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April 1, 2015

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John Barbata, drummer with the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is 70.
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 69.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro would have been 61.

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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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This Evening! 5pm - 7pm: Join Uncle Joe and The Sound Crew for the first Prolong Twilight Cruise of the season in the NHRA Museum parking lot at the Fairplex in Pomona. Enjoy all the beautiful hot rods and join the party for FREE! (Admission inside the museum that evening will be just $5.) Great times to be had!!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/1/15

10 At 10: April Fool's Day
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mick Fleetwood: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, 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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Stones (Somewhere Else)

OK, The Rolling Stones announced their 2015 North American tour without any L.A. dates. But because they always add shows to their schedule, perhaps the 15-city Zip Code stadium tour will be expanded soon. Maybe. All of this ties in with the deluxe reissue of their classic "Sticky Fingers" album in a variety of formats, from basic standard CD reissues to lavish box sets. The deluxe edition will include many outtakes and tracks recorded during a 1971 performance at London's Roundhouse in 1971. The super-deluxe version will also include "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!," a 13-track live recording at Leeds in March 1971 as well as a 120-page book with new liner notes, rare and previously unpublished photos, a print and postcard set and a cover with a real working zipper, like the original album cover.

Mas Eagles

Do you remember when Glenn Frey mentioned a possible Broadway musical — like the musicals based on the hits of Carole King, Billy Joel, The Four Seasons and Motown — to me a couple years back? Word is that Glenn Frey has been spending a lot of time in the Big Apple discussing it. Meanwhile, the Eagles are hitting the road for another round of tour dates, starting May 19th in Austin, Texas.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "We think too much and feel too little."

It was Ricky Lee Jones who said: "You never know when you're making a memory."

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

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April Fool's Day

As you know, today is April Fool's Day — another of the Julie Slater 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.

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