Here we are, Blues Lovers! We’ve got a total blues and blues rock day lined up for you today. It’s amazing when something like this just kind of comes together without much planning!
Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Bottom Line, New York, September 5, 1978
Johnny Winter is an American blues singer and guitarist remembered mostly for his high-energy blues rock style and live performances throughout the sixties and seventies. He also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues great Muddy Waters.
4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin has long been known for its hard-driving blues rock style, so it’s only fitting that the Album of the Week falls on Tuesday Bluesday!
7:00 p.m. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, Live at Lincoln Center, April 7-9, 2011
In 2011, blues guitarist Eric Clapton and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis got together for a night of vintage blues. The songs were chosen by Clapton and arranged by Wynton Marsalis. They played with the orchestra from Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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Yeah, we are. We’re back in the mines tomorrow, and we need to get a jump on our week here in The Mermaid Lounge. This is a pretty brutal day here in rock history. I got writer’s cramp just putting this thing together.
Here’s today’s lesson in useless information:
December 15, 1956: Fats Domino had one of the biggest R & B songs of all time with Blueberry Hill. On this day it remained at #1 for a ninth week. There is no denying that this guy was a rock n’ roll pioneer.
December 15, 1958: A new soul artist named James Brown made his debut on the R & B charts with a song called Try Me.
And in the meantime, Jackie Wilson’s Lonely Teardrops took over the #1 spot on the R & B charts this day.
December 15, 1962: The Beatles played two shows at the Majestic Ballroom in Brkenhead, Merseyside, England. At midnight, the first ever Mersey Beat poll awards show took place. As the winners of the poll, The Beatles then closed the festivities at 4:00 a.m.
December 15, 1964: The Beatles release the album Beatles ’65.
Also on this day, Dusty Springfield is deported from South Africa after performing in front of a multiracial audience at a show near Cape Town.
December 15, 1966: The trumpets and cellos are recorded for the song Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in London.
December 15, 1967: The Beach Boys met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris where they were taught Transcendental Meditation.
Also on this day, just a few days after its release, The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album went Gold. It will hold the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and will receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best Album.
The Who released the album, The Who Sell Out.
December 15, 1969: John Lennon gave his last live performance in England at a UNICEF Benefit in London. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Billy Preston, and Who drummer Keith Moon also took part.
December 15, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released another winning album in Pendulum.
December 15, 1975: Paul Simon released the single, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
The Eagles remained on a roll, releasing the single Take It To The Limit on this day in 1975.
December 15, 1979:The Long Run by The Eagles held on to the #1 position on the Album charts for the seventh week.
Born On This Day
December 15, 1919: Max Yasgur, owner of the farm in New York where Woodstock was held in 1969, was born in New York City.
December 15, 1939: Cindy Birdsong, a member of the Supremes beginning in 1967, was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
December 15, 1942: Dave Clark, drummer for The Dave Clark Five, was born in Tottenham, England.
December 15, 1946: Carmine Appice, drummer with the Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck, was born in Staten Island, New York.
And thankfully, we are at the end of today’s lesson! Back with the line-up later.
Good Morning, Music Addicts! We’ve got some great stuff planned for today, including two live events. This is Mudcrutch Monday, by the way, and we’ve got live music from their 2016 tour!
Here’s today’s line-up!
11:00 a.m. George Harrison & Eric Clapton Live in Nagoya, Japan 1991
George Harrison was persuaded by Eric Clapton to return to touring after 17 years away from the road. This music is from their 12-date Japan tour in 1991. All of the songs were recorded on December 2 and 5.
It should be noted that the drummer on this tour was none other than Steve Ferrone, who would go on to spend 25 years as drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
4:00 p.m. It’s Mudcrutch Monday! Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, June 26, 2016
This is a great bootleg of Mudcrutch’s performance at the Fonda Theatre during their 2016 tour. Stephen Stills turned out to be a surprise special guest at this show. This is one of my deepest regrets in life now that Tom Petty is gone: Missing the 2016 show in Boston where Mudcrutch blew the roof off the House of Blues (according to a friend in attendance), and recorded the definitive version of the great song, Hungry No More. I may never recover.
8:00 p.m. The Shadow: 03 Death From The Deep NEW!
Who has been sinking all of these ships of many country origins, of various sizes and with various functions? I’ll be damned if I’m going to tell you. You will have to listen to see what The Shadow knows.
Come on, people. It’s Monday. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s pretty damned dreary here. I’m already tuned in with my headphones on. What are you doing?
Good Morning, Students! We have your Monday morning lesson right here from The Mermaid Lounge, then we’re coming back with today’s line up!
Here’s today’s lesson:
December 14, 1963: The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand begins five weeks at #1 on the UK charts. It replaced She Loves You, which was #1 for two weeks. This is the first time ever a band has replaced itself on the charts with a new song.
December 14, 1964: Although banned by some radio stations, The Kingsmen’s Louie Louie goes to #2 on the Hot 100. Only the Singing Nun could keep the from #1.
December 14, 1968: Tommy James & The Shondells released Crimson & Clover. (Over and over.)
Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Gladys Knight & The Pips released a version in 1967 (my favorite version of the song, actually) and it went to #2 then. In spite of that, Marvin Gaye’s is considered the definitive version. I love Marvin Gaye, but I disagree.
Motown Acts own the top three spots on the Hot 100 on this day: (1) I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye; (2) Love Child by The Supremes; and (3) For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder.
Big Brother & The Holding Company’s album, Cheap Thrills, remained at #1 on the Album charts.
December 14, 1995: Released classified documents revealed that John Lennon wasn’t paranoid. The FBI had been spying on Lennon and his antiwar activities during Tricky Dick’s regime with the goal of having him deported.
Born On This Day
December 14, 1943: Frank Allen, bassist for The Searchers, was born in Hayes, West London, England.
December 14, 1946: Jackie McAuley, keyboardist/vocalist with Them, was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
And that is it for today’s musical lesson. Enjoy your day. We’ll be back with our line up in a bit!