Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge and that’s usually the day we bring you a long-player to fill up the musical hours along with our brand new Album of The Week.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers NEW!
Exodus was Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ninth studio release in June of 1977, and boasts six singles, including One Love/People Get Ready, Jammin’, Three Little Birds, and Turn Your Lights Down Low.
Consider this a preview for our newest upcoming longplayer covering Reggae, Ska, and World Music. It will hopefully be launched by next month.
3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists
This marks the second airing of this great new playlist covering both traditional and country-rock, including Asleep At The Wheel, Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse), Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Glen Campbell, The Byrds, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Carlene Carter, Roseann Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and more!
Don’t know how it is where you are, but the weather is pretty dismal here on the East Coast. It’s cold. It’s rainy. And it’s a great day to hunker down with a blanket, a book and some great music.
Good Morning, Musicologists! Well, they say “Beware the Ides of March,” so it’s only fitting that we kick off the month with our playlist about luck (all kinds). But it doesn’t end there. We have some live Bonnie Raitt and a little psychedelic music history.
Here’s today’s musical programming:
11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt, Live at The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1972
There’s nothing like seeing Bonnie Raitt in a small venue. One of my favorite places in the Boston area was Jonathan Swifts in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a Friday night routine for my friends and I, and I saw Bonnie Raitt there one time. Enjoy this treat.
3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck, Various Artists
Luck. Some people believe in it. Some don’t. Some create their own luck. But no matter, because there are plenty of songs about it, from Cream, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Loggins & Messina, Billy Joel, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, The Beatles, and others. You’ll hear them today.
7:00 p.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists
Did you know that scientists are exploring the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness? We used to do our own kind of research on psychedelics back in the day. So did a lot of famous musicians, and you’ll hear The Beatles, Vanilla Fudge, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, They Byrds, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Blues Image and more!
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Good Morning, Music Trivialists! We here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge draw from our own archive of totally useless information and pour over various electronic sources to bring this to you every day. As you may expect, some sites differ from others about locations of events, timing, etc. Needless to say, research, critical thinking and weed is required to complete this task.
Here’s today’s lesson!
December 4, 1956: Elvis Presley stopped by Sun Studios unexpectedly to find Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash watching Carl Perkins in the studio. The four would tape several songs together on that day, but it would be 25 years before that day would be immortalized on vinyl as The Million Dollar Quartet.
December 4, 1964: The Beatles release their fourth album, Beatles For Sale, which spends 11 weeks as the #1 album in the UK.
December 4, 1965:Turn, Turn, Turn would give The Byrds their second consecutive #1 hit, following up Mr. Tambourine Man.
December 4, 1969: President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and forty governors spend the day watching simulated acid trips and listening to rock music to help them understand the “generation gap.” We have been led by idiots for a very long fucking time.
December 4, 1971: Don MacLean’s eight-minute epic, American Pie, enters Billboard’s Hot 100. Before all is said and done, it will sell 3 million copies. To this day, it remains one of the most analyzed and debated songs in music history.
Also on this day, Sly & The Family Stone’s Family Affair begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This will be their third and final #1 and their last song in the top 10 before the band implodes under the weight of personal issues, and falls apart. Too bad. They were a great band.
Led Zeppelin also began a two-week stint at the top of the UK Album chart with the Four Symbols album, which includes Stairway To Heaven. The album will eventually sell 11 million copies and remained on the US charts for nearly five years.
December 4, 1980: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones announce that Led Zeppelin will not continue on after the death of drummer John Bonham.
December 4, 1982: A retrospective album of John Lennon’s solo work called The John Lennon Collection, started a six-week run at #1 on he UK Album chart. The front and back covers were shot by Annie Liebovitz on December 8, 1980, just five hours before John Lennon’s murder.
December 4, 1987: Alison Krauss, just sixteen years old, releases her debut album, Too Late To Cry, with her backing band, Union Station.
December 4, 1988: Roy Orbison (aka, Lefty Wilbury) plays his final gig at The Front Row Theater in Akron, Ohio. Orbison dies of a heart attack two days later.
Born On This Day
December 4, 1942: Chris Hillman, of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Desert Rose Band, was born in Los Angeles.
December 4, 1944: Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys was born in Inglewood, California.
And that, my friends, is as they say — all the news that’s fit to print because there are a lot of singers we simply don’t give a shit about here in The Mermaid Lounge.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have a light-programming day today, but it isn’t the quantity that counts. It’s the quality. We’ve got plenty of that here in The Mermaid Lounge.
Here’s Monday’s line-up:
12:00 p.m. The #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist
This is the playlist that generally reflects our attitude here at the radio station, with Country Joe & The Fish, Bob Dylan, Barry McGuire, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joan Baez, and more!
6:00 p.m. Alison Krauss & Union Station Live in Concert
In 1987, Alison Krauss was signed to Rounder Records and released her first album, Too Late To Cry, at the age of 16. Shortly thereafter, she joined bluegrass and country band Union Station with Jeff White, John Pennell, and Mike Harman as her back-up band. This is a collection of live songs. All of the songs were recorded at the Louisville Palace on April 29-30, 2002, except for Down to the River to Pray, which was recorded at Austin City Limits.
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Good Morning, Ungovernables! I had a schedule switch and I’m opening today, so we have an early blog post.
Here’s Your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Alison Krauss & Union Station Live!
This was the eleventh album for the band, but its first live album. All of the songs were recorded at the Louisville Palace (April 29 & 30, 2002), with the exception of Down To The River To Pray, which was recorded at Austin City Limits.
4:00 p.m. Tuesday Bluesday: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing the Blues
Tom Petty was serious about the blues, and his band could certainly sing and play the blues. He often said he envisioned them as old men sitting around with their guitars singing the blues.
8:00 p.m. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2008) NEW!
This was the fifth live album released by Van Morrison. It was recorded on November 7 and 8, 2008, exactly forty years after the first iteration of Astral Weeks was released. Morrison produced this effort, insisting on just one rehearsal and no post-production. Essentially you hear what the audience heard the two nights it was recorded.
10:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers
Wildflowers is the second solo studio album (of three) by Tom Petty, who was joined in the studio by his bandmates and a collection of some of the best studio musicians in rock n’roll history.
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