We’ve Got A Simple All-Brit Sunday On Tap With Elton John’s Album of The Week and ‘The British Are Coming’ EP, October 24, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! If you loved the musical British Invasion this is your day. Not only do we have our EP ‘The British Are Coming’ this afternoon, but we kick the festivities off with Elton John and our AOW.

This great EP starts at 3:00 p.m. EST!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Elton John by Elton John NEW!

I personally have a love-hate relationship with EJ, preferring his earlier works to the stuff he made later in his career. When you begin a long-term run in Vegas, you know it’s time to hang them up. I continue to believe this is one of Elton John’s finest albums, if not his absolute best. I have liked various songs here and there since the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, but nothing has knocked my socks off since then. Regardless, this album belongs on our Album of The Week radar without a doubt.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

Serendipity has once again found its way into my off-the-cuff programming and given us an All-British Sunday. That can only mean good things. During this EP, you’ll hear The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, Lulu, Petula Clark, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, Faces, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Dusty Springfield, and many more!

As always, it’s a great day to tune us in. We’re totally free, just like your Sunday should be, so why not take advantage of it. And we’re not just free and without strings on Sundays. We’re like this every day. For us, it’s all about the music.

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Saturday Brings Our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, Our Final Airing of “Full Moon Fever” by Tom Petty, and LIVE DEAD Later, October 23, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we turn the beginning of the day over to the women of music.

It’s ‘Ladies Day Out’ starting at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The ladies kick it all off today as we go through a magical musical journey of rock, country, soul, R & B. the blues, folk, and many other genres with Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Cilla Black, Ann Peebles, The Supremes, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Lulu, Joan Baez, Melissa Etheridge, Dolly Parton, Valerie Carter, Carole King, Carla Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty FINAL AIRING!

Today we bid a fond farewell to Tom Petty’s first solo album, although he did have help from many of his bandmates in both The Heartbreakers and in The Traveling Wilburys. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA, October 27, 1979 NEW!

Another one from the vault from the world’s ultimate road jam band. This one’s from the Cape Cod Coliseum, a venue which many claims feels like it’s “in the middle of nowhere.” Funny, I don’t remember that. Then again, I don’t remember a lot about my trips to the Cape Cod Coliseum, to be honest.

Great day to tune us in, as always. I know I say that every day, but I also mean it every day. Hey, look, where else do you get to try something out for free. In my experience, new “experiences” always seem to require a credit card with the caveat that you can cancel at any time. Well, that’s not the way we do business around here. In fact, we’re not “doing business” around here. We’re playing music. Period. End of story.

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We Slowly Wind Down Tom Petty Month (But We Ain’t Done Yet), and Put The Soul Queen of New Orleans In The Spotlight, Friday, October 22, 2021

Good Morning, Petty-ologists! We are slowly winding down Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, but we do have some great nuggets left for you this week. Do not despair. We’ve got a very scientific offering today. (I’m lying.)

We put Irma Thomas In the Spotlight a bit later!

Here’s Friday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 60 Songs EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

The decision to move this from 50 to 60 songs was as “scientific” as the song selections themselves. We simply decided 50 wasn’t enough and some great stuff got left out. So, we arbitrarily added it in. I believe we pulled the song names out of a bucket when we originally made this list, and just said, “yeah” and “no.” But it matters not. We could redo this list and it might look very different. That’s why we don’t indulge. We think we’ve got a solid list here, and it now includes some of the stuff from Wildflowers & All The Rest and Angel Dream. ENJOY!

By the way, the set list is up under the Playlist tab and it was updated last evening. Just scroll around out there until you find it.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas is a contemporary of both Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but she never quite achieved the commercial success of either. Although, to listen to Irma, she’s feels she’s living just fine as ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans.’ At 80 years old, she’s still singing. We love Irma Thomas here in The Mermaid Lounge, and tonight we are putting her In the Spotlight where she belongs.

And you belong here listening to us. Join your friends from near and far today. We’ve got some in New York and Kansas tuning in today with folks from Italy, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Russian Federation, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Germany and France. What are you waiting for?

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Thursday We Give You Open Stream With Trifectas All Day Up Until Our Album of The Week Airing, October 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! The Music Mermaid has chosen an Open Stream day with Trifectas right up until our Album of The Week airing later.

Here’s today’s programming:

All Day Open Stream with Trifectas!

8:00 a.m. Aretha Franklin

9:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers

10:00 a.m. Steely Dan

11:00 a.m. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

12:00 p.m. The Beatles

1:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams

2:00 p.m. Van Morrison

3:00 p.m. Sam Cooke

4:00 p.m. Canned Heat

5:00 p.m. Janis Joplin

6:00 p.m. Diana Ross & The Supremes

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty

This is our next-to-last airing of this great Petty album, so get it while you can! Saturday will be the final airing before we move onto a new selection.

It’s Thursday. The end of the work week nears. This would be a most excellent day to tune us in. You can really get a feel for what we’re all about on an Open Stream day.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Again and We’ve Got Our ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues’ EP Along With Our Petty Album of The Week, October 19, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got our blues EP going today, bringing you five hours of multi-artist blues and blues-rock.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

It’s back for a return engagement. Our big, bad blues EP is here with more than five hours of uninterrupted blues from B. B. King, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, John Lee Hooker, The Animals, The Allman Brothers Band, The Yardbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Robert Cray Band, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry, Foghat, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, J. J. Cale, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy, Ry Cooder, James Cotton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty

We’re back with our second airing of this week’s Album of The Week, Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty. This was the first of three great Tom Petty solo albums (although most of the Heartbreakers contributed mightily).

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great intro to our station. This is the perfect day with our signature blues extended playlist. You cannot go wrong, particularly since there are no subscription requirements or fees, and we do not ask for your personal information. Ever.

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It’s Another Monday Here With Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight Later This Morning and Tom Petty’s Deep Cuts This Afternoon, October 18, 2021

Good Morning All from The Mermaid Lounge! We start off the programming with Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight today, and we have a great Tom Petty treat for you later. Read on to learn more!

We start off the day with Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music Of Bonnie Raitt

This is always a good way to kick off the day. There’s nothing like getting it going with one of the female pioneers in music, and Bonnie Raitt certainly qualifies as that. We’ve got a complete retrospective here for you so we know you’re going to enjoy it.

This set list can be found under the Playlist tab on this blog. You’ll have to scroll until you find it!

4:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Deep Cuts & B-Sides EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

We’re past the mid-point of Tom Petty Month here and we feel we’ve shown some restraint here. This week, however, the action ramps up as Wednesday we celebrate Tom’s birthday. This particular playlist is one of our favorites. Everyone knows the Heartbreaker hits, but Tom Petty made a lot of music in his day. What we give you here are the lesser-knowns. For those who are lovers of his hits, this will be a revelation. For those who have delved into all of the Petty archives, this will be a celebration.

This set list will be in the Playlist section prior to airing. Simply scroll until you find it (in this case, it’ll be at the bottom since it’s being updated).

Let’s go, people. Join your friends from Germany (I think the entire nation is on this morning), the UK, Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, The Faroe Islands, Canada, Denmark, and France this morning. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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We Keep It Simple Today With ‘Full Moon Fever’ As Our Album Of The Week and Our ‘Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, October 17, 2021

As you know, it is Tom Petty Month in these here parts and we’ve chosen one of Petty’s solo albums (but not really; you’ll see what I mean) as our Album of The Week. This is one we’ve not had yet since we started this feature. From there, it’s a Little Bit O’ Soul.

This one comes your way at 3:00 p.m. EST today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty NEW!

Full Moon Fever was Tom Petty’s very first solo effort, released April 24, 1989 on MCA. It was produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne. In addition to Lynne, other members of the Wilburys also contributed, including George Harrison and Roy Orbison. It was recorded in Campbell’s garage studio, and was actually interrupted mid-stream for the recording of the Traveling Wilbury’s first album.

Full Moon Fever was both a critical and commercial success. Five singles were released: I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Free Fallin’, A Face In The Crowd, and Yer So Bad. It peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 8 in the UK. It was certified 5x platinum in the U.S. on October 5, 2000 and 6x platinum in Canada on September 18, 1991 in Canada. In 2019, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Starting mid-afternoon we’ve got more than five hours of R & B and soul music for you with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Nina Simone, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, LaVern Baker, Sam & Dave, and more!

It’s an easy, breezy Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge. Give yourself a break and tune us in. We’re free. No pressure for a membership. No request for a credit card or personal information. We know this may be hard to believe, but it’s absolutely true. And we don’t track you to sell you shit later. We’re not in this for profit. Blah. Blah. Blah. You won’t believe me until you’ve tried it. Come on and join your friends from around the globe.

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It’s a Black & Blue Friday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Songs Including References to Those Two Colors Throughout The Day, October 15, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! This should be a fun day as we pull out our All About Blue and Paint It Black set lists for you. It’s a treasure trove of multi-artist songs as we play the ones with the words “blue” and “black” in either the title or the lyrics, or both!

Today it’s songs with references to the colors black & blue in the title, lyrics, or both!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

1:15 p.m. All About Blue: Volume Two: Various Artists

We’re running these two playlists back-to-back for you today to kick things off, focusing on songs with references to the color blue in the title, the lyrics…or both! And there are plenty as you’ll hear from The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Mudcrutch, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists

You’ll get the same treatment tonight only with the color black. You’ll hear from Led Zeppelin, The Wallflowers, The Move, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Grateful Dead, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang, Tom Rush, Amy Winehouse, Warren Zevon and more!

And that’s why it’s a black & blue Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a big wide Open Stream with a bit of a twist, and we hope you like it. Make today part of your background color by pulling up a tab and tuning us in. You’ll be in good company.

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Heading Down the Week’s Home Stretch We’ve Got Some Great Heartbreakers, Paul Simon In the Spotlight, and Our AOW, Thursday, October 14, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! We’re still in the midst of Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a great selection for you today for sure!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on WTTW’s Sound Stage in Chicago

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul Simon

October is a busy month for the favorites of The Mermaid Lounge. John Lennon and Jackson Browne were both born October 9. Petty’s birthday is coming up October 20. And yesterday, Paul Simon turned 80 years old. Today we put Paul Simon In the Spotlight with music from his Simon & Garfunkel days as well as from his solo career. Happy Belated Birthday, Paul. We’re sometimes a day late, but never a dollar short.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon

Our second-to-last airing is today, with our final airing coming on Saturday. Get in on it while you can. There is not one throw-away song on this album, and some of the biggest names in music history join Zevon on his quest, like Jackson Browne (producer), Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Bob Glaub, Danny Korchmar, and more!

7:00 p.m. WTTW Presents Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on Sound Stage, April 19, 2003

This may well be a more controlled environment than the usual Heartbreakers’ live turn, but it’s no less amazing a performance. Both Tom Petty and the band are at the top of their game here, singing their hits, some deep cuts, plus a few surprises. Tune it in, folks.

We motor along here pushing through the work week one musical day at a time. Tomorrow is Friday, the start to our weekend (musically speaking, that is), and our programming tomorrow will leave you black and blue. And that’s all we’re going to say about that. Patience is a virtue.

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It’s Mid-Week and We Have a Brand New EP Coming Your Way Plus Some ‘Live’ Little Feat, Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Good Morning, Psychedelic Music Lovers (and that would definitely be me). The Psychedelic Express is rolling your way and is our latest playlist to move into EP territory!

The Psychedelic Express debuts as our latest EP today!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists UPDATED AND EXPANDED!

We’ve gone from just under two hours of great psychedelic music to just under five hours of uninterrupted mind-bending music. You’ll hear the Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, Eric Burdon & War, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Doors, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (yes, that Kenny Rogers), Yes, Vanilla Fudge, Mudcrutch, Tommy James & The Shondells, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cream, Grateful Dead, Procol Harum, Blues Image, Donovan, The Byrds, Blind Faith, The Chambers Brothers, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, and many more!

This particular EP set list will be on this blog under the Playlist tab prior to airing! Just scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., August 18, 1977

We close out today’s programming with undoubtedly one of our favorite bands on the planet in Little Feat. Just as The Grateful Dead isn’t THE Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia, Little Feat isn’t THE Little Feat without Lowell George.

Before, in between, and after we have that great wide Open Stream with the Music Mermaid calling the shots. You cannot go wrong. No interruptions. No commercials. No chatty DJ’s who want to tell you about their lives. Just great music 24/7. Free.

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