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October 16 - 31, 2017


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) 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!


October 16, 2017


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Singer/bassist Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 74.
Singer/guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 70.
Red Hot Chili bassist Flea is 55.
Singer/guitarist/romancer John Mayer is 40.

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On this day in 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded — thus eliminating any chance of earning herself a backstage pass.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Day Tripper" in three takes at Abbey Road studio. Then they added vocals and a few other overdubs, completing the song by the end of the day. Most efficient indeed!

On this day in 1966, Grace Slick made her first appearance with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. She was replacing Signe Toly Anderson, who had left the band to have a baby.

On this day in 1971, Santana released the song "Everybody's Everything" as the "Santana III" album entered the charts on its way to five weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival announced that they were breaking up.

On this day in 1982, "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne peaked at #7 on the singles charts as Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1999, the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 10/16/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito dinner for four! @12:15pm

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

It was Charles Wadsworth who said: "By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."

It was Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher (not Albert Einstein) who said: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."

It was Dwight D. Eisenhower who said: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, and those who are cold and are not clothed."


October 17, 2016


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On this day in 1961, a 17-year-old Mick Jagger coincidentally met his old school chum Keith Richards on a train. While the two bonded over a mutual love of R&B records, fame and the "Glimmer Twins" were still a long way off.

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' cover of "Time Is On My Side" and The Zombies "She's Not There" began their climb to #6 and #2 just as Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit #1.

On this day in 1969, just as they released the mighty "Led Zeppelin II," Led Zeppelin began their third U.S. tour of the year at New York's Carnegie Hall. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1969, the American Federation of Musicians rescinded a four-year-old order banning The Kinks from playing in the U.S. That ban — which almost bankrupted the band — resulted from an unauthorized 1966 appearance on the television variety show "Hullabaloo."

On this day in 1970, Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" began its climb to #18 as "All Right Now" by Free peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" album hit #8 as it was selling two million copies.

On this day in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Street Survivors" album was released with cover art that showed the band members surrounded by flames. But that cover art was quickly changed when three members of the group (including frontman Ronnie Van Zant) were killed in a plane crash three days after the album's release. Considered by most to be the band's finest, "Street Survivors" eventually charted at #5 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's double-album "Tusk" was released. A complete stylistic change for the band, the album peaked at #4 and sold a couple million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis' classic "ABACAB" album entered the charts on its way to #7 and two million in sales. The title track of the album was written in three parts: the "A" section, "B" section and "C" section. The title itself was simply a reference to how the trio assembled the catchy number.

On this day in 1992, Peter Gabriel's million-selling "Us" LP hit #2 just as Alice In Chains' breakthrough album "Dirt" began its run to #6 and four million sold. The music scene was changing!

On this day in 1995, Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, was sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.

On this day in 1999, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played the first rock concert at L.A.'s brand-new Staples Center. The state-of-the-art acoustics allowed at least a full one-third of the audience to actually hear some of the show.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 10/17/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1967
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito dinner for four! @12:15pm
The Story - Rich Williams/Kansas @1:15pm

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It was Robert Frost who said: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on."

It was Gypsy Rose Lee who said: "She's descended from a long line her mother listened to."

It was Buddha who said: "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

It was Mother Teresa who said: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."


October 18, 2017


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Chuck Berry, the Grandaddy of Rock & Roll, would have been 91.
Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon's most famous lead guitarist, would have been 68.
Drummer Keith Knudsen of the Doobie Brothers would have been 65.

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On this day in 1957, Paul McCartney made his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England. Besides Macca, the line-up included John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and Len Garry. Any idea what ever happened to those other guys?

On this day in 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig (in front of 14,500 deafened and confused Parisians) just six days after forming.

Forget doing a club tour! On this date in 1968, Deep Purple made their American concert debut opening for Cream for the first of two nights at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. Both bands played seven (long) songs: Deep Purple's first was their hit "Hush" and Cream's first was their hit "White Room."

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released their first single not written by Lennon & McCartneyGeorge Harrison's "Something." While its John Lennon-penned flip side, "Come Together," hit #1, "Something" itself peaked at #2 — and became one of the most covered Beatles songs ever.

On this day in 1986, Boston's "Third Stage" entered the album charts on its way to four weeks at #1 with over four million sold.

On this day in 1997, The Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Babylon"album hit #3 as it sold over a million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Album Side Wednesday 10/18/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito dinner for four! @12:15pm

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It was Elvis Presley who said: "I never met anybody who learned by talking."

It was Steve Kaye who said: "Long pointless meetings are useful in that they keep incompetent people from interfering with those who are working."

It was Neil deGrasse Tyson who said: "Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans."

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


October 19, 2017


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Guitarist/singer Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers is 69.

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On this day in 1966, The Yardbirds, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars, arrived in New York City for their first American tour. After two shows, Beck left, forcing Page to handle all the guitar parts himself. When the group folded upon its return to England, Jimmy inherited the band's name, hired new personnel and changed the group's moniker to Led Zeppelin. For some reason, that irritated Jeff.

On this day in 1968, Small Faces singer/guitarist Steve Marriott asked singer/guitarist Peter Frampton of The Herd to sit in with the band for a show in London. That marked the beginning of the highly successful Humble Pie, which Marriott and Frampton soon left their respective bands to form.

On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's landmark third album, "Electric Ladyland," entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and two million in sales.

On this day in 1974, driven by their #1 hit single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album hit #1 six weeks after its release.

On this day in 1979, Journey released "Evolution," with Steve Perry behind the mic. The album was so named because the band felt it best described how their sound was changing. After "Evolution" sold over three million copies and broke into the Top 20, the band's massive commercial breakthrough was right around the corner.

On this day in 1991, Nirvana's ground breaking "Nevermind" album began its climb to a three week run at #1 and over 10 million copies sold.

On this day in 2014, Raphael Ravenscroft, the Scotsman responsible for the iconic saxophone solo in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 "Baker Street" hit single, passed away at the age of 60 of a heart attack in a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K. He notably performed with many others, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd and America.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Thursday 10/19/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito dinner for four! @12:15pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles @1:15pm

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This Sunday night at 11pm (a special time) on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Supertramp and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Roger Hodgson. Check out this preview!

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It was Sigmund Freud who said: "In the depths of my heart I can't help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless."

It was Josh Billings who said: "One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."

It was Mary Pickford who said: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

It was David Frost who said: "Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home."

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Wot a Language!

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The cowboy decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.


October 20, 2017


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Tom Petty would have been 67.

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On this day in 1964, overexcited fans were arrested during The Rolling Stones' first concert at the Olympia in Paris. The stampeding fans broke windows and chairs at the theater before 150 people were arrested.

On this day in 1973, just as Steve Miller's million-selling "The Joker" album entered the charts on its way to #2, "The Joker" single began its trek to become Steve's first #1 hit.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album entered the charts on its way to eight weeks at #1 and over seven million sold.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's pseudo-reggae "D'yer Mak'er" began its climb into the Top 20. Note: the title (pronounced "D-jer Make Her" as in "Did You Make Her") did not appear anywhere in the song's lyrics.

On this day in 1977, just days after releasing their "Street Survivors" album, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a fiery plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, along with Steve and Cassie Gaines were killed in that crash which, after investigation, was caused by the plane running out of fuel.

On this day in 1978, The Police began their first American tour at the infamous New York punk club CBGB.

On this day in 1979, Pat Benatar's debut album, "In The Heat Of The Night," entered the charts on its way to #12 and a million in sales as the Eagles' "Long Run," their final studio album (for many years), was about to spend nine weeks at #1 and sell seven million copies.

On this day in 1981, Bob Seger's live "Nine Tonight" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks as it racked up over four million in sales.

On this day in 1984, in a sign of things to come, U2's "Unforgettable Fire" entered the album charts on its way to selling three million copies while only peaking at #3.

On this day in 1990, driven by their hit single "Suicide Blonde," INXS' million selling "X" album hit #5 just two weeks after its release.

On this day in 2001, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elton John, John Mellencamp and others performed at the six-hour Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. More than 5,000 police officers and firemen attended the benefit for the families of police and firemen killed on September 11th.

On this day in 2001, the first of two nights of the Volunteers for America benefit concerts for the victims of 9/11 was held in Atlanta and Dallas. Organized by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw, Styx was joined by REO Speedwagon, Journey, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner and many others.

On this day in 2008, AC/DC released "Black Ice," their first album in eight years. It immediately went to #1 and sold almost a million copies in the first week alone.

On this day in 2015, 74-year-old Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers in Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly in his home in Dunkirk, New York.

The Uncle Joe's Show Menu

Friday 10/20/17


100 Minutes Of Commercial Free Classic Rock @8:00am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box - El Torito dinner for four! @12:15pm
Uncle Joe's vintage Off The Record interview with Tom Petty will air at Noon Friday on The Sound to honor Tom's Birthday.
The Story - Supertramp/Roger Hodgson @1:15pm

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This Sunday night at 11pm (a special time) on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Supertramp and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Roger Hodgson. Check out this preview!

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Uncle Joe's vintage Off The Record interview with Tom Petty will air at Noon Friday on The Sound to honor Tom's Birthday.

It was Tom Petty who said:
"You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free."

It was Tom Petty who said: "Music is probably the only real magic I have encpuntered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates, and does all of these incredible things."

It was Tom Petty who said: "Rock is where blues and jazz are sitting. It's been elbowed to the side, but I don't think it's done yet. You'll see young people give it another run for its money."

It was Tom Petty who said: "I'm learning to fly around the clouds but what goes up must come down. I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings, coming down is the hardest thing."


October 21, 2017


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Bandleader/keyboardist Manfred Mann is 77.
Guitar god Steve Cropper is 76.
Blues guitarist Elvin Bishop is 75.
Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland would have been 65.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather is 60.

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On this day in 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan recorded his first album. It cost $400 to produce, was finished in one day and you could understand every word he sang on it.

On this day in 1972, America released their third Top 10 hit, "Ventura Highway."

On this day in 1972, Yes' extraordinary complex, million-selling "Close To The Edge" album hit #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1978, The Who's "Who Are You" album — their last before drummer Keith Moon's death — hit #2 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1978, The Cars' "Best Friend's Girl" began its climb into the Top 40, but their big commercial breakthrough was still a year away.

On this day in 1983, Yes released "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which went on to become their first #1 hit single.


October 22, 2017


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Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 72.
Keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars is 65.

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On this day in 1969, nine days before it came out in America, Led Zeppelin's iconic "Led Zeppelin II" album was released in England.

On this day in 1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who before a paying audience at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

On this day in 1977, "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner peaked at #6 just as Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and sports arenas around the world.

On this day in 1977, Steely Dan's exquisite "Aja" album hit #3 for the first of seven weeks with two million sold just as Foreigner's self-titled debut album peaked at #4 while selling five million copies.

On this day in 1982, "The Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II" was released with virtually no input from the band.

On this day in 1983, "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads peaked at #9 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1988, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" entered the singles charts on its way to #7. The U.S. was rocking again!

On this day in 1994, producer Jimmy Miller died in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 52. After surviving The Rolling Stones' lifestyle from the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies, Jimmy finally succumbed to lung cancer.


October 23, 2017


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Johnny Carson would have been 94.
Dwight Yoakam (a true rocker!) is 61.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is a wacky 58.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is 53.

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On this day in 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds entered the charts on its way to spending three weeks at #1. The song's lyrics were drawn from the Bible's "Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8."

On this day in 1973, John Lennon's classic "Imagine" single entered the charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" entered the singles charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1976, three months after it entered the album charts, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #3 for the first of two weeks. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" entered the singles charts on its way to #29, "Hold On" by Santana topped out at #15 and Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" peaked at #12.


October 24, 2017


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Bassist Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones is 810.
Producer Ted Templeman, who worked with Van Morrison, the Doobie Brothers and Van Halen, is 73.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd arrived in the U.S. to begin their first North American tour. Their first stop was Bill Graham's famed Fillmore West in San Francisco and, by all accounts, group mastermind Syd Barrett was physically present — no more, no less.

On this day in 1970, The Kinks' "Lola" peaked at #9 on the charts.

On this day in 1970, Santana's classic "Abraxas" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks as it sold five million copies.

On this day in 1970, on the strength of their live show alone, Led Zeppelin was on the brink of being the biggest band in the world as their "Led Zeppelin III" album entered the charts on its way to #4 and six million in sales.

On this day in 1970, truly their best live album ever, The Rolling Stones' "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out," hit #6 as The Allman Brothers Band's classic "Idlewild South" entered the charts to eventually become their first Top 40 charting album.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney received a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records celebrating his status as the world's best-selling songwriter.

On this day in 1981, The Police's "Ghost In The Machine" album entered the charts on its way to six weeks at #2 and three million in sales.

On this day in 1981, the Stevie Nicks/Don Henley duet "Leather & Lace" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1987, George Harrison's cover of James Ray's "Got My Mind Set On You," INXS' "Need You Tonight" and John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" all entered the singles charts at the same time. While George and INXS both eventually hit #1, John topped out at #8.

On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" — their first album without bassist Roger Waters — peaked at #3 as it sold over four million copies. The massive success of the following tour was way beyond anyone's anticipation.

On this day in 1992, on the strength of their "Man On The Moon" hit single, R.E.M.'s "Automatic For The People" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.


October 25, 2017


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Vocalist Jon Anderson of Yes is 73.
Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is 70.
Guitarist Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions is 62.
Guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who worked with Paul McCartney and The Pretenders, is 60.
Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot is 56.


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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Afterward, letters from concerned parents — chastising the program's producers for the booking — flooded the show's offices. Despite CBS' promise that The Stones would never grace their studio again, they were back on the show a few months later. Oh, the scandal! Oh, the ratings!

On this day in 1969, "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #3 and a cool million in sales.

On this day in 1975, driven by the success of their "Squeeze Box" hit single, The Who's surprisingly dark "The Who By Numbers" album entered the charts on its way to #8 and a million in sales.

On this day in 1975, Jethro Tull's "Minstrel In The Gallery" became their sixth Top 10 album Stateside when it peaked at #7.

On this day in 1975, driven by their "Strange Magic" hit single, the Electric Light Orchestra was about to score their first Top 10 album as "Face The Music" began its quick climb to #8.

On this day in 1980, The Police album "Zenyatta Mondatta" (recorded under a severe time restriction) entered the charts on its way to #2 and two million in sales. On this same day, their "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 10. Overall, not a bad day for the eclectic trio.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album hit #1 for the first of eight weeks. As the band toured constantly for the next 18 months, the album eventually sold over 12 million copies.

On this day in 1991, concert promoter Bill Graham (who ran the Fillmore East & West) was killed in a helicopter crash north of San Francisco.


October 26, 2017


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded M.B.E. (Members of the British Empire) medals by Queen Elizabeth II. The Fab Four were the first non-military recipients of the award, which was given in recognition of the amount of attention, financial and otherwise, that the group had generated for Britain. Although none of the other Beatles ever confirmed it, John Lennon said the boys smoked "a bit of marijuana" in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Talk about a high point in their career!

On this day in 1974, driven in part by the success of their tongue-in-cheek anti-business "Bungle In The Jungle" single, Jethro Tull's "War Child" began a run to three weeks at #2 — making it their fifth Top 10 album.

On this day in 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's over-titled "Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends... Ladies And Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer" triple live album hit #4. In addition to becoming the highest charting LP of their career Stateside, it was also their last for three years as exhaustion from the previous four years of constant touring and recording finally took its toll.

On this day in 1975, wearing an extremely spangly Dodger uniform, Elton John played a sold-out show at Dodger Stadium on the final night of his "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" tour. Joe Walsh and Emmylou Harris — neither of whom could match Elton for spangly flash — were his opening acts.

On this day in 1978, The Police played their first American show at Boston's Rat Club. After they played every song they knew, they had to start replaying them to fill out their set.

On this day in 1981, David Bowie and Queen recorded "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. While the song never became a big hit, its rhythm track was one of the most sampled riffs for the next 20 years.


October 27, 2017


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Bassist Garry Tallent of The E Street Band is 68.

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On this day in 1962, the fledgling Rolling Stones made their first recordings at London's Curly Clayton Studios. Frontman Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman covered blues songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley, but no record deal resulted.

On this day in 1973, Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" peaked at #12 as Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen was hailed as the most important artist of the day on the covers of both "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines — even though he'd never had a hit single or sold many albums.

On this day in 1979, Foreigner's "Dirty White Boy" peaked at #12 on the singles charts as their "Head Games" album hit #5 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1979, Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, with its release delayed by the unexpected success of the live "Cheap Trick At Budokan," Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" album hit #6.

On this day in 1983, U2's tribute to Martin Luther King, "Pride In The Name Of Love," entered the singles charts on its way to #33.

On this day in 1984, Pat Benatar's "We Belong" entered the charts on its way to #5 and becoming her second biggest single.

On this day in 1986, as The Police were breaking up behind the scenes, their "Every Breath You Take: The Singles" compilation album was released to sell over five million copies and peak at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' rocking cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle" entered the charts on its way to #26 — the Crowes' highest charting single ever.

On this day in 1990, AC/DC's "Razor's Edge" hit #2 for the first of two weeks and — on the strength of their live show — eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2002, Tom Dowd, one of the most legendary record producers in the history of Rock & Roll, died of natural causes at the age of 77 in Florida.

On this day in 2013, iconic singer/songwriter Lou Reed passed away in his home in South Hampton, New York after a failed liver transplant. The 71-year-old's lifestyle was the stuff of underground rock myth at the same time his performance and poetry skills were an inspiration to generations of fans.


October 28, 2017


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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Reddy Teddy."

On this day in 1961, a customer asked Liverpool record store clerk Brian Epstein for "My Bonnie," a single by The Beatles. Epstein didn't have it, but after a second customer requested the record, he ordered it and tracked the group down to the Cavern Club. In short order, he became the band's manager.

On this day in 1964, filming of the "T.A.M.I. Show" (Teen Aged Music International Show) began at the Santa Monica Civic. The highly influential concert movie was shot over a three-day stretch featuring Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones and a smoking performance by James Brown.

On this day in 1967, as "People Are Strange" by The Doors peaked at #12, The Who's powerful "I Can See For Miles" entered the charts on its way to becoming their only Top 10 single.

On this day in 1977, the Sex Pistols released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" in the United States. A full 10 years later, the album — which still stands as a testament to what punk rock was all about — finally had sold a million copies.

On this day in 1977, Steve Perry joined Journey for their first public concert together, appropriately enough in their hometown of San Francisco.

On this day in 1978, Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," one of the greatest make out songs ever, entered the charts on its way to #13 amidst very heavy airplay.

On this day in 1983, almost five years to the day after their first U.S. gig at a small club in Boston, The Police played Miami's Orange Bowl in front of an audience of over 48,000 people. During 1983's "Synchronicity" tour (the band's last), they set box office records with sold-out shows at stadiums across the States.

On this day in 1989, Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, Genesis released their "We Can't Dance" album, which hit #4 within the month. By the end of the following tour, it had sold over four million copies.


October 30, 2017


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Guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and Wings is 73.
Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's legendary original guitarist, is 70.

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On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their "Willy & The Poor Boys" album. Within the next two months, it spent six weeks at #3 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1971, guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.

On this day in 1973, John Lennon released the song "Mind Games." Despite its strident, brittle sound, it eventually hit #18 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, the "Best Of The Doobies" compilation was released to buy time as The Doobie Brothers worked up new music in the studio.

On this day in 1977, "Come Sail Away" by Styx and Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Loving Fun" both entered the charts. They eventually hit #8 and #9 as they became ingrained in the American conscience.

On this day in 1977, Meatloaf released his classic "Bat Out Of Hell" album. Though it never charted higher than #14, it did sell over 14 million copies!

On this day in 1981, Rush released their double live album "Exit... Stage Left," named after their favorite punch line of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss. Showing the strength of their seemingly underground fan base, the album soon hit the Top 10.

On this day in 1983, Genesis' "Genesis" album entered the charts on its way to selling four million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1988, the soundtrack to U2's semi-documentary "Rattle & Hum" entered the album charts. It soon spent six weeks at #1 and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1999, the surviving members of The WhoPete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle — reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to promote an Internet video company. Also performing that night were KISS, Tony Bennett and the Dixie Chicks. Now that was a line-up!


October 30, 2017


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Singer and rock icon Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane/Starship is 78 and still very feisty.
Drummer Chris Slade, who played with AC/DC, The Firm, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Tom Jones, is 71 and still very bald.
Eagles bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit is 70 and still very cool.

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On this day in 1971, six weeks after its release, John Lennon's "Imagine" album hit #1 on the charts and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1976, Heart's million-selling debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," peaked at #7 six months after it entered the charts.

On this day in 1982, former Eagle Don Henley's classic "Dirty Laundry" single entered the charts on its way to #3. Ironically, its lyrics are probably more true today than they were in 1982.

On this day in 1999, powered in part by the mega-successful, two-time GRAMMY Award winning "Smooth" single, Santana's "Supernatural" album lived up to its title as it settled in for a 12-week run at #1, selling over 30 million copies worldwide! The album also received the Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album GRAMMY Awards.


October 31, 2017

Casper's scary race car ride.

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Singer/guitarist Russ Ballard of Argent fame is 72.
Drummer Bob Seibenberg of Supertramp is 68.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 is 56.

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On this day in 1956, Paul McCartney's mother died from breast cancer. Mary McCartney had ignored pains in her chest, dismissing them as symptoms of menopause. By the time she consulted a doctor and underwent surgery, it was too late — the cancer had spread. 14-year-old Paul was devastated and buried his grief in an obsession with music.

On this day in 1970, one week after it entered the album charts, Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin III" hit #1 for the first of six weeks. Eventually, it also sold over six million copies.

On this day in 1973, Cheap Trick played their first gig. And yes, they were very, very LOUD.

On this day in 1975, Queen released their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," in Britain. It went on to spend a record eight consecutive weeks at #1 there (it only broached the Top 10 Stateside), then enjoyed a second life on the charts in the Nineties when it was featured in the film "Wayne's World." Scarra-Moosh!!

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones' classic "Start Me Up" peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Journey's iconic "Don't Stop Believin'" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and a million in sales as Ozzy Osbourne's million selling "Diary Of A Madman" album began its climb to #16.

On this day in 2013, guitarist Bobby Parker died of a heart attack in a Bowie, Maryland hospital at the age of 76. His riffs inspired many, many artists, including John Lennon in The Beatles song "I Feel Fine" and Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" — both based on Parker's propulsive 1961 track, "Watch Your Step."



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