It’s Saturday and We Have Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, the Final Airing of “American Beauty,” and LIVE DEAD! Later, July 2, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! How the hell are you all this fine, eerily disgustingly humid morning? Well, if you don’t like the soup outside, we give you an opportunity to hunker down with some great music today.

It’s a Dead kind of day here in The Mermaid Lounge!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists

We’ve got an EP with songs waxing poetic about the morning, and also one about the night. This is the latter of the two as you will hear Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Them, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, the Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Doors, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Beauty by The Grateful Dead FINAL AIRING!

Today, we kiss this one goodbye. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new selection to spotlight for the week.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, March 26, 1973 NEW!

We’ve got a brand new soundboard recording of The Dead here live in Baltimore. This one’s nearly four hours of music.

Why not make today the day you join your friends from around the globe? You’re never alone, we’re global and there’s always someone tuned in at all hours. That’s because we have great basic principles here: We never air more programming than we do Open Stream; we never charge for a subscription; and we don’t employ DJs who like the sound of their voices more than they do music. Did I mention we’re advertising-free and run 24/7 without interruption. What is not to love here?

It’s Pouring Rain Here and We’ve Got Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP On Tap Along With Buddy Holly In The Spotlight, Friday, February 4, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great line-up on tap today including, appropriately, our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP on a day that is pouring rain (last week at this time, it was a blizzard). But that’s not all. Read on for details!

Today, we finally put Buddy Holly, a true founding father of rock n’ roll, In the Spotlight!

Here’s your Friday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

I promise I didn’t plan this to be aired on a day when it’s pouring out. It kind of just happens that way, but we do have it on tap, as we say. You’ll hear from Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Deep Purple, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bruce Hornsby, The Grass Roots, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Lindesfarne, Electric Light Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Mudcrutch, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tracy Nelson, B.J. Thomas, Al Green, Foo Fighters, and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Buddy Holly NEW!

It was 63 years ago yesterday, on February 3, 1959, that the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (also known as The Big Bopper) went down in Clear Lake, Iowa. It was “the day the music died” for Don McLean, as he relayed so eloquently in his song American Pie. We are not focusing on all three here, but we are putting Buddy Holly In the Spotlight. He and his band, The Crickets, had a profound effect on many who came after him. Although The Beatles only recorded one of his songs for an album, they used to fill their early live shows with several of his songs. His songs have also been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Eva Cassidy, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and many others. Today, we give you Buddy Holly & The Crickets singing his own songs, but we close out the playlist with a few of our favorite covers as well as Don McLean’s opus, American Pie as the final tribute.

Great day to tune us in. Actually, I know I say that every day, but it is the truth, after all. We run totally free 24/7 with no commercial advertising. We’re all about the music, and nothing but the music. So help me, Buddha.

Open Stream Followed by Don McLean In The Spotlight, and ‘Money, Honey’ Later, Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We kick off the day with wide Open Stream until early afternoon, when we put Don McLean In the Spotlight!

We kick off today’s programming with Don McLean In the Spotlight!

2:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Don McLean NEW!

Who can forget that eight-minute anthem called American Pie? When I was young, we played it over and over again, lamenting the loss of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. But Don McLean was a singer-songwriter who was so much more than that song. Over his career, he amassed 40 gold and platinum records. Today we put him In the Spotlight for you.

7:00 p.m. Money, Honey: Various Artists

This is a great playlist talking about what appears to be everyone’s favorite topic: MONEY. Ask Elvis Presley, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, J. J. Cale, Slim Harpo, The Beatles, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Barrett Strong, Van Morrison, The Guess Who, and many more!

We’re sitting here in The Mermaid Lounge eagerly awaiting your arrival. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Friday Morning in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/22/2021

Good Morning, Students! Here we are again. It’s another Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this was a pretty active day in rock n’ roll history!

The Beatles put their differences aside and managed to finish Let It Be, a great fucking album.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 22, 1959: Buddy Holly left for Milwaukee to begin The Winter Dance Party tour.

January 22, 1960: Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records on this day, his 29th birthday.

January 22, 1963: Gerry & The Pacemakers held their first recording session ever, laying down How Do You Do It.

January 22, 1964: Sonny Boy Wiliamson and The Yardbirds appeared at The Cavern Club for their Big R & B Night.

January 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones began a tour of Oceana with two shows at the Agricultural Hall in Sydney, Australia.

January 22, 1966: The Beach Boys began recording Wouldn’t It Be Nice at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.

Also on this day:

Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the R & B chart with Uptight (Everything’s Alright). He was just 13 years old at the time, making him the youngest artist to ever top the charts.

The Beatles album Rubber Soul was at week three in the top Album position.

Simon & Garfunkel had their first #1 hit with Sounds of Silence.

January 22, 1968: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition released their first single, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In). I wonder if anybody realizes that he started out as a rocker before he began singing formualted country hits.

Also on this day:

Another great band, Sly & The Family Stone, sent their first 45 record, Dance To The Music, to the radio stations.

The Who performed two shows in Sydney Stadium in Australia. They were backed by the Small Faces.

January 22, 1969: Billy Preston arrived at Apple Studios to play keyboards and help the Beatles finish the Let It Be album. In addition to his talents, he also provided a great buffer for their in-fighting.

January 22, 1971: The Joe Cocker film, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, premiered in London. It featured performances by Cocker himself, along with Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. There was also a cast of great session musicians like Jim Keltner (Buster Sidebury of Traveling Wilbury fame), Jim Horn, and Carl Radle.

January 22, 1972: Don McLean’s album American Pie hits #1 in the US, where it will remain for seven weeks.

January 23, 1973: Gladys Knight & The Pips released the single Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).

Also on this day, Roberta Flack released the single Killing Me Softly With His Song. The lyricist was Lori Lieberman, who was inspired by a 1971 live performance by none other than Don McLean.

January 22, 1974: Carly Simon’s great album Hotcakes is certified Gold.

January 22, 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings have the #1 album in the US with Wings Over America.

January 22, 2004: The famous nightclub, The Bottom Line, closes its doors in Greenwich Village, New York after thirty years.

Born On This Day

January 22, 1931: Sam Cooke, the man with the voice made to sing soul music, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

January 22, 1949: Another great vocalist, Steve Perry, the frontman for Journey, was born in Hanford, California. (No matter what they tell you, there’s no real Journey without Steve Perry at the mike.)

January 22, 1959: Nigel Pegrum, drummer for both Small Faces and Uriah Heep, was born in North Wales.

I hope you took notes. Because this is a lot of information. We’ll be back with the line-up.

It’s Friday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/15/2021

Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge! It is Friday here, and we’ve got some great music coming your way! But first, our lesson.

The Original Supremes, formerly known as The Primettes. That’s Barbara Martin on the left, the only one that was legally ‘of age’ to sign the Motown contract in 1961. Find out more below.

Here’s your lesson!

January 15, 1958: Elvis Presley records Hard Headed Woman, Trouble, New Orleans, King Creole, and Crawfish. All in a day’s work for The King.

January 15, 1961: The Supremes sign on with Motown Records. At this time there are four Supremes (once called The Primettes): Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin. All but Martin are under 18 and require parental permission before signing. Diana Ross was just sixteen. Martin sings on their first album, but leaves the group after a year and is not replaced.

January 15, 1964: The Beatles play live at Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, in front of an audience of 2,000 people. It’s a warm up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would begin the following night.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, a legal shitshow is taking place between Capitol Records and Vee Jay Records. Capitol filed an injunction that prohibited Vee Jay from manufacturing or distributing any more Beatles records. Vee Jay, in turn, files suit against both Capitol and Swan Records, which owned the rights to She Loves You. Most of the contracts in the early days of rock n’ roll revolved around individual releases. You can read all the details here in The Beatles Bible, which is my personal bible for Beatles information.

January 15, 1965: Bob Dylan recorded Maggie’s Farm at Columbia Recording Studios in New York.

Also on this day, The Who’s first single, I Can’t Explain, is released in the UK. Jimmy Page helps The Who out on guitar on this one.

January 15, 1966: The Supremes song My World Is Empty Without You enters the charts.

January 15, 1967: Before The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, Mick Jagger agrees to change the line “let’s spent the night together” to “let’s spend some time together.” He is obviously visibly annoyed when he is sings the altered lyrics.

January 15, 1971: George Harrison released My Sweet Lord in the UK.

January 15, 1972: Don McLean’s epic American Pie hits #1 in the US. It runs 8:36 seconds long, and you have to flip the 45 record over to hear the whole thing. (I remember that.)

January 15, 1977: Hotel California by The Eagles goes to #1 on the Album charts.

Born On This Day

January 15, 1941: Don Van Vliet, also known as Captain Beefheart, was born in Glendale, California.

January 15, 1948: Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

January 15, 1952: Melvin Gayle, cellist with Electric Light Orchestra, was born in London.

And that is today’s lesson from the college. We’ll be back shortly with the line-up.