Good Saturday Morning From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/19/2020

Good Morning, Students! Here’s today’s lesson from the college:

The Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1955: Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes two days after writing it. Although it is generally the Elvis Presley version we hear, that version peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Top 100, while Perkins’ original version went to #2 and spent 17 weeks on the charts.

December 19, 1964: The Beatles’ fourth album, Beatles For Sale, begins a seven-week run at the top of the UK album charts by knocking off The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. It stayed in the Top 20 for an amazing 46 weeks.

Also on this day, Come See About Me by the Supremes became their third straight #1 single.

New singer Petula Clark makes her debut on the chart with her single, Downtown.

December 19, 1968: Led Zeppelin performed at the Exeter City Hall in England for 125 pounds. They had to bill themselves as The New Yardbirds to attract an audience.

December 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones moved to #1 in the UK with their album, Let It Bleed.

December 19, 1970: Elton John’s first US hit, Your Song, enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will peak at #8.

December 19, 1974: Guitarist Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1993: Michael Clarke, original drummer for The Byrds, died of liver failure at the age of 47 after decades of alcohol abuse. After The Byrds, he played for the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-1973) and Firefall (1974-1981).

Born On This Day

December 19, 1918: Blues singer Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

December 19, 1944: Zalman (Zal) Yanovsky, lead guitarist and found of The Lovin’ Spoonful, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Also on December 19 1944: Alvin Lee, great guitarist of Ten Years After and who worked with George Harrison, John Mayall, Steve Winwood, and Bo Diddley (among others), was born in Nottingham, England.

December 19, 1945: John McEuen, founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born in Garden Grove, California.

That is it from the college. We’ll be back with the line-up soon!

Our Rock, Blues and Ballads Playlist, The Final Airing of The Shadow, and The Doors Live From Vancouver…With A Special Sit-in Guest on Friday, December 18, 2020

Today’s entry from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge might have been sparse, but the music from The Mermaid Lounge certainly isn’t. You don’t want to miss The Doors tonight. They have a special guest sitting in.

Albert King will be sitting in with The Doors tonight at 7:00 here from The Mermaid Lounge.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads: Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one in a while, and it’s a great smorgasbord of artists, including Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Neil Young, J.J. Cale, Long John Baldry, Harry Nilsson, Emmylou Harris and more!

The Playlist for this can be found on the blog under the Playlist tab. Just scroll and you’ll find it!

3:00 p.m. The Shadow 03: Death From The Deep FINAL AIRING!

This is the third and final airing of this week’s episode of The Shadow. On Monday, we’ll have a new one!

7:00 p.m. The Doors Live at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 6, 1970 NEW!

The official Roadhouse Blues Tour, and the Doors have a special guest named Albert King sitting in with them on four songs tonight…all Blues classics. So tune us in.

The Playlist for this performance is under the Playlist tab of this blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

We’re free. Nobody has to “subscribe” to our radio station. Nobody has to provide us with a credit card or personal information. There is no advertising. And our DJ doesn’t have diarrhea of the mouth either.

www.tinyurl.com/Ungovernable-Radio

Shhhh. It’s Kinda Quiet in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/18/2020

Good Morning from the College! It’s a really kind of quiet day here, and your lesson will be smaller than usual. It was mostly an uneventful day in rock music history. But we do have some interesting events.

Sly & The Family Stone. Sly Stone was erratic, but this was a great band.

Here’s today’s lesson, You won’t have to strain your brain:

December 18, 1961: EMI Records rejected The Beatles. They later signed them after they realized what the fuck they had.

Also on this day, Sam Cooke, a man whose voice was made for R & B, recorded Twistin’ The Night Away.

December 18, 1962: The Beatles returned to Hamburg for the last time before hitting the big time, where they play a twelve-night run at The Star Club.

December 18, 1971: Sly & The Family Stone had the #1 album on the Billboard chart with There’s a Riot Going On. It was originally going to be called Africa Speaks To You, but the name was changed at the last minute to respond to Marvin Gaye’s album, What’s Going On.

Born On This Day

December 18, 1938: Chas Chandler (bassist for The Animals and later, manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience), was born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

December 18, 1941: Sam Andrews, guitarist for Big Brother & The Holding Company, was born in Taft, California.

December 18, 1943: Keith Richards, lead gutarist for The Rolling Stones, was born in Dartford, Kent, England.

And that is the lesson today from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! Stick around, Today’s line-up is coming!