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October 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!


October 1, 2017


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On this day in 1966, on the strength of his classic "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," Bob Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde" album entered the charts on its way to #9 and two million sold.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Abbey Road," the last album they ever recorded, was released in the United States. Within a month it had begun an 11-week run at #1.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle, his hometown. The mourners included Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and all the members of Derek & the Dominoes, including Eric Clapton.

On this day in 1973, Elton John released his classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album. In short order it sold over seven million copies as it lodged at #1 for eight weeks!

On this day in 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono separated, and John began living in Los Angeles with Yoko's secretary, May Pang.

On this day in 1976, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's "Night Moves" album was released. Five months later it had sold six million copies and peaked at #8.

On this day in 1994, Eric Clapton's "From The Cradle" album debuted at #1. It eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 2004, Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer died of a heart attack at the age of 58.


October 2, 2017


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Don "American Pie" McLean is 72.
Guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis is 67.
The multi-tasking, multi-talented, bass playing singer named Sting is 65.

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On this day in 1965, just as Bob Dylan's legendary "Highway 61 Revisited" album entered the charts on its way to #3, his second big hit single, "Positively 4th Street," began its climb to #7 on the Pop charts.

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, yer Uncle was there when a bomb scare cleared out Milwaukee's Uptown Theatre where Bruce Springsteen was performing with his E Street Band. [They actually finished three songs before the police made everyone leave.] Bruce went back to the Pfister Hotel to wait for the gig's rescheduled midnight commencement. Making use of the bar, the usually conservative Springsteen got — in his own words — "a little loose." The rescheduled show was a wild two-hour performance. But the most lasting impression was the comment of a British writer along for the ride back to the hall when Bruce got out and rode on top of the car: "I have seen the future of rock & roll and he is on my windshield." Rock on!

On this day in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd's double live album "One More From The Road" entered the charts on its way to #9 and three million sold as Ted Nugent's "Free-For-All" began its climb to #24 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Rod Stewart released "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)." It soon began an eight-week run at #1 as millions across the U.S.A. fell in love to it (at least temporarily).

On this day in 1982, John 'Cougar' Mellencamp hit #1 with his song "Jack And Diane" just as Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You" began its climb to #32.

On this day in 1982, Rush's "Signals" album began its climb to #10 while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1982, vocalist Peter Gabriel performed with Genesis for the first time since leaving the band in 1975. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and their crew helped stage the concert to benefit WOMAD, thus saving Gabriel's ailing world music organization.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band brought their "Born in the U.S.A." tour to a close with a four-hour show at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

On this day in 1994, drummer Stan Lynch performed with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for the last time. The gig was part of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert.

On this day in 1994, John Mellencamp admitted that he had suffered a mild heart attack, caused by high cholesterol and a four-packs-a-day cigarette habit. Sharp thinking there, John, real sharp.

On this day in 1998, singing cowboy Gene Autry died at the age of 91. His biggest hit was, of course, the original version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

On this day in 1999, former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played his first solo concert ever in Galway, Ireland. No other former Zep members were present, nor did they send flowers.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/2/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Walter Becker/Steely Dan @1:15pm

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Well done is better than well said."

It was Isabel Moore who said: "Life is a one-way street. No matter how many detours you take, none of them leads back. And once you know and accept that, life becomes much simpler."

It was Richard Branson who said: "Be authentic and organic. It can't be forced or it won't work. And most importantly, have fun."

It was Neil deGrasse Tyson who said: "The good thing about science is that's it's true whether or not you believe in it."


October 3, 2017


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Texas blues guitar legend Albert Collins would have been 85.
Eddie "Summer Time Blues" Cochran would have been 79.
Twist meister Chubby Checker is 76.
Master musician Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 68.
Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan would have been 63.
Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 55.

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On this day in 1967, legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55 after years of suffering from Huntington's Chorea.

On this day in 1969, Mississippi acoustic blues guitar legend Skip James, whose influence extended from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, died of cancer in Philadelphia at age 67.

On this day in 1970, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival hit #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, while working on her "Pearl" album, Janis Joplin listened to a playback of the instrumental "Buried Alive In The Blues," fully intending to cut her vocal the next day. Instead, she went back to her hotel room and died of an overdose.

On this day in 1980, Bruce Springsteen launched his "River" tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan by immediately forgetting the words to "Born To Run." Later in the show, Bob Seger joined The Boss on "Thunder Road" (and Bob remembered the words just fine, thank you).

On this day in 1981, Pat Benatar's "Promises In The Dark" began its run up to #38 as Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" topped out at #40 on the charts and Journey's "Who's Crying Now" peaked at #4.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Who Will You Run To?" peaked at #7 as John Mellencamp's "Paper In Fire" topped out at #9, Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady" hit #14 and Bruce Springsteen's future Top 5 hit "Brilliant Disguise" entered the singles charts. Now that was a day!

On this day in 1987, two weeks after its debut, John Mellencamp's "Lonesome Jubilee" album hit #6. Helped by John's intense touring schedule, it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1996, David Lee Roth and Van Halen parted ways for the second time. The band and Roth had gotten back together in June after an 11-year separation and recorded a couple of songs for a greatest hits album. Three months later, they flat out fired him.

On this day in 2000, The Cars bassist/singer Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 53. Among the many songs he sang lead on were "Just What I Needed" and "Drive."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/3/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: Tom Petty
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Tom Petty @1:15pm

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It was Leopold Stokowski who said: "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Dogs look up to you; cats look down on you; pigs treat you as an equal."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "People will forget what U said, people will forget what U did, but people will never forget how U made them feel."

It was Charles M. Schulz who said: "I love mankind, it's the people I can't stand."


October 4, 2017


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On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan made his concert debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. About 50 people attended, mostly friends, and he reportedly earned $20.

On this day in 1963, The Yardbirds invited Eric "Slowhand" Clapton to replace guitarist Anthony "Top" Topham. Clapton was an art-college friend of vocalist Keith Relf and a real sharp dresser, so it only made sense!

On this day in 1968, Paul McCartney recorded "Martha My Dear" (inspired by his dog) for The Beatles' "White" album.

On this day in 1969, driven by the "Green River" and "Down On The Corner" hit singles, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" album sold over three million copies as it hit #1 on the American charts (their first chart topper).

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin was discovered dead in Hollywood's Landmark Hotel from an overdose of heroin and alcohol. Like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, who both died earlier in 1970, she was only 27.

On this day in 1974, Irish rockers Thin Lizzy played their first date with the twin-guitar lineup of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. The crowd in Aberystwyth, Wales went crazy (but then, it was in Wales).

On this day in 1975, in the process of selling over six million copies, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album hit #1 Stateside for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1980, Queen's classic "Another One Bites The Dust" hit #1 on the singles chart as Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" began its climb to #9.

On this day in 2005, Badfinger drummer Michael Gibbins died in his sleep of natural causes at his home in Florida at the age of 56.

On this day in 2014, Paul Revere, the high energy leader of the Sixties hit makers/rock icons Paul Revere & The Raiders, lost a battle with cancer in his Idaho home at the age of 76. After signing on as featured performers on Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is" TV show in 1965, the band spent the next two years scoring hits: "Just Like Me," "Kicks (Just Keep Getting Harder To Find)" and "Hungry." Maintaining a near-constant touring schedule, Paul rocked right until the end.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 10/4/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: Mystery
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie tix! @12:15pm
The Story - John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival @1:15pm

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It was Phillip K. Dick who said: "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

It was Albert Camus who said: "Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "In the depths of my heart I can't help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "In matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."


October 5, 2017


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Space cowboy, gangster of love and guitar master Steve Miller is 74.
Sweet vocalist Brian Connolly would have been 72.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is 70.
Live Aid founder Sir Bob Geldof, who marginally sang with the Boomtown Rats, is 63.


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On this day in 1968, Steppenwolf's psychedelic "Magic Carpet Ride" began its climb up the charts to #3. All these years later, no one still has a clue as to what the lyrics were about.

On this day in 1968, having sold over four million copies in the year-and-a-half since its initial release, the Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, "Are You Experienced," finally peaked at #5.

On this day in 1969, Cream kicked off their highly calculated (and profitable) farewell tour — the first of its kind.

On this day in 1991, Guns N' Roses released two ego-busting albums: "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II." While they each eventually sold seven million copies, "Use Your Illusion II" debuted at #1 and "Use Your Illusion I" debuted at #2.

On this day in 1991, Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tears" album, featuring "Mama I'm Coming Home" and "No More Tears," hit #7 as it was selling over four million copies.

On this day in 2011, Steve Jobs, the computer genius who — with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak — built the first Apple computers in his family's garage, died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, as well as the Pixar studios and movies, Steve's passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live reshaped the face of civilization."

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 10/5/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Roger Daltrey/The Who @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 present a special tribute to Tom Petty featuring his music and conversations with him. Check out this preview!

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It was Tom Petty who said: "You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part."

It was Edward Langley who said: "What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart."


October 6, 2017


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R.E.O. Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is 66.


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On this day in 1964, The Beatles recorded 13 takes of "Eight Days A Week." That marked the first time that they took an incomplete song into the studio, then finished it while recording it.

On this day in 1965, promoter Bill Graham opened his San Francisco club, the Fillmore Auditorium, for business. For the debut concert at the venue, Graham presented the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane. Very, very trippy indeed.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" peaked at #15 on the singles charts as bar bands around the world cheered loudly.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac rush-released their double album "Tusk" after tracks were leaked to radio stations. Oh, the scandal! Oh, the free publicity!

On this day in 1979, Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" album — delayed by the surprise success of the live "Cheap Trick At Budokan" LP — finally entered the charts on its way to #6

On this day in 1979, Van Halen's "Beautiful Girls" topped out at #84 on the charts and the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" (co-written with Bob Seger) entered the charts on its way to #1 just as Styx unleashed their super ballad, "Babe," which soon lodged itself at #1 for two weeks. What a day!

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "The Razor's Edge" (their only album with famed drummer Chris Slade) entered the charts at #2 on its way to selling over four million copies. The same day, INXS' "X" album (marking the 10th year since their recorded debut) entered the charts on its way to #5 and two million sold. Rock & Roll!

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 10/6/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Tom Petty @1:15pm

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It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."

It was violinist Ruggiero Ricci who said: "A specialist is someone who does everything else worse."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

It was Wayne Gretzky who said: "I skate to where the puck is going to be. Not where it has been."


October 7, 2017


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Kevin Godley, one-half of 10cc, is 72.
Dave Hope, the original bassist for Kansas, is 68.
The ever ornery and sometimes melodic John Mellencamp is 66.
Drummer Tico Torres of Bon Jovi is 64.


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On this day in 1972, Yes' extraordinary complex "Close To The Edge" entered the charts on its way to selling a million copies and hitting #3.

On this day in 1972, Alice Cooper's ironic "Elected" entered the charts on its way to #26.

On this day in 1975, John Lennon's fight to remain in the U.S. finally ended when a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the deportation order against him, noting that "Lennon's four-year battle to remain in our country is a testimony to his faith in [the] American dream."

On this day in 1977, guitarist Steve Hackett left Genesis. Drummer/vocalist Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks responded with an album called "And Then There Were Three." Clever lads, those Genesis boys.

On this day in 1978, Heart's "Dog & Butterfly" album (considered by many to be one of their best) entered the charts on its way to #17 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1978, "Don't Look Back" by Boston peaked at #4 on the singles charts just as Toto's "Hold The Line" began its climb to #5.

On this day in 1983, Genesis released their multi-million selling "Genesis" album.

On this day in 1989, The Rolling Stones' "Steel Wheels" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks and sold a couple million copies as the band was touring across the world.

On this day in 2000, U2's "Beautiful Day" entered the charts on its way to #21 and GRAMMY Awards for Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Rock Vocal Of The Year.


October 8, 2017


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Johnny Ramone, the Ramones original guitarist, would have been 69.

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On this day in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his classic "Great Balls Of Fire" after a lengthy dispute with his producer over whether he was supposed to be playing the devil's music. We sure know who won that argument, don't we?

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones released "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In The Shadows)." To this day, no one is quite sure what the Top 10 hit song's lyrics are about.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon recorded his classic song "Imagine."

On this day in 1983, "King Of Pain" by The Police peaked at #3 on the singles charts just as Robert Plant's "The Principle Of Moments" album (driven by heavy airplay of "In The Mood") hit #8 two months after its release.

On this day in 1988, as Metallica's "...And Justice For All" album hit #6 while selling over eight million copies, "New Jersey," Bon Jovi's follow-up to their ultra successful "Slippery When Wet" album, entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1 and seven million sold.

On this day in 1988, Cheap Trick's cover of "Don't Be Cruel" peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 2005, Bon Jovi's "Have A Nice Day" debuted at #2 on the album charts, and eventually sold a million copies.


October 9, 2017


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John Lennon would have been 77.
Bassist John Entwistle of The Who would have been 73.
Jackson Browne is 69.


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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "Get Off Of My Cloud" entered the charts on its way to #1 just as The Beatles began a four-week run at #1 with the song "Yesterday."

On this day in 1965, powered by the "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Bob Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" album hit #6 while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones recorded their first (of what seems like 50+) live album, "Got Live If You Want It," at London's Royal Albert Hall on the last date of a British tour. The recording was so bad, the din of the audience (some of which was overdubbed) drowned out almost all of the music.

On this day in 1967, the "Fifth Beatle," Murray the K was fired from his DJ slot at WOR in New York because of his "inability to live with direction." Kind of ironic that it took Tom Petty 35 years to write about it.

On this day in 1975, after the U.S. immigration ruling in his favor two days before, John Lennon and his wife Yoko celebrated his 35th birthday with the birth of their only child, Sean Ono Lennon.

On this day in 1976, "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs peaked at #3 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1987, Bruce Springsteen released his "Tunnel Of Love" album, which certainly seemed to document the collapse of his marriage.

On this day in 1993, Nirvana's "In Utero" album hit #1 as it sold five million copies just as Aerosmith's "Cryin'" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2004, Green Day's "American Idiot" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks while it sold over five million copies. Although no one knew it, a Broadway version of the album was right around the corner.

On this day in 2004, U2's "Vertigo" began its climb to #31 on the singles charts and year-end Rock Song Of The Year and Rock Vocal Group GRAMMY Awards.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/9/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: John Lennon
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Neil Peart/Rush @1:15pm

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Beware the hobby that eats."

It was writer Gore Vidal who said: "A good deed never goes unpunished."

It was Malcolm X who said: "If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."

It was Gandhi who said: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."


October 10, 2017


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The legendary David Lee Roth is 63.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 43.

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On this day in 1970, Santana's classic "Abraxas" album entered the charts on its way to peaking at #16 two weeks later — and five million in sales further down the road.

On this day in 1970, The Moody Blues' first Top 10 album, "A Question Of Balance," hit #3 as it was selling over a million copies.

On this day in 1981, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner entered the singles charts on its way to 10 weeks at #2.

On this day in 1987, Whitesnake hit #1 with the song "Here I Go Again" just as Def Leppard's "Animal" began its run to #19 and Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly" entered the charts on its way to #70 and airplay into the next century.

On this day in 1998, KISS' "Psycho-Circus" album — featuring all four original members for the first (and last) time in 10 years — hit #3.

On this day in 2001, Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung sued the rest of the band for going on tour without him and for allegedly misusing the Styx logo. Those were litigious times, indeed.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/10/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Elton John @1:15pm

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

It was Keith Richards who said: "I don't wave a flag for anything. I'm a musician."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Whether you think you can or think you can't — you are right."

It was Colin Powell who said: "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."

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Early Fall Musings

* Remember, half the people you know are below average.

* A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

* Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.


October 11, 2017


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Drummer Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen) is 71.

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame is 68.

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On this day in 1969, Jethro Tull' "Stand Up" album — considered by many to be their best — began its climb into the Top 20.

On this day in 1969, a car crash in Chicago killed three people and seriously injured blues legend Muddy Waters.

On this day in 1975, KISS' "KISS Alive" album entered the charts on its way to #9 just as Foghat's "Fool For The City" album began its climb to #23 and a million in sales.

On this day in 1975, the first Saturday Night Live show was broadcast with George Carlin as the first guest host. The ratings really took off the following week, spurred by the reunion of host Paul Simon with his former partner Art Garfunkel. Comparing those first shows to the current SNL should make us appreciate how lucky we were to watch a TV show when it was truly funny.

On this day in 1986, The Pretenders released the Top 10 hit "Don't Get Me Wrong" from their "Get Close" album.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 10/11/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul tix! @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 George Thorogood & The Destroyers as well as Joe's brand new conversation with George. Check out this preview!

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It was Steve Jobs who said: "Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice."

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 Mark Twain who said: "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see."


October 12, 2017


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "This Bird Has Flown," which was later retitled "Norwegian Wood." During the session, George Harrison played a sitar for the first time on a Rock & Roll recording.

On this day in 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was officially formed when guitarist-turned-bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell joined Hendrix in the studio.

On this day in 1974, Jackson Browne's "Late For The Sky" album entered the charts on its way to #14 and over a million sold.

On this day in 1975, Rod Stewart played his final gig with the Faces at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum. He could already hear solo success calling him loud and clear.

On this day in 1994, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" entered the charts on its way to six weeks at #3 and seven million in sales seven months down the road.

On this day in 1997, John Denver died at the age of 53 when his experimental airplane ran out of fuel and crashed with him at the controls.

On this day in 2002, Peter Gabriel's "Up" peaked at #9 a full 10 years after his last Top 10 charting album.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 10/12/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul tix! @12:15pm
The Story - Brian May/Queen @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 George Thorogood & The Destroyers as well as Joe's brand new conversation with George. Check out this preview!

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It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "When the speech condemns the words of a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

It was Henny Youngman who said: "I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished."


October 13, 2017


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Rhyming Paul Simon is 76.
Keyboardist Robert Lamm of Chicago is 74.
The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, who has also worked with Montrose and Van Halen, is 70.

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On this day in 1963, Beatlemania officially began when The Beatles appeared on the BBC's Sunday Night at the Palladium TV show. Some 15 million people watched the program, while thousands more crowded the streets around the London theater to get a glimpse of the band.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles began recording "You Can Wear My Diamond Ring," which quickly evolved into "Drive My Car."

On this day in 1965, The Who recorded "My Generation" at Pye studios in London. When 20-year-old guitarist Pete Townshend first wrote the song, it was a slow bluesy number, but the faster the band played it, the more powerful it became.

On this day in 1968, John Lennon recorded "Julia," the last song for the "White" album and the only solo recording he ever made for The Beatles.

On this day in 1973, "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers Band peaked at #2 as "Free Ride" by the Edgar Winter Group topped out at #14 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's debut album entered the charts on a long journey to #21 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1978, Led Zeppelin began rehearsing for what became their last album, 1979's "In Through The Out Door."

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's Top 10 bound "Take The Long Way Home" entered the singles charts as John 'Cougar' Mellencamp's "I Need A Lover" began its trek to #28.

On this day in 1979, as Styx's "Cornerstone" album began its run to #2 and two million in sales, AC/DC's career defining "Highway To Hell" entered the charts on its way to a hard earned #47 .

On this day in 1994, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's "Greatest Hits" album was released. It eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 2007, driven by tons of airplay of the Top 40 single "The Pretender," the Foo Fighters' "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" album hit #3.

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Friday 10/13/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul tix! @12:15pm
The Story - George Thorogood @1:15pm

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It was Tom Petty who said: "Music isn't supposed to be perfect. It's about doing something that's really from the soul. It must come from the soul."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Love all, trust few, do wrong to none."

It was Epictetus who said: "Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems."

It was Ellen Glasgow who said: "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

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Triskaidekaphobia

The "fear of the number 13," and today is Friday the 13th. Here are some of the factoids and superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and Fridays in general.

All months whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

A maximum of three Friday the 13ths can appear in one year, but every year will have at least one.

In ancient times, Friday was the day of the pagan goddess Freya, and 13 was her sacred number, because the pagan calendar had 13 months. Christian monks considered anything having to do with goddesses to be unlucky, and anything having to do with pagans as being evil. When pagans worshipped Freya on Friday the 13th, the monks accused them of "devil worship."

The Bible points to Friday as being the day Eve gave Adam the apple.

Ancient Norsemen used 13 knots in the nooses they used to hang people.

In the 19th century, Lloyd's of London refused to insure any ship sailing on Friday the 13th. The U.S. Navy still won't launch ships on that date.

Hotels and office buildings often don't have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes have no 13th row.

The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 military time, from launch pad #39 (that's 13 X 3), and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970.


October 14, 2017


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Coach John Wooden would have been 107.
Singer Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues is 71.

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On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley's classic "Jailhouse Rock" hit #1 for the first of seven weeks while scandalizing America's youth with its tongue in cheek lyrical references and searing guitar solo by Scotty Moore. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1967, The Who's "I Can See For Miles" entered the charts on its way to #9 just as "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience topped out at #65. Loud guitars yes, but America just wasn't ready for Jimi yet.

On this day in 1972, "You Wear It Well" by Rod Stewart peaked at #13 on the charts.

On this day in 1975, KISS released the live version of "Rock & Roll All Night."

On this day in 1977, Bing Crosby died from a heart attack at age 74.

On this day in 1978, Steely Dan's "Josie" peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1989, Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1995, AC/DC's "Ballbreaker" album debuted at #4 on the charts. It eventually sold over two million copies.


October 15, 2017


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Super chef Emeril Lagasse is a 'Bamming' 58.

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On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first major concert, a benefit to help launch Europe's first underground newspaper, "The International Times." The show, at London's Roundhouse, was called "The International Times All-Night Rave," and it lasted almost as long as the newspaper.

On this day in 1977, powered by the hit "Dust In The Wind," Kansas' "Point Of Know Return" album began shooting up the charts on its way to #4 with over four million in sales.

On this day in 1983, "Crumblin' Down" by John Mellencamp entered the singles charts on its way to #9 as Mötley Crüe's "Shout At The Devil" entered the album charts bound for #17 and four million in sales.

On this day in 1988, one week after its chart debut, Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks. It eventually sold over seven million copies on the strength of five Top 10 singles, the most Top 10 hits to date for a hard rock album.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard set an impressive record when they became the first artist in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums — "Pyromania" and "Hysteria."

On this day in 1994, in the process of selling four million copies, R.E.M.'s "Monster" album entered the charts at #1 for the first of two weeks.



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