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June 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!


June 1, 2018


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Guitarist Ronnie Wood (most notably of The Rolling Stones, Faces and Jeff Beck Group) is 71.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones arrived at JFK Airport in New York for their first American tour. Their first U.S. gig was a high school dance near Boston. [Trivia note: The Stones' arrived on British Airways flight 505, which two years later inspired their song "505."]

On this day in 1967, The Beatles released one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in the history of Rock & Roll — "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The next day it was unleashed in America.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York, yielding performances that later appeared on the live "Four Way Street" album.

On this day in 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album was released in the States — eventually topping out at #23 with a million sold and tens of millions of guitarists changing their tunings to a Drop D like Tony Iommi.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles self-titled debut album was released. In short order, the four musicians were rock stars!

On this day in 1974, David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" single began a short run to #64. "Fame" and major success was still a year away.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones did their first gig with Ronnie Wood as an official member.

On this day in 1985, Heart's "What About Love?" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 2002, Rush's "Vapor Trails" album began its climb to #6.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Friday 6/1/18

The Story (at Eight): Paul McCartney talks of The Beatles vocal inspirations @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe Index logo 288x63px logo

This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Def Leppard as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with singer Joe Elliottas well as guitarist Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. Check out this preview!


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It was Blazeman Birmingham who said: "Opening a browser window and forgetting what site you wanted to visit is the new walking into a room and forgetting what you came for."

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

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."

It was Sam Levenson who said: "I'm going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!"


June 2, 2018


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Drummer Charlie Watts, the heart & backbeat of The Rolling Stones, is 77.

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On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Red Rose Speedway" album and his "My Love" single hit #1 as Elton John's "Daniel" peaked at #2.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "I'll Wait" peaked at #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1993, U2 briefly became the richest group in rock when they inked a 10-year, six-album, $60 million deal with Island/PLG. The deal included a 25% royalty rate, which would certainly buy a lot of Guinness Stout or Bushmill's whiskey.

On this day in 2008, Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs melded Rhythm & Blues with Rock & Roll through a distinctive thumping beat, died of heart failure in his Florida home at the age of 79.


June 3, 2018


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Singer Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople is 79.
Byrds drummer Michael Clarke would have been 71.
Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell would have been 66.

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On this day in 1964, when Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis on the eve of a world tour, Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin picked session man Jimmy Nicol to become The Fab Four's temporary drummer. Ten days later, Jimmy returned to obscurity.

On this day in 1967, The Doors released "Light My Fire," which soon became their first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1970, Ray Davies of The Kinks flew back to London from New York to rerecord two words in the song "Lola." He changed "Coca-Cola" to "cherry cola" to qualify for airplay on Britain's noncommercial BBC radio. Why he couldn't record those words in New York and send the tape to England has never been answered

On this day in 1972, "Old Man" by Neil Young peaked at #31 on the singles charts as Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1979, The Knack released their debut album, "Get The Knack," one year to the day after playing their first gig. It was certified a million-seller 13 days later.


June 4, 2018


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On this day in 1969, The Beatles released the song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko." Actually recorded by just John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it eventually hit #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" began its climb to #15 as "Mainstreet" by Bob Seger peaked at #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks released her "Stand Back" single (which soon peaked at #5) as David Bowie's "China Girl" entered the charts on its way to #10 and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" began its run to eight weeks at #1.

On this day in 1986, the first date of the "Conspiracy of Hope" concert tour (to benefit Amnesty International) took place at San Francisco's Cow Palace. The ground breaking tour, which played the Forum here in the Southland, included Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Sting and U2 on the bill.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Rag Doll" began its climb to #17 on the singles charts.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Monday 6/4/18

The Story (at Eight): Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young shares the story of the legendary band @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

It was John Fogerty who said: "You should play with real musicians; the best music comes from real people interacting with each other."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."


June 5, 2018


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Badfinger bassist Tom Evans would have been 71.
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is 66.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones released the song "Satisfaction" in the U.S. just three weeks after recording it in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. In the process of becoming the biggest song of the Sixties, it spent four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. That evening, David Crosby wrote "Long Time Gone," then Crosby, Stills & Nash immediately recorded it. The next day, The Rolling Stones included the lyric "...who killed the Kennedys..." as they recorded "Sympathy for the Devil."

On this day in 1971, while selling three million copies, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" hit #7 on the album charts just as The Door's "L.A. Woman" LP peaked at #9.

On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones' "Fool To Cry" hit #10, "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac topped out at #11 and Heart's "Crazy On You" peaked at #35 on the singles charts. Whew!

On this day in 1976, Santana's "Amigos" album peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, U2 played on a rainy evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. A recording of the show was eventually released as the excellent "U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky," setting the band up for their big American breakthrough.

On this day in 1990, Steely Dan's original drummer, Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool at the age of 42.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Living On The Edge" peaked at #18 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1997, Ronnie Lane, Small Faces/The Faces bassist and owner of one of the first significant mobile recording studios, died at the age of 51 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

On this day in 2002, Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Colvin) died of an accidental drug overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 49.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Tuesday 6/5/18

The Story @8: Producer Ken Caillat, famed Fleetwood Mac recording engineer, speaks of scenes behind the scenes @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly-mobile."

It was Vin Scully who said: "Losing feels worse than winning feels good."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "The only real valuable thing is intuition."


June 6, 2018


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Guitar god Steve Vai is 58.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles entered London's Abbey Road Studios to audition for producer George Martin. For recording four songs, including "Love Me Do," the four musicians were paid $12.07 each. But when Martin signed them the following month, the world was changed forever.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day 1968, The Rolling Stones reworked the lyrics to "Sympathy For The Devil" to reflect the recent assassination of Robert Kennedy.

On this day in 1969, Rod Stewart signed a contract as a solo artist while he was still the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group.

On this day in 1970, as "Up Around The Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #4, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1972, David Bowie released his classic "The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" album. Though it only charted at #75, its sphere of influence continued to grow for decades.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones released their "Made In The Shade" greatest hits compilation. It soon peaked at #6 on the album charts.

On this day in 1982, over 85,000 packed the Rose Bowl for the Peace Sunday concert that featured, among others, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder. Do you know someone born in April 1983? It took forever to get out of the parking lot that night!

On this day in 1984, though never a singles band, Rush's classic "Tom Sawyer" entered the charts on its way to #44.

On this day in 1987, Genesis became the first group in the history of rock to spend a full year on America's Top 100 singles chart with tracks from just one album. "Invisible Touch" was the album, and the streak began when the album's title song entered the charts on this day in 1986.

On this day in 1987, "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi peaked at #7 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble released their classic "In Step" album. It eventually sold over two million copies while topping out at #33.

On this day in 2002, following an eight-year battle with AIDS, Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died of complications from AIDS at the age of 42.

On this day in 2006, keyboardist Billy Preston — who played with The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Al Green, Sly & The Family Stone, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Elton John — died at the age of 59 of kidney failure in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over his career, Billy also recorded and toured extensively with The Rolling Stones, and wrote the Joe Cocker classic "You Are So Beautiful." He was indeed a musician's musician.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Wednesday 6/6/18

The Story @8: One of Steve Miller's choice "Joker" stories @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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

It was John Lennon who said: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

It was the famed mime Marcel Marceau who said: "It's good to shut up sometimes."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Always remember, no matter how many problems you have, there is always someone who has more."


June 7, 2018


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Tom Jones is 78.
Prince would have been 60.
Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro is 51.

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On this day in 1969, The Who's "Tommy" album entered the U.S. charts on its way to selling over two million copies and charting at #4. On this day one year later, The Who performed "Tommy" in its entirety (for the last time until 1989) at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. No significant damage to the Opera House was reported, but there were more than a few dazed individuals in the audience.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" hit #7 on the album charts as it sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1969, Blind Faith debuted with a free concert for over 120,000 fans in London's Hyde Park. After one album and one tour, the "supergroup" — which featured Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton — split up a few months later.

On this day in 1975, Elton John's "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" album debuted on the U.S. charts at #1 — the first time an album entered the chart at the top spot. It eventually spent seven weeks on top of the charts while selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1980, The Pretenders' rocking debut album, "Pretenders," topped out at #9 and eventually sold over a million copies.

On this day in 1994, Boston released their fourth album, "Walk On." Two weeks later, it peaked at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1997, the Foo Fighter's third album, "The Colour And The Shape," entered the charts at #10. "Everlong" and "My Hero" from the album eventually became two of 1997's most played songs on the radio.

On this day in 2012, Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist/vocalist from 1971 to 1974, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Nashville home. The 65-year-old had been dealing with health issues for several months.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Thursday 6/7/18

The Story @8: Led Zeppelin mastermind, Jimmy Page, talks of "Stairway To Heaven" @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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

It was Arthur Baer who said: "Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

It was Alexandre Dumas' son who first said: "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."


June 8, 2018


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Original Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron is 76.
Crooner Boz Scaggs is 74.

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On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones released the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" single. After spending three weeks at #3 on the charts, it became one of their most popular songs live. The lyrics were inspired by Keith Richards' gardener, Jack Dyer, who had a medicinal habit that caused him to jump about (or so they say).

On this day in 1969, guitarist Brian Jones (a psychedelicized victim of the Sixties) was fired from The Rolling Stones, the band he helped form seven years earlier. Of course, on this day in 1969 Brian Jones didn't really know what day it was or where he was. And a couple of weeks later, he was dead.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1974, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman left the band (for the first time) to pursue a solo career.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' blockbuster "Brothers In Arms" album entered the charts on its way to nine weeks at #1.

On this day in 1985, Sting's first solo hit, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #3.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Friday 6/8/18

The Story @8: Where Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo caught their first Top 10 hit @10pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe Index logo 288x63px logo

This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive as well as more of Joe's brand new conversation with Randy Bachman. Check out this preview!


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It was George Carlin who said: "I wanted to get a job as a gynecologist, but I couldn't find an opening."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

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

It was Dave Barry who said: "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"


June 9, 2018


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Les Paul, guitar god and major inventor, would have been 103.

Former Deep Purple/Whitesnake keyboardist Jon Lord would have been 77.

Jimi Hendrix's drummer, Mitch Mitchell, would have been 70.

Bassist Trevor Bolder, of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, would have been 68.

Gregg Bissonette, drummer for everyone from Ringo Starr to Santana to Joe Satriani to Don Henley and David Lee Roth, is 58.

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On this day in 1973, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones peaked at #42 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, George and Pattie Harrison (the inspiration for The Beatles "Something") were granted a divorce. Soon after, she married George's best friend, Eric Clapton — who had written the song "Layla" for her seven years earlier.

On this day in 1979, "Renegade" by Styx topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1984, "Oh Sherrie" by Steve Perry of Journey peaked at #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1987, over 20 guitar legends packed New York's Hard Rock Cafe to celebrate the 72nd birthday of guitar pioneer Les Paul. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Rick Derringer were among the attendees who jammed on stage. Regrettably, a recording of the event was never released.


June 10, 2018


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Blues legend Howlin' Wolf would have been 109.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones met two of their idols during a recording session at Chicago's Chess Studios when bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters stopped by to see if anything was going on.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote and recorded "Give Peace A Chance" during their honeymoon bed-in for peace in room #1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Baby Hold On" peaked at #11 on the singles charts as "Deacon Blues" by Steely Dan topped out at #19.

On this day in 1978, Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 as Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night" began its climb to #33.

On this day in 1978, Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" entered the album charts on its way to #48 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "You're Gonna Get It!" began its climb to #23. Cheap Trick's big breakthrough was eight months away; Tom Petty's a year-and-a-half.

On this day in 2004, legendary singer Ray Charles died at his Beverly Hills home from complications due to liver disease. The Albany, Georgia native lost his sight by age 7, but went on to become an accomplished musician, winning 13 GRAMMY awards over the course of his long career. Charles influenced countless artists and was one of the first inductees to enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. He was only 73.


June 11, 2018


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Drummer Frank Beard (the only member of ZZ Top without a beard) is 69.
Singer Donnie Van Zandt of 38 Special is 66.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' song "Paint It Black" began a two-week run at #1 in the States just as The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain" was entering the charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, Paul McCartney recorded "Blackbird" in Abbey Road's studio 2 as John Lennon worked on "Revolution 9" in the smaller studio 3.

On this day in 1969, David Bowie re-released his "Space Oddity" single to cash in on the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Though it eventually peaked at #15 Stateside, fame and fortune were still a few years away.

On this day in 1977, "Telephone Line" by E.L.O. began its run to #7 just as Def Leppard's "Rock Of Ages" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1983, Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like A Knife" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.


Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Monday 6/11/18

The Story @8: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo tell how their second single landed in the Top 10 @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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It was Mark Twain who said: "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Lost time is never found again."

It was Mary S. Almanac who said: "Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does."

It was Sophocles who said: "What people believe prevails over the truth."


June 12, 2018


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Singer Brad Delp of Boston would have been 67.
Drummer Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is 66.
Bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders would have been 66.
Ace blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 41.

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On this day in 1963, The Beach Boys recorded "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfer Girl."

On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded the M.B.E., "Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire."

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" entered the American charts exactly one month after they recorded it in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. In the process of becoming the biggest song of the Sixties, it would spend four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Last Child" entered the singles charts on its way to #21.

On this day in 1982, over 750,000 saw Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt play at the first No Nukes concert in New York's Central Park.

On this day in 1982, REO Speedwagon's "Keep The Fire Burnin'" began its run to #7 on the singles charts as The Clash's "Combat Rock" entered the album charts. A full six months later, "Combat Rock" would peak at #7.

On this day in 1998, John Fogerty canceled the first date of his U.S. tour (in Chicago) because it conflicted with Game 5 of the NBA Finals (Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz) and he knew everyone wanted to see the game.

On this day in 2002, Sir Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills married in Ireland.

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It was Anthony Bourdain who said: "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."

It was Rita Rudner who said: "Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry."

It was Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe who said: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

It was John Watson (not Plato) who said: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."


June 13, 2018


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Original Heart guitarist Howard Leese is 67.

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On this day in 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California.

On this day in 1969, former John Mayall guitarist Mick Taylor officially replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles hit #1 for the last time with Paul McCartney's "The Long And Winding Road" on the singles charts and "Let It Be" on the album charts.

On this day in 1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Months later, recordings from those two shows were used for most of his #1 charting, multi-million selling double album "Frampton Comes Alive."

On this day in 1981, Van Halen's "Fair Warning" album hit #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaked at #19 on the singles charts just as REO Speedwagon's "Don't Let Him Go" began its climb to #24.

On this day in 1982, Van Halen's "Diver Down" album began its climb to three weeks at #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble released their debut album, "Texas Flood." It soon hit #38 and eventually sold over two million copies. The entire album was recorded in three quick days in Jackson Browne's L.A. studio, with Stevie playing through a borrowed amp. His genius would not be denied!

On this day in 1987, U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Bad Animals" entered the album charts on its way to a three-week run at #2 just as Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album began its climb to #2.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Wednesday 6/13/18

The Story @8: Inside the "Dark Side Of The Moon" with Pink Floyd producer/engineer Alan Parsons @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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It was Mark Twain who said: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Some of it, you really want to unlearn."

It was Steven Wright who said: "I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed-reading accident. I hit a bookmark."

Though similar sayings have been around since the 17th Century, it was J.K. Rowling who said (in "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire"): "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."


June 14, 2018


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On this day in 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California.

On this day in 1969, former John Mayall guitarist Mick Taylor officially replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles hit #1 for the last time with Paul McCartney's "The Long And Winding Road" on the singles charts and "Let It Be" on the album charts.

On this day in 1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Months later, recordings from those two shows were used for most of his #1 charting, multi-million selling double album "Frampton Comes Alive."

On this day in 1981, Van Halen's "Fair Warning" album hit #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaked at #19 on the singles charts just as REO Speedwagon's "Don't Let Him Go" began its climb to #24.

On this day in 1982, Van Halen's "Diver Down" album began its climb to three weeks at #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble released their debut album, "Texas Flood." It soon hit #38 and eventually sold over two million copies. The entire album was recorded in three quick days in Jackson Browne's L.A. studio, with Stevie playing through a borrowed amp. His genius would not be denied!

On this day in 1987, U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Bad Animals" entered the album charts on its way to a three-week run at #2 just as Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album began its climb to #2.


Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Wednesday 6/13/18

The Story @8: Inside the "Dark Side Of The Moon" with Pink Floyd producer/engineer Alan Parsons @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

Off The Record w/uncJoe Index logo 288x63px logo

This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Foreigner and more of Joe's conversation with group mastermind Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm. Check out this preview!


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

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

It was Will Rogers who said: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."


June 15, 2018


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Singer Harry Nilsson would have been 77.
Singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh of Kansas turns 67.
Guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger is 61.

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On this day in 1956, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a church dinner in Liverpool, England. He soon invited Macca to join his group The Quarrymen.

On this day in 1966, Capitol Records released The Beatles "Yesterday & Today" album, featuring the band wearing butcher's aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. Paul McCartney later said it was the Fab Four's comment on the American record label's mishandling of the music. But when Capitol quickly withdrew the sleeve, it became one of the most valued of all Beatles collectibles.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix held his first session at his long overdue, way over budget Electric Lady Studio in New York.

On this day in 1985, driven by the song "Little By Little," Robert Plant's "Shaken 'N' Stirred" album began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1987, the photo shoot for the cover of Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" took place in Saunton Sands, England. The project included 800 rented beds, which 30 hired hands arranged (and re-arranged and re-arranged) on the beach for the image.

On this day in 2014, legendary radio personality Casey Kasem lost his long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, an illness that resembles Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The 82-year-old was best known as the voice of his American Top 40 program which aired on thousands of radio stations from 1970 to 2009. His best known voiceovers were as Shaggy in the original "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" cartoon series. Our favorite Casey-ism was his signature sign-off at the end of each of his shows: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."


Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Friday 6/15/18

The Story @8: ZZ Top's guitar god, Billy F. Gibbons, tells the story of Pearly Gates @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Foreigner and more of Joe's conversation with group mastermind Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm. 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 Mark Twain who said: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Some of it, you really want to unlearn."

It was Steven Wright who said: "I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed-reading accident. I hit a bookmark."

Though similar sayings have been around since the 17th Century, it was J.K. Rowling who said (in "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire"): "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."



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