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March 16 - 31, 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!


March 16, 2018


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Original Alice Cooper Band guitarist Michael Bruce is 70.
Nancy Wilson of Heart is 64.
Current Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen is 27.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles released the single "Can't Buy Me Love" backed with "You Can't Do That" in the States, where it spent five weeks at #1. It came out four days later in England.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began recording their debut album, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," at Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" hit #1 on the singles chart just over three months after his death in a plane crash.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers' "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album began a long journey to #4 and a couple million sold driven by the hit singles "Another Park Another Sunday" and the surprise #1 chart topper "Black Water."

On this day in 1985, as John Fogerty's "Rock & Roll Girls" was headed for #20 on the singles charts, Tom Petty's psychedelic "Don't Come Around Here No More" began its run up to #13.

On this day in 2015, Free bassist Andy Fraser — the writer of the classic "All Right Now" — passed away in his home in California. The 62-year-old had been fighting AIDS and Kaposi's Sarcoma cancer in recent years.


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Don Henley as well as extensive conversation with the singer/drummer/occasional Eagle. Check out this preview!


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It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said: "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."

It was Voltaire who said: "The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out."

It was Ansel Adams who said: "There can be craft without art, but there can be no art without craft."

It was Erma Bombeck who said: "The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."


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This weekend NASCAR racing returns to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana! J.B. will be working non-stop all weekend at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Auto Club 400, just like he's done at every race since the super speedway opened in 1997. In addition to hosting the Fan Zone's big stage and Q&A sessions with NASCAR stars and seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson Joe will again call both the NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races from the announcers' booth with old friends Jim Mueller and Randy Fann. Fast times indeed!


March 17, 2018


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Jefferson Airplane/Starship founding member/guitarist Paul Kantner would have been 77.
Guitarist Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy is 67. (Note: Although the band was Irish, Scott was a SoCal guy from Santa Monica.)
Frontman Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame is 51.

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On this day in 1967, The Grateful Dead released its self-titled debut album, but no one outside of San Francisco knew what to do with it.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the American charts on its way to #1 and 15 million sold Stateside alone. Little did anyone know of the incredible impact it would have both on people's lives and the music industry itself.

On this day in 1973, Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album began its run to #1 just as The Moody Blues' "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive released the "Bachman Turner Overdrive II" album — featuring the hits "Let It Roll" and "Takin' Care of Business" — began its climb to #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company released the million selling, #13 charting song "Rock & Roll Fantasy" as Styx's "Renegade" began its climb to #16.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "1984" album began a five-week run at #2, ultimately selling over 10 million copies. And still, after the tour, singer David Lee Roth left the band.

On this day in 1984, as the Scorpions' most successful American release, "Love At First Sting," began its climb up the album charts to #6 while selling three million copies, John Mellencamp's "Authority Song" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1990, Aerosmith's "What It Takes," co-written with Desmond Child, entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1990, former Traffic and Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech died of a drug overdose at the age of 43.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "She Talks To Angels" began its climb to #30 on the singles charts.


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St. Pat Facts

Before he was declared a Saint, St. Patrick was a pig farmer in England who was drug off to Ireland as a slave. Somehow, he introduced Christianity to Irish pagans and they decided he should be their Patron Saint. Although the actual date of his death was uncertain, St. Patrick definitely died in 461 A.D. The story goes that Irish historians figured he died on either March 8th or 9th, so they compromised by adding the dates together, making March 17th the official holiday date.

The truth is, St. Patrick wasn't Irish, he was British. And his color wasn't green, it was blue. Some historians think that there actually might have been TWO Saint Patricks, but neither of them looked like Bono or wore sunglasses like his. As they say in Dublin, right so and slainte (slan-cha)!


March 18, 2018


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Original Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman is 68.

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On this day in 1965, when a British gas station owner refused to let The Rolling Stones use his restroom facilities, the long-haired hooligans took the matter into their own hands to relieve themselves on his wall. Of course they were promptly arrested for "insulting behavior." Well after the publicity died down, Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and bassist Bill Wyman were fined $8 each.

On this day in 1972, as Neil Young topped the charts with "Heart of Gold" — his only solo single ever to break into the Top 30 — Jackson Browne's debut single, "Dr. My Eyes," began a slow climb to #8. At the same time, Jackson's self-titled debut album — also known as "Saturate Before Using" — began a slow climb to #53 and one million sold,

On this day in 1972, as the Allman Brothers Band's "Eat A Peach" tribute album to the late Duane Allman was entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1978, California Jam 2 drew an estimated 250,000 fans to the Ontario Motor Speedway (the site where the Ontario Mills Outlet Mall is now located). Santana, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Foreigner headlined, and a live double album was issued later that Fall. To further commemorate the event, the Inland Empire birth rate spiked in December 1978.

On this day in 2000, AC/DC topped out at #7 on the album charts with "Stiff Upper Lip."

On this day in 2017, the legendary Chuck Berry died in his home just outside of Saint Louis. The 90-year-old singer/songwriter/guitar great — who pretty much defined Rock & Roll music — had been in ill health. His songwriting (including his underrated lyrical skills) established rock as the international language followed and expanded on by generations of musicians. Everyone from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen covered Chuck's epic songs like "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock & Roll Music" and especially "Johnny B. Goode." John Lennon summed it up best, saying, "If you were going to give Rock & Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."


March 19, 2018


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On this day in 1966, driven by Jeff Beck's groundbreaking psychedelic guitar work, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the revamped Jefferson Airplane began their first tour under the name Jefferson Starship. The line-up included singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, singer Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, keyboardist David Freiberg, bassist Peter Kaukonen, guitarist Craig Chaquico and violinist Papa John Creach.

On this day in 1976, "Calling Dr. Love," KISS bassist Gene Simmons' anthem, began its run to #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Free guitarist Paul Kossoff died of a heart attack on a London-to-New York plane flight. The 26-year-old had been troubled with heart disease and drug abuse most of his life.

On this day in 1977, REO Speedwagon's breakthrough "REO Speedwagon Live/You Get What You Play For" album began a quick run to #72 and one million sold. Superstardom was a mere three years away.

On this day in 1982, 25-year-old Southern California guitar legend Randy Rhoads was killed in a plane crash while touring with Ozzy Osbourne.

On this day in 1983, U2's third album, "War," made its first appearance on the American charts. It eventually sold over four million copies and hit #12. But the Irish band had to wait four more years to score a major hit in the U.S. when "With Or Without You" reached #1.

On this day in 1988, Foreigner's "I Don't Want To Live Without You" started an eight-week run to #5 on the singles charts.


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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "Brevity is the sould of lingere."

It was skating superstar/cancer survivor Scott Hamilton who said: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."


March 20, 2018


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Drumming legend Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 68.
Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 67.

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On this day in 1964, John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write," was published.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album — featuring four of the earliest Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions — entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1968, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested at a private residence in Los Angeles and charged with "being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." While the others had to pay small fines for the misdemeanor, Clapton (the world's reigning guitar god), was found innocent.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the Rock of Gibraltar.

On this day in 1971, Janis Joplin's definitive version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1972, T. Rex released the "Electric Warrior" album, which included the hit "Bang A Gong (Get It On)." While frontman Marc Bolin and his group were major stars in England, this release — their biggest Stateside — only reached #32 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, Bad Company's cover of The Coaster's 1957 hit "Young Blood" (co-written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) entered the charts on its way to #20 as "Shout It Out Loud," one of KISS' signature songs, began a run up to #31.

On this day in 1976, "A Trick Of The Tail," the first Genesis album with drummer Phil Collins on lead vocals, entered the charts on its way to #31 — their most successful to date.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" hit #1 on the pop singles charts for the first of seven weeks.

On this day in 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from a 53rd story window in midtown Manhattan. The song "Tears In Heaven" was written in his memory.


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

Though Stubby Currence's use is the oldest for this quip, Mark Twain is usually credited for saying "Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."


March 20, 2018


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Drumming legend Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 68.
Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 67.

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On this day in 1964, John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write," was published.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album — featuring four of the earliest Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions — entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1968, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested at a private residence in Los Angeles and charged with "being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." While the others had to pay small fines for the misdemeanor, Clapton (the world's reigning guitar god), was found innocent.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the Rock of Gibraltar.

On this day in 1971, Janis Joplin's definitive version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1972, T. Rex released the "Electric Warrior" album, which included the hit "Bang A Gong (Get It On)." While frontman Marc Bolin and his group were major stars in England, this release — their biggest Stateside — only reached #32 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, Bad Company's cover of The Coaster's 1957 hit "Young Blood" (co-written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) entered the charts on its way to #20 as "Shout It Out Loud," one of KISS' signature songs, began a run up to #31.

On this day in 1976, "A Trick Of The Tail," the first Genesis album with drummer Phil Collins on lead vocals, entered the charts on its way to #31 — their most successful to date.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" hit #1 on the pop singles charts for the first of seven weeks.

On this day in 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from a 53rd story window in midtown Manhattan. The song "Tears In Heaven" was written in his memory.


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Though Stubby Currence's use is the oldest for this quip, Mark Twain is usually credited for saying "Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

It was Steven Wright who said: "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."


March 21, 2018


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Keyboardist J.S. Bach would have been 333 and still awesome.
Singer Eddie Money is 69.
Guitarist/singer Roger Hodgson of Supertramp is 68.
Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks would have been 68.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "She Loves You" hit #1 as "I Saw Her Standing There" peaked at #14. So what did you accomplish today?

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their famous "bed-in" at The Amsterdam Hilton (later referred to in The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John & Yoko").

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz guitarist Clarence "Sonny" Henry's "Evil Ways" peaked at #9 as The Beatles "Let It Be" single debuted at #6 on its way to #1 (with two million sold) and The Guess Who's "American Woman" began its climb towards three weeks at #1. Whew!

On this day in 1970, The Doors "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe" album peaked at #4 as The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #2 with three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's "Against The Wind" album hit #1.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Lovin' You" topped the singles charts after selling two million copies, John Lennon's "Woman" peaked at #2 and Styx's "The Best Of Times" topped out at #3. Strangely enough, this was the same day that REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run" entered the charts on its way to #5, Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" began its climb to #9 and The Who's "You Better You Bet" began a run to #18. Busy times for Rock & Roll indeed!

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd released "The Final Cut," their last album of new studio material that featured Roger Waters. When it barely reached #6 on the charts and sold a disappointing two million copies, change within the band became inevitable.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones released their "Dirty Work" album. It soon hit #5 and eventually sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1987, U2's "With Or Without You" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week stay at #1.

On this day in 1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of the electric guitar, died at home at the age of 81.

On this day in 1992, as Nirvana's fame was spreading like wildfire, they released "Come As You Are" to garner more airplay. While that tactic worked, the song only peaked at #32 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, Bruce Springsteen won the Best Song Oscar for his "Streets Of Philadelphia" from the movie "Philadelphia." It was the first song Springsteen had ever written specifically for a film. As a single, the song had sold over a million copies as it charted at #9.

On this day in 2009, U2's ethereal "No Line on The Horizon" topped the album charts.


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Santana and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Carlos Santana and founding member/keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie. Check out this preview!


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It was Lyndon B. Johnson who said: "I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

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


March 22, 2018


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Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner is 87.
Singer Keith Relf of The Yardbirds would have been 75.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released his "Bringing It All Back Home" album, which contained his first electric guitar driven rock. Oh, the scandal!

On this day in 1967, The Who played their first live gig in America, a 20-minute set at New York's Paramount Theater. And yes, they were very, very, very loud.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles released their third album, "On The Border." featuring more rocking material, thanks to producer Bill Szymczyk, the LP sold over two million copies and topped out at #17 on the charts within a few months.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" was the #1 album in the United States as Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1975, pulling off another of his trademark persona changes, David Bowie released his soulful "Young Americans" album. But when the LP only peaked at #9, Bowie announced another in a series of retirements from music. In truth, it would literally be a number of weeks before he would hit the stage again.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones began working in Munich, Germany on what eventually became their "Black & Blue" album.

On this day in 1978, The Rutles' Beatles "mockumentary," All You Need Is Cash, starring Monty Python's Eric Idle and Neil Innes with cameos by Mick Jagger and George Harrison, aired for the first time on NBC.

On this day in 1980, Heart's "Baby Le Strange" peaked at #5 on the album charts as Journey's "Departure" began a run to #8, selling over three million copies along the way.

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" (sung by guitarist Nancy Wilson instead of her sister, singer Ann Wilson) hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter/producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in his Westport, Connecticut home. While a member of The Edgar Winter Group, he wrote the band's biggest hit, 1973's "Free Ride," and went on to work with many artists including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, James Brown and Steve Winwood.

On this day in 1997, U2's million-selling "Pop" album topped the charts.

On this day in 2005, Foghat guitarist Rod Price died after suffering a heart attack in his home at the age of 57.


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It was Mae West who said: "When women go wrong, men go right after them."

It was Victor Borge who said: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

It was Plato who said: "I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."


March 23, 2018


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Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek of The Cars is 69.

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On this day 1958, George Harrison first played on stage with John Lennon and Paul McCartney as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men (sometimes listed as The Quarrymen). That gig took place at The Morgue cellar club in Broadgreen.

On this day 1963, the Beach Boys released the classic "Surfin' U.S.A." single. When it topped out at #3, it became their biggest hit to date.

On this day in 1968, as The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" began its chart run to #4, Paul McCartney became the first pop vocalist to sing the word "breast" in a hit single.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Déjà Vu" album was released with over two million in advanced sales.

On this day 1979, Van Halen unleased their "Van Halen II" album, which soon charted at #6 while selling over five million copies.

On this day 1980, Journey released their first Top 10 multi-million selling album, "Departure." Recorded live in a San Francisco studio over the course of a week in November 1979, this also became the band's last studio album with founding singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie.

On this day 1983, ZZ Top released their most successful album, "Eliminator." In addition to charting at #9, it sold over 10 million copies.


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It was David Packard who said: "More companies die of indigestion than from starvation."

It was Dennis Roth who said: "If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Gluttony is not a secret vice."


March 24, 2018


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Dougie Thompson, Supertramp's original bassist, is 66.

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On this day in 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together in public as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys. Can't imagine why that name didn't stick.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the charts both in Britain and Stateside. In addition to selling over 15 million copies, it stayed on the U.S. album charts for over 700 weeks.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers released their "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album which featured "Black Water," the song that became their first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1979, Roger Hodgson's "Logical Song" began its climb to #6 on the charts, making it the most successful single of Supertramp's career.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with singer Sammy Hagar — began its run to five weeks at #1 (the band's first #1) becoming their most successful album ever, with over six million copies sold.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album began its climb to #4 on the album charts, selling over four million copies along the way to becoming the most commercially successful album of their career.

On this day in 2001, Aerosmith's million-selling "Just Push Play" album hit #2.


March 25, 2018


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Soul goddess Aretha Franklin is 76.
Sir Elton John is 71.

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On this day in 1960, Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely" and Ray Charles recorded "Georgia on My Mind." So, what have you done today?

On this day in 1967, the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" album (considered by many to be their best) began its climb to #3 just as The Doors' incredible self-titled debut album entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #2 and three million sold.

On this day in 1995, Van Halen's "Can't Stop Loving You" — perhaps Sammy Hagar's most personal song ever — began its climb to #30.


March 26, 2018


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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and keyboardist Richard Tandy of the Electric Light Orchestra are both 70 — but one of them is worth a whole lot more cash!
Fran Sheehan, the original bassist in Boston, is 68.

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On this day in 1965, Jeff Beck, as recommended by Jimmy Page, officially replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds. Thus did The Yardbirds encompass the holy trinity of British rock guitar gods (and who knew that they all grew up within 15 miles of each other!).

On this day in 1966, one week before The Beach Boys released their beautiful Top 3 charting single "Sloop John B," group leader Brian Wilson released his first solo single, the sad "Caroline, No." Though it became a classic, best covered by Glenn Frey of the Eagles, the original version never charted higher than #33.

On this day in 1975, The Who's strange film version of their rock opera "Tommy," as directed by Ken Russell, debuted in London.

On this day in 1977, as Foreigner's debut single "Feels Like The First Time" began a run to #4, their self-titled debut album began a climb to #4 with five million sold, and Bad Company's fourth album, "Burnin' Sky," started its journey to #15.

On this day in 1983, David Bowie's bouncy "Let's Dance" — featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar work — entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1994, "Superunknown," the most successful album of Soundgarden's career, hit #1. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2009, John Mayhew, the Genesis drummer replaced by Phil Collins, passed away of a heart related ailment the day before his 63rd birthday.


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It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "It's always the secure who are humble."

It was George Burns who said: "You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Don't give a woman advice: one should never give a woman anything she can't wear at night."


March 27, 2018


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Keyboardist Tony Banks of Genesis is 68.
Guitarist Andrew Farriss of INXS is 59.

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On this day in 1860, the corkscrew was patented by M. L. Byrn.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" and The Who's "I Can't Explain" both entered the charts. The Stones' song soon hit #9 as The Who's barely made it to #93. Still, the world was a-rockin'!

On this day in 1971, "What Is Life" by George Harrison peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Eric Clapton's "Layla" (written about George's wife, Pattie Boyd Harrison) began its run to #10.

On this day in 1976, Ted Nugent's "Hey Baby" — featuring the still unknown Meatloaf on lead vocals — began a quick run to #72 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, Eric Clapton finally married George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, in Tucson, Arizona.

On this day in 1981, AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album was finally released in the States four years after it had been unleashed in Australia. Stateside, it soon sold over 2 million copies and peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, The Scorpions' "Blackout" entered the album charts on its way to #10. Major international success was just a year away.

On this day in 1986, singer Sammy Hagar did his first public gig with Van Halen... and Shreveport, Louisiana hasn't been the same since.

On this day in 1987, U2 filmed the video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles.

On this day in 1992, U2 frontman Bono was switching channels on the large stage video screens during a Zoo-TV tour concert in Detroit when a pizza ad came up on screen. Totally inspired, the singer immediately ordered 10,000 pizzas for the crowd. Speedy's Pizza managed to deliver about 100 pepperoni pizzas before the show ended. After which the hot tour T-shirt became the one which read "I'd like to order 10,000 pizzas."


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It was Henry Morgan who said: "A kleptomaniac can't help helping himself."

It was Lewis Carroll who said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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Mid-March Factoids

More females than males have been depicted in the nude by painters and sculptors in every society except that of ancient Greece.

Every cat on Chatham Island in the Pacific — and there are thousands — is black.

The rule of thumb to calculate the weight of a blue whale is a ton and a half per foot.


March 28, 2018


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Keyboardist John Evan, whose odd little blues group later struck fame and fortune as Jethro Tull, is 70.
Pop star/fashion icon Lady Gaga is 32 (and very, very rich).

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On this day in 1964, Beatlemania was sweeping America as The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1. Its flip side, "You Can't Do That," followed right along to #2.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles worked on the "Sgt. Pepper" track "Good Morning, Good Morning" at Abbey Road Studios. Eventually, Paul McCartney added a lead guitar part and John Lennon — who said he was inspired to write the song by a Kellogg's Cornflake TV commercial — decided to end the song with animal sound effects.

On this day in 1967, Van Morrison recorded the song "Brown Eyed Girl" in two or three takes at A&R Studios in New York.

On this day in 1970, as it sold over two million copies, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album began a four-week run at #2.

On this day in 1970, as John Lennon's "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" peaked at #3, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin released their fifth album, the classic "Houses Of The Holy." It soon spent two weeks at #1 while selling an amazing 11 million copies.

On this day in 1981, John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels" began its run up the singles charts to #10.

On this day in 1981, Rush's classic "Moving Pictures" album — the biggest of their career — hit #3 for the first of three weeks as it sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger released his "Like A Rock" album. In short order, it spent four weeks lodged at #3, selling over a million copies in the process.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's intense Lindsey Buckingham workout, "Big Love," began its run to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1992, "Tears in Heaven," the song Eric Clapton wrote for his late son, peaked at #2 on the singles chart almost a year to the date that the four-year-old died.

On this day in 1996, singer/drummer Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis 20 years to the day of his live debut replacing Peter Gabriel as the group's singer.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton's "Pilgrim" debuted at #4 on the album charts.


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It was Yogi Berra who said: "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

It was e. e. cummings who said: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "The fastest way to find out if someone is really your friend, is to tell them that you're broke."

It was Cherie Sogsti who said: "Anything worth doing isn't done for a reason."


March 29, 2018


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Original Toto singer Bobby Kimball is 71.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston is 67.
Blues Traveler singer/harmonica wizard John Popper is 51.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles began recording one of their most famous songs at Abbey Road Studios in London under the working title of "Bad Finger Boogie" — by the time it was completed, it was known as "With A Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, the original Fleetwood Mac, featuring guitarist Peter Green, released "Black Magic Woman" in Britain. Unfortunately, the song wasn't a pop hit in the States until Santana released their version two years later.

On this day in 1971, songwriter Jackson Browne began recording his first album at the Crystal Sound studios in Hollywood. Nine months later, the self-titled album was released as the "Doctor My Eyes" single was headed into the Top 10.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's first six albums were all on the Billboard 200 chart, led by "Physical Graffiti" lodged at #1.

On this day in 2005, Neil Young underwent successful surgery for a brain aneurysm in a New York hospital.

On this day in 2007, Bono accepted an honorary knighthood in a ceremony in Dublin. However, even as a Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (KBE), U2's frontman is not entitled to be called "Sir," as he is not a British citizen. Darn the luck!


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of REO Speedwagon! Check out this preview of Joe's brand new conversation with singer Kevin Cronin.


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It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

It was Hank Ketcham who said: "Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, but don't swallow it."

It was Diane Keaton who said: "A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience."

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


March 30, 2018


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Drummer Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues is 77.
Guitar god Eric Clapton is 73.

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On this day in 1967, after shooting the cover photo for their "Sgt. Pepper" album, The Beatles returned to Abbey Road studios to finish recording "With a Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, David Bowie made his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in the show "Pierrot In Turquoise." It sucked.

On this day in 1974, Steely Dan's amazing, million selling "Pretzel Logic" album began its run to #8 as Grand Funk Railroad's "Shinin' On" started its climb to #5, powered by their cover of "Loco-Motion" heading to the Top of the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the Ramones played their first live show at the Performance Studio on East 23rd Street in New York. Legend has it that at least some of the 30 people in the audience paid to be there.

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols performed their first show for a group of 50 at London's 100 Club. It's still not clear if anyone paid to be there.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" first hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

On this day in 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

On this day in 1990, Heart's "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You" began its climb to a two-week stand at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, the R.E.M. album "Out Of Time" entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and four million sold.

On this day in 1994, Pink Floyd released their final studio album, "The Division Bell." It soon spent four weeks at #1, selling over four million copies along the way.

On this day in 2013, producer Phil Ramone passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 82 following a brain aneurysm. His extensive credits included Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks," Billy Joel's "52nd Street" as well as Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years." Throughout his career, Ramone won 15 GRAMMY Awards as well as the admiration of musicians and audiophiles around the world.


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It was Goodman Ace who said: "Familiarity breeds attempt."

It was Dave Barry who said: "Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."

It was Norman Vincent Peale who said: "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."


March 31, 2018


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Guitarist Mick Ralphs of Bad Company is 70.
Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC turns a bouncy 63.

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On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar on stage for the first time, at a concert at Finsbury Park, England.

On this day in 1972, America's self-titled debut album hit #1.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' first Top 10 album, "The Captain And Me" began its climb to #7 with two million sold, powered by the "China Grove" and "Long Train Running" singles.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin released the "Presence" album.

On this day in 1979, as Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" entered the album charts on its way to a six-week run at #1, Bad Company's "Desolation Angels" began its climb to two weeks at #3 with two million sold.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their "Walking Into Clarksdale" album. It eventually hit #8 while spawning a very successful tour.



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