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December 1 - 15, 2017


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air 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!


December 1, 2017


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Doors drummer John Densmore and singer Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult are both 73.


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On this day in 1957, The Ed Sullivan Show featured Buddy Holly & The Crickets and Sam Cooke's television debuts.

On this day in 1968, Big Brother & the Holding Company performed for the last time with Janis Joplin, who then split for a solo career.

On this day in 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in the States.

On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's first release of "Dream On" only peaked at #59 on the singles charts. The second release two years later made it up to #6.

On this day in 1980, Talking Heads began their first big U.K. tour at London's Hammersmith Palais, supported by a very young Irish quartet known as U2.


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This weekend OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Queen as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with guitaist Brian May. Check out this preview!

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It was Winston Churchill who said: "The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "I don't care what is written about me so long as it's not true."

It was William Feather who said: "Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine."


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Top 10 Advantages Of Being Over 40

1. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
2. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
3. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
4. Things you buy now won't wear out.
5. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
6. You sing along with elevator music.
7. Your eyes won't get much worse.
8. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
9. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
10. You can't remember where you saw this list.


100.3 The Sound, R.I.P.

As forewarned for several months, 100.3 The Sound has finally been sold. And, as I wait for my next adventure to begin, I must thank you for your overwhelming response and encouragement! Until the good news breaks through, I'll keep working my way through the thousands of text, e-mail and Facebook messages sent... Rock On!


December 2, 2017


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Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan alum Michael McDonald is 64.
Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage is 56.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #1.

On this day in 1978, in the process of selling three million copies, Styx's "Pieces Of Eight" album peaked at #6 on the charts just as Eric Clapton's "Backless" was beginning its run to #8.

On this day in 2014, Bobby Keys, the esteemed saxophonist known for his extensive work with The Rolling Stones, died of cirrhosis of the liver in his Tennessee home. The 70-year-old shared both an appetite for danger and a birthdate with Keith Richards and was still touring with The Stones up until a few months before he died. Born in Texas, by the time Bobby turned 16, he was touring with his neighbor, Buddy Holly. During the next 55 years, Keys' extensive recordings included work with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Lennon.


December 3, 2017


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The ever lovable Ozzy Osbourne is 69.
Vocalist Mickey Thomas of the Jefferson Starship is 68.
Guitarist/singer Don Barnes of 38 Special is 65.

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On this day in 1965, Keith Richards' guitar accidentally touched his microphone while The Rolling Stones performed "The Last Time" in Sacramento. The resulting electric shock knocked Keef unconscious for seven minutes. Of course, the show went on and he never knew the difference.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles began their last U.K. tour in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Moody Blues. At the time, the Fab Four were promoting the release of the single "We Can Work It Out" backed with "Day Tripper." Wow!

On this day in 1968, NBC-TV aired the famed Elvis Presley comeback special. After years of making horrible movies, Presley proved he could still rock, improvising a set with his old rhythm section in a boxing ring, looking great in black leather and bringing the house down with his performance. Sadly, the purgatory of Las Vegas was right around the bend.

On this day in 1971, a fire burned down the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple witnessed the conflagration and immediately wrote and recorded "Smoke On The Water" about the catastrophe. Rock on!

On this day in 1976, a giant pig was spotted floating over London's Battersea Power Station. Turned out that it was only an inflatable prop being used for the album cover of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album. However, when the balloon broke free of its moorings and drifted away, the British Civil Aviation Authority had to issue a warning to pilots flying over London to watch out for a giant flying pig! No one really knows what happened to the big pig, but crop circles began showing up soon afterward!

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy In The U.K." — perhaps another reason for the existence of crop circles.

On this day in 1977, less than six weeks after a plane crash killed several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, their "What's Your Name" single entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1979, a stampede of fans trying to get into a Who concert in Cincinnati left 11 people crushed to death. Regrettably, the band wasn't told of the incident until after the show. Although famed newsman Walter Cronkite blamed the incident on "a drug-crazed mob of kids," the venue's general (no reserved) seating policy was later identified as the cause of the problem.

On this day in 2002, Rich Dangel — the guitarist who came up with the riff to the classic "Louie, Louie" — died of an aneurysm just two days after his 60th birthday. As part of the Seattle rock band The Wailers, Dangel was also responsible for their 1959 hit single "Tall Cool One" (later covered by Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant). The Kingsmen's version of "Louie, Louie" hit #1 on the charts in 1966 — three years after they recorded it.

On this day in 2014, Ian McLagan, the charismatic keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, passed away at the age of 69 in an Austin, Texas hospital after suffering a stroke the previous day. Mac also notably worked with Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, Thin Lizzy, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Crowes and Warren Zevon.

On this day in 2015, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland's long history of substance and alcohol abuse finally caught up with him. The 48-year-old singer died from an overdose on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota.


December 4, 2017


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The ever lovable Ozzy Osbourne is 69.
Vocalist Mickey Thomas of the Jefferson Starship is 68.
Guitarist/singer Don Barnes of 38 Special is 65.

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On this day in 1965, Keith Richards' guitar accidentally touched his microphone while The Rolling Stones performed "The Last Time" in Sacramento. The resulting electric shock knocked Keef unconscious for seven minutes. Of course, the show went on and he never knew the difference.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles began their last U.K. tour in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Moody Blues. At the time, the Fab Four were promoting the release of the single "We Can Work It Out" backed with "Day Tripper." Wow!

On this day in 1968, NBC-TV aired the famed Elvis Presley comeback special. After years of making horrible movies, Presley proved he could still rock, improvising a set with his old rhythm section in a boxing ring, looking great in black leather and bringing the house down with his performance. Sadly, the purgatory of Las Vegas was right around the bend.

On this day in 1971, a fire burned down the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple witnessed the conflagration and immediately wrote and recorded "Smoke On The Water" about the catastrophe. Rock on!

On this day in 1976, a giant pig was spotted floating over London's Battersea Power Station. Turned out that it was only an inflatable prop being used for the album cover of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album. However, when the balloon broke free of its moorings and drifted away, the British Civil Aviation Authority had to issue a warning to pilots flying over London to watch out for a giant flying pig! No one really knows what happened to the big pig, but crop circles began showing up soon afterward!

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy In The U.K." — perhaps another reason for the existence of crop circles.

On this day in 1977, less than six weeks after a plane crash killed several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, their "What's Your Name" single entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1979, a stampede of fans trying to get into a Who concert in Cincinnati left 11 people crushed to death. Regrettably, the band wasn't told of the incident until after the show. Although famed newsman Walter Cronkite blamed the incident on "a drug-crazed mob of kids," the venue's general (no reserved) seating policy was later identified as the cause of the problem.

On this day in 2002, Rich Dangel — the guitarist who came up with the riff to the classic "Louie, Louie" — died of an aneurysm just two days after his 60th birthday. As part of the Seattle rock band The Wailers, Dangel was also responsible for their 1959 hit single "Tall Cool One" (later covered by Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant). The Kingsmen's version of "Louie, Louie" hit #1 on the charts in 1966 — three years after they recorded it.

On this day in 2014, Ian McLagan, the charismatic keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, passed away at the age of 69 in an Austin, Texas hospital after suffering a stroke the previous day. Mac also notably worked with Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, Thin Lizzy, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Crowes and Warren Zevon.

On this day in 2015, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland's long history of substance and alcohol abuse finally caught up with him. The 48-year-old singer died from an overdose on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota.


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It was Robert Frost who said: "I'm not confused, I'm just well-mixed."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

It was Mark Twain who said: "The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."

It was Paul Anka who said: "The thing is to be able to outlast the trends."


December 5, 2017


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Walt Disney would have been 116 and still coming up with ideas.
Rock & Roll Icon Little Richard is 86.
Reclusive guitar picker/blues growler J.J. (Jean Jacques) Cale (who wrote "After Midnight" and "Cocaine") would have been 80.
Guitarist Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina fame is 71.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and "She's A Woman" entered the singles charts as "Time Is On My Side" by The Rolling Stones peaked at #6. "I Feel Fine" soon spent 3 weeks at #1 as "She's A Woman" topped out at #4.

On this day in 1968, Graham Nash officially left The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills & Nash.

On this day in 1970, Badfinger's "No Matter What" peaked at #8 on the singles charts as "Share The Land" by the Guess Who topped out at #10.

On this day in 1981, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police peaked at #3 on the charts as their album "Ghost In The Machine" began a six week run at #2.

On this day in 1981, Rush's "Exit... Stage Left" double live album peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1987, R.E.M.'s highly cynical "The One I Love" peaked at #9 on the singles charts as Foreigner's "Say You Will" began its climb to #10.

On this day in 2003, Mick Jagger, famed frontman for The Rolling Stones, was officially knighted by Prince Charles. Instead of a top hat and tails, Sir Michael wore a long leather coat, a purplish scarf and running shoes. A very sharp Knight indeed!


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It was W.G. Benham who said: "When you see a snake, never mind where he came from."

It was Tom Waits who said: "The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away."

It was Siddhartha Guatama who said: "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting."

It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Always act as if others were watching."


December 6, 2017


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Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. is 61.
Ozzy Osbourne's legendary guitarist Randy Rhodes would have been 61.

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On this day in 1949, legendary blues balladeer Leadbelly (Huddy Ledbetter) died from Huntington's disease at the age of 61.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded "Mother's Little Helper" and "19th Nervous Breakdown" in RCA's Hollywood studios.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles released their classic "Rubber Soul" album. Written and recorded in less than a month under heavy deadline pressure, the album soon spent six weeks at #1, sold over six million copies and convinced the Fab Four that they wouldn't survive without a break from their intense schedule.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded two takes of "When I'm 64," marking the first Abbey Road session for what became their "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones put on a poorly organized free concert at California's Altamont Speedway supported by the Jefferson Airplane. While The Stones performed "Under My Thumb," a Hell's Angel killed a concert goer by stabbing him in the back. In one horrifying moment, the era of Peace & Love was over.

On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne released his classic "Running On Empty" album. Filled with live versions of brand new songs, it eventually sold over seven million copies and spent two weeks at #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1980, Steely Dan's mighty fine "Gaucho," their last studio album for 15 years, entered the charts on its way to #9 and a million sold.

On this day in 1986, practicing alcoholic and occasional drummer Ringo Starr agreed to be a pitchman for a wine cooler company, thus becoming the first Beatle to get into advertising.

On this day in 1988, Rock & Roll icon Roy Orbison died from cardiac arrest at the age of 52.

On this day in 2011, Soul singer Dobie Gray, best known for his classic song "Drift Away," lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 71.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "The star of every successful team is the team. Individuals don't win games, teams do."

It was Farah Fawcett who said: "The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think."

It was Robin Williams who said: "Yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet."

It was George Washington who said: "It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company."

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Truthful Factoids

#1. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

#2. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

#3. 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.


December 7, 2017


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Song meister/story teller Harry Chapin would have been 75.
Song growler Tom Waits is 68.

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On this day in 1962, The Rolling Stones auditioned several bass players at the World's End pub in Chelsea, London. Bill Wyman later said he got the job, in part, because he had real, functioning amplifiers that the rest of the band could use.

On this day in 1974, Supertramp's "Crime Of The Century," their first real album (but third release), began its climb to #38. The Ken Scott-produced album is still held as a standard for hi-fidelity recordings.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their song "Waiting On A Friend" a full nine years after they had recorded the initial tracks.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1991, Nirvana's classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single entered the charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1991, while selling over eight million copies, U2's "Achtung Baby" album hit #1.

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Pretenders as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Chrissie Hynde. Check out this preview!

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It was Keith Richards who said: "It's a privilege just to wake up to a new day."

It was Dale Carnegie who said: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."

It was Robert Quillen who said: "Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."


December 8, 2017


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Singer/iconic bad boy Jim Morrison of The Doors would have been 74.
Singer/keyboardist/iconic bad boy Gregg Allman would have been 70.
Famed session bassist Nathan East, who also worked extensively with Eric Clapton, is 62.
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is 60.

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On this day in 1973, John Lennon's "Mind Games" album hit #9.

On this day in 1976, the Eagles released the most successful album of their career, "Hotel California." It eventually spent eight weeks at #1 and sold over 16 million copies.

On this day in 1979, the Eagles' "The Long Run" entered the singles chart as AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" peaked at #47.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon was murdered at the age of 40 in New York City.

On this day in 1984, Foreigner scored their first million-selling #1 hit single with "I Want To Know What Love Is" just as Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On" (from the first "Beverly Hills Cop" movie) entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1995, four months after the death of the iconic Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead officially called it quits.

On this day in 1998, Bruce Springsteen announced that he would tour with The E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.

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This weekend OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Pretenders as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Chrissie Hynde. Check out this preview!

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It was Mark Twain who said, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

It was Johnny Cash who said: "If you aren't saying exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all."

It was Bertrand Russell who said: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt."

It was Danny Kaye who said: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."


December 9, 2017


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The Band's bassist and co-lead singer, Rick Danko, would have been 74.
Dennis Dunaway, bassist with the original Alice Cooper band, is 71.
Green Day drummer Tre Cool is 45.

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On this day in 1967, Cream's classic "Disraeli Gears" album entered the charts on its way to a psychedelic #4.

On this day in 1972, as The Moody Blues' "Seventh Sojourn" album hit #1 for the first of five weeks, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week run at #1.

On this day in 1972, The Edgar Winter Group's "They Only Come Out At Night" album entered the charts. Six months later it had sold two million copies and peaked at #3, making it the most commercially successful release of Edgar's career.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon stopped by the broadcast booth during the "Monday Night Football" game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. While he was there, another guest, Ronald Reagan, explained the rules of football to him.

On this day in 1978, as George Thorogood's first album, "Move It On Over," began its climb to #33. George's raw, blues-based rock was unlike anything else released in 1978.

On this day in 1992, bassist Bill Wyman formally announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones. Since then, he has flown on airplanes only three or four times.

On this day in 1995, The Beatles "Anthology Vol. 1" became the group's 16th #1 charting album — 24 years after they broke up!


December 10, 2017


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Yer Uncle Joe is looking for a cake with a whole lotta candles on it today!!

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On this day in 1965, the Warlocks played their first gig under the name Grateful Dead at the second San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal Party at the Fillmore Auditorium.

On this day in 1966, the Beach Boys hit #1 with the epic song "Good Vibrations."

On this day in 1967, guitarist/song meister Steve Miller shocked the music industry when his hitherto unknown Steve Miller Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for a (then) whopping $750,000. Steve soon dropped the "Blues" portion of his group's name and eventually returned Capitol's investment with hits like "The Joker" and "Fly Like An Eagle."

On this day in 1967, soul singing legend Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays were killed when their tour plane crashed into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Redding was just 26, and his "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" single hit #1 soon after his death.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney & Wings' triple-album live set, "Wings Over America," entered the charts on its way to a seven week run at #1.

On this day in 1977, the original Lynyrd Skynyrd's final studio album, "Street Survivors," hit #5 as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1983, Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" peaked at #5 as John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" began its run to #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, as Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark At The Moon" solo album began it's run to #19 with over three million sold, U2's "Under A Blood Red Sky" began a slow climb to #28 on the charts. By the time it got there, it had sold over three million copies and U2's big breakthrough was around the corner.

On this day in 1984, the single "Do They Know It's Christmas" entered the U.K. charts at #1. It had been recorded by Band Aid, a group of musicians gathered by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof to raise funds for the starving people in Ethiopia. The success of the effort led directly to the huge Live Aid concerts and "We Are The World" single.

On this day in 1988, Van Halen's "Finish What Ya Started" peaked at #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, as Pearl Jam's "Vitalogy" album began its run to #1 and five million sold, its somber "Better Man" began its climb to #13 on the singles charts. At the same time, Green Day's "When I Come Around" entered the charts on its way to #6, their most successful single to date.

On this day in 1999, bassist Rick Danko of The Band, died in his sleep in Woodstock, New York after celebrating his 56th birthday.

On this day in 2007, Led Zeppelin performed at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London. For the first time the surviving band members played a full set together since the 1980 death of drummer John Bonham, Bonham's son, Jason, filled in for his father. The show received incredible rave reviews, sparking numerous rumors about a reunion tour that never happened.


December 11, 2017


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Drummer Chester Thompson of Genesis is 69.
Bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 59.

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On this day in 1965, The Yardbirds' groundbreaking arrangement of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" peaked at #17 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, a very young Genesis made their American concert debut at Boston's Brandeis University.

On this day in 1973, a film crew shot footage of Jimmy Page climbing a mountain behind his Scottish home on Loch Ness on a cold winter's night for the Led Zeppelin film "The Song Remains the Same." Pagey later explained, "I wanted to get a full moon in the shot and it came up in December." Truly art for art's sake.

On this day in 1976, Bob Seger's classic "Night Moves" began its journey to #4 on the singles charts via backseats and dorm rooms across America.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" peaked at #13 as The Pretenders' "Back On The Chain Gang" started a run to #5 and Sammy Hagar's "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" began its march towards #13 — the highest charting single of his solo career.

On this day in 2004, U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" hit #1 as it was selling over three million copies.

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It was Carl Zwanzig who said: "Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together."

It was Lucille Ball who said: "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."

It was Wendy Liebman who said: "I've been thinking about what to get people for the holidays because it's the thought that counts."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."

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December 12, 2017


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Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is 74.
Grand Funk Railroad/KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is 65.
Singer Cy Curnin of The Fixx is 60.

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On this day in 1957, 22-year-old rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis married the daughter of his bass player. The bride, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, was also Jerry Lee's second cousin. And, if that weren't enough, Jerry was still married to his second wife. Oh, those were the days!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' "12x5" album began a three week run at #3 as "She's Not There" by the Zombies peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first major concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show, like most of their early gigs, was for charity. In this particular instance, the beneficiary was a famine relief organization.

On this day in 1970, Steven Stills released the song "Love The One You're With" just as Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" peaked at #18 on the charts. "Love The One You're With" eventually topped out at #14.

On this day in 1970, The Doors played their last live gig with frontman Jim Morrison. They made it halfway through their set at The Warehouse in New Orleans before the extremely drunk Morrison completely lost it. Upon their return to Los Angeles, the band finished recording the "L.A. Woman" album before Morrison took off for Paris in March. Three months later he was dead.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones began sessions in Munich for what eventually became their 1976 "Black And Blue" album. On the same day, the band announced the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor, who had replaced founding member Brian Jones five years earlier. When asked of Taylor's replacement, Mick Jagger quipped, "No doubt we can find a brilliant six-foot-three blonde guitarist who can do his own make-up." The "Black And Blue" album was eventually recorded with several guitarists, including Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and one Ron Wood (late of The Faces). It was Woody, who was neither blonde nor even close to six-foot-three, who eventually replaced Taylor.

On this day in 1981, AC/DC's highest charting album ever, "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and four million sold.

On this day in 1985, keyboardist Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's London office at the age of 47. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but their manager Andrew Loog Oldham fired him because he didn't have "the right look." Stewart instead became the band's road manager, their indispensable sideman, best friend and, as Keith Richards has since described him as "the very soul of The Rolling Stones."

On this day in 1987, Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" peaked at #14 on the singles charts.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir... mighty scarce."

It was Sam Levenson who said: "Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children."

It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said: "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."


December 13, 2017


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Guitarist/bow hunter/yahoo Ted Nugent and
Guitarist/military defense expert Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame are both 69.
Guitarist Berton Averre of The Knack is 65.

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On this day in 1961, The Beatles signed their first management contract with Brian Epstein. Neither he nor they knew what they were doing, but together they changed the world.

On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxey Lady." And the world was never the same again.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Willy And The Poor Boys" album entered the charts on its way to selling two million copies and a six week run at #3.

On this day in 1969, Fleetwood Mac's most successful album to date, "Then Play On," was approaching #109 on the charts. It did, however, yield the classic "Oh Well," which has been rocked by thousands of bands ever since.

On this day in 1974, former Beatle George Harrison met President Gerald Ford at the White House after the president's son Jack invited George to Washington. Soon after, Peter Frampton stopped by for lunch with George, Jack and the President. No one seemed to know who invited Peter, but all had a good time telling road stories.

On this day in 1975, as David Bowie's "Golden Years" single was launched towards the Top 10 singles charts, Foghat's "Slow Ride" began its climb to #20 and many years worth of bad disc jockey jokes.

On this day in 1975, KISS' rockin' "Alive!" album hit #9.

On this day in 1980, REO Speedwagon's "Hi Infidelity" album began its charge up the charts to a five week run at #1 and nine million sold.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" began its run to a four week peak at #1 on the singles charts.

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It was Robin Williams who said: "If women ruled the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days."

It was Will Rogers who said: "If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there."

It was Benjamin Disraeli who said: "Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "All things are difficult before they are easy."


December 14, 2017


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Nostradamus (physician, astrologer, clairvoyant) would have been 514 and still full of it.
Cliff Williams, AC/DC's longtime bassist, is 68.

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles' "White" album entered the charts on its way to a nine week run at #1 and 19 million sold as The Rolling Stones' long delayed, million selling "Beggar's Banquet" started its climb to #5.

On this day in 1974, the song "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" by The Rolling Stones peaked at #17 on the charts as Grand Funk's cover of "Some Kind Of Wonderful" began a run to #3 and Styx's classic "Lady" started its climb to #6 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, with both young bands years away from their big breakthroughs, Queen's "Shear Heart Attack" began to work its way up to #12 as Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" started its climb to #41. However, faced with Genesis' potential commercial breakthrough, singer Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving the band.

On this day in 1985, Rush's "Power Windows" hit #10, becoming their sixth consecutive Top 10 album (critics be damned!). Meanwhile, Stevie Nicks' million-selling second solo album, "Rock A Little," began its run to #12.

On this day in 1999, Paul McCartney, along with guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple, performed at the Cavern Club for the first time since Macca's days with The Beatles. While the Internet broadcast beat all previous audience records, a recording was never released.

On this day in 1999, Dave Shogren, The Doobie Brothers' original bassist, died of pneumonia in his studio at the age of 49.

On this day in 2006, Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records while nurturing talent like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died at the age of 83. Ertegun suffered a head injury in a fall at the October 29th Rolling Stones Beacon Theater concert in New York. He remained hospitalized in a coma before finally succumbing.

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This weekend OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Cheap Trick — including their new album "Christmas Christmas" — and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Rick Nielsen. Check out this preview!

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 is set! The 33rd annual induction ceremony on April 14th will honor Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, the long overdue Moody Blues and Nina Simone in the Performer Category. In addition, Rock & Roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted with the Award for Early Influence. Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars — in that order — were the Top 4 vote-getters in the Hall's fan poll. And, with the exception of Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, all of the surviving artists will perform. Rock On!

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character."

It was Mae West who said: "She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

It was Clare Boothe Luce who said: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."


December 15, 2017


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Drummer Dave Clark of the Dave Clark 5 is 75 and still smiling — but no longer drumming.
Drummer Carmine Appice, who most notably performed with Vanilla Fudge as well as Beck, Bogert, Appice and Rod Stewart, is 72 and still smiling AND drumming.
Paul Simonon, bassist with The Clash, is 62.

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On this day in 1962, bassist Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at Putney's Church Hall in London.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the trumpets and cellos for "Strawberry Fields Forever" at Abbey Road studios.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and their Plastic Ono Band — including special guests Eric Clapton, Keith Moon and George Harrison — performed at a benefit for UNICEF at London's Lyceum Theater.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album was released. It eventually sold over six million copies while spending seven weeks at #1.

On this day in 1971, the first of The Rolling Stones' "Hot Rocks" compilations was released. After peaking at #4 on the charts, it went on to sell over 12 million copies — more than all the previous Stones albums combined.

On this day in 1973, Ringo Starr's cover of Johnny Burnette's "Sixteen" began its run up the singles charts to #1. At the time, no one knew that fellow former Beatle Paul McCartney contributed the "kazoo-sounding" solo vocal.

On this day in 1973, near the top of their game, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's fourth album, "Brain Salad Surgery," entered the charts on its way to #11 as the young Genesis made their first (albeit brief) appearance on the U.S. charts with their fourth album, "Selling England By The Pound." It's doubtful ELP even noticed their challengers for the Progressive Rock crown.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's song "Sara" entered the charts on its way to #7 as "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp peaked at #10 and John Cougar Mellencamp's "I Need A Lover" topped out at #28.

On this day in 1979, Pink Floyd's double album masterpiece, "The Wall," entered the U.S. charts. No one had any idea it would eventually spend 15 weeks at #1 and sell over 23 million copies — not even the band.

On this day in 1984, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by U2 peaked at #33 on the singles charts.



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