We’re Celebrating The End of 2020 With Van Morrison, Birthday Boy Jeff Lynne, A Special Edition of LIVE DEAD, and While We’re Celebrating, We’ll be ‘Under The Influence,” Thursday, December 31, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s the end of 2020 (happily), but we here in The Mermaid Lounge know better than to think 2021 is going to be much better. So, we’ve got music to soothe our souls. So do you. But only if you tune us in.

Happy 74th Birthday to Jeff Lynne (yesterday, actually). He’s In The Spotlight today!

Here’s today’s year-end line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison

We’re winding down on Van “The Man” Morrison’s brilliant masterpiece here. You have one more day to tune it in before we choose a new AOW.

3:00 p.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists

Yes, we’ll be under the influence by this time today. I promise. Let’s face it, whether legal or illegal, we’ve all done it. Personally, I have no regrets. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Byrds, Arlo Guthrie, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Tom Petty, and more! Just over two hours of mind-altering music.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jeff Lynne NEW!

Yesterday was Jeff Lynne’s 74th birthday. Our celebration is, as they say, better late than never. We’ve got Jeff Lynne here with his Electric Light Orchestra, and as Otis Wilbury. Most people don’t realize that Jeff Lynne was also the band leader of The Move back in the sixties (one of my favorite British bands). That band morphed into ELO. We have some Move music in here as well. Lynne is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has worked with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, George Harrison and, of course, The Traveling Wilburys, the best damned supergroup ever.

10:00 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Special Edition of Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Close Winterland, San Francisco, December 31, 1978 NEW!

On this particular New Year’s Eve, The Grateful Dead played their 48th and final show at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was one hell of a show.

This would be an EXCELLENT way to kick out the 2020 jams and start the New Year. We’re free. We’re fun. We don’t talk a lot, and we certainly don’t cut off songs with endless DJ chatter. We talk with our music. Join the fucking party.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Wembley & The Hollies In The Spotlight Wrapped Around Wide Open Stream, Friday, November 20, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! How the hell are you on this fine Friday? We’ve got some good stuff coming your way today with plenty of wide Open Stream!

Jeff Lynne of The Move, ELO and The Traveling Wilburys, and Heartbreaker producer.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley or Bust, June 24, 2017

Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we have the ultimate respect for all things Wilbury. That would include Jeff Lynne. Today we have the Electric Light Orchestra’s Wembley concert from 2017. Most people don’t know this, but ELO isn’t Lynne’s first band. The Move was, and they made the original version of Do Ya! Jeff Lynne is also responsible for a string of Heartbreaker hit albums and songs.

Afternoon Open Stream

Circulating more than 26,000 songs all afternoon, with some Three-in-a-Rows tossed in for good measure. Listen up.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Hollies

The Hollies are truly one of the most underrated bands in all of music history, and were a big part of The British Invasion. This evening, we put them In The Spotlight.

Belgium, Serbia, The UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, Italy, Fiji…all tune us in. Where are you?

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO in The Spotlight, The “Inner Sanctum” Replays, and Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris on the Road, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Truck Day at Ace and I’m already on the run, so here’s the lay of the musical landscape for today!

Here’s today’s line-up!

12:00 p.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Electric Light Orchestra

Tom Petty called Jeff Lynne the best music producer on the planet. He found The Electric Light Orchestra back in 1970, took the Heartbreakers to new heights, and was a Traveling Wilbury. That’s all you need to know about this guy.

4:00 p.m.     The Inner Sanctum: Episode 3, Death Has Claws

At least this particular death does.

6:00 p.m.     Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris: Live in Verona, Italy,  June 3, 2006   NEW!

Join us this evening for a show from their All the Roadrunning tour. What seems like an unlikely pairing is a real treat.

Join us while I’m out there slaving. Someone has to have some fun today.

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Down in Bluesiana, “Live” Doors, Jeff Lynne’s ELO & Music Under the Influence, Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s an early morning trip to work because it’s Truck Day! We’re getting jump on this one.

Marley smoking a joint

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.     Down in Bluesiana: Dr. John, Art Blakeley, and David “Fathead” Newman

Here’s a little preview of the stuff you’ll be hearing during our N’Awlins music special!

2:00 p.m.       The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 8/30/70)

5:00 p.m.       Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley or Bust!

9:00 p.m.      Under The Influence: Various Artists

Some shit’s legal. Some shit isn’t. You know how that goes.

Tune in, people. It’s free. And it’s great.

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The Doors, “Chicken Skin Music,” The Soul Men, & Jeff Lynne’s ELO in the Spotlight, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We move further into the new year with some “live” Doors, and a new soul playlist.

James Brown

 

Here’s today’s scheduled programming:

11:00 a.m.     The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 30, 1970

2:00 p.m.       Album of the Week: Ry Cooder’s Chicken Skin Music

5:00 p.m.      The Soul Men, Volume 1: Various Artists

Otis Redding, The Temptations, David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, James Brown (the hardest working man in show business), and many others!

9:00 p.m.     In the Spotlight: Jeff Lynne’s ELO

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