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July 16 - 31, 2018


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air in Los Angeles. 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!


July 16, 2018


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Master percussionist Stewart Copeland of The Police is 66.

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On this day in 1966, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton formed the first bona fide supergroup. They chose the name Cream because they were considered to be Britain's best rock musicians (the "Cream" of the crop) — probably a better moniker than "Really, Really Loud & Grouchy Egomaniacs."

On this day in 1966, Tommy James & The Shondells started a two week run at #1 on the singles charts with "Hanky Panky," introducing blatant pure lust into American Pop Music.

On this day in 1969, The Who released the song "I'm Free."

On this day in 1976, Loggins & Messina broke up when Kenny Loggins sensed a successful solo career might be right around the corner.

On this day in 1977, "I'm In You," Peter Frampton's million-selling follow-up to his "Comes Alive" album (eight million sold/10 weeks at #1), hit #2 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 1977, the classic The Alan Parson's Project album "I Robot" entered the charts on its way to #9. Having been written and recorded as a studio project, touring wasn't an option, and thus, sales were hurt.

On this day in 1981, songwriter/storyteller Harry Chapin was killed in an auto accident on New York's Long Island Expressway. He was 38 years old.

On this day in 1996, Styx drummer John Panozzo died of bleeding ulcers and cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 47.

On this day in 2012, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 71. The classically trained musician, who co-founded Deep Purple in 1968, created one of the most influential hard rock sounds ever.

On this day in 2014, following years of poor health, guitarist/singer Johnny Winter died in Paris at the age of 70. The older brother of Edgar Winter had recorded almost 20 albums following 1969's Woodstock, and produced three GRAMMY Award winners for Muddy Waters.

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Monday 7/16/18

The Story @8: Paul Stanley of KISS describes how "Beth" came to be... @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "A leader is a dealer in hope."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Life is too important to be taken seriously."

It was Sandy Koufax who said: "Pitching is the art of instilling fear."

It was Mary Bly who said: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."


July 17, 2018


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Guitarist/group leader Spencer Davis is 79.
Drummer Mick Tucker of Sweet would have been 71.
Bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler of Black Sabbath is 69.

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On this day in 1967, after just seven dates in nine days, Jimi Hendrix opened his final show for The Monkees in Forest Hills, New York. There was no truth to the rumor that he was kicked off of the tour after protests by the Daughters of the American Revolution because his show was "too erotic" — in fact, Jimi totally bombed with The Monkees' teenybopper audience.

On this day in 1968, though they didn't voice the animated classic, The Beatles did attend the "Yellow Submarine" premier at The London Pavilion. When it was all finished, everyone agreed that it was one trippy movie.

On this day in 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival's final Top 10 hit, "Sweet Hitch-Hiker," entered the charts.

On this day in 1971, the single version of The Who's epic "Won't Get Fooled Again" entered the charts on its way to #15 (Top 40 radio wasn't interested in epic seven-minute songs yet) as Rod Stewart released his classic "Reason To Believe" to virtually no commercial response. However, when it was rereleased 12 years later, "Reason To Believe" broke into the Top 20. And to this day, "Won't Get Fooled Again" is more epic than ever!

On this day in 1976, Heart's signature "Magic Man" entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1976, Rod Stewart's "Night On The Town" entered the album charts on its way to five weeks at #2 with two million sold.

On this day in 1982, Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1 with two million sold.

On this day in 1982, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant released his first solo album, "Pictures At 11." It eventually hit #5 while selling a million copies.

On this day in 1982, 38 Special's "Special Forces" album — their biggest commercial success — hit #10 on the strength of their "Caught Up In You" single.

On this day in 1996, Chas Chandler, the bass player for The Animals who later became Jimi Hendrix's manager, died in a British hospital at the age of 57. He had been undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm.

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Tuesday 7/17/18

Uncle Joe's Story @8: The Farris brothers of INXS talk working with Queen. @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


July 18, 2018


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Bluesman "Screaming" Jay Hawkins would have been 89 (the same number of children he claimed to have fathered).
Keyboardist Ian Stewart, a founding member of The Rolling Stones, would have been 80.

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On this day in 1953, Elvis Presley made his first recording, "My Happiness," as a gift for his mother.

On this day in 1960, Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" was released. That evening marked Andy Chanley's first karaoke performance of said song in front of real people. Fortunately, Andy's friends later made bail.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles album "A Hard Days Night" entered the charts on its way to 14 weeks at #1. During that run, it sold over four million copies and yielded two #1 hits, the title track (which also began a two-week run at #1 on this day) and "Can't Buy Me Love."

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones first hit single, a rockin' cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," peaked at #48 in the States.

On this day in 1981, Santana's cover of Russ Ballard's "Winning" peaked at #17 as Journey's "Who's Crying Now" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and Pat Benatar's "Fire And Ice" was heading up to #17.

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Wednesday 7/18/18

The Story @8: Founding brother/guitarist Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers talks about finding a riff to play with so many people in the band. @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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Billy F Gibbons with Uncle Joe

This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of ZZ Top and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Billy F. Gibbons. Check out this preview!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."

It was Audrey Hepburn who said: "I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

It was William Feather who said: "Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age."

It was Soupy Sales who said: "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you."


July 19, 2018


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Guitarists Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and Brian May of Queen are both 71.
Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux would have been 70.
Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 66.

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On this day in 1954, Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, "That's Alright (Mama)."

On this day in 1966, The Monkees (along with The Wrecking Crew session musicians) recorded their TV theme song.

On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" entered the singles charts on its way to four weeks at #1 as Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Marrakesh Express" began a climb to #28.

On this day in 1975, written during a soundcheck in Hawaii, ZZ Top's "Tush" entered the charts on its way into the Top 20 and bar band set lists across America.

On this day in 1975, Paul McCartney's million-selling "Venus And Mars" album hit #1 one month after its release.

On this day in 1980, Jackson Browne's "Hold Out" and Queen's "The Game" both entered the charts on their way to #1 — the four-million selling Queen album for five weeks after Jackson's two-million seller peaked.

On this day in 1980, Billy Joel hit #1 on the singles charts for the first time with "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" just as The Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" album began its climb to seven weeks at #1 with two million sold.

On this day in 1980, the stage adaptation of "The Elephant Man," starring David Bowie, opened in Denver. The non-musical part gave Bowie his first dramatic stage role, and when the show eventually moved to Broadway, fans could finally see The Thin White Duke on The Great White Way.

On this day in 1981, Journey's "Who's Crying Now" entered the singles charts (and romantic situations across America) on its way to #4.

On this day in 1982, The Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" began its climb to a seven-week run at #1.

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Thursday 7/19/18

The Story @8: Rush's frontman, Geddy Lee, explains the band's use of laundromats and chicken broasters on stage @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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Billy F Gibbons with Uncle Joe

This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of ZZ Top and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Billy F. Gibbons. 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 Frank Zappa who said: "You are what you is."

It was Robert Frost who said: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "The one who loves the least, controls the relationship."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."


July 20, 2018


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Bassist John Lodge of The Moody Blues is 73.
Guitar god Carlos Santana is 71.
Singer Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave would have been 54.
Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is 52.

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On this day in 1968, actress Jane Asher told a BBC TV reporter that her seven-month engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Watching the television with some friends, Paul found out about the breakup at the same time as millions of other Brittons (including many joyous females).

On this day in 1968, Creedence Clearwater Revival's self-titled debut album meekly entered the charts on its way to #52. Though it took several months to sell a million copies, it immediately influenced thousands of garage bands and set the stage for CCR to become the most popular band in America just six months down the road.

On this day in 1968, a new Progressive Rock era dawned as The Moody Blues' "Tuesday Afternoon" entered the singles charts on its way to #28. In a related side note, within six months sales of the newly invented consumer stereo headphones rocketed due to the success of The Moody Blues albums.

On this day in 1969, contrary to anything Timothy Leary later said, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

On this day in 1974, as David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" album — featuring "Rebel Rebel" — peaked at #5, Eric Clapton's career redefining "461 Ocean Boulevard" album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1974, Joey Ramone moved out from behind the drums to become the vocalist and frontman for The Ramones. Gabba, gabba, hey!

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Friday 7/20/18

The Story @8: Pat Simmons, the founding member/guitarist of The Doobie Brothers, tells what to do when you don't have any music. @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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

It was Jim Gaffigan who said: "Turns out saying you worked out is so much easier than working out."

It was Charlton Heston who said: "Political correctness is just tyranny with manners."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "You can observe a lot by just watching."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "You are your word. Don't give your word unless you intend to keep it. A leader whose promise means everything is trusted."


July 21, 2018


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Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens is 70.
Comedian Robin Williams would have been 67.
Former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein would have been 64.

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On this day in 1973, Steely Dan's second album, "Countdown To Ecstasy," entered the charts on its way to #8... and serious musicians around the world were suddenly taking notice.

On this day in 1979, as "I Want You To Want Me" by Cheap Trick peaked at #7 on the singles charts and The Knack's "My Sharona" began shooting its way up to #1, Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" started its climb to #14 and Journey's "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" began a slow grind to #16.

On this day in 1979, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Discovery" album peaked at #5 on the strength of their "Don't Bring Me Down" single just as Neil Young's classic million-selling "Rust Never Sleeps" album entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's definitive "Back In Black" album was unleashed, eventually becoming one of the biggest selling albums ever with sales of over 49 million copies.

On this day in 1986, The Police began trying to record an album that they never came close to finishing. When Sting opted for his solo career instead of working with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, the trio released a greatest hits package and called it a day.

On this day in 1987, Guns 'N Roses released their debut album, "Appetite For Destruction." It would be five weeks before the album even charted, and a full year before it hit #1. Eventually, "Appetite For Destruction" sold over 30 million copies worldwide.


July 22, 2018


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Pianist/singer Rick Davies of Supertramp is 74.
Songwriter/singer/drummer/occasional Eagle Don Henley is 71.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" entered the charts on its way to #1 as The Doors hit #1 with "Light My Fire."

On this day in 1972, "Take It Easy" by the Eagles peaked at #12 as "Rock & Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter entered the charts.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's six-million selling "Stranger In Town" album hit #4 as his "Still The Same" single peaked at #4 and Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night" topped out at #33 on the singles charts.


July 23, 2018


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Bat Man is 79 and looking ominous.

British movie star David "Rock On" Essex is 71.
Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman Turner Overdrive is 68.
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is 53.
Bluegrass goddess/singer/songwriter/fiddle player Alison Krauss is 48.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' bittersweet "Lady Jane" entered the singles charts on its way to #24.

On this day in 1977, Foreigner's breakthrough "Cold As Ice" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin's manager and drummer, Peter Grant and John Bonham, as well as three of their security guards were arrested in Oakland, California for severely beating three of promoter Bill Graham's employees after a concert in that city.

On this day in 1979, keyboard player Keith Godchaux of the Grateful Dead died of complications from head injuries suffered in a car accident two days earlier. Keith and his wife, singer Donna Jean Godchaux, had played with the Dead since 1972.

On this day in 1983, the most successful studio album of The Police's career, "Synchronicity," hit #1 for the first of 17 weeks as the three bandmates were trying to kill each other backstage while their 107-date world tour launched in Chicago.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks' second solo album, "The Wild Heart," hit #5 just as Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut album, "Texas Flood," began its climb to #38. Both eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's career defining "Sharp Dressed Man" entered the singles charts on its way to #56 as its video was taking MTV by storm — a commercial impact that did not go unnoticed!

On this day in 1988, after entering the charts 11 months earlier, Def Leppard's classic "Hysteria" album finally hit #1 for the first of four weeks. It eventually sold over 12 million copies in the U.S. and over 20 million worldwide.


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Monday 7/23/18

The Story @8: How long did it take Steve Miller to finish recording his song "Fly Like An Eagle?" @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm

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

It was Jim Gaffigan who said: "Turns out saying you worked out is so much easier than working out."

It was Charlton Heston who said: "Political correctness is just tyranny with manners."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "You can observe a lot by just watching."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "You are your word. Don't give your word unless you intend to keep it. A leader whose promise means everything is trusted."


July 24, 2018


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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" entered the singles charts. In the process of changing Rock & Roll's lyrical approach forever, it eventually spent two weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1971, "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones peaked at #28 on the singles charts as The Allman Brothers Band's breakthrough "At Fillmore East" entered the album charts on its way to #13 and party soundtracks across America.

On this day in 1976, "Take The Money And Run" by the Steve Miller Band hit #11 as Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town" topped out at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me" peaked at #4 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, John Mellencamp's "Jack And Diane" entered the singles charts on its way to a four week run at #1.

On this day in 1983, driven in part by their live show, Judas Priest's multi-million selling, hard rocking "Screaming For Vengeance" album entered the charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1993, U2's "Zooropa" charted at #1 for the first of two weeks as the Irish band was taking the world by storm with one of the most innovative tours anyone had ever seen.

On this day in 2011, singer/guitarist Dan Peek, a founding member of the group America, died in his sleep in his home at the age of 60.

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Tuesday 7/24/18

The Story @8: America shares the reason their first huge hit was titled "A Horse With No Name" instead of "The Desert Song"... @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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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: "Nothing is static in this life — and thank God."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

It was Mark Twain who said: "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

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


July 25, 2018


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Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 76.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 on the charts for the first of 14 weeks.

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival and played a few tunes he had just recorded. Outraged folkies booed him off the stage and accused him of becoming a "sellout." There was so much to be outraged by in 1965.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones played their last American concert with founding guitarist Brian Jones. Although Brian wasn't really aware, San Francisco was the place.

On this day in 1968, George Harrison recorded the first acoustic take of his song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." A few weeks later he worked up the electric version, but wasn't happy with it until he got his friend Eric Clapton to play the guitar solo on September 6th. The song — a true classic — was eventually released on The Beatles "White Album."

On this day in 1969 at Bill Graham's Fillmore East, Neil Young appeared onstage with Crosby, Stills & Nash for the first time.

On this same day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played in Milwaukee at the cleverly named Midwest Rock Festival. Guitar god Eric Clapton, who performed with Blind Faith the next day, caught the set by fellow former-Yardbird guitarist Jimmy Page's new band. Eric's observation: "They were very loud. I thought it was unnecessarily loud. I liked some of it; I really did like some of it. But a lot of it was just too much. They overemphasized whatever point they were making, I thought." Being a member of Cream, E.C. evidently never witnessed himself playing with the original "overemphasized" band.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "25 Or 6 To 4" single began its run to #4 as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" peaked at #16 and Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Cinnamon Girl" topped out at #55 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, driven by Joe Walsh's guitar work and songwriting, James Gang's second album, "Rides Again," began its climb to #20 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, The Moody Blues' "Long Distance Voyager" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks just as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Hard Promises" peaked at #5 and Pat Benatar's "Precious Time" entered the LP charts on its way to #1 and two million sold.

On this day in 1981, Stevie Nicks released her biggest solo hit, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Recorded with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, it eventually spent six weeks at #3

On this day in 1984, Foreigner's "4" entered the album charts on its way to a 10-week stay at #1.

On this day in 1987, The Grateful Dead's "In The Dark" album began its climb to #6 with two million sold, their "Touch Of Grey" single entered the charts on its way to #9 — their biggest hit single ever.

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Wednesday 7/25/18

Today's Story: REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin's return to the band after a few years hiatus.
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


July 26, 2018

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Thursday 7/26/18

Uncle Joe's Story @8: Andy Summers of The Police describes changes on the road and in the band's lives. @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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This weekend, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Toto, Don Henley and Stevie Nicks, as well as Joe's new conversations with Toto founding members/super session musicians Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro. Check out this preview!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Don't be offended when people don't seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance."

It was T. S. Eliot who said: "If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"


July 26, 2018

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It was Keith Richards who said: "Nothing is static in this life — and thank God."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

It was Mark Twain who said: "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

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


July 27, 2018


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On this day in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's anthemic "Sweet Home Alabama" entered the singles charts on its way to #8. Written in response to Neil Young's diss of their home state in his classic "Southern Man," the eventual result was Neil and the Skynyrd boys becoming great friends.

On this day in 1974, Bad Company's self-titled debut album entered the charts on its way to #1 and over five million sold.

On this day in 1976, after a four-year court battle, John Lennon received his green card and was granted permanent residency status in the United States.

On this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin called off the remainder of their '77 North American Tour following the death of Robert Plant's 6-year-old son Karac due to respiratory failure.

On this day in 2001, Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson died of heart failure in his Florida home. He was only 49.

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Friday 7/27/18

Uncle Joe's Story @8: Pat Simmons, the founding member/guitarist of The Doobie Brothers, tells what to do when you don't have any music... @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Don't be offended when people don't seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance."

It was the Bhagavad Gita that said: "Man has control of action alone, never the fruits of the action."


July 28, 2018


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Keyboardist Richard Wright of Pink Floyd would have been 75.
Famed blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield would have been 74.
Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 69.
Guitar god Steve Morse of Deep Purple is 64.

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On this day in 1973, The Grateful Dead, The Band and the Allman Brothers Band played for some 600,000 at the world's largest rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway in upstate New York. All the mud counteracted the nudity, and in May 1974, the birth rate barely showed an increase. Trust me, this was a good thing.

On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" peaked at #4 as "Money" by Pink Floyd topped out at #13 and "Over The Hills And Far Away" by Led Zeppelin reached #51 on the singles charts. Meanwhile, Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" entered the charts on its way to #1. Doesn't it just seem like some days everything happens at once?

On this day in 1995, James Al Hendrix, the father of legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix, won back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music. In the two decades between Jimi's death and this decision, countless businesses made profits off of Jimi. Now, it's his family that's raking it in.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Life is too important to be taken seriously."

It was Sandy Koufax who said: "Pitching is the art of instilling fear."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required."

It was Mary Bly who said: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."


July 29, 2018


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Keyboardist Neil Doughty of REO Speedwagon is 72.
Bassist/singer Geddy Lee of Rush and
Singer Patti Scialfa (Mrs. Springsteen) are both 65.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' second film, "Help!," premiered in London. The event created chaos by attracting thousands of excited fans to the location, and even Princess Margaret was in attendance. No, she didn't stand in line.

On this day in 1966, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, NY. The legendary accident (which many still don't think really happened) allowed Dylan to disappear from public life at the height of his popularity. He reportedly suffered a concussion, a broken neck vertebrae, and suffered from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month. For the record, he was riding a Triumph 55 motorcycle, which in 1966 was one hot machine.

On this day in 1966, Cream kicked off their first tour with a very loud concert in Manchester, England.

On this day in 1972, Alice Cooper's million-selling scandalous "School's Out" album peaked at #2 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1972, driven by the Top 40 success of the "Saturday In The Park" single, "Chicago V" entered the album charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1 and two million sold.

On this day in 1978, Bruce Springsteen's long awaited "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" album hit #5. On the strength of The Boss' amazing live shows and extensive touring, "Darkness" eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1989, "Runnin' Down A Dream" from Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever," entered the charts on its way to #23.


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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Life is too important to be taken seriously."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."

It was Audrey Hepburn who said: "I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

It was Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead who said: "There is a place where music, dreams and magic come together."


July 30, 2018


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Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 73.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 on the charts for the first of 14 weeks.

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival and played a few tunes he had just recorded. Outraged folkies booed him off the stage and accused him of becoming a "sellout." There was so much to be outraged by in 1965.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones played their last American concert with founding guitarist Brian Jones. Although Brian wasn't really aware, San Francisco was the place.

On this day in 1968, George Harrison recorded the first acoustic take of his song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." A few weeks later he worked up the electric version, but wasn't happy with it until he got his friend Eric Clapton to play the guitar solo on September 6th. The song — a true classic — was eventually released on The Beatles "White Album."

On this day in 1969 at Bill Graham's Fillmore East, Neil Young appeared onstage with Crosby, Stills & Nash for the first time.

On this same day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played in Milwaukee at the cleverly named Midwest Rock Festival. Guitar god Eric Clapton, who performed with Blind Faith the next day, caught the set by fellow former-Yardbird guitarist Jimmy Page's new band. Eric's observation: "They were very loud. I thought it was unnecessarily loud. I liked some of it; I really did like some of it. But a lot of it was just too much. They overemphasized whatever point they were making, I thought." Being a member of Cream, E.C. evidently never witnessed himself playing with the original "overemphasized" band.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "25 Or 6 To 4" single began its run to #4 as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" peaked at #16 and Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Cinnamon Girl" topped out at #55 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, driven by Joe Walsh's guitar work and songwriting, James Gang's second album, "Rides Again," began its climb to #20 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, The Moody Blues' "Long Distance Voyager" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks just as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Hard Promises" peaked at #5 and Pat Benatar's "Precious Time" entered the LP charts on its way to #1 and two million sold.

On this day in 1981, Stevie Nicks released her biggest solo hit, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Recorded with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, it eventually spent six weeks at #3

On this day in 1984, Foreigner's "4" entered the album charts on its way to a 10-week stay at #1.

On this day in 1987, The Grateful Dead's "In The Dark" album began its climb to #6 with two million sold, their "Touch Of Grey" single entered the charts on its way to #9 — their biggest hit single ever.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Monday 7/30/18

Uncle Joe's Story @8: How Frank Zappa helped the truly weird Alice Cooper get a recording contract. @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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

It was Mickey Hart who said: "Adventures don't begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith."

It was Robin Williams who said: "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."


It was Steven Wright who said: "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18."


July 31, 2018


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Singer/guitarist Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac fame would have been 73.
Drummer Bill Berry of R.E.M. is 60.

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On this day in 1965, The Yardbirds released the song "Heart Full of Soul," which featured Jeff Beck's groundbreaking guitar work. As it confounded garage band guitar players and their parents alike, the single soon peaked at #9

On this day in 1971, James Taylor hit #1 with "You've Got A Friend" as Lee Michaels released "Do You Know What I Mean."

On this day in 1976, as Gary Wright's "Love Is Alive" hit #2 and "You're My Best Friend" by Queen peaked at #16 on the charts, Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" began its climb to #12.

On this day in 1982, as Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" began its climb to #7 (thus becoming the biggest hit of his career), Joan Jett's far less subtle "Do You Want To Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" began its slow grind to #20 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp released his classic "Scarecrow" album. Considered by many to be his finest collection of songs, the album eventually spent three weeks at #2 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Cryin'" (co-written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Taylor Rhodes) began its climb to #12 on the singles charts via backseats across America.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Tuesday 7/31/18

Uncle Joe's Story @8: Neal Schon, Journey's frontman/guitar god, shares a story about "Wheel In The Sky." @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm



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