Good Morning, Music Lovers Everywhere! Here we are with another day of exceptional music in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got some great stuff wrapped around all that Open Stream.
Here’s today’s musical line-up:
11:00 a.m. The 50th Anniversary Celebration: All Things Must Pass by George Harrison NEW!
Today is the 50th anniversary of George Harrison’s triple-album release of All Things Must Pass. It is the first ex-Beatle solo album and the hit, My Sweet Lord, would become the first ex-Beatle solo song to go to #1. Today we celebrate with the expanded version of this album.
Afternoon Open Stream with Three-in-a-Row’s All Afternoon
We had a pretty busy Thanksgiving bit of programming and Saturday is always busy, so today we’re working on an afternoon of open stream.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Valerie Carter
Undoubtedly one of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge. Valerie Carter was an extraordinary talent who not only had a successful solo career, but also shared her vocal talent with her friends in the music world. You will enjoy this playlist.
This is a great day to tune us in, people. You will enjoy what you hear, and you will appreciate what you don’t hear: endless D.J. chatter and advertising. Tune us in by clicking the link below.
Yes, it’s Black Friday, but not here in The Mermaid Lounge. There isn’t a damned thing we want for here that we have to go out among the teeming, greedy masses to get it.
Here’s November 27th’s rock n’ roll history:
November 27, 1961: Patsy Cline’s version of Willie Nelson’s Crazy peaks at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the biggest of her four records t cross over to the pop charts from the country charts (where it reached #2).
November 27, 1962: The Beatles recorded songs for the BBC in the UK for the first time ever. They sang Love Me Do, Twist and Shout, and P.S. I Love You at the BBC Paris Studio in London for a program called “Talent Spot.”
November 27, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the British television show called “Ready Steady Go.”
November 27, 1965: Marvin Gaye moved into the #1 slot on the R & B charts with Ain’t That Peculiar.
Also on this day, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice entered the US record charts.
November 27, 1967: The Beatles released the album Magical Mystery Tour in the U.S. and Hello Goodbye as a single in the U.S. on the same day. If that isn’t enough, the B-side of Hello Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, will chart and be a hit as well.
Also on this day, Aretha Franklin released my favorite Aretha song, Chain of Fools.
November 27, 1968: Steppenwolf’s self-titled debut album is certified gold on this day.
November 27, 1969: All kinds of milestones will be reached at Madison Square Garden in New York on this day. The Rolling Stones perform a show that is recorded and later released on Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out. The Ike & Tina Revue opened for the Stones that evening, and Janis Joplin joined Tina on stage for a duet. And in the audience celebrating his 27th, and final, birthday was Jimi Hendrix.
November 27, 1970: George Harrison released his triple album entitled All Things Must Pass. The single release, My Sweet Lord, will be the first ex-Beatle solo effort to hit #1 in both the US and UK.
November 27, 1972: Carly Simon released the single, You’re So Vain.
November 27, 1976: Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life, which debuted at #1, remained at #1 for a seventh week.
November 27, 1979: The Eagles released the single, The Long Run.
November 27 1995: The Beatles set a rock-era record when Anthology 1 sells more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release.
Born On This Day
November 27, 1934: Al Jackson of Booker T. & The MG’s is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
November 27, 1942: Jimi Hendrix is born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington.
November 27, 1945: Randy Brecker, trumpeter and flugelhorn player for Blood, Sweat & Tears, is born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.
November 27, 1948: Dave Winthrop, sax player and flautist for Supertramp, is born.
And that’s Friday’s lesson from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We are posting a bit early today as I’m on the run this morning, and we will be back with today’s programming shortly.
Good Morning, Music Lovers, and Happy Thanksgiving from your friends in The Mermaid Lounge! We have our Thanksgiving tradition coming up at 10:00 a.m., so be watching for the back story to Alice’s Restaurant in this blog entry.
Here’s today’s entry from the College:
November 26, 1955: Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock reaches #1 in the UK, and is considered to be the first rock n’ roll song to accomplish that feat.
November 26, 1962: The Beatles record their second single, Please Please Me, in 18 takes at London’s EMI Studios. They also record the B-side, Ask Me Why.
November 26, 1964: The Zombies record Tell Her No.
November 26, 1965: After having Thanksgiving dinner in a church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a young Arlo Guthrie and a friend returned to clean up. When they can’t find an open dump, the two dump their trash down a hill. They are arrested, fined $25 each, and are forced to clean up the trash again. When they return to the church, Arlo writes the Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, in which he embellishes some of the events. Nevertheless, it is a moment in musical history that we musicologists will not forget.
November 26, 1966: You Keep Me Hangin’ On by the Supremes took over the #1 slot on the R & B charts.
Also on November 26 of 1966, I’m Losing You by The Temptations enters the R & B charts and will become the band’s fourth straight #1 hit.
November 26, 1967: The promo clip of The Beatles’ Hello Goodbye was aired on The Ed Sullivan Show.
November 26, 1969: John Lennon works on a Beatles song for the final time when he mixes You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) at Abbey Road Studios. It is the B-side of their Let It Be single.
Also on November 26, 1969, The Band receives a Gold Record for their second album, The Band, one of the greatest albums ever recorded from one of the greatest bands on the planet.
November 26, 1977: Linda Ronstadt becomes one of only a handful of singers who manages to have two singles in the Top Ten simultaneously with Blue Bayou and It’s So Easy.
Also on this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album held the #1 slot for a then-record 29 weeks.
November 26, 2010: Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of six ounces of weed found on his tour bus travelling from LA to Texas. The prosecutor recommended no jail time because of the small amount, and instead suggested a $100 fine and that Willie sing Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain for the court.
Born On This Day
November 26, 1944: Alan Henderson, bassist with the Northern Irish band, Them, was born in Belfast. For those who do not know the band, Them had the 1965 UK hits Baby, Please Don’t Go and Here Comes The Night with Van Morrison on lead vocals.
November 26, 1945: Another bassist, John McVie, with Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, is born in London.
And that is it for today’s lesson! We will be back in just a bit with today’s Thanksgiving Day line-up!