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April 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!


April 1, 2017


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John Barbata, drummer with the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is 72.
Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and owner of one of the first major mobile recording studios (used by Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones), would have been 71.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro would have been 63.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1971, The Doors released "L.A. Woman," their final album before Jim Morrison's demise. It soon entered the Top 10 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1972, Ringo Starr's hilarious "Back Off Boogaloo" began its climb to #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" began its first of five weeks lodged at #2 on the album charts.

On this day in 1985, David Lee Roth officially left Van Halen to pursue a solo career. He was, of course, replaced almost immediately by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced some years later by Gary Cherone, who was then replaced by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced by David Lee Roth, who was then replaced again by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced again by David Lee Roth. Do you think that someone might have a problem holding onto lead singers?

On this day in 1985, the "We Are The World" album was released after three million copies of the single with the same name had been sold. The album's content was bolstered by the inclusion of previously unreleased material donated by eight rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen.


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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Kinks and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Dave Davies. Check out this preview!

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Tribute For Merle

Just as it should, the April 6th Merle Haggard tribute concert in Nashville is getting bigger and bigger. Keith Richards ‏and Sheryl Crow are the latest to join Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and former Allman Brother Warren Haynes, among others, to the event.

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This year's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert — co-founded by Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield — will feature Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir. Head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl will fill in for the touring Hetfield as the various artists perform acoustically to raise funds and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Right so!

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "When you blame others, you give up your power to change."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

It was e. e. cummings who said: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

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April Fool's Day

As you know, today is April Fool's Day — another of the Cynthia Fox Holy Days of Obligation. Personally, I live by Mark Twain's observation, "Without fools, the rest of us could not succeed." Just the same, here's a primer on this weird little 'holiday.'

In sixteenth-century France, the start of the New Year was observed on April 1st much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. But in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and his New Year began on January 1st. Communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people didn't receive the word on the new calendar for several years. As for the more obstinate French folks, they continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st. Eventually, the general populace labeled these people as "fools." They were subject to ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes. Over time, this kind of harassment evolved into a tradition of prank playing on the first day of April. By the eighteenth century, the tradition had spread to England and Scotland, and was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

Around the world these days, April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but one on which we must remain forever vigilant. Now come on mate, pull my finger.


April 2, 2017


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Keyboardist Leon Russell would have been 75.
Drummer David Robinson of The Cars (the guy who came up with the band's name and image) is 66.
Bassist Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 65.

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On this day in 1967, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with singer/drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood and singer/guitarist Dave Mason.

On this day in 1976, The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets" — their first album with Michael McDonald singing and writing — entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1977, as Kansas' "Leftoverture" album peaked at #5 with five million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album hit #1 for the first of 37 weeks. (It eventually sold over 19 million copies.)

On this day in 1977, "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" topped out at #11 and "Do Ya" by the Electric Light Orchestra stalled at #24.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" entered the charts on its way to #37 as U2's debut U.S. single, "New Year's Day," began a long climb to #53.


April 3, 2017


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Dee Murray, Elton John's long time bassist, would have been 71.
100.3 The Sound's own Cynthia Fox is 29.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan appeared on the music charts for the first time with his song "Subterranean Homesick Blues." While it barely charted at #39, it influenced every serious songwriter from The Beatles to The Byrds.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording their classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album (except for the silly gibberish they put on the LP's inner groove which was done on April 21, 1967).

On this day in 1971, as John Lennon's "Power To The People" began a run to #11 on the singles charts, Santana's "Oye Como Va" peaked at #13.

On this day in 1976, David Bowie's "Golden Years" peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1991, Paul McCartney did an acoustic performance for "MTV Unplugged," and then became the first artist to release an "Unplugged" performance as an album.

On this day in in 2015, Robert Burns Jr.Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer — was killed in a single car accident near his home. The 64-year-old wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/3/17


10 At 10: Baseball!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Queen/Adam Lambert Hollywood Bowl tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Rush/Geddy Lee @1:30pm

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It was Katharine Whitehorn who said: "The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you."

It was David Letterman who said: "The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong."

It was George Carlin who asked: "If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?"

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

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This Saturday, 10am - Noon: Join Uncle Joe for a cool hang at the biggest hot rod, muscle car, street machine and street truck enthusiasts show in the West — Lucas Oil presents the 4th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at the Fairplex in Pomona! The event is open to all years, makes and models of custom cars. Over 1,000 high performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country in Show Car Alley and Street Machine Challenge, along with the Burnout Contest and a huge Manufacturer's Midway.


April 4, 2017


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Blues great Muddy Waters would have been 104.
Original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley would have been 66.
Solo artist and Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore would have been 65.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded their classic version of "Louie Louie" in one take using just one microphone in a small room. That's Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1964, The Beatles held the Top 5 slots on the American singles charts with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me." Seven more Beatles songs were in the Top 100 that week. The following week, two more Fab Four songs made their singles chart debut. Pretty good for a boy band from Liverpool!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album. It initially sold dozens.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Make Me Smile" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #9, making it their first of many Top 10 hits.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Deja Vu" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1981, Styx's "Paradise Theater" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1981, The Who's first album without drummer Keith Moon, "Face Dances," entered the charts on its way to #4 as the band staged another farewell tour.

On this day in 1987, Genesis' "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1987, U2's incredible "The Joshua Tree" album entered the U.S. album charts at #7, their highest entry to date. One week later the LP began a nine-week run at #1, selling over 10 million copies in the process.

On this day in 1996, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's ashes were spread over the river Ganges in India by his widow and bandmate Bob Weir. However, Jerry's ex-wife and four daughters said he actually wanted to be sprinkled over the Pacific. Don't you just hate when that happens?

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/4/17


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Queen/Adam Lambert Hollywood Bowl tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Gary Rossington @1:30pm

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It was jazz great Thelonius Monk who said: "Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else's."

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who said: "Controversy equalizes fools and wise men — and the fools know it."

It was Jacob Braude who said: "There's no fool like an old fool — you can't beat experience."


April 5, 2017


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Singer Alan Clarke of The Hollies is 75.
Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is 69.
Mike McCready, Pearl Jam's blazing lead guitarist, is 51.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" was fast tracking to #6 as The Who's iconic "Pinball Wizard" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

On this day in 1980, R.E.M. played their first public gig at a private birthday party in the old, dilapidated St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Though the band couldn't remember much about it, the two-hour set evidently went well.

On this day in 1986, John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Ozzy Osbourne's "Ultimate Sin" album (driven by the hit single "Shot In The Dark") hit #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain, the guitarist behind the groundbreaking band Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 27 in his Seattle home.

On this day in 1998, legendary drummer Cozy Powell died at the age of 50 in a high-speed car crash near Bristol, England. Cozy had played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck and Whitesnake, among others.

On this day in 2012, Jim Marshall, the founder of the British guitar amplifier company that bears his name, passed away after a long illness at the age of 88. Nicknamed the Father of Loud, Marshall was indeed "one of the four forefathers" — along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, inventor of the hum-canceling "humbucker" pick-up — "responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/5/17


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Queen/Adam Lambert Hollywood Bowl tix! @12:15pm
The Story - The Doors/Robby Krieger @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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with ELO Mastermind Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!

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It was Charles Chaplin who said: "Moderation to excess is not good for you."

It was Edgar Allan Poe who said: "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."

It was Alexander Pope who said: "Fools run in where angels fear to tread."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "There is little you can learn from doing nothing."


April 6, 2017


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Allman Brothers/Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes is 57.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" — the ultimate Rock & Roll song. They hung one of their three microphones from the ceiling for the singer, who — besides having a shaky take on the correct lyrics, had a real bad sore throat. The result was a true classic!

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack album for "The Graduate" began its first of nine weeks at #1. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Sabbath played at the first Cal Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway (just west of where you'll find the Ontario Mills outlet mall today). If you have any friends born in January '75... well, that Cal Jam parking lot was a wild, wild place!

On this day in 1974, Aerosmith's "Get Your Wings" album was released to general indifference. Though it only charted at #74, it did eventually sell over three million copies.

On this day in 1984, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt announced that he was leaving The E Street Band to pursue solo projects.

On this day in 1985, occasional Eagle Glenn Frey scored a solo hit when his "Smuggler's Blues" began its run to #12.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album peaked at #4, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and a million sold.


The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 4/6/17


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Queen/Adam Lambert Hollywood Bowl tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Doug Clifford/Stew Cook/CCR @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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with ELO Mastermind Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!

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Dave In For Neil — P.J.

In a last minute switch, David Letterman will fill in for Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at the Brooklyn ceremony Friday. The retired Late Show host got the call when Neil Young had to pull out of the gig "Due to illness." Wishing Neil a speedy recovery, and we know David and Pearl Jam will rock!

Brian's Roadshow

Similar to Sammy Hagar's bitchin' TV show Rock & Roll Roadtrip with Sammy Hagar, former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson will debut his British TV show — Brian Johnson's Life On The Road — on April 28th. Brian's six-part series has him talking with fascinating fellow rock stars about personal survival and mega-touring around the world. Roger Daltrey of The Who will be Brian's first guest, followed by Lars Ulrich of Metallica on May 5th, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd on May 12th, Sting on May 19th and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard on May 26th and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant on June 2nd. We sure hope the series gets picked up over here!

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It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "We think too much and feel too little."

It was Dr. Edward Stieglitz, not Abraham Lincoln, who said: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

It was David H. Comins who said: "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first."

It was Eddie Vedder who said: "Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward."


April 7, 2017


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Drummer Spencer Dryden, who most notably played with the Jefferson Airplane, would have been 79.
Original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams is 74.
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 71.
John Oates, of Hall & Oates, is 68.
Bruce Gary, the original drummer for The Knack and an ace session man, would have been 66.

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On this day in 1962, at London's Ealing Blues Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met Brian Jones. Within the year, they formed The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" peaked at #15 on the U.S. singles charts as Elton John's "Daniel" began its climb to #2.

On this day in 1979, as Dire Straits' "Sultans Of Swing" peaked at #4 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" began its run to #28 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1984, The Cars' "Heartbeat City" album entered the charts on its way to #3. It notably contained three hit singles (accompanied by outstanding videos): "Drive," "Magic" and "You Might Think."

On this day in 1987, after preacher Oral Roberts told his TV congregation that God would kill him if he didn't raise $1 million in donations, Ozzy Osbourne sent him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment.

On this day in 1990, occasional Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's "Manic Nirvana" solo album began its run up the charts to #13.

On this day in 2013, renowned producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away at the age of 61 after a brief stay in a Los Angeles hospital. You can hear the rascally English music legend's work on six Rolling Stones albums and four Led Zeppelin albums as well as LPs by Eric Clapton, Free, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Steve Miller.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 4/7/17


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Queen/Adam Lambert Hollywood Bowl tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO @1:30pm

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It was Enzo Ferrari who said: "I build engines and attach wheels to them."

It was Mario Andretti who said: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."

It was Sterling Moss who said: "To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster."

It was Richard Petty who said: "You're out there to win, not to bring your car home in one piece."

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This weekend: Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! From Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA — there's something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 8, 2017


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Yes guitarist Steve Howe is 70.
Grand Funk bassist Mel Schacher is 65.
Original Guns 'N' Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 55.
John Lennon's eldest son Julian is 54.

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On this day in 1972, Jackson Browne's debut single, "Doctor My Eyes," broke into the Top 40.

On this day in 1978, Journey's "Wheel In The Sky" — their first single with singer Steve Perry — topped out at #57 in its brief appearance on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns 'N Roses' "Patience" began its run up the charts to #4.

On this day in 2008, Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for the "extraordinary poetic power" in his compositions.

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Naked vs. Nude

With this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place this weekend, I thought we should clear this up once and for all. The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed. Any questions? Google it.

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."


April 9, 2017


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Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins would have been 85.

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On this day in 1966, The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" began a run to #14 on the singles charts as people debated the song's supposed drug references. In fact, the song's title refers to an airplane flight at a cruising altitude of 50,000 feet.

On this day in 1967, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane appeared at the Cheetah club on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. With a crowd of over 3,000, that was the largest show The Doors had played to date.

On this day in 1977, less than an hour into a Led Zeppelin concert in the Chicago Stadium, guitar god Jimmy Page collapsed onstage with stomach cramps. Yer Uncle Joe was right there and saw him drink that entire bottle of J&B scotch whiskey before he hit the floor. That marked the last time the Zep ever played the Windy City (and they really weren't very good for that first 40 minutes!).

On this day in 1977, as Aerosmith were tearing up concert stages across America, their "Back In The Saddle" began a short run up the singles charts to #38.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's final album with Roger Waters, "The Final Cut," entered the charts on its way to #6. When it only sold two million copies, a change within the band was inevitable.

On this day in 1988, though they didn't write the song, Cheap Trick's version of "The Flame" began its climb to a two-week stay at the top of the charts.


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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 Electric Light Orchestra and more of Joe's extensive conversation with ELO Mastermind Jeff Lynne. Check out this preview!

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It was Enzo Ferrari who said: "I build engines and attach wheels to them."

It was Mario Andretti who said: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."

It was Sterling Moss who said: "To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster."

It was Richard Petty who said: "You're out there to win, not to bring your car home in one piece."

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With this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place this weekend, I thought we should clear this up once and for all. The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed. Any questions? Google it.


April 10, 2017


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Guitarist/singer Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame is 58.

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On this day in 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar — THE Rock & Roll guitar!

On this day in 1962, Stu SutcliffeThe Beatles' original bass player — died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 22. He had actually left the group several months earlier, suffering from chronic headaches. He also originated the "Beatles haircut," pioneering the look of shaggy, brushed forward hair.

On this day in 1968, percussionist Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead at the invitation of drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

On this day in 1970, newspapers around the world carried Paul McCartney's statement that he was quitting The Beatles and that the group would never work together again. He cited personal differences with John Lennon and disapproval of John's wife, Yoko, and The Beatles' financial advisor, Allen Klein, as his reason for the split. The next week, he released his debut solo album. But on this week in 2000, the story finally came out that it was actually John Lennon who had walked away a couple of months earlier.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" entered the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton began the recording sessions for what became his "461 Ocean Boulevard" album. The LP was named for the address of the Miami home that E.C. and the band were staying in. They actually recorded the music down the road at Criteria Studios.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Dream On" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" pounded the #1 spot for five weeks total.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's "Comes Alive" album hit the first of 10 weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's live "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1. Meanwhile, future Hall Of Famers Heart's debut, "Dreamboat Annie, had begun its climb to #7 as Hall Of Famers Rush's "2112" made a brief run to #61 — although it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's uncomfortably calculated "Ebony And Ivory" single settled in at #1 for seven weeks — selling 8 million copies in the process — The J. Geils Band's song "Freeze-Frame" peaked out at #4 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/10/17


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix! @12:15pm
The Story - America @1:30pm

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Hall Of Fame!

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's Class of 2017 featured an unbelievable line-up that included three major Classic Rockers: Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes. They were inducted along with Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur at Friday's ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In addition, acclaimed producer/songwriter Nile Rodgers of Chic was finally inducted with the Award For Musical Excellence. It's worth noting that — even though their votes only counted as one — Journey, ELO, Yes and Pearl Jam placed first through fourth in this year's fan voting. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on April 29th.

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It was Erica Jong who said: "Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer, but wish you didn't."

Though usually credited to Yogi Berra, it was Clarence Day who first said: "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

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Five Quickies

1. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
2. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
3. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
4. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
5. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (Bet you work with someone like that too!)


April 11, 2017


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Richard Berry, who originally wrote and recorded "Louie Louie" — then sold it for a few dollars — would have been 90.
Guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson is 70.

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On this day in 1956, James Brown debuted on the R&B charts with "Please, Please, Please."

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan played his first professional gig, opening for blues legend John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York's Greenwich Village. "Blowin' In The Wind" was Bob's highlight tune.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles snappy "Love Me Do" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney came up with the concept for The Beatles' film "Magical Mystery Tour" after visiting The Beach Boys during sessions for the album "Smile." Unfortunately, with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein having died from an overdose recently, there was no one around to tell Paul that the film was a lousy idea.

On this day in 1970, as The Beatles disintegrated, their single "Let It Be" hit #1.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac announced his departure from the original line-up in order to follow his religious beliefs (or was it the voices in his head?).

On this day in 1981, "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police peaked at #10.

On this day in 1987, Bon Jovi's epic "Wanted Dead Or Alive" entered the epic charts on its way to an epic #7 peak.

On this day in 1992, "I Can't Dance" by Genesis peaked at #7 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/11/17


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix! @12:15pm
The Story - George Harrison @1:30pm

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It was Dwight D. Eisenhower who said: "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

It was Natalie Wood who said: "The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby."

It was David Bowie who said: "Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been."

It was Theodore Roosevelt who said: "If you could kick the person responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."

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Lack of Sleep/Gain of Stupidity

Cutting back on sleep impairs your mental skills as much as completely skipping sleep for a few days. Researchers measured response times and memorization skills in subjects who had slept either 4, 6 or 8 hours per day for two weeks against those of a group who stayed awake for three days. Participants who slept for 8 hours performed normally, while those sleeping 6 hours or less scored just as poorly by the end of the week as the group who hadn't slept at all. Wonder how many radio executives are using that as an excuse?


April 12, 2017


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Steppenwolf's head guy, John Kay is 73.
David Letterman turns a cranky 70.
Guitarist Pat Travers is 61.

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On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released "Exile On Main Street" — considered by many to be their finest album.

On this day in 1975, as David Bowie's "Young Americans" album hit #8 on the charts, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Nuthin' Fancy" began its run to #9 and Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" started its climb to #13.

On this day in 1975, with their big breakthrough still a few years off, Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right" began its climb to #35 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, capturing the very essence of a broken heart, the J. Giels Band unleashed "Love Stinks" on an unexpecting world. In short order, it actually hit #39 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp released his "American Fool" album under the name John Cougar. The album was a huge success, enabling John to drop the "Cougar" name as soon as his recording contract ran out.

On this day in 1986, as The Rolling Stones' "Dirty Work" album began its run to#4 and a million sold, Van Halen's "5150" was rocketing to three weeks at #1 and over six million sold.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/12/17


10 At 10: Mystery
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix! @12:15pm

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It was Linda Poindexter who said: "The fastest way to find out if someone is really your friend, is to tell them that you're broke."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Most anyone can stand adversity, but to test a person's character, give them power."

It was Martin Van Buren who said: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

It was Billy Wilder who said: "You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning."


April 13, 2017


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Bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane is 73.
Lowell George, the crazy musical genius behind Little Feat, would have been 72.
"Mighty Max" Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer, is 66.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles announced that their first film would be called "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing tracks for "Paperback Writer." They added the vocals the next day.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's incredible "Band On The Run" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, selling over three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1974, Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" hit #1 on the singles chart just as he released "Daniel" as a single. That was some management decision!

On this day in 1985, driven by the hit single (and wild video) "Don't Come Around Here No More," Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers' "Southern Accents" began its climb to #7.

On this day in 2005, pioneering rock pianist Johnnie Johnson died in his sleep at the age of 80 in his St. Louis home. Not only did the legendary musician help Chuck Berry get his start in the early Fifties, he was a main inspiration for the song "Johnny B. Goode."

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 4/13/17


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Led Zeppelin/Eddie 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 Journey and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Neal Schon, Jonathan Caine, Gregg Rolie, Ross Valory and Steve Perry. Check out this preview!

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It was Ricky Lee Jones who said: "You never know when you're making a memory."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?"


April 14, 2017


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One-time guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, is 72.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles first met The Rolling Stones after The Stones' first set of the night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Keith Richard's first impression? He was blown away by The Beatles' long black leather coats. George Harrison's first impression? He was impressed by the unsigned Stones' rowdy performance.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles announced that they had changed the title of their second film from "Eight Arms To Hold You" to "Help!"

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" all by themselves (the other two Fabs just weren't around).

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released the single "Tumblin' Dice" from their "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually peaked at #7 in the States.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and over 11 million sold. Problems printing the cover art delayed the release by several weeks.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "My Love" began a four-week run at #1 on the singles charts just as Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" began its crawl up to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self titled debut album hit #2 while selling two million copies as Van Halen's "Van Halen II" blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and five million sold and Journey's "Evolution" was headed to #20 and three million sold.

On this day in 1983, bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders, who had just been fired from the band because of his drug problem, died of an overdose at the age of 29.

On this day in 1984, "I'll Wait," Van Halen's touching song of longing, entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their "Tango In The Night" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo project, the extremely successful "Full Moon Fever."

On this day in 2013, songwriter George Jackson, who co-authored the original version of "Old Time Rock And Roll" that Bob Seger made famous, passed away in his Ridgeland, Mississippi home at the age of 68. Among the many songs George wrote at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama were tunes for Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and the Jackson 5 ("One Bad Apple").

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 4/14/17


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Steve Perry/Journey @1:30pm

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New/Old/Lawyered-Up Yes

Never mind that the longest running version of Yes currently tours with longtime guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White. But, with iconic singer Jon Anderson being the sole survivor of the original Yes line-up, it's no surprise that ARW — assembled by Yes alumni Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman) — will bill themselves as YES Featuring Jon Anderson. And it's no surprise that Steve Howe and Alan White (both alumni of later versions of the Prog Rock group) immediately issued a statement regarding their former bandmates' name change. "While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes' position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman." The fact is that the name Yes is jointly held by Anderson and the late Chris Squire, as well as Steve Howe and Alan White... let's hope they settle up quickly.

RIP The Real J. Geils

Guitarist John Geils Junior, who founded the J. Geils Band in 1967, passed away this past Tuesday in his Groton, Massachusetts home. Word is that the 71-year-old died of natural causes. Geils stopped performing 2012 as he sued his ex-band mates over the use of his name.

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It was Groucho Marx who said: "I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that."

It was David Allen who said: "You can do anything, but not everything."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others."

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Next Weekend: A Classic Rock Camp Out Party with music, entertainment, food and folks hanging with Uncle Joe and The Sound's airstaff! Join us partying down at the beautifuly remote Oak Canyon Park at 5305 Santiago Canyon Road in Silverado!


April 15, 2017


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Swinging guitarist/singer Dave Edmunds is 73.
Mike Chapman, who co-wrote glam anthems like Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" with Nicky Chinn, and produced Blondie, The Knack and Pat Benatar, is 70.

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On this day in 1966, Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time in public when they opened for The Byrds in San Bernardino. Little did anyone know that two years down the road Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and Neil Young would join up with The Byrds' David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

On this day in 1967, in part because no one quite knew what it meant, The Who's bouncy little "Happy Jack" began its climb to #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1971, The Beatles won the Best Film Music (Original Song Score) Academy Award for their film, "Let It Be."

On this day in 1972, "Roundabout" by Yes peaked at #13 and Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" topped out at #47 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, as they became one of the top touring acts in the world, Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album began its climb to #7 and two million sold.

On this day in 1978, Kansas' "Dust In The Wind" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Genesis' "And Then There Were Three" album began its run to #14 — their highest charting release to date.


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