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April 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!


April 1, 2018


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John Barbata, drummer with the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is 73.
Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and owner of one of the first major mobile recording studios (used by Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones), would have been 72.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro would have been 64.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1971, The Doors released "L.A. Woman," their final album before Jim Morrison's demise. It soon entered the Top 10 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1972, Ringo Starr's hilarious "Back Off Boogaloo" began its climb to #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" began its first of five weeks lodged at #2 on the album charts.

On this day in 1985, David Lee Roth officially left Van Halen to pursue a solo career. He was, of course, replaced almost immediately by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced some years later by Gary Cherone, who was then replaced by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced by David Lee Roth, who was then replaced again by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced again by David Lee Roth. Do you think that someone might have a problem holding onto lead singers?

On this day in 1985, the "We Are The World" album was released after three million copies of the single with the same name had been sold. The album's content was bolstered by the inclusion of previously unreleased material donated by eight rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen.

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It was NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Joe Theisman who said: "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

It was Ivy Baker Priest who said: "I'm often wrong but never in doubt."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."

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April Fool's Day

As you know, today is April Fool's Day — another of the Cynthia Fox Holy Days of Obligation. Personally, I live by Mark Twain's observation, "Without fools, the rest of us could not succeed." Just the same, here's a primer on this weird little 'holiday.'

In sixteenth-century France, the start of the New Year was observed on April 1st much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. But in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and his New Year began on January 1st. Communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people didn't receive the word on the new calendar for several years. As for the more obstinate French folks, they continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st. Eventually, the general populace labeled these people as "fools." They were subject to ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes. Over time, this kind of harassment evolved into a tradition of prank playing on the first day of April. By the eighteenth century, the tradition had spread to England and Scotland, and was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

Around the world these days, April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but one on which we must remain forever vigilant. Now come on mate, pull my finger.


April 2, 2018


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Keyboardist Leon Russell would have been 75.
Drummer David Robinson of The Cars (the guy who came up with the band's name and image) is 66.
Bassist Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 65.

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On this day in 1967, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with singer/drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood and singer/guitarist Dave Mason.

On this day in 1976, The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets" — their first album with Michael McDonald singing and writing — entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1977, as Kansas' "Leftoverture" album peaked at #5 with five million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album hit #1 for the first of 37 weeks. (It eventually sold over 19 million copies.)

On this day in 1977, "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" topped out at #11 and "Do Ya" by the Electric Light Orchestra stalled at #24.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" entered the charts on its way to #37 as U2's debut U.S. single, "New Year's Day," began a long climb to #53.

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It was David Letterman who said: "The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong."

It was Mae West who said: "I used to be Snow White... but I drifted."

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

It was jazz great Thelonius Monk who said: "Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy."


April 3, 2018


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Dee Murray, Elton John's long time bassist, would have been 71.
L.A.'s own Cynthia Fox is finally 29.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan appeared on the music charts for the first time with his song "Subterranean Homesick Blues." While it barely charted at #39, it influenced every serious songwriter from The Beatles to The Byrds.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording their classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album (except for the silly gibberish they put on the LP's inner groove which was done on April 21, 1967).

On this day in 1971, as John Lennon's "Power To The People" began a run to #11 on the singles charts, Santana's "Oye Como Va" peaked at #13.

On this day in 1976, David Bowie's "Golden Years" peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1991, Paul McCartney did an acoustic performance for "MTV Unplugged," and then became the first artist to release an "Unplugged" performance as an album.

On this day in in 2015, Robert Burns Jr.Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer — was killed in a single car accident near his home. The 64-year-old wasn't wearing a seatbelt.


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It was Robert Anthony who said: "When you blame others, you give up your power to change."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

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."


April 4, 2018


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Blues great Muddy Waters would have been 105.
Original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley would have been 67.
Solo artist and Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore would have been 66.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded their classic version of "Louie Louie" in one take using just one microphone in a small room. That's Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1964, The Beatles held the Top 5 slots on the American singles charts with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me." Seven more Beatles songs were in the Top 100 that week. The following week, two more Fab Four songs made their singles chart debut. Pretty good for a boy band from Liverpool!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album. It initially sold dozens.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Make Me Smile" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #9, making it their first of many Top 10 hits.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Deja Vu" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1981, Styx's "Paradise Theater" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1981, The Who's first album without drummer Keith Moon, "Face Dances," entered the charts on its way to #4 as the band staged another farewell tour.

On this day in 1987, Genesis' "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1987, U2's incredible "The Joshua Tree" album entered the U.S. album charts at #7, their highest entry to date. One week later the LP began a nine-week run at #1, selling over 10 million copies in the process.

On this day in 1996, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's ashes were spread over the river Ganges in India by his widow and bandmate Bob Weir. However, Jerry's ex-wife and four daughters said he actually wanted to be sprinkled over the Pacific. Don't you just hate when that happens?


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

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "You can disagree without being disagreeable."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love."


April 5, 2018


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Singer Alan Clarke of The Hollies is 76.
Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is 70.
Mike McCready, Pearl Jam's blazing lead guitarist, is 52.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" was fast tracking to #6 as The Who's iconic "Pinball Wizard" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

On this day in 1980, R.E.M. played their first public gig at a private birthday party in the old, dilapidated St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Though the band couldn't remember much about it, the two-hour set evidently went well.

On this day in 1986, John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Ozzy Osbourne's "Ultimate Sin" album (driven by the hit single "Shot In The Dark") hit #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain, the guitarist behind the groundbreaking band Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 27 in his Seattle home.

On this day in 1998, legendary drummer Cozy Powell died at the age of 50 in a high-speed car crash near Bristol, England. Cozy had played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck and Whitesnake, among others.

On this day in 2012, Jim Marshall, the founder of the British guitar amplifier company that bears his name, passed away after a long illness at the age of 88. Nicknamed the Father of Loud, Marshall was indeed "one of the four forefathers" — along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, inventor of the hum-canceling "humbucker" pick-up — "responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."


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It was Babe Ruth who said: "It's hard to beat a person that never gives up."

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 Abraham Lincoln who said: "Most anyone can stand adversity, but to test a person's character, give them power."

It was Martin Van Buren who said: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."


April 6, 2018


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Allman Brothers/Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes is 58.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" — the ultimate Rock & Roll song. They hung one of their three microphones from the ceiling for the singer, who — besides having a shaky take on the correct lyrics, had a real bad sore throat. The result was a true classic!

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack album for "The Graduate" began its first of nine weeks at #1. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Sabbath played at the first Cal Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway (just west of where you'll find the Ontario Mills outlet mall today). If you have any friends born in January '75... well, that Cal Jam parking lot was a wild, wild place!

On this day in 1974, Aerosmith's "Get Your Wings" album was released to general indifference. Though it only charted at #74, it did eventually sell over three million copies.

On this day in 1984, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt announced that he was leaving The E Street Band to pursue solo projects.

On this day in 1985, occasional Eagle Glenn Frey scored a solo hit when his "Smuggler's Blues" began its run to #12.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album peaked at #4, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and a million sold.

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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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: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

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


April 7, 2018


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Allman Brothers/Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes is 58.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" — the ultimate Rock & Roll song. They hung one of their three microphones from the ceiling for the singer, who — besides having a shaky take on the correct lyrics, had a real bad sore throat. The result was a true classic!

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack album for "The Graduate" began its first of nine weeks at #1. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Sabbath played at the first Cal Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway (just west of where you'll find the Ontario Mills outlet mall today). If you have any friends born in January '75... well, that Cal Jam parking lot was a wild, wild place!

On this day in 1974, Aerosmith's "Get Your Wings" album was released to general indifference. Though it only charted at #74, it did eventually sell over three million copies.

On this day in 1984, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt announced that he was leaving The E Street Band to pursue solo projects.

On this day in 1985, occasional Eagle Glenn Frey scored a solo hit when his "Smuggler's Blues" began its run to #12.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album peaked at #4, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and a million sold.

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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: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

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


April 8, 2018


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Yes guitarist Steve Howe is 71.
Grand Funk bassist Mel Schacher is 66.
Original Guns 'N' Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 56.
John Lennon's eldest son Julian is 55.

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On this day in 1962, at London's Ealing Blues Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met Brian Jones. Within the year, they formed The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" peaked at #15 on the U.S. singles charts as Elton John's "Daniel" began its climb to #2.

On this day in 1979, as Dire Straits' "Sultans Of Swing" peaked at #4 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" began its run to #28 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1984, The Cars' "Heartbeat City" album entered the charts on its way to #3. It notably contained three hit singles (accompanied by outstanding videos): "Drive," "Magic" and "You Might Think."

On this day in 1987, after preacher Oral Roberts told his TV congregation that God would kill him if he didn't raise $1 million in donations, Ozzy Osbourne sent him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment.

On this day in 1990, occasional Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's "Manic Nirvana" solo album began its run up the charts to #13.

On this day in 2013, renowned producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away at the age of 61 after a brief stay in a Los Angeles hospital. You can hear the rascally English music legend's work on six Rolling Stones albums and four Led Zeppelin albums as well as LPs by Eric Clapton, Free, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Steve Miller.

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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It was Bill Gates who said: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

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

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

It was Charles Bukowski who said: "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt while the stupid ones are full of confidence."


April 9, 2018


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Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins would have been 86.

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On this day in 1966, The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" began a run to #14 on the singles charts as people debated the song's supposed drug references. In fact, the song's title refers to an airplane flight at a cruising altitude of 50,000 feet.

On this day in 1967, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane appeared at the Cheetah club on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. With a crowd of over 3,000, that was the largest show The Doors had played to date.

On this day in 1977, less than an hour into a Led Zeppelin concert in the Chicago Stadium, guitar god Jimmy Page collapsed onstage with stomach cramps. Yer Uncle Joe was right there and saw him drink that entire bottle of J&B scotch whiskey before he hit the floor. That marked the last time the Zep ever played the Windy City (and they really weren't very good for that first 40 minutes!).

On this day in 1977, as Aerosmith were tearing up concert stages across America, their "Back In The Saddle" began a short run up the singles charts to #38.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's final album with Roger Waters, "The Final Cut," entered the charts on its way to #6. When it only sold two million copies, a change within the band was inevitable.

On this day in 1988, though they didn't write the song, Cheap Trick's version of "The Flame" began its climb to a two-week stay at the top of the charts.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "No good deed goes unpunished."

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

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

It was Charles Bukowski who said: "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt while the stupid ones are full of confidence."


April 10, 2018


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Guitarist/singer Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame is 59.

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On this day in 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar — THE Rock & Roll guitar!

On this day in 1962, Stu SutcliffeThe Beatles' original bass player — died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 22. He had actually left the group several months earlier, suffering from chronic headaches. He also originated the "Beatles haircut," pioneering the look of shaggy, brushed forward hair.

On this day in 1968, percussionist Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead at the invitation of drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

On this day in 1970, newspapers around the world carried Paul McCartney's statement that he was quitting The Beatles and that the group would never work together again. He cited personal differences with John Lennon and disapproval of John's wife, Yoko, and The Beatles' financial advisor, Allen Klein, as his reason for the split. The next week, he released his debut solo album. But on this week in 2000, the story finally came out that it was actually John Lennon who had walked away a couple of months earlier.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" entered the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton began the recording sessions for what became his "461 Ocean Boulevard" album. The LP was named for the address of the Miami home that E.C. and the band were staying in, and they actually recorded the music right down the road at Criteria Studios.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Dream On" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" pounded the #1 spot for five weeks total.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's "Comes Alive" album hit the first of 10 weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's live "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1. Meanwhile, future Hall Of Famers Heart's debut, "Dreamboat Annie, had begun its climb to #7 as Hall Of Famers Rush's "2112" made a brief run to #61 — although it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1979, Bar Band Hall Of Famer Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" began its run to #28 as Dire Straits' "Sultans Of Swing" peaked at #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, as Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's uncomfortably calculated "Ebony And Ivory" single settled in at #1 for seven weeks — selling 8 million copies in the process — The J. Geils Band's song "Freeze-Frame" peaked out at #4 on the charts.

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Lindsey's Left The Mac

Following years of discord and bad feelings, Fleetwood Mac has fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The move comes after a disagreement over the group's upcoming tour, and guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace Lindsey. Mick Fleetwood himself says, "Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents... We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound."

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle."

It was Garrison Keillor who said: "Everyone can't be over average."

It was Bill Withers who said: "It is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."


April 11, 2018


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Richard Berry, who originally wrote and recorded "Louie Louie" — then sold it for a few dollars — would have been 91.
Guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson is 71.

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On this day in 1956, James Brown debuted on the R&B charts with "Please, Please, Please."

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan played his first professional gig, opening for blues legend John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York's Greenwich Village. "Blowin' In The Wind" was Bob's highlight tune.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles snappy "Love Me Do" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney came up with the concept for The Beatles' film "Magical Mystery Tour" after visiting The Beach Boys during sessions for the album "Smile." Unfortunately, with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein having died from an overdose recently, there was no one around to tell Paul that the film was a lousy idea.

On this day in 1970, as The Beatles disintegrated, their single "Let It Be" hit #1.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac announced his departure from the original line-up in order to follow his religious beliefs (or was it the voices in his head?).

On this day in 1981, "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police peaked at #10.

On this day in 1987, Bon Jovi's epic "Wanted Dead Or Alive" entered the epic charts on its way to an epic #7 peak.

On this day in 1992, "I Can't Dance" by Genesis peaked at #7 on the charts.

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Lindsey's Left The Mac

Following years of discord and bad feelings, Fleetwood Mac has fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The move comes after a disagreement over the band's upcoming tour. Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace Lindsey. Mick Fleetwood himself says, "Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents... We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound."

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It was Audrey Hepburn who said: "The best thing to hold on to in life is each other."

It was Johnny Cash who said: "It's good to know who hates you, and it's good to be hated by the right people."

It was David Lee Roth who said: "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how good you looked doing it."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!"


April 12, 2018


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Steppenwolf's head guy, John Kay is 74.
David Letterman turns a cranky 71.
Guitarist Pat Travers is 62.

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On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released "Exile On Main Street" — considered by many to be their finest album.

On this day in 1975, as David Bowie's "Young Americans" album hit #8 on the charts, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Nuthin' Fancy" began its run to #9 and Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" started its climb to #13.

On this day in 1975, with their big breakthrough still a few years off, Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right" began its climb to #35 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, capturing the very essence of a broken heart, the J. Giels Band unleashed "Love Stinks" on an unexpecting world. In short order, it actually hit #39 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp released his "American Fool" album under the name John Cougar. The album was a huge success, enabling John to drop the "Cougar" name as soon as his recording contract ran out.

On this day in 1986, as The Rolling Stones' "Dirty Work" album began its run to#4 and a million sold, Van Halen's "5150" was rocketing to three weeks at #1 and over six million sold.

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Moody Blues, as well as more of Joe's conversation with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. Check out this preview!


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It was W.C. Fields who said: "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "Politics makes estranged bedfellows."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see."


April 13, 2018


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Bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane is 74.
Lowell George, the crazy musical genius behind Little Feat, would have been 73.
"Mighty Max" Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer, is 67.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles announced that their first film would be called "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing tracks for "Paperback Writer." They added the vocals the next day.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's incredible "Band On The Run" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, selling over three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1974, Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" hit #1 on the singles chart just as he released "Daniel" as a single. That was some management decision!

On this day in 1985, driven by the hit single (and wild video) "Don't Come Around Here No More," Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers' "Southern Accents" began its climb to #7.

On this day in 2005, pioneering rock pianist Johnnie Johnson died in his sleep at the age of 80 in his St. Louis home. Not only did the legendary musician help Chuck Berry get his start in the early Fifties, he was a main inspiration for the song "Johnny B. Goode."

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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Moody Blues, as well as more of Joe's conversation with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. Check out this preview!


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

It was Keith Richards who said: "I really don't care what they write about us, so long as they write about us."

It was Mario Andretti who said: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."

It was Bob Hope who said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."


April 14, 2018


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One-time guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, is 73.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles first met The Rolling Stones after The Stones' first set of the night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Keith Richard's first impression? He was blown away by The Beatles' long black leather coats. George Harrison's first impression? He was impressed by the unsigned Stones' rowdy performance.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles announced that they had changed the title of their second film from "Eight Arms To Hold You" to "Help!"

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" all by themselves (the other two Fabs just weren't around).

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released the single "Tumblin' Dice" from their "Exile On Main Street" album. It eventually peaked at #7 in the States.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and over 11 million sold. Problems printing the cover art delayed the release by several weeks.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "My Love" began a four-week run at #1 on the singles charts just as Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" began its crawl up to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self titled debut album hit #2 while selling two million copies as Van Halen's "Van Halen II" blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and five million sold and Journey's "Evolution" was headed to #20 and three million sold.

On this day in 1983, bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders, who had just been fired from the band because of his drug problem, died of an overdose at the age of 29.

On this day in 1984, "I'll Wait," Van Halen's touching song of longing, entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their "Tango In The Night" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo project, the extremely successful "Full Moon Fever."

On this day in 2013, songwriter George Jackson, who co-authored the original version of "Old Time Rock And Roll" that Bob Seger made famous, passed away in his Ridgeland, Mississippi home at the age of 68. Among the many songs George wrote at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama were tunes for Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and the Jackson 5 ("One Bad Apple").


April 15, 2018


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Swinging guitarist/singer Dave Edmunds is 74.
Mike Chapman, who co-wrote glam anthems like Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" with Nicky Chinn, and produced Blondie, The Knack and Pat Benatar, is 71.

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On this day in 1966, Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time in public when they opened for The Byrds in San Bernardino. Little did anyone know that two years down the road Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and Neil Young would join up with The Byrds' David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

On this day in 1967, in part because no one quite knew what it meant, The Who's bouncy little "Happy Jack" began its climb to #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1971, The Beatles won the Best Film Music (Original Song Score) Academy Award for their film, "Let It Be."

On this day in 1972, "Roundabout" by Yes peaked at #13 and Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" topped out at #47 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, as they became one of the top touring acts in the world, Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album began its climb to #7 and two million sold.

On this day in 1978, Kansas' "Dust In The Wind" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Genesis' "And Then There Were Three" album began its run to #14 — their highest charting release to date.


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