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May 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!


May 1, 2017


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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Bring It All Back Home" album entered the charts on its way to #6 and over a million in sales.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles played their last U.K. show for a paying audience. London's Wembley Arena was the venue, and their support acts included The Rolling Stones and The Who.

On this day in 1967, 32-year-old Elvis Presley married 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu seven years after they first met. You can do the math.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" — the group's first release on their own Rolling Stones Records label — entered the charts on its way to a two week run at #1 — their sixth #1 hit single. No word if they ever got paid.

On this day in 1971, Ringo Starr's cover of fellow Beatle George Harrison's "It Don't Come Easy" began its run up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones announced their upcoming tour by playing live on a flatbed truck driving down Fifth Avenue in New York City.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks as "Live Bullet" began its run up to #34 setting up Bob Seger for his big breakthrough.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett's cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Crimson And Clover" entered the singles charts on its way to #7.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/1/17


10 At 10: National Concert Day
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Burke Williams $100 gift card! @12:15pm
The Story - Patrick Simmons/Doobie Brothers @1:15pm

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere."

It was Charles Bukowski who said: "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "No good deed goes unpunished."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

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Random Thoughts On A Monday

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. One could only assume that this indicates a total lack of commercial radio.

Isn't it interesting how proudly some enjoy their freedom of speech, but object to it for people who disagree with them.

There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


May 2, 2017


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Bob Henrit, who played drums for The Kinks and Argent, is 73.
Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm is 67.
Bassist Prescott Niles of The Knack is 63.
Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is 48.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' incredible cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" became their first charting single in the States, eventually touching #48 and inspiring garage bands all across America.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles' fourth American LP, "The Beatles Second Album," began its first of five weeks at #1, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 1965, although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan featured The Rolling Stones for a second time. They performed "The Last Time," "Little Red Rooster," "Everybody Needs Somebody," and "2120 South Michigan Avenue." So many teenaged girls wet their pants in excitement during The Stones' performance that the Ed Sullivan Theater had to be fumigated the next day.

On this day in 1969, after several failed attempts (36 takes in all), The Beatles finally recorded George Harrison's "Something" to their satisfaction.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix's live "Band Of Gypsys" album entered the charts on its way to #5 and over two million sold.

On this day in 1977, Eric Clapton recorded his song "Wonderful Tonight." It eventually hit #16 on the singles charts and #1 at wedding receptions around the world.

On this day in 1979, the movie version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" opened, and drummer Kenny Jones (of The Faces) played his first official gig as Keith Moon's replacement.

On this day in 1981, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' driving version of "The Waiting" began its run up the singles charts to #19.

On this day in 1992, Tom Petty released the song "Peace In L.A.," written and recorded the day before, in the wake of the April 29th Rodney King verdict and subsequent rioting in Los Angeles.

On this day in 2005, Cream — featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker — launched a four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show marked the first time the three legends had performed together since Cream's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and the first time Cream had played in public since the band staged its farewell concerts at the same venue in November 1968.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/2/17


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Burke Williams $100 gift card! @12:15pm
The Story - Randy Bachman/Guess Who @1:15pm

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

It was Bill Gates who said: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

It was Garrison Keillor who said: "Everyone can't be over average."

It was Bill Withers who said: "It is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror."

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Truth!

1. Only 30% of us can flair our nostrils.

2. 75% of us store our dollar bills in rigid order with singles leading up to higher denominations.

3. 90% of us believe in divine retribution, but only 10% believe in the 10 Commandments.

4. 47% of us drink straight from the carton when no one else is looking.

5. The average American bra size today is 34DD, whereas 20 years ago it was 34B.

6. 85% of American women wear the wrong bra size.

7. Four out of five of us sing in the car, though it's unknown how many actually sing in tune.


May 3, 2017


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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, would have been 84.
Bassist Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon is 64.
Guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols is 61.

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On this day in 1969, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1971, at a gig in Denmark, Led Zeppelin played "Four Sticks" live for the first and only time in their career.

On this day in 1971, multi-platinum album selling Grand Funk Railroad, who were notorious for refusing to talk to the press, chose New York to finally hold their first-ever press conference. The press demonstrated their respect for the well-spoken, swell-playin' trio when just six journalists showed up. And truthfully, five of them came solely for the free food.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' cover of Holland–Dozier–Holland's Motown hit "Take Me In Your Arms And Rock Me" began its run up to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney began his first coast-to-coast tour of America with his new band, Wings, in Fort Worth, Texas.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's "Against The Wind" started a six week run at #1, eventually selling over five million copies and becoming his most successful album ever.

On this day in 1980, Def Leppard's "On Through The Night" began a slow climb up the album charts to #51. Their breakthrough success was still two years away.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones "Dirty Work" album peaked at #4. By the time their tour ended, the album had also sold over a million copies.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Doors with more of Joe's extensive conversations with RayManzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Check out this preview!

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It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."

It was C.S. Lewis who said: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "The purpose of criticism is to correct, improve and change. It is not to humiliate, demean, or punish."

It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said: "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."


May 4, 2017


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Surf guitar god Dick Dale is 80.
Drag racing icon John Force is 68.
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 66.
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 45.

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On this day in 1968, The Moody Blues' "Days Of Future Passed" began a quick climb up the charts to a five-week run at #3.

On this day in 1970, four students protesting the Vietnam war were killed and 11 were wounded by National Guard troops at Kent State University. In reaction, massive anti-war protests swept the country and Neil Young wrote and immediately recorded "Ohio" with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

On this day in 1973, Atlanta, Georgia was where Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour. Billed as the "biggest and most profitable Rock & Roll tour in the history of the United States," the group eventually grossed over $4 million from the concerts alone. This tour also saw the boys flying between gigs in "The Starship," a legendary, customized, luxurious/debauched Boeing 720 passenger jet.

On this day in 1974, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of "The Loco-Motion" hit #1 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1974, driven by the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Second Helping" album began a run up to #12 with two million sold.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" peaked at #9 as Foreigner's "That Was Yesterday" topped out at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1987, blues guitarist Paul Butterfield died of an overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was only 44.

On this day in 2005, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils And Dust" debuted at #1 on the "Billboard Top 200" albums chart.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 5/4/17


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Burke Williams $100 gift card! @12:15pm
The Story - Tom Scholz/Boston @1:15pm

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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 Doors with more of Joe's extensive conversations with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Check out this preview!

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Sammy's Coming

Sammy Hagar and fellow Van Halen alum Michael Anthony will tour this September with their Circle, which includes Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson. They'll kick off the run on September 10th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, and wrap up in Missouri on the 30th. Sammy's son Andrew Hagar will be a special guest during the tour along with Collective Soul.

Sue 'Em!

It's not the first time the Eagles have had a problem with a business called Hotel California. And it's not the first time the hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico has been the subject of a trademark-infringement lawsuit from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers. The latest federal suit filed in California on Monday, alleges that the hotel's latest owners have falsely led people into thinking the hotel is associated with the Eagles and was the inspiration for their classic "Hotel California" song. A variety of other "Hotel California"-branded merchandise is also involved, and the suit claims that the hotel never contacted the Eagles seeking a license to use the band's "Hotel California" trademark.

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It was Keith Richards who said: "I really don't care what they write about us, so long as they write about us."

It was W. C. Fields who said: "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally."

It was Bob Hope who said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "Politics makes estranged bedfellows."

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Thoughts For An Early May Day

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.


May 5, 2017


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Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 69.
Billy Idol's lead guitarist, Steve Stevens, is 58.
The amazing Adele is 29.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded John Lennon's song "I'm Only Sleeping."

On this day in 1968, Buffalo Springfield performed their last gig together in Southern California's Long Beach Arena.

On this day in 1979, The Doobie Brothers' "Minute By Minute" entered the singles charts on its way to #14 and backseats across America.

On this day in 1984, the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure" entered the charts on its way to #10 and a million sold.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 5/5/17


10 At 10: Cinco de Mayo
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Burke Williams $100 gift card! @12:15pm
The Story - Ray Manzarek/The Doors @1:15pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe Index logo 257x66px logo

This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Doors with more of Joe's extensive conversations with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Check out this preview!

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Bucks Up

The 2017 The Sunday Times Of London list of wealthiest music artists in the U.K. and Ireland was published yesterday, and, as you'd expect, Paul McCartney topped the tally. The former Beatle star and his wife, trucking heiress Nancy Shevell, have a combined fortune of about $1 billion. U2 came in at #3 with a collective worth around $708 million. Sir Elton John, worth around $375 million, came in at #4. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, worth $323 million, placed #5 as his lifelong mate Keith Richards hit #6 with a fortune valued at $303 million.

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It was Kurt Vonnegut who said: "The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful."

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."

It was Mae West who said: "There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "All would live long, but none would be old."

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an actual holiday (not an invented commercial holiday) that commemorates Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although Mexico declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1810, it took 11 years to get word to the Spanish soldiers, forcing them to leave Mexico as the French moved in and took over. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day that 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French army of 8,000. That defeat prevented Napoleon III from supplying the American Confederate rebels for another year, thus allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. That huge U.S. army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War. For whatever reason, Americans of every ethnicity celebrate Cinco de Mayo just like we do our version of St. Patrick's Day. To that end, I personally propose a toast to freedom and liberty! With a strawberry margarita, of course!


May 6, 2017


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Detroit rocker Bob Seger is 72.
Davey Johnstone, Elton John's longtime guitarist, is 66.

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On this day in 1957, Chuck Berry recorded "Rock & Roll Music." It eventually charted at #8 and, to this day, it serves as one of Rock & Roll's songwriting benchmarks.

On this day in 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards woke up in a Clearwater, Florida hotel room and discovered that he had composed the "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" riff on his tape recorder while he slept.

On this day in 1971, while on their way home from a small gig in Sunderland, England, The Who stopped at a construction site outside Sheffield for a roadside leak. Before long, a photo of their urination episode became the "Who's Next" album cover art — one of the most famous LP covers in all of Rock & Roll history.

On this day in 1972, Elton John's "Rocket Man" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil" briefly entered the singles charts, peaking at #84.

On this day in 1978, the Kansas album "Point Of Know Return" peaked at #4 with sales of over four million copies.


May 7, 2017


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Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 71.
Tubes drummer (and founding member of Journey) Prairie Prince is 67.
Drummer Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads is 66.

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On this day in 1968, inspired by two of his favorite musicians — sax player Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry — piano player/singer Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton Hercules John. No word where the inspiration for Hercules came from.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" was the #1 single in the U.S.A.

On this day in 1983, inspired by group leaders Ray and Dave Davies' sister, The Kinks' "Come Dancing" began a run up the singles charts to #6.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" album peaked at #6 six weeks after its release. With sales of two million copies, it became the poorest selling Floyd album in a decade.

On this day in 1994, Green Day's "Long View" entered the singles charts on its way to #36. World domination was still a year or two away.

On this day in 1998, singer Steve Perry, who was suffering from degenerative hip problems, left Journey when the band decided to tour without him.


May 8, 2017


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Blues great Robert Johnson would have been 106 if he hadn't made a pact with the devil at the crossroads and then been killed by a jealous husband at age 27 (or so the story goes).
Convicted pedophile/rock star Gary Glitter is now 77.
Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith is 75.
Drummer Alex Van Halen is 63.

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On this day in 1965, the so-called British Invasion reached its zenith when nine of the songs in the Billboard Top 10 were by British artists.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' last album, "L.A. Woman," began a run to #9 with two million sold just as "The Yes Album" began working its way up the charts to #40, setting Yes up for their huge commercial breakthrough.

On this day in 1976, "Show Me The Way" by Peter Frampton peaked at #6 as Steve Miller's "Take The Money And Run" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones' transitional "Black And Blue" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's breakthrough "American Fool" album began a run up the charts that saw it spend nine weeks at #1 while selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Get a Grip" entered the album charts at #1, making it the group's highest-debuting and highest-charting album to date.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/8/17


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - John Mellencamp tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Foreigner/Mick Jones @1:15pm

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G&R/Who

Imagine Guns N' Roses and The Who on the same stage. OK, so far it's just one co-headlining gig on September 23rd at Rio De Janeiro's Rock In Rio festival. But don't be surprised when more gigs happen in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Chile. But will those two mega bands hit the States? Well, The Who will be doing 14 North American shows in July and August, including a six-night residency in Las Vegas. And Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime tour (which has grossed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars) returns to North America for 16 dates starting in late July. So, do you suppose South American money has something to do with it?

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

It was Steven Wright who asked: "If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?"

It was William Shakespeare who said: "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

It was Fred Allen who said: "A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."


May 9, 2017


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Guitarist Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco fame is 73.
Piano Man Billy Joel is 68.
Bassist Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick is 67.

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On this day in 1785, Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, thus assuring the eventual existence of bar bands.

On this day in 1962, The Beatles signed their first recording contract with EMI Records, beginning one of the most famous and successful careers in recording history.

On this day in 1963, the Oregon band The Kingsmen released the Rock & Roll classic "Louie, Louie." Many radio stations banned the song when they decided the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene. That, of course, helped sell a whole lot more records.

On this day in 1970, The Guess Who's "American Woman/No Sugar Tonight" hit #1 as "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Jethro Tull's transitional "Benefit" album began its climb to #11 on the charts. The band's big breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1974, Bruce Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt in Boston, and Bonnie allowed Bruce to perform his traditional two-hour set in its entirety. In the audience was critic and future Bruce manager Jon Landau, who wrote the next day, "I saw rock & roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Though true, it took Springsteen years to live that quote down.

On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)" — his last Heartbreakers album before the solo "Full Moon Fever" — entered the charts on its way to #20.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's collaborative "Walking Into Clarksdale" entered the album charts on its way to #8.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/9/17


10 At 10: 1987
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - John Mellencamp tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Jon Bon Jovi/Bon Jovi @1:15pm

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It was Robert F. Kennedy who said: "About one-fifth of the people are against everything all the time."

It was Dave Barry who said: "People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today."

It was Jean Kerr who said: "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want — an adorable pancreas?


May 10, 2017


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Dave Mason and Donovan, along with songwriter Graham Gouldman of 10cc, are all 71 today. That could be one interesting party!

Bassist and world-class deadbeat Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols would have been 60.

Bono, the voice of U2 (and some say his generation), is 57.

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On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones did their first professional recording session in London for Decca Records (who casually rejected the results).

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded their first attempt on Keith Richards' song "Satisfaction" at Chess Studios in Chicago. Two days later, they got it right in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood.

On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones appeared in separate courts facing separate drug charges.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' studio version of "Get Back" began its quick run to five weeks at #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton recorded his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." As much as he disliked his version of the song, it went on to become his only #1 hit single.

On this day in 1974, Led Zeppelin threw a party celebrating the launch of their Swan Song record label at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The bash ended with the guests tossing food, china and other guests at one another. Don't believe me? Ask your mom!

On this day in 1978, with Brian Jones long dead and Keith Richards cleaned up for the first time in years, The Rolling Stones released the biggest hit of the Summer of '78, "Miss You."

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" (their most rocking song ever) briefly entered the singles charts, touching on #53 before fading back.

On this day in 1986, Journey's "Raised On Radio" album began a run to #4 with four million sold.

On this day in 2014, original Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi lost an eight-year battle with cancer. He was only 62.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/10/17


10 At 10: Bono's Birthday Bash
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - John Mellencamp tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Steve Miller @1:15pm

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Stones/No Filter

Those darn Rolling Stones are heading back out on the road — the European road! So far, The Stones No Filter Tour will feature 13 shows in 12 venues across 10 countries, starting on September 9th in Hamburg and winding up on October 22nd in Paris. As you would expect, the No Filter Tour will feature a "spectacular new production and state of the art stage design" and Mick Jagger says, "I'm so excited to be touring Europe this autumn and returning to some familiar places and some we've never done before." Indeed!

Thorogood Solo

Get ready for George Thorogood's first-ever solo album: "Party Of One." George, for the first time ever, has recorded a series of cover songs without his band, The Destroyers. Knowing George's love of the Blues, his covers of Robert Johnson, Hank Williams and The Rolling Stones should be awesome. The album — with a new version of John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" — will be out on August 4th.

New/Old Coop

At long last, Alice Cooper will reunite on stage with the other three surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band. In addition to Sunday's full Cooper show at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center, frontman Alice will be joined for a live mini-set by bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce. But wait, there's more! The four Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers have also recorded three tracks for Cooper's forthcoming studio album, "Paranormal." But wait, there's even more! ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. have also recorded tracks on the album, which was produced by Alice's longtime collaborator, Bob Ezrin. Rock on!

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It was Maya Angelou who said: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

It was Jay Leno who asked: "How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?"

It was Charles Swindoll who said: "The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it."

It was Satchel Paige who said: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."


May 11, 2017


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Eric Burden of The Animals and War is 76.
Drummer Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band would have been 70.

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On this day 1970, The Who unleashed their "Live At Leeds" (one of the greatest live albums ever) and The Beatles released their final single, "The Long And Winding Road." The Beatles soon hit #1 and The Who eventually peaked at #4.

On this day 1974, Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley's Los Angeles Forum concert. Afterward, all four Zep members spent over 2 hours backstage hanging with Elvis.

On this day 1974, Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (one of their few songs inspired by an actual person) began its climb up to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day 1981, reggae legend Bob Marley died of a brain tumor in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.

On this day 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Southern Accents" hit #7 on the album charts as Phil Collins' "Sussudio" began it's climb to #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died in his Irish home at the age of 57.

On this day in 2008, original Rush drummer John Rutsey died at the age of 55 of a heart attack caused by complications from diabetes. His health had forced him to retire just before the trio's first significant tour in 1974.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 5/11/17


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - John Mellencamp tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles @1:15pm

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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 U2 as well as conversation with Bono, The Edge and co-producer Daniel Lanois. Check out this preview!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong"

It was Martin Mull who said: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."

It was David H. Comins who said: "I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound — if I could remember any of the damn things."

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May 20th & 21st: Join us as 100.3 The Sound rocks the 20th Annual Doheny Blues Festival! The party at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive will feature 24 acts on three stages, with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience and Joe Walsh headlining Saturday evening. Good times!


May 12, 2017


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Comic genius George Carlin would have been 80.
Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan would have been 72.
Multi-instrumentalist/singer extraordinaire Stevie Winwood is 69.
Guitarist Billy Squier is 67.
KISS/Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer is 58.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction" in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. Two days earlier, they had unsuccessfully attempted to record the song at Chess Studios in Chicago.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd played one of their first experimental concerts in quadraphonic sound at the "Games for May" event at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

On this day in 1969, Santana recorded "Evil Ways," which went on to become their first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1969, Mick Taylor joined The Rolling Stones for his first official session as their new lead guitarist. By the time they'd finished, the basic tracks for "Honky Tonk Woman" were complete and an early version of "Country Honk" had been committed to tape.

On this day in 1971, Mick Jagger married his first wife, Bianca, at the St. Tropez Town Hall. The large Roman Catholic service was attended by the other Rolling Stones, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Steven Stills. Think any of that group caught a buzz?

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released their classic "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually spent four weeks at #1 and is still hailed by many as their best album ever.

On this day in 1973, as it was racking up over 11 million in sales, Led Zeppelin's "Houses Of The Holy" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Red Rose Speedway" entered the charts on its way to a three-week run at #1 as David Bowie's "Alladin Sane" began its climb to #17 — his most successful album to date.

On this day in 1973, Steely Dan's "Reeling In The Years" peaked at #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, singer Mickey Thomas made his debut with the Jefferson Starship at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

On this day in 2008, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' divorce became official with a monetary award of nearly $50 million for Mills — far more than the former Beatle had originally offered, but significantly less than his ex was seeking.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 5/5/17


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - John Mellencamp tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Bono/U2 @1:15pm

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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 U2 as well as conversation with Bono, The Edge and co-producer Daniel Lanois. Check out this preview!

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Seger!

Yes, Bob Seger will be doing a September 9th concert at the suburban Detroit amphitheater once known as Pine Knob (where he's done over two dozen sold-out shows since the early Seventies). The most interesting twist on this concert announcement for the newly renamed DTE Energy Music Theater is that the gig is billed as One Night Only. But no way would any sane musician go through all of the expensive prep work for one show. Let's hope Bob's got us in mind too.

A Cars Redesign

Singer/guitarist/mastermind Ric Ocasek has (finally) remastered the "Candy-O" and "Panorama" albums, and augmented each with outtakes. "Candy-O" now has seven bonus tracks, and "Panorama" has been expanded with four bonus tracks. Both albums will be available in multiple configurations on July 28th, but don't plan on any touring to promote the re-releases — Ric's not into that scene anymore.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Never mistake activity for achievement."

Though often credited to Ted Turner, it was Laurence J. Peter who first said: "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise."

It was Harold Wilson who said: "The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "Don't count the days, make the days count."


May 13, 2017


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Rock & Roll pioneer Ritchie Valens would have been 76 today.
Magic Dick, trumpet and harmonica player with the J. Geils Band, is 72.
The amazing Stevie Wonder is 66.
Danny Kirwan, guitarist/vocalist in the first successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, is 67.

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On this day in 1966, The Kinks recorded "Sunny Afternoon."

On this day in 1967, Cream's debut album, "Fresh Cream," entered the American charts on its way to an inauspicious #39. Their fate would change once Jimi Hendrix's influence impacted Eric Clapton.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles' pseudo-documentary "Let It Be" premiered in New York.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "Still The Same" began a run to #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns N' Roses' "G N' R Lies" hit #2 with five million sold just as Tom Petty's classic "Full Moon Fever" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 with over five million sold.

On this day in 2012, Donald "Duck" Dunn, one of the most important bass players in the history of Rock & Roll, passed away in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo. High school classmates Dunn and guitarist Steve Cropper joined Stax Records in Memphis in the early Sixties to play with Booker T. & The MGs — whose "Green Onions" became an immediate hit. As part of that racially integrated band in the Deep South (a highly unusual situation in that era), they became a R&B powerhouse turning out hits like Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man." Dunn also played on hundreds of sessions, recording with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1978, Dunn and Cropper joined Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as back-up for the highly successful Blues Brothers album and movies. The duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992 and received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Duck was 70 years old.


May 14, 2017


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Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce would have been 74.
The head Talking Head, David Byrne, is 65.
Original Rush drummer John Rutsey would have been 64.

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On this day in 1955, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley And His Comets entered the Top 40 on its way to becoming the first #1 record of the rock era.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' cryptic "Paint It, Black" entered the American singles charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things," driven by Jeff Beck's mind-blowing guitar work, peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released Neil Young's "Ohio," only 10 days after the fatal Kent State University shootings that inspired the song. Backed with Stephen Stills' beautiful "Find The Cost Of Freedom," it topped out at #14 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf electrocuted himself while tuning his electric guitar in the bathtub.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's career defining "Pyromania" peaked at #2 while selling over 10 million copies!

On this day in 1988, Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with John Bonham's son Jason on drums.

On this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.


May 15, 2017


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Former Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno (über-producer for David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2) is 69.

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On this day in 1965, The Byrds made their first entry into the charts with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Three months later, the song peaked at #1 and was a strong factor in Dylan's decision to switch from acoustic to electric music.

On this day in 1965, "For Your Love" by The Yardbirds entered the charts on its way to #6. The song featured Eric Clapton on all the guitar parts except the solo, which was recorded by his replacement, Jeff Beck.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman for the first time at the Bag O' Nails nightclub in London. They clicked big time and married on March 12th, 1969.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd played a concert in front of a large lake at the Crystal Palace Bowl in South London. Not only were a great number of fish in the lake killed by the very loud music, a full one-third of the audience blew their minds!

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" peaked at #11 on the singles chart as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "4 Way Street" album spent the first of four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, two truly classic albums, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" and Jethro Tull's masterpiece "Aqualung," entered the charts on their way into the Top 10. "Sticky Fingers" spent four weeks at #1 while "Aqualung" became Tull's biggest seller, topping out at #7 and selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1975, the most famous Fleetwood Mac line-up (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John & Christine McVie) made their live debut in El Paso, Texas.

On this day in 1976, as The Rolling Stones' million selling "Black And Blue" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" began its climb to a three-week stay at #3 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1976, Thin Lizzy's classic "The Boys Are Back In Town" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 and a spot in every action movie soundtrack for the next 40 years.

On this day in 1984, guitarist Nils Lofgren was drafted into The E Street Band by Bruce Springsteen to replace "Little Steven" Van Zandt.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/15/17


10 At 10: 1989
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Brian Wilson 'Pet Sounds' tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Styx/James 'JY' Young @1:15pm

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No Mas Desert Trip

Even though the Desert Trip rock superstar blowout brought in $160 million in six nights, there won't be a follow-up to last year's highest-grossing music festival in history this Fall. Paul Tollett, the guy responsible for the mega-concert that brought Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters together on one stage over back-to-back weekends last October, summed it up this way: "I don't think it instantly needs to turn into another franchise festival." True that!

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It was Dave Barry who said: "You should not confuse your career with your life."

It was Will Rogers who said: "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."



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