolf's classic "Rock Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #10 and the set lists of garage bands around the world.

On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested after a Miami Doors concert for alleged indecent exposure (he supposedly whipped it out during the show — but no one on stage seemed to see it).

On this day in 1974, Queen launched its first headlining tour of England with a very loud performance in Blackpool.

On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" hit #1 on the singles chart, Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" peaked at #14 and Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" was the #1 album in the land.

On this day in 1980, Journey's joyous "Anyway You Want It" entered the singles charts on its way to #23 via the backseats of cars across America.

On this day in 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm on stage during a concert in Switzerland. He was rushed to a hospital and survived, but decided it was time to quit life on the road (and eventually the band).

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/1/17


10 At 10: Mystery
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles @1:30pm

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It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "Life is just one damned thing after another."

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

It was Jackie Robinson who said: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

It was Leonard Nimoy who said: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Live Long And Prosper."

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This Sunday, 10am - 2pm: Join yer Uncle Joe and The Sound Crew for a Los Angeles Rams Fan-Fest at the City of Irwindale Metro Gold Line Station off the 210 Freeway and Irwindale Avenue! Meet former L.A. Rams including 4-Time All Pro LeRoy Irvin, Hall of Famer Jackie Slater and Tight End David Hill, as well as the Rams cheerleading squad. The Rams Fan-Fest will be part of the 626 Golden Streets event stretching 17 miles from South Pasadena to Azusa. The day will be filled with music, food, a Cyclo Cross Obstacle Course competition, a BMX Exhibition, a beer garden and other interactive activities from L.A. Party Works. Don't miss it!


March 2, 2017


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Dr. Theodor 'Ted' Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss (pronounced like "voice"), would have been 113.
Lou Reed would have been 75.
Eddie Money turns 68.
Jon Bon Jovi is 55.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles began filming "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1968, Syd Barrett was pushed out of Pink Floyd.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "The Captain & Me" album was released. Eventually, it sold over two million copies and topped out at #7 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 3/2/17


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Tom Petty/Benmont Tench @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 Bob Seger and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Bob. Check out this preview!

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It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you."

It was H.G. Wells who said: "The past is but the beginning of a beginning."

It was Robert Benchley who said: "Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment


March 3, 2017


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Thin Lizzy (and occasional Pink Floyd) guitarist Snowy White is 69.
REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato is 64.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley released his first #1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."

On this day in 1966, Stephen Stills and Neil Young formed Buffalo Springfield in a small house near the intersection of Fountain and Gower in Hollywood. It was actually a Buffalo Springfield earthmover parked nearby that inspired the group's name (granted, they also had a thing for the initials B.S.).

On this day in 1967, former Yardbird guitar god Jeff Beck debuted his Jeff Beck Group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and a new singer by the name of Rod Stewart.

On this day in 1973, War's "The Cisco Kid" began its climb to #2 on the singles charts as Stealers Wheel's clever "Stuck In The Middle With You" entered the charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player" hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen began its first world tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Through much of that tour, the Pasadena band was the opening act for Black Sabbath or Journey.

On this day in 1979, the debut album from The Police, "Outlandos d'Amour," defied the critics when it began a long journey to #23 on the charts, eventually selling over a million copies. Yet, super stardom was still a couple of years away.

On this day in 1984, the Yes song "Leave It" further confirmed the iconic Progressive Rock band's successful reinvention when it began its climb up the charts to #24.

On this day in 2012, legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died at his home in Brisbane, California of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 64-year-old had been battling prostate cancer for several years. Before forming his own band with Sammy Hagar in 1973, Montrose had performed with Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group, among others.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 3/3/17


10 At 10: 1989
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Bob Seger @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 Bob Seger and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Bob. Check out this preview!

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Mac & Eagles

Bet you didn't see this one coming! Suddenly we have four chances to see the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac in a stadium this Summer! The two New York City gigs at Citi Field and two at Dodger Stadium are being billed as Classic East and Classic West. Stand by for dates and info on support acts!

Last Waltz

The 40th anniversary tour of "The Last Waltz" featuring vocalist Michael McDonald, guitar god Warren Haynes and producer Don Was, among several others, is heading back out on the road on March 30th to play 10 shows through April 15th in San Francisco. Our not to miss date: April 13th at the Orpheum Theatre!

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It was Kerry O'Quinn who said: "The content of your mind — your values and ideas — are nobody's business but your own."

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

It was Aristotle who said: "A friend to all is a friend to none."

It was Friedrich Ruckert who said: "There is no issue so small that it can't be blown out of proportion."


March 4, 2017


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Bassist Chris Squire of Yes would have been 69.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 54.

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On this day in 1877, Emile Berliner invented the microphone... and where would we be without that?

On this day in 1966, John Lennon's controversial comment about The Beatles being "more popular than Jesus now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1972, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Neil Young's classic "Harvest" album began its journey to become his most successful ever, eventually spending two weeks at #1 and selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd kicked off their "Dark Side Of The Moon" American tour in Madison, Wisconsin. So awesome was the project that famed engineer Alan Parsons even left his job at Abbey Road Studios to mix the sound for the tour.

On this day in 1978, Jackson Browne's live masterpiece, "Running On Empty," hit #2 on the album charts as it sold over seven million copies.

On this day in 1986, pianist/vocalist Richard Manuel of The Band hung himself following a concert in Florida. He was only 42 and the suicide came as a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

On this day in 1989, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.


March 5, 2017


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Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 65.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" began a rapid climb up the singles charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin performed "Stairway To Heaven" in concert for the first time. Belfast, Northern Ireland was the chosen spot... and the crowd went wild.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd's ominous "Animals" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1982, comedian John Belushi, "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Blues Brother, died of an overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He was 33.

On this day in 1994, Grace Slick pointed a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home. By June, she had been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.


March 6, 2017


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Guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 71.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones began writing and recording sessions for "Paint It Black" at RCA studios in Hollywood. They finished it off the next day, released it a month later and saw it hit #1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance were added, along with screams from a tape recording of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks-penned "Rhiannon" entered the charts, eventually peaking at #11.

On this day in 1976, the "Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" compilation entered the album charts. It soon spent five weeks at #1 and eventually sold over 29 million copies — the biggest selling album of the 20th Century!

On this day in 2014, original Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee passed away following a routine surgical procedure. Rock's first super fast lead guitarist, Alvin had continued to tour and release music as recently as 2013. He was 68.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/6/17


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Kansas/Phil Ehart @12:45pm

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It was George Carlin who said: "'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?"

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Some people find fault like there is a reward for it."

It was James Thurber who said: "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."


March 7, 2017


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Singer/bassist Chris Taylor-White of The Zombies is 74 and virtually invisible.
Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is 71.
Drummer Kenny Aronoff, who's worked with hundreds of artists including John Mellencamp and John Fogerty, is 64.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording "Lovely Rita" for what became their "Sgt. Pepper" album.

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" peaked at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, legendary A&R man John Hammond suffered a heart attack while attending a showcase concert by his brand new signing, Bruce Springsteen. Fortunately, both John and Bruce survived.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie shocked his fans by going "soul" with the release of his "Young Americans" album. It eventually hit #9 as it inspired various forms of dancing around the world.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company's excellent "Desolation Angels" album began its run up the charts to #3, selling two million copies along the way.

On this day in 1981, the epic Rush "Moving Pictures" album began its run to #3 on the charts and four million sold — inspiring many millions of air guitar and air drum players around the world.

On this day in 1987, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" peaked at #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1988, The Beatles "Past Masters Volume 1" and "Volume 2" compilation albums were released.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/7/17


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Yes/Jon Anderson @1:30pm

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "A man is about as big as the things that make him angry."

It was Jack Handey who said: "I hope that after I die, people will say of me: 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"

It was J. K. Rowling who said: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move."


March 8, 2017


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Drummer/singer Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees is 72.
Bassist/singer Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles and Poco, is 71.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles held the top two positions on the U.S. album charts with "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album") and the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.

On this day in 1973, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan became the first of several Grateful Dead keyboard players to die while working with the band. "Pig Pen" had actually been ill for a few years before passing on at the age of 27.

On this day in 1974, Bad Company played their first real gig at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

On this day in 1977, Foreigner released their self-titled debut album, which eventually charted at #4, yielded three Top 10 singles and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1980, Heart's transitional "Baby Le Strange" album entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1990, Robert Plant released his "Manic Nirvana" album.

On this day in 2003, with no intention of having a hit single, the Foo Fighters released their classic "Times Like These." While it soon peaked at #65, it went on to become one of their most played songs ever.

On this day in 2013, Peter Banks, Yes' original lead guitarist, died in his London home from heart failure. He was 65 and had been ill for some time.

On this day in 2016, Sir George Martin, The Beatles famed producer/mentor/collaborator, died at the age of 90. George was responsible for some of the Fab Four's biggest landmarks of Sixties rock, from his unique sonic mixes, to his symphonic buildup and the lingering last chord of "A Day in the Life," to the delicate harpsichord-like piano on "In My Life," and the string arrangement for "Yesterday" that signaled the group's expanding ambitions.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/8/17


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Heart/Ann Wilson @1:30pm

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It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The past is not what it was."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody can be as agreeable as an uninvited guest."

It was Alice Cooper who said: "Mediocrity is your greatest enemy."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."


March 9, 2017


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Singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders is 75.
Guitarist Robin Trower is 72.

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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic second album, "Axis: Bold As Love," spent the first of three weeks at #3.

On this day in 1974, as David Essex's "Rock On" peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" was about to hit #1 and Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" had begun its run to #5.

On this day in 1985, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' masterpiece "No Jacket Required" album began its run to seven weeks at #1 with 12 million sold and both Album Of The Year and Pop Male Vocal GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 2007, 55-year-old Boston singer Brad Delp took his life in his home.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 3/9/17


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Steve Perry/Journey @1:30pm

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Yes/Rush

We already knew that Rush bassist/singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will induct Yes into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on April 7th. And Jon Anderson — Yes singer and founding band member — has confirmed that Geddy will play bass on "Roundabout" in place of the late Chris Squire! Right so!

Miller Going To Indy

Steve Miller and his band will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26th. And no, they won't race through any of their songs.

Who/Axl

Bet you didn't see this one coming! Several dates on The Who's South American Fall tour will include Guns n' Roses.

Stones Update

While The Rolling Stones still haven't confirmed any official touring plans for 2017, their incredible/huge Exhibitionism memorabilia exhibit will re-open at Chicago's Navy Pier on April 15th. But when will the show open in the Southland?

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It was Irene Porter who said: "Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed."

It was Fran Lebowitz who said: "Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in."


March 10, 2017


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Boston's main guy, Tom Scholz is 70.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is 54.

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On this day in 1973, as "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group was rocketing to #1, Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1984, Night Ranger's biggest hit, "Sister Christian," began its climb to #5 on the singles charts as The Cars' "You Might Think" was working towards a #7 peak.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton released his very personal "Pilgrim" album, which eventually charted at #4.

On this day in 2003, AC/DC and The Righteous Brothers were among the performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2008, The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, along with The Ventures, Little Walter, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Madonna.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 3/10/17


10 At 10: City To City
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - NASCAR NSX 300 race tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Aerosmith/Joey Kramer @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 Aerosmith and more of Joe's conversations with Joey Kramer. Check out this preview!

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It was Dr. Seuss who said: "Adults are obsolete children."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Ability is a poor man's wealth."

It was P. J. O'Rourke who said: "Some people are better imagined in one's bed than found there in the morning."

It was Louis C.K. who said: "When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't."


March 11, 2017

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On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Between The Buttons" album hit #2 for the first of four weeks while selling four million copies over the next several months.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the "Let It Be" single in the U.S.

On this day in 1972, Neil Young's "Harvest" album — his most successful ever — hit #1 for the first of two weeks while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Steely Dan's "Peg" peaked at #11 as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "What's Your Name" peaked at #13 while the Jefferson Starship's "Count On Me" began a run to #8 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1978, two months after it was released, Van Halen's self-titled debut album finally charted. It eventually reached #11 while selling 10 million copies.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton's episode of "MTV Unplugged" debuted. In short order, the resulting album (which was released over Slowhand's objection) became the best-selling album of his career — three weeks at #1 and over 10 million sold. Lesson learned: Don't expect your guitar gods to know retail.

On this day in 1997, former Beatle Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney at the hand of his Queen. Shortly afterward, Ringo Starr and George Harrison began referring to their former bandmate as "His Holiness."

On this day in 2000, KISS began another Farewell Tour. At last check, they were still on the road.

On this day in 2016, keyboard wizard, composer and songwriter Keith Emerson — one-third of the pioneering progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer — took his life in his Santa Monica home at the age 71.


March 12, 2017


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Singer extraordinaire James Taylor is 69.
Keyboardist Billy Payne of Little Feat is 68.
Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins would have been 68.


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On this day in 1969, Beatle Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

At 9:30pm E.S.T. on this day in 1971, the Allman Brothers Band began recording their legendary "At The Fillmore East" album.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon and fellow songwriter Harry Nilsson were thrown out of the Troubadour in West Hollywood for being far, far, far too drunk. The stories and photos in the press brought to a head Lennon's troubled life when he and Yoko Ono were separated.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #2 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" peaked at #4, and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" topped out at #10.

On this day in 1977, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" album topped out at #8 while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, powered by their "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Faithfully" singles, Journey's "Frontiers" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's "Photograph" was about to become their first hit single when it entered the charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1988, featuring several samples of Led Zeppelin songs as well as Jimmy Page's guitar work, Zep frontman Robert Plant's "Now & Zen" album began its run to #6 on the charts. When it sold over three million copies, it became Plant's most successful solo album ever.

On this day in 2007, Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2012, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack lost his long fight with cancer. The 65-year-old passed away in his Wyoming home with his family at his side.

On this day in 2014, original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr lost his 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The 56-year-old died peacefully in his sleep at home.


March 13, 2017


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Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is a well-dressed 57.

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On this day in 1852, Uncle Sam first appeared in a political cartoon.

On this day in 1935, Donald Duck made his crotchety debut.

On this day in 1965, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds to play the blues with John Mayall. Six months later, he left Mayall's band... but that's another story for another day.

On this day in 1965, The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" entered the U.S. singles charts as The Beatles hit #1 with "Eight Days A Week."

On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first gig at London's legendary Marquee Club (previous home to The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who).

On this day in 1967, six members of Sounds, Inc. (three saxophones, two trombones and a french horn) recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song "Good Morning Good Morning" at Abbey Road studios in London. Though they were not credited on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, they were all paid scale wages.

Remember how yesterday in 1970, the Allman Brothers Band began recording the gig that became their live "At The Fillmore East" album? It was around 3am on this day in 1970 that they finally finished playing their five-and-a-half hour set.

On this day in 1971, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's song "Lucky Man" entered the charts where, a few weeks later, it peaked at #48.

On this day in 1976, the Eagles' "Take It To The Limit" peaked at #4 as "Love Hurts" by Nazareth topped out at #8 and Foghat's "Slow Ride" charted at #20.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/13/17


10 At 10: 1967
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Boston/Joan Jett tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Cheap Trick/Rick Nielsen @12:45pm

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Classic East/West

Now it's official — and it's going to be epic! A total of six artists will play the inaugural Classic East and Classic West festivals in New York and Los Angeles in mid-July. The line-up of the Eagles, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers will open the first night, and Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire will be featured the second night. Classic West will rock Dodger Stadium on July 15th and 16th (can't wait!), with Classic East rolling two weeks later at New York's Citi Field on July 29th and 30th. And, since you asked, all six Classic East and Classic West bands have management ties to music mogul, Irving Azoff.

All Those Drummers

Truthfully, you knew Pearl Jam would do the right thing. After the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame said they'd only induct two of P.J.'s five drummers, the band has invited all of the percussionists — Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and Matt Cameron — to the induction ceremony. But will all five join longtime drummer Matt Cameron, singer Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready on stage? In addition to Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur will be inducted at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 7th.

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It was Robert Brault who said: "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

It was George Burns who said: "If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age."

It was Bill Watterson who said: "The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

It was U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers who said: "[In a meeting] Say as little as possible while appearing to be awake." True that!


March 14, 2017


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Railroad engineer Casey Jones would have been 154 today — and the Grateful Dead song would have had a completely different ending!
Quincy Jones, a true musical genius, is 84.
Saxophonist Walter Parazaider of Chicago is 72.

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On this day in 1964, as The Beatles' cover of the Isley Brothers' version of "Twist And Shout" entered the charts, the Fab Four's records made up 60% of the U.S. singles market.

On this day in 1970, Van Morrison's classic "Moondance" album entered the charts, eventually reaching #29 as it sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' first solo album, "Face Value," entered the U.S. charts. It eventually peaked at #7 and sold over four million copies — more than any Genesis album before it.

On this day in 1981, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" album began a climb to #51 on the charts as Rush's classic "Limelight" entered the singles charts. Never a "singles band," Rush's run ended much, much sooner than Joan's when "Limelight" topped out at #55.

On this day in 1981, Eric Clapton was admitted to a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital after a serious attack of bleeding ulcers. He was forced to cancel a 60-date U.S. tour and finally quit drinking.

On this day in 1992, U2's classic "One" began its journey to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2005, U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O'Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2011, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Leon Russell were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/14/17


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Boston/Joan Jett tix! @12:45pm
The Story - Pat Benatar @1:30pm

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The WHO/Vegas/South America

We've finally got the first confirmed U.S. concert dates for The Who! The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will host shows on July 29th and August 1st, 4th, 7th, 9th and 11th. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers will perform a career-spanning set, and one dollar from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Teen Cancer America charity, co-founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Prior to the Vegas residency, the band will play U.K. concerts in late March and April, including London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the annual British Teen Cancer Trust Benefit Concert series. They'll also play five September shows in Brazil, Chile and Argentina, including the humungous Rock In Rio festival (with Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi) September 15th through the 24th.

In For Glenn

"Pollstar," the concert industry trade publication, is suggesting that country great Vince Gill may fill in for the late Glenn Frey in this Summer's Classic East and Classic West festivals. Stay tuned!

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "The future ain't what it used to be."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "I keep reading between the lies."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "I worship the quicksand he walks in."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "True friends stab you in the front."

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Next Week (March 24th - 25th): Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana! J.B. will be working non-stop all weekend at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Auto Club 400, just like he's done at every race since the super speedway opened in 1997. In addition to hosting the Fan Zone's big stage and Q&A sessions with NASCAR stars, seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson and four-time Champ Jeff Gordon, Joe will again call both the NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races from the announcers' booth with old friends Jim Mueller and Randy Fann. Fast times indeed!


March 15, 2017


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The Ides Of March Rock & Roll B-day Boys

Blues guitar legend Lightnin' Hopkins would have been 105.
Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 77.
Beach Boy Mike Love is 76.
Super Flake Sly Stone is 74.
Legendary guitarist & producer Ry Cooder is 70.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels is 54.

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On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's long overdue "Physical Graffiti" finally hit the charts on its way to six weeks at #1 and over 16 million sold.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" hit #1 and ELO's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" peaked at #9 as Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" broke into the Top 100 singles charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie's "Young Americans" began its run to #28 on the singles charts as John Lennon's definitive cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" was working its way to #20.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Refugee" peaked at #15 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's most successful album, "American Dream," hit #1 for the first of six weeks, selling five million copies in the process.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "Why Can't This Be Love" (their first with singer Sammy Hagar), The Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" and Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" (featuring Sting and Peter Gabriel on backing vocals) all broke into the Top 40. Van Halen soon peaked at #3, The Stones #5 and Phil #7.

On this day in 1999, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2004, George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2010, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, ABBA and Jimmy Cliff were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2015, Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for GRAMMY-winning rock band Toto, lost a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The 59-year-old had joined his brothers Steve and Jeff around the time of Toto's hugely successful 1982 album "Toto IV, " which won six GRAMMY Awards including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year.



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