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Uncle Joe's Update Archives - January 1 - 15, 2018


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!


08 Joe on vacation.

Joe's still on a too short break from the action
Happy Holidays!


January 1, 2018


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Super producer Tom Dowd, who worked with Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a hundred others, would have been 93.

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On this date in 1953, Hank Williams Sr. died at the age of 29 — the first tragic Rock & Roll ending.

On this day in 1972, the song "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 2015, renowned jazz and session guitarist Jeff Golub, who played with Rod Stewart and Billy Squier among many others, lost his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at the age of 59.


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New Year/New Warnings

Now they're telling us that due to increasing product liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following 10 warning labels be placed on all containers:

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical Kung Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, knees and lower back.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause a disturbance in the time-space continuum, whereby gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.


January 2, 2018


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On this date in 1965, The Beatles' fifth U.S. album, "Beatles '65," entered the charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1.

On this date in 1969, filming began for The Beatles documentary "Let It Be" as the band rehearsed songs at London's Twickenham Studios.

On this date in 1969, Led Zeppelin began a four-day residency at the Whisky-A-Go-Go supporting Alice Cooper. Imagine their surprise to find out Alice was a guy and his band, not a girl dancing in the Whiskey's Go-Go cages.

On this date in 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with his 3-disc collection, "All Things Must Pass."

On this date in 1971, driven by his hit single "Love The One You're With," Stephen Stills' self-titled debut album hit #3 for the first of three weeks.

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Since it's a New Year, I thought I'd pass along a few choice anonymous quotes folks have sent in. Thanks for playing along!

Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it.

Seat belts are much less confining than wheelchairs.

"Failure is the path of least persistence."

"Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference"... More »»


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100.3 The Sound, R.I.P.

As forewarned for several months, 100.3 The Sound was finally sold in November. 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 you've sent... Rock On!


January 3, 2018


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Beatles' producer George Martin would have been 92.
The extraordinary Stephen Stills is 74.
Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones is 72.

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On this day in 1970, The Beatles recorded their last song together, George Harrison's "I Me Mine." The sad tune was inspired by a particularly nasty business meeting endured by the formerly Fab Four in late 1968. Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were joined in that last session by keyboardist Billy Preston. John Lennon — who had more or less quit the band in September 1969 — was in Denmark with Yoko Ono at the time.

On this day in 1976, Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" entered the charts on its way to the Top 10. Scaramoosh!

On this day in 2013, Phil Everly — one-half of the iconic singing duo The Everly Brothers — lost his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 74 in a Burbank hospital. Starting in 1958 with older brother Don, Phil took The Everly Brothers magical harmonies to huge success, eventually charting 12 Top 10 hits, making them the Billboard Hot 100's third biggest duo ever.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"

It was Mark Twain who said: "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."

It was Carl Jung who said: "Our most important problems cannot be solved, they must be outgrown."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."


January 4, 2018


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R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe is 58.

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On this day in 1969, powered by the hit single "Magic Carpet Ride," Steppenwolf's cleverly named second album, "The Second," hit #3 on the charts making it the most successful album of their career.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo for "Let It Be." It was the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, as well as the last recording session of The Beatles as a band.

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd began sessions for their "Meddle" album just as director Stanley Kubrick inquired if he could use the band's previous album, "Atom Heart Mother," for the soundtrack to "A Clockwork Orange." Without hesitation, the band said no. Sharp business men, those Floydians.

On this day in 1973, the Allman Brothers Band announced that Lamar Williams had been hired as the replacement for original bassist Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash the previous October.

On this day in 1986, Thin Lizzy's bassist/singer Phil Lynott died in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. The 34-year-old's kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse.

On this day in 1992, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" began its climb up the charts to a four-week run at #2. In the process, it sold over 12 million copies!

On this day in 2010, Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter best known for his autobiographical hit song "Baker Street," died at his home at the age of 63 after a long battle with liver disease. Rafferty was also responsible for the classic Stealers Wheel Top 10 hit, "Stuck In The Middle With You."

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

It was Francoise Sagan who said: "Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus."

It was Ram Dass who said: "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

It was Frederico Fellini who said: "Life is a combination of magic and pasta."


January 5, 2018


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Chris Stein, Blondie guitarist/songwriter and one-time Debbie Harry squeeze, is 68.
REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt is 64.

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On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's self-titled debut album and Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," were both released to severely lackluster sales.

On this day in 1985, driven in part by the #1 hit single "I Want To Know What Love Is," Foreigner's "Agent Provocateur" album entered the charts on its way to #4, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1998, Sonny Bono died after skiing into a tree in South Lake Tahoe.

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It was Calvin Coolidge who said: "No man ever listened himself out of a job."

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

It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "After the first blush of sin comes its indifference."

It was Anne Hathaway who said: "A man once told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, 'for a man you're kind of ignorant'."


January 6, 2018


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Original Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett would have been an insane 72.
Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC would have been 65.

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album (another of the Fab Four's U.S.-only releases) began an eight-week run at #1, eventually selling over six million copies. On the same day, The Rolling Stones psychedelic "Their Satanic Majesties Request" began a six-week run at #2.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton released "Frampton Comes Alive," which eventually rewrote the record books and spurred the release of many, many horribly inferior live albums for years to come.

On this day in 1979, powered by the "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" hit single, Queen's million selling "Jazz" album hit #6.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self-titled debut album entered the charts. Ultimately, on the strength of the "Sultans Of Swing" hit single, the previously unknown band's LP peaked at #2 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1990, Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins saw his fourth solo album, "...But Seriously," hit #1 for the first of three weeks. By the end of its run, it had yielded four Top 5 singles and sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman officially left The Rolling Stones saying, "I really don't want to do it anymore." Keith Richards, who had been trying to convince Wyman to stay, could only say, "I did everything but hold him at gunpoint." Since then, Bill has reportedly taken only three airplane flights.

On this day in 2001, Fleetwood Mac performed at the White House at a goodbye party for President Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, Christine McVie skipped the reunion.

On this day in 2004, Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's mastermind, unveiled the iPod at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The world of music has never been the same.


January 7, 2018


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Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins is 70.

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On this day in 1978, just as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue" LP peaked at #4 on the strength of their "Turn To Stone" hit single, Jackson Browne's classic live "Running On Empty" album entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" — heavily influenced by the Tulsa musicians Eric was recording his "Slowhand" album with — entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #3. Co-written with singer Marcy Levy and guitarist George Terry, the song was a tribute to famed Tulsa songwriter J.J. Cale.

On this day in 1984, The Police song "Wrapped Around Your Finger," another masterpiece written by Sting, started its quick climb to #8 on the singles charts.


January 8, 2018


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Bill Graham, the first Rock & Roll Super-Promoter, would have been 90.
Elvis "The King" Presley would have been 83.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is 72.
The one & only David Bowie would have been 71.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' classic "Rubber Soul" album — written and recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market — began a six-week run at #1, selling over six million copies in the process.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "December's Children (And Everybody's)" album — described as "just a collection of songs" by Mick Jagger — peaked at #4 on the charts. In addition to the various outtakes that padded out the compilation, both the brand new #1 charting "Get Off My Cloud" and the two-year-old "As Tears Go By" Top 5 hit single, spurred over a million in sales of the album.

On this day in 1972, George Harrison's uneven "The Concert For Bangladesh" double live album entered the charts. Two weeks later, it began a six week run at #2.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.

On this day in 1977, driven in part by the hit singles "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing," the Electric Light Orchestra's million-selling "A New World Record" album topped out at #5.

On this day in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark overdosed on drugs and alcohol. A founding member of the young band, he was all of 30 when he died. What a waste.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

Though Christian Nestell Bovee was the first to publish it in 1862, Mark Twain is generally credited with saying: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet."

It was E.B. White who said: "Be obscure clearly."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."


January 9, 2018


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Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitar god and the oldest of The Yardbirds "Holy Trinity" of guitarists, is 74.
Scat singing/swell playing Dave Matthews is 51.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' U.S.-only "Beatles '65" album — over half of which had appeared on the band's previous British release, "Beatles For Sale" — began its nine-week run at #1 on the American charts.

On this day in 1967, producer George Martin brought in session musicians to play the flute, piccolos and flugelhorn for The Beatles' "Penny Lane."

On this day in 1971, Santana's "Black Magic Woman" peaked at #4 as the Allman Brothers Band's "Revival" briefly entered the charts.

On this day in 1971, the U.S. Jaycees presented Elvis Presley with an award honoring him as one of the "ten outstanding young men of America." Kind of doubtful he was the only one who was stoned at the ceremony.

On this day in 1982, "Under Pressure," a collaboration by Queen & David Bowie, peaked at #29 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1993, Stone Temple Pilots' debut album, "Core," began its climb to a two-week run at #3. It eventually sold over eight million copies.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Will Rogers who said: "It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep."

It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "A committee is a thing that takes a week to do what a good man can do in an hour."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame."

It was George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) who said: "Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."


January 10, 2018


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The amazing Rod Stewart is 73.
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (who's worked with Zappa, Bowie, Journey, and the Jefferson Starship) is 72.
Donald Fagan, the taller half of Steely Dan, is 70.
Songstress Pat Benatar is 65.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley began his first big time RCA recording session. By the end of the day, Elvis' finished songs included "I've Got A Woman" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

On this day in 1970, driven by the big hit singles "Down On The Corner"/"Fortunate Son" and "Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Willy And The Poor Boys" album began its six-week run at #3, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 1970, as high quality stereo headphones were catching on with the general public, The Moody Blues' excellent "To Our Children's Children's Children" album began a climb to #14.

On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's "Dream On" reentered the singles charts for the second time in 18 months. This time around, it made it all the way up to #6.

On this day in 1976, legendary bluesman Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) lost his battle with kidney disease in Hines, Illinois at the age of 65.

On this day in 2016 (two days after his 69th birthday), David Bowie lost his very private 18-month battle with liver cancer in his New York City home. The iconic artist was not only an innovative musician, but a fashion icon and an actor as well. He was theatrical, flamboyant, without parallel in his showmanship, and his work touched and influenced the lives of countless musicians, performers, visual artists, designers, actors and more with his innovative approach to creativity and reinvention. Rest in peace, Starman.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Francoise Sagan who said: "A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you."

It was Brendan Behan who said: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."

It was Kerry O'Quinn who said: "The content of your mind — your values and ideas — are nobody's business but your own."

It was Ed Howe who said: "No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next."


January 11, 2018


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Venerable blues legend Slim Harpo would have been 94.
Sax player Clarence Clemons (The Big Man) of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 76.
Original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye is 72.

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On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's classic "The Times They Are a-Changin'" album was released. When it debuted at #20 on the charts, Pop music's approach to lyrics was about to change across the board.

On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded the song he had written the day after Christmas 1966. In the intervening 17 days, he had changed the lyric from "Jesus Saves" to "Purple Haze."

On this day in 1969, without a tour to support its release, The Rolling Stones' excellent, million-selling "Beggars Banquet" album hit #5 — a true return to form for the band.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin played "Kashmir" live for the first time during a gig in Rotterdam.

On this day in 1980, The Pretenders released their debut album in the States. It eventually topped out at #9 on the charts as it sold over a million copies.

On this day in 1992, Nirvana's "Nevermind" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Even before it sold over 10 million copies, it had changed Rock forever.

On this day in 2005, Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden died of colon cancer in his Petaluma, California home at the age of 66.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was George Jean Nathan who said: "I drink to make other people interesting."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "Be and not seem."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."

It was Marlene Dietrich who said: "It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter."


January 12, 2018


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English blues singer Long John Baldry, who gave Rod Stewart and Elton John their first real gigs, would have been 77.

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On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their incredible self-titled debut album in America. Though it took months to make it into the Top 10, it did sell over 10 million copies!

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" began its slow climb to #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1993, Cream surprised — even themselves — by reforming for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Other inductees that evening included The Doors, Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival — whose leader, John Fogerty, refused to play with CCR's other two surviving members.

On this day in 1995, Led Zeppelin was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Other inductees that evening included The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Martha & The Vandellas, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.

On this day in 1998, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Santana, among others. Outside of the first public appearance in years by founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, no drama unfolded.

On this day in 2003, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died in Miami after an emergency surgery. He was only 53.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Shirley MacLaine who said: "Sex is hardly ever just about sex."

It was Eric Hoffer who said: "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Selfishness is not living as one wants to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."

It was Paul Harvey who said: "If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of ten it will."


January 13, 2018


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Producer Chris Thomas, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend as well as the Pretenders, is 71.
Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan sax player Cornelius Bumpus would have been 68.
Guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin of Yes is 64.

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On this day in 1968, "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors peaked at #25 and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" topped out at #67 on the singles charts as Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" broke into the Top 40.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" was released in the States. Even with its weird mix of orchestral music and Beatles songs, it soon spent two weeks at #2.

On this day in 1973, the song "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull peaked at #11 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, Eric Clapton performed at the Rainbow Theatre concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend of The Who in order to help Clapton shake his heroin addiction. Eric opened his set, and much later ended the show, with "Layla."

On this day in 1978, The Police began recording their debut album "Outlandos d'Amour" in the early morning (cheapest) hours at Surrey Sound in London.

On this day in 1979, "We've Got Tonite" by Bob Seger peaked at #13 while "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen topped out at #24 on the singles charts.


January 14, 2018


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Longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is 51.
Head Foo Fighter/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is a rockin' 49.

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On this day in 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at #26 with "Tutti Frutti." The world of music would never be the same.

On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones played their first gig with drummer Charlie Watts. London's Flamingo Jazz Club was the place, and Rock & Roll has never been the same.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Jump" entered the singles charts. The first release from their "1984" album, it not only became the band's first #1 hit, it spent five weeks on top of the charts!

On this day in 1984, U2's "I Will Follow" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #81. No one knew that the future 'biggest band in the world' was still three years away from their huge breakthrough.

On this day in 1989, Guns 'N' Roses' "Paradise City" entered the singles charts on its way to #5 — making it their third Top 5 song in six months.


January 15, 2018


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Ronnie Van Zant, the singer and heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd, would have been 70.

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On this day in 1966, The Who's classic "My Generation" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #74.

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" only after being forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Oh, those were scandalous times indeed!

On this day in 1977, as the Eagles "Hotel California" album began its eight-week run at #1 (eventually selling over 16 million copies), Queen's "A Day At The Races" entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1982, driven by the hit single "Shadows Of The Night" (which would soon win a Best Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award), Pat Benatar's million-selling "Get Nervous" album hit #4.

On this day in 1983, powered by two very strong singles — "Even Now" and "Shame On The Moon" — Bob Seger's "The Distance" album began its run to #5.

On this day in 1983, Led Zeppelin's final album, a compilation of outtakes called "Coda," hit #6.

On this day in 1992, Dee Murray, Elton John's longtime bassist, died following a stroke in Nashville at the age of 55.

On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson died from heart failure in his Agoura Hills, California home at the age of 52.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A right delayed is a right denied."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorating the life of a tremendously important American, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of every January. One of America's greatest orators and civil rights leaders, at age 35 in 1964 he became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated. While legislation for a commemorative holiday was introduced four days after his assassination, it took 15 years and petitions signed by six million people endorsing the holiday submitted to Congress before the holiday legislation passed in 1983. King's actual birthday is January 15th, but the holiday was created a week later to overcome opposition claiming the 15th was too close to Christmas and New Year's Day.

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today. That includes public schools, most banking institutions and all post offices. There will be no mail delivery, but most public transportation and trash pickup will continue as normal.



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