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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.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

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

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."


Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

Tuesday 7/17/18

The Story @8: The Farris brothers of INXS talk working with Queen... @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 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 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.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

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

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.

Unc's Ultimate Classic Rock Menu

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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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 his song "Fly Like An Eagle?" @8pm
Ultimate Led Zeppelin @10pm


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It was Steven Wright who said: "There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot."

It was Woody Allen who said: "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."

It was Mark Twain who said: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "To respond is positive, to react is negative."


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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