Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Friday once again, and we’ve got a pretty cool line-up for you today, including a live performance by Little Feat!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: By the Numbers, Various Artists
We’ve got a great selection of songs here with numbers in the title or the lyrics. You will hear Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, Chicago, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Byrds, The Doors, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and more!
3:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, August 4, 1977
One show of a four show run at London’s famed Rainbow Theatre by one of the greatest bands of all time. It’s a personal thing. Like the Dead isn’t the Dead without Garcia, Little Feat isn’t Little Feat without Lowell George.
7:00 p.m. The Soul Sisters, Volume 1: Various Artists
Tune us in at 7:00 p.m. to hear Aretha Franklin, Martha & The Vandellas, Irma Thomas, Little Eva, Carla Thomas, Kim Weston, The Ronettes, Ann Peebles, Fontella Bass, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and many more!
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Good Monday Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great line-up today with another Mudcruch Monday, then we toss in a great soul music playlist and Gram Parsons in the early evening.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Complete Collection.
We’ve got just over two hours of great Mudcrutch music for you today. Not only do we have the absolute best live version of Hungry No More recorded at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016, but the original version of Don’t Do Me Like That. Yes, it was originally a Mudcrutch song.
3:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound
One of the first playlists we ever put together when we started this station back in 2017. You’ll hear The Four Tops, Mary Wells, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Edwin Starr, Etta James, and may more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons didn’t live long enough to reach stardom, but he would certainly have gotten there. As a solo artist, a member of the Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parson left us a huge musical legacy in a very short time.
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Happy Valentines Day, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great Valentines Day lined up today, even if the playlist is about heartbreak. There’s also volume 3 of our All-Girl Revue and a brand new Album of the Week by our friend Tom Rush.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Take A Little Walk With Me by Tom Rush NEW!
Tom Rush’s second album for Elektra hit the airwaves in 1966. He’s one of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge, a New England original born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And the man who is credited with starting the era of the singer-songwriter.
3:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists
Not exactly the most uplifting playlist on this Valentines Day, but given my track record, it’s appropriate! You’ll hear heartfelt lament from Dan Fogelberg, Aretha Franklin, Tom Rush, J. Geils Band, Mudcrutch, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Warren Zevon, The Beatles, and more!
7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 3: Various Artists
We’ve got volume three today. Somehow the women of music always get the short end of the recognition stick. I mentioned this in a Twitter post. First, I can’t believe they’re inducting rappers into what is supposed to be the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That’s enough of an insult. But to be inducting Jay-Z and Carole King in 2021? What the fuck is up with that. It’s an insult to Carole King, frankly. It’s like the Nobel Peace Prize now. A collective joke. But I digress…
Hear Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Shawn Colvin, Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Valerie Carter, Sarah McLachlan, Melissa Etheridge, and more!
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Good Morning, Music Lovers. We’ve got some great music lined up for the day, including the original All-Girl Revue.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison
Orbison’s 22nd album was recorded just prior to his untimely death at the age of 52, and released posthumously. This is the deluxe edition.
3:00 p.m. The Original All-Girl Revue: Various Artists
This is the very first all-female playlist we ever put together, featuring Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Fontella Bass, Carole King, Ann Peebles, and Janis Joplin, among others.
7:00 p.m. The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions
A collection of recordings from the band’s abandoned album, Smile, recorded between 1966 and 1967. This is just a selection of those recordings, not the entire set.
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Someone famous once said that. I consider it sage advice at this time in our history. We’re waiting for you to join us here.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! The DJ slept late because she couldn’t fall asleep until nearly 2 a.m. I mean, seriously? What the hell was that all about? But here we are with your lesson!
Here’s your lesson:
January 24, 1958: The Quarrymen performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was their first and last performance there until they changed their name to The Beatles.
January 24, 1961: The Beatles officially sign on with manager Brian Epstein, their one and only manager. His signature does not appear on this contract. Epstein always had the band’s best interest at heart. He was a man of his word. He said he would not sign until he had a record contract for the band. He also said that they could opt out of that contract if they could find a better deal somewhere else. On October 1, 1962, a final contract was drawn up with Epstein’s signature included. He had fulfilled his promise. In return for his loyalty, The Beatles gave him 25% of all profits, far above the standard 10% of the day.
On this day, another momentous occasion as Bob Dylan arrived in New York after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. He put his musical career in action immediately by performing at the club, Cafe Wha?, in New York’s Greenwich Village.
January 24, 1965: The Animals appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
January 24, 1967: The Who began a world tour at Central Pier in Morecambe, England.
Also on this day, Aretha Franklin gets a $25,000 signing bonus to record her first tracks for Atlantic Records. It was quite a tumultuous session as her husband apparently got into a fight with one of the musicians. Nevertheless, over her career, Aretha Franklin would have twenty #1 hit singles and ten #1 albums on the R & B charts.
January 24, 1969: Jethro Tull played its first concert in the US, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Fillmore East in New York City.
Meanwhile, The Doors also performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
January 24, 1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
And Abbey Road by The Beatles returned to the #1 position for a third time, giving the album eleven weeks at the top of the Album charts.
January 24, 1975: Pink Floyd began recording tracks for their album Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Born On This Day
January 24, 1941: Aaron Neville, elite vocalist with The Neville Brothers, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will also have a successful solo career, recording two duets with Linda Ronstadt.
January 24, 1947: Wild man Warren Zevon was born in Chicago. He initially tours as keyboardist for The Everly Brothers while he tries to get a jump on his own career. He finally catches a break when Linda Ronstadt begins to record his compositions as she dominates the seventies.
The End. We are done. And I will be back with today’s line-up shortly.
Goo d Morning, Music Trivia Lovers! Here’s all the information that’s fit to print from The Mermaid Lounge!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 13, 1962: Bob Dylan performed at the San Remo Coffee House in Schenectady, New York.
January 13, 1965: The first day of recording sessions for Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home began on thiis day. He recorded Subterranean Homesick Blues and It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.
Also on this day, The Who release their first single, I Can’t Explain.
January 13, 1966: The Rolling Stones receive their third Gold record for the album December’s Children, which contains Get Off My Cloud, As Tears Go By, and I’m Free.
Also on this day, The Beach Boys enter the Billboard Top 100 for the 23rd time with the song Barbara Ann. it was recorded “live” at a party staged in a recording studio, and actually features Dean Torrance of Jan & Dean on lead vocals.
January 13, 1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Bag O’Nails Club in London. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the show.
January 13, 1968: The Beatles remained at #1 for a third week with Hello Goodbye. In just four years, The Beatles had spent 40 weeks at #1 with fifteen #1 songs.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles went to #1 on the R & B chart with I Second That Emotion on this day.
January 13, 1969: Elvis Presley returned to American Sound Studios in Memphis to record Suspicious Minds.
January 13, 1972: Aretha Franklin performs the first of two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It is recorded for her live album, Amazing Grace, which sells over two million copies when released in June.
January 13, 1973: Carly Simon’s album, No Secrets, with her hit song You’re So Vain, goes to #1 in America.
Good Morning from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge where the inhabitants of The Mermaid Lounge rarely sleep. Or so it seems. This is a pretty busy day in rock n’ roll, as you will see.
Here are the facts, children:
January 3, 1955: 20-year-old Elvis Presley appeared live in Boonesville, Virginia. He was still only a regional success but, by the end of 1956, he would explode into a national sensation.
January 3, 1957: Fats Domino records I’m Walkin’ (one of the greatest songs ever made, in my opinion). He wrote the song after his car broke down and he heard a fan yell, “Hey, look at Fats Domino, he’s walking!” The song would reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R & B chart.
January 3, 1963: After placing 30 songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signed a $1 million, 20-year contract with Decca (you know, the label that turned the Beatles down). He would generate six more Top 40 hits for Decca before his tragic death.
Speaking of The Beatles, they kicked off a five-day tour of Scotland on this day at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin.
January 3, 1964: The Beatles were seen on television for the (first? second?) time (nobody has the definitive answer except them) when a BBC clip from a show called The Mersey Sound showing the band singing She Loves You was released on the Jack Paar Show. Old Jack, of course, made fun of them, particularly their hair cuts. In short order, The Beatles would teach them a lesson and shut them the fuck up.
January 3, 1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to report to his local draft board after receiving his draft notice. He would eventually win conscious objector status. In the meantime, Good Vibrations was in its fourth week in the #1 slot.
January 3, 1970: The Beatles’ final recording session was held at Abbey Road Studios on this day. The final song they played together was I Me Mine, which would also be the title of George Harrison’s autobiography ten years later.
Also on this day, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, from the Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid soundtrack, would become B.J. Thomas’ third US Top 10 hit, and his first #1.
January 3, 1972: Don MacLean’s American Pie receives a Gold record. It reached #1 in both America and the UK, eventually selling three million copies.
January 3, 1974: Bob Dylan & The Band reunite for a US tour. Dylan was promoting his Planet Waves LP, while The Band had just released Moondog Matinee (last week’s Album of The Week) and the single Ain’t Got No Home. The tour was chronicled six months later with the release of the double album set Before The Flood.
January 3, 1976: Bob Dylan’s song about former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (called Hurricane), which peaked at #33 on the Billboard chart, caused enough negative publicity to eventually get Carter released from prison. The song protested Carter’s innocence and his wrongful conviction on murder charges, as well as the authorities’ failure to even consider another perpetrator because Carter was black.
January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It seems like ridiculous amount of time for women to get the recognition they deserved in this business, and consider that it would take Linda Ronstadt until 2014 to be inducted, one of the biggest travesties in the music business.
Born On This Day
January 3, 1926: Sir George Martin, British record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician who nurtered The Beatles’ creative side and was known appropriately, according to McCartney, as The Fifth Beatle, was born in Highbury, London.
January 3, 1943: Van Dyke Parks, songwriter and producer who worked with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on the Smile album (a great album, by the way), played keyboards on The Byrds’ Eight Miles High, and produced Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, and Judy Collins, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
January 3, 1945: Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter who was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, and who released an album with Neil Young as The Stills-Young Band, was born in Dallas, Texas.
January 3, 1946: John Paul Jones, bassist, keyboardist, and producer with Led Zeppelin, was born in Sidcup, London.
And that is all today from The College. We’ll be back with the line-up in a bit.
Greetings from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, where we enrich your lives by making sure you have all the pertinent details required to win a musical trivia contest.
Here’s today’s lesson!
December 11, 1960: Aretha Franklin gives her first live performance at the Village Vanguard in New York city.
December 11, 1961: Motown Records has it’s first #1 hit on the Top 100 with Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes.
Also on this day, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii goes to #1.
December 11, 1965: The Velvet Underground plays its first live gig when they open for a group called The Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey.
December 11, 1966: Elton John’s band, Bluesology, opens for Little Richard in London. Elton would later say: “When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins, and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player.”
December 11, 1968: The Rolling Stones record their Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special, then proceed to bury it for nearly 30 years.
December 11, 1970: John Lennon releases his first solo album, titled John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
December 11, 1972: Genesis plays its first US concert ever at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
December 11, 1988: Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Don Henley perform at a Roy Orbison tribute concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
December 11, 1990: Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond with sales of 10 million in the US.
Born On This Day
December 11, 1926: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in Anton, Alabama. Willie Mae was the first to record Hound Dog, the song that would later be made famous by Elvis Presley.
And that is just about it from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge for this fine day!
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.