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August 16 - 31, 2017


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!


August 16, 2017


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INXS guitarist Tim Farris is 60.
Singer/dancer/saucy girl-next-door Madonna is 59.

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On this day in 1938, Blues legend Robert Johnson (from whose music most Rock & Roll evolved) died at the age of 27 after being poisoned by a jealous husband (or so the story goes).

On this day in 1962, The Beatles replaced drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr. Twenty years later, in 1982, Best released an album of early Decca Record auditions on which he was playing with the legendary group. True enough, his backbeat was all over the place.

On this day in 1969, after great difficulties in the recording studio, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's supergroup Blind Faith finally saw its self-titled debut album enter the charts. However, even two weeks at #1 wasn't enough to pull the project together, and the band dissolved after its ill conceived mini-tour of the States.

On this day in 1977, Rock & Roll legend Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. Heart attack or heavy drug abuse, it doesn't really matter — he's not living in Kalamazoo, he's dead.

On this day in 1980, Queen's epic "Another One Bites The Dust" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and over a million sold.

On this day in 1986, Genesis were on a roll when their "Throwing It All Away" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/16/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito! @12:15pm
The Story - Don Henley/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 Montrose, Van Halen and Sammy Hagar as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with the Red Rocker. Check out this preview!

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It was Confucius who said: "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

It was Edgar Watson Howe who said: "A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."

It was Pete Seeger who said: "Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."

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


August 17, 2017


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Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian would have been 68.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles played their first gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool with their new drummer, Ringo Starr. Some of original drummer Pete Best's fans began a fight as the Fab Four entered the club, and George Harrison finished the night with a black eye.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin began their seventh North American tour in their first three years. Having just completed the "Led Zeppelin IV" album, the band was at the height of their creative success, so both the music and the partying were epic.

On this day in 1974, as Eric Clapton's "461 Ocean Boulevard" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Bad Company's debut single, "Can't Get Enough," entered the singles charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1985, driven by their hit single cover of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' In The Boys Room" and their wild stage show, Motley Crue's "Theatre Of Pain" hit #6 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 8/17/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: Unplugged!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito! @12:15pm
The Story - Eric Clapton/Paul Shaffer @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 Montrose, Van Halen and Sammy Hagar as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with the Red Rocker. Check out this preview!

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It was Edith Wharton who said: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "The one who loves the least, controls the relationship."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who said: "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."


August 18, 2017


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Original Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is 67.

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On this day in 1973, "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" by Chicago peaked at #10 as The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" entered the singles charts on its way to #15 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk's rocking "We're An American Band" album entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1977, The Police (with guitarist Andy Summers) played their first gig as a three-piece following the departure of original guitarist Henri Padovani.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Panama" peaked at #13 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi released their third album, "Slippery When Wet." It eventually spent eight weeks at #1, 38 weeks inside the Top 5 and sold over 12 million copies, becoming the best selling album of 1987.


August 19, 2017


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Cream drummer Ginger Baker is 78.
Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is 72.
Queen bassist John Deacon is 66.

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On this day in 1959, 61-year-old blues guitar legend Blind Willie McTell died in Milledgeville, Georgia from a brain hemorrhage. Just the same, The Allman Brothers Band (unlike a big English band or two) still gave him full writing credits when they covered his material 10 years later.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles hit #1 with "All You Need Is Love."

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" was working its way to #42.

On this day in 1997, Fleetwood Mac released "The Dance," the soundtrack to a TV special featuring the recently reunited/most famous line-up of the classic band. Within a few weeks, it hit #1 on the album charts.


August 20, 2017


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Trombonist James Pankow of Chicago is 70.
Singer/rock god Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame is 69.
Doug Fieger, singer/guitarist for The Knack, and Thin Lizzy bassist/singer Phil Lynott would have been 65.

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On this day in 1966, the title song of The Beatles' forthcoming film "Yellow Submarine" entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1969, all four of The Beatles were together in the studio for the last time as they finished recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

On this day in 1977, The Marshall Tucker Band released the song "Can't You See." While it had virtually no commercial impact, it became part of the soundtrack for the Summer of 1977.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at the L.A. Sports Arena in one of the first high profile benefits for Vietnam veterans.

On this day in 1983, Jackson Browne's "Lawyers In Love" album entered the charts on its way to #8.


August 21, 2017


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Bassist/singer Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame is 66.
Guitarist/singer Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 66.
Former Journey drummer Steve Smith is 63.

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On this day in 1954, Bill Haley & the Comets broke into the Top 40 with "Shake, Rattle & Roll." Music would never be the same.

On this day in 1965, driven by the overwhelming success of the "Satisfaction" single, The Rolling Stones' "Out Of Our Heads" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" album hit #1.

On this day in 1971, Paul McCartney's second solo album, "Ram," hit #2 as The Moody Blues sixth album, "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 2005, Robert A. Moog, one of the most influential innovators in the history of Rock & Roll and the guy whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound, passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina.


August 22, 2017


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Blues legend John Lee Hooker would have been 100.
Dale Hawkins, the guy who wrote "Susie-Q," would have been 79.
Former Grateful Dead singer Donna Godchaux is 71.
Singing sprite Tori Amos is 54.

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On this day in 1966, New York police managed to talk two teenagers down from a 22nd-floor ledge where they had threatened to commit suicide unless they met The Beatles. Instead, the girls were sent to Roosevelt Hospital to get their heads examined, then were charged with disturbing the peace. And all they really wanted was a little Beatle love!

On this day in 1968, a day before their sixth anniversary, John Lennon's wife, Cynthia, sued The Beatle for divorce after discovering Yoko Ono living in their London home. Definitely not the kind of anniversary gift or home accessorizing she had in mind.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles were together for the last time in one room. The four gathered at John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park home just outside of London for a photo shoot for the cover of the "Hey Jude" album.

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton, under the guise of Derek & the Dominoes, began work on "Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs."

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Cosmo's Factory" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1979, Led Zeppelin released their final studio album, "In Through The Out Door." Within two weeks, it was locked in for another seven weeks at #1.

On this day in 1981, in the process of selling over six million copies, Foreigner's "4" album hit #1 for the first of 10 weeks.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones classic "Start Me Up" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week run at #2, forevermore earning a spot on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1987, as the Grateful Dead's "In The Dark" album peaked at #6, Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album entered the charts. A full 11 months later, "Hysteria" finally hit #1 for six weeks while selling over 12 million copies Stateside alone.

On this day in 1992, a full 51 weeks after it was released, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" peaked at #2 on the charts. Their most commercially successful album, it sold over 13 million copies and produced three hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Jeremy."

On this day in 2006, Bruce Gary, the original drummer for The Knack, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 55. As a longtime L.A. session musician, he had worked with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Cream's Jack Bruce and Robby Krieger of The Doors as well as blues masters Albert Collins and Albert King.


August 23, 2017


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Rock drumming/partying god Keith Moon of The Who would have been 71.
Singer/actor/heartthrob Rick Springfield is 68.

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On this day in 1962, John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia, almost six years to the day before she filed for divorce. The lucky couple's wedding night was spent with The Beatles playing Liverpool's Riverpark Ballroom.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles played the Hollywood Bowl. A full 13 years later, a mediocre live recording of the concert was released.

On this day in 1968, a very frustrated Ringo Starr walked out on The Beatles during sessions for "The Beatles (White Album)." Fortunately, he eventually came back.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" hit #1 on the Stateside singles charts just as The Doors jazzy "Soft Parade" album peaked at #6.

On this day in 1974, Bruce Springsteen hired drummer Max Weinberg, completing the line-up for the most famous version of The E Street Band.

On this day in 1975, Jefferson Starship's epic "Miracles" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week run at #3.

On this day in 1980, Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion" album hit #2 for the first of five weeks, selling over four million copies and garnering a Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award for Pat.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's legendary "Back In Black" album began its climb to #4 and 21 million sold Stateside alone.

On this day in 1986, R.E.M.'s "Lifes Rich Pageant" album began its climb to #21. Little did they know that breakthrough success was just around the corner.


August 24, 2017


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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, the bluesman whose "That's All Right Mama" was Elvis Presley's first single, would have been 112.
Traffic drummer/singer Jim Capaldi would have been 73.
Uriah Heep singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ken Hensley is 72.
James Gang drummer/organist Jimmy Fox is 70.

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On this day in 1966, The Doors began recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios in Los Angeles with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles had their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tagged along. John Lennon later said the experience was like "going somewhere without your trousers," a situation that Jagger was very familiar with even then.

On this day in 1968, to celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually the day before), Who drummer Keith Moon drove a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1979, The Cars played a free concert to an audience of 500,000 in New York's Central Park. No, they didn't really move around much on stage, but they did sell a lot of T-shirts.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their "Tattoo You" album. It eventually spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Lonely Ol' Night" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1989, The Who performed their rock opera "Tommy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles with an all-star cast that included Elton John, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and Patti LaBelle.

On this day in 1991, Metallica's mighty "Enter Sandman" entered the singles charts on its way to #16 and selling over a million copies.


August 25, 2017


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KISS frontman Gene Simmons is 68.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is 66.
Master songwriter Elvis Costello is 63.
Def Leppard/Whitesnake/Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell is 54.

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On this day in 1970, Elton John played his first American concert at the Troubadour in West Los Angeles. That began a week-long stand that helped Sir Elty break through in America even before he became a star in his British homeland.

On this day in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer played their first-ever gig at the Plymouth Guild Hall in England.

On this day in 1973, The Allman Brothers Band's most successful album, "Brothers And Sisters," and biggest single, "Ramblin' Man," both entered the charts. The single eventually peaked at #2 while the album spent five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, "Born To Run." Recorded over 14 months, Springsteen was in fear of being dropped by his label after his first two critically lauded albums were commercial disappointments. Instead, the album brought both critical acclaim and commercial acceptance, as well as Bruce on the covers of "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines. Superstardom was just down the road.

On this day in 1979, The Knack scored two chart toppers in one day: their debut album, "Get The Knack," and their first single, "My Sharona," both hit #1. "My Sharona" stayed at the Top for five weeks.

On this day in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" album began its climb to #17 on the U.S. charts, selling over six million copies and influencing every Hard Rock band in the world for decades to come.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's legendary "Back In Black" album began its climb to #4 and 21 million sold Stateside alone.

On this day in 1994, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged." The success of that show led to two new albums and several tours by the duo.

On this day in 2000, producer Jack Nitzsche died in Los Angeles. As well as having worked closely with Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, Jack won an Oscar in 1982 for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" for the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman."


August 26, 2017


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On this day in 1967, The Beatles appeared with their new guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at a press conference where Paul McCartney announced that the bandmates had given up drugs. Yeah, sure.

On this day in 1967, as the Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, "Are You Experienced," entered the charts on its way to #5, their "Purple Haze" single started working its way to #65. Not one person said the song wasn't about drugs.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" single in the States. The U.K. had to wait until September 30th for the release.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix played his last live show at the Isle of Wight festival. Three weeks later, he was dead.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Duane Allman joined Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos sessions in Florida. The first result was the stunning guitar riff that made the song "Layla" so memorable.

On this day in 1972, just as "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Rod Stewart's beautiful "You Wear It Well" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1972, the Doobie Brothers' classic "Toulouse Street" album entered the charts, eventually selling a million copies and just missing charting in the Top 20.

On this day in 1978, as guitarist Pete Townshend's "clean edit" of The Who's "Who Are You" began its climb to #14 on the singles charts, Steely Dan's "Josie" began its run to #26.

On this day in 1978, driven by the success of his "Life's Been Good," single, Joe Walsh's "But Seriously Folks" album peaked at #8.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's song "The End Of The Innocence" peaked at #8 on the charts.


August 27, 2017


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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is 64.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles spent four hours with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air. It was the one and only time they ever met, and the King of Rock & Roll's first words were "Can I get you Beatles a drink?"

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, died at the age of 33 of a medication overdose.

On this day in 1977, "Just A Song Before I Go" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash peaked at #7 as "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp topped out at #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne recorded "Stay" and "Running On Empty" live in concert in Columbia, Maryland. Later, he said that was the only night he and his band ever got both songs exactly right.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "King of Pain" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #3 as "China Girl" by David Bowie peaked at #10 and "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top topped out at #56.

On this day in 1990, guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan died at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash in dense fog following a gig with Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton in Wisconsin. All five people aboard the helicopter, including members of Clapton's entourage, were killed.

On this day in 1991, Pearl Jam released their debut album, "Ten." Although it took almost a year to peak on the charts, it became their most commercially successful album, eventually selling over 13 million copies and producing three hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Jeremy."


August 28, 2017


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Drummer Danny Seraphine of Chicago is 69.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles played the first of two concerts at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. After the gig, the Fab Four met Bob Dylan, who immediately introduced them to marijuana. All of the post-show giggling eventually led to an interesting relationship.

On this day in 1965, The Beach Boys' classic "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the singles charts just as The Beatles' "Help!" soundtrack entered the album charts on its way to 14 weeks at #1. Just another day in the Sixties!

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's live version of "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, George Thorogood's signature album "Bad To The Bone" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1986, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young and Mick Fleetwood performed in Long Beach at a concert billed "Get Tough on Toxics." Hmm... wonder if it worked?


August 29, 2017


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Jazz legend Charlie "The Bird" Parker would have been 97 (his nickname as a kid was "The Yardbird").
Pop icon Michael Jackson would have been 59.

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On this day in 1895, the real Eleanor Rigby was born in Liverpool.

On this day in 1959, George Harrison recruited John Lennon and Paul McCartney to play a last minute gig as the Quarry Men at Liverpool's Casbah Coffee Club after the Les Stewart Quartet had an argument and refused to play. The Quarry Men's performance immediately secured them a regular Saturday night show. Too bad for Les and his Quartet!

On this day in 1964, Roy Orbison released his classic "Oh, Pretty Woman." Soon it would spend three weeks at #1 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl. The show was recorded for possible release, but Paul's microphone broke, making the recordings unusable. Isn't it interesting that through all the little girls' screams, no one in the crowd noticed that they couldn't hear Paul.

On this day in 1966 in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, The Beatles played their last concert. Of the 25,000 present, it's doubtful that anyone heard any of the 11 songs that the Fab Four played.

On this day in 1970, The Kinks' classic "Lola" began its climb to a scandalous #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer To Home" album hit #6 as Black Sabbath's quickly recorded, self-titled debut album began its run to #23.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 2014, Jethro Tull's original bassist, Glenn Cornick, passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 67 in his Hilo, Hawaii home. Glenn's highly inventive bass work on Tull's first three albums was a major component in the Progressive Rock band's success.


August 30, 2017


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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released the album "Highway 61 Revisited." Folk purists were once again horrified to hear him using electric guitars, but the album's first single, "Like A Rolling Stone," became one of Dylan's best-loved songs.

On this day in 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority and Led Zeppelin headlined the Texas International Pop Festival at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. No matter what they say, no one who was there really remembers any of it.

On this day in 1973, The Doors finally broke up, following Jim Morrison's death in July 1971.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their 16th album, "Tattoo You." It spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over three-million copies — their biggest to date.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" (inspired by his father) entered the singles charts on its way to #26.


August 31, 2017


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Rock icon Van Morrison is 71.
Scorpions guitarist/founder Rudolf Schenker is 69.

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On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin's incredible version of "Piece Of My Heart" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" of the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine" when writing "My Sweet Lord." The Chiffons, whose original recording of the song had charted at #1 for four weeks in 1963, received no additional compensation whatsoever.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" album started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. charts. At the same time, it was topping the charts in 25 other countries, eventually selling over 20 million worldwide. As much as group leader Mark Knopfler didn't like the spotlight, his band was the biggest in the world.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley's classic "Sunset Grill," featuring Patty Smyth on backing vocals, entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 2014, Survivor's second frontman, Jimi Jamison, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 63. He had joined Survivor in 1984 after "Eye Of The Tiger" became an international hit, and recorded a number of the band's other best-known songs including "I Can't Hold Back."



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