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April 26, 2015

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Keyboardist/singer Gary Wright is 72.

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On this day in 1975, Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," one of the top hard rock albums of all time, blasted onto the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" was heading up the singles charts to a three-week stand at #1 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Here Comes My Girl" was about to peak at #59.

On this day in 1980, Journey's "Any Way You Want It" topped out at #23 on the singles charts as their "Departure" album peaked at #8 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Duke," considered to be the last of the classic Genesis albums, entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1982, Joe Strummer had a change of heart on his way to a Clash rehearsal at their West London studio. So, instead of practicing with the boys, he went directly to France and disappeared, forcing the band to cancel their tour. When he resurfaced on May 18th, Joe claimed he was suffering from exhaustion and had suddenly doubted his "punk purpose." For some reason, no one else in the band believed him.

On this day in 1984, legendary bandleader Count Basie died in Hollywood, Florida at age 79.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with vocalist Sammy Hagar — hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies.

On this day in 1986, Dire Straits' "So Far Away" peaked at #19 on the singles chart.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/24/15

10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - John Mellencamp/Kenny Aronoff: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan: 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 John Mellencamp as well as conversation with John and drummer Kenny Aronoff. Check out this preview!

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All Hail Jeff

In a long overdue honor, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne was recognized yesterday for his many musical achievements — including his membership in The Traveling Wilburys supergroup — with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His friends, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Tom Petty, were both on hand to salute the acclaimed producer, with Petty promising to come and clean Lynne's Walk Of Fame star once a month, "'cause I don't want any chewing gum on Jeff Lynne." The late George Harrison's wife and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach were also on hand at the ceremony in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Honoring Pete (And Bill)

Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Billy Idol are among the stars who will salute The Who's Pete Townshend at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 28th at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Springsteen will present Pete with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MAP Fund's work aiding musicians fighting addiction and substance abuse. Longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley will also be honored with the From The Heart Award, acknowledging his "unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the [MusiCares] organization." Oh yes, among the many performers will be this little band called The Who — good times!

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

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

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

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

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Next Saturday (May 2nd), 10am - Noon: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, there will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 18060 Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills.

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