It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge With Volume 2 of Our Sixties EP, Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD From San Bernardino, October 30, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we’ve got the second collection in our Sixties Rotation EP, which focuses on the mid-to-late portion of the greatest decade in music ever, along with the final airing of our AOW and LIVE DEAD later!

Here’s Saturday’s Line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two: Various Artists

In this EP, we focus more on the mid-to-late sixties with The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, The Four Tops, Roy Orbison, The Yardbirds, James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Box Tops, Vanilla Fudge, Sly & The Family Stone, The Doors, The Zombies, Cream, Procol Harum, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Elton John by Elton John

This is our final airing of an album that is arguably Elton John’s best work all these years later. When you wake up tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection waiting for you!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, February 26, 1977

A rare repeat performance this weekend, but it’ll seem new no matter when it’s aired! We all know that the world’s ultimate jam band never sounds the same. This will be no exception. Got lots of new stuff coming. Will return to new performances next weekend.

Great day, as always, to tune us in. Before, in between, and after, we give you our 27,000+ song library totally uninterrupted in no particular order. It’s at the total whim of The Music Mermaid, and trust me when I tell you she has impeccable taste. What are you waiting for?

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The Heartbreakers As Cover Band, EJ With Our Album of The Week, and Dusty Springfield In the Spotlight Later On Thursday, October 28, 2021

Good Morning, Worldwide Music Lovers! We’ve got some fun stuff today as we wind down Tom Petty Month here. Today, it’s The Heartbreakers paying homage to their influencers.

Dusty Springfield’s In The Spotlight a bit later!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Under The Covers

The same qualities that make The Heartbreakers a great rock n’ roll band make them a great cover band. Today our playlist gives you The Heartbreakers as cover band, paying homage to the influencers in their musical DNA, like Bob Dylan, The Dave Clark Five, Carole King, The Clash, The Byrds, J.J. Cale, and Elvis Presley, among others. Don’t miss it!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Elton John by Elton John

Every album selected gets played four times during that week on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. As you can see, we’re winding down with this week’s selection. On Sunday, we’ll have a brand new one for you.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield must not be forgotten in the annals of women in music. Her career spanned five decades, and she was one of the most famous transatlantic stars of The British Invasion, and a Sixties icon. Her first hit came in 1963 when she released I Only Want To Be With You. one of her six transatlantic hits of the Sixties that also included her two signature songs, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and Son of A Preacher Man. Tune Dusty in at 7:00 p.m.

Hell, just tune us in now and listen to us all day long while you work. We’re very conducive to the work-at-home-set, believe me. All you need is a computer and a a free tab. And you get free music 24/7!

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We Give You Roomful of Blues and The Allman Brothers Band for This Windy and Rainy Tuesday Bluesday, October 26, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Another Tuesday Bluesday has rolled around and this time we’ve got Roomful of Blues In the Spotight and The Allman Brothers live at The Beacon wrapped around our Album of The Week.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: Roomful of Blues

I remember going to see these guys in various venues around Cambridge, Massachusetts when I was just a young’un. This blues and swing revival band has been at this for five decades. They are no stranger to the blues circuit. If you haven’t paid much attention to them, this would be a good time.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Elton John by Elton John

This is our second airing of this great Elton John album, his debut in the U.S. but his second studio album outside this country. Two of my absolute favorite Elton John songs appear on this album, Take Me To The Pilot and Your Song. There are many singers and bands whose early music I prefer to their material in later years. Elton John is one of them.

7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Play All Night: Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York (1992)

This is a great collection of live songs performed by The Brothers during their residency at The Beacon during 1992. Some “live” Allman Brothers is a great way to close out the Tuesday Bluesday programming.

Why not join us today? There is absolutely no financial commitment required on your part, no forms to fill out, and no personal information asked for. It’s as simple as pulling up a tab and clicking on the link below:

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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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If It’s Monday, It Must be Mudcrutch, And We Have Our Great EP ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ To Start Things Off, October 4, 2021

Good Morning, Petty Fans! We’re back on the train today with Mudcrutch Monday Madness! But that comes up later on. We kick it all off with our great new EP about water.

Mr. Petty’s “Other” Band, called Mudcrutch. L-R: Tom Leadon, Mike Campbell, Randall Marsh, Benmont Tench, and Tom Petty.

Here’s today’s Monday line-up:

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

This was one of those EP’s that was so much fun to do it just kept going. It wound up being just over four hours of great songs with references to water in either the title, the lyrics, or both. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Al Green, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, The Stone Poneys, Valerie Carter, Elton John, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Loggins & Messina, Mudcrutch, Emmylou Harris, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, The Grass Roots, and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Full Catalogue

This playlist includes all of Mudcrutch, including the definitive live version of Hungry No More (a kickass song) recorded live at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016. It also includes the original version of Don’t Do Me Like That, which was originally a Mudcrutch song. This was the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville with when he made his move to L.A. to make music. It was the band that morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. And the rest, as they say, is history. EXCEPT, Tom Petty decided to bring Mudcrutch back to life in 2008 with its original members, including Tom Leadon on guitar (whose brother, Bernie, played with the Eagles) and Randall Marsh, his friend from Gainesville, on drums. As a member of Mudcrutch, Tom Petty was the bass player. Mudcrutch finally became a success in their own right. Their sound is awesome, and it’s different than The Hearbreakers even though the original Mudcrutch also had Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell. If you’re a true Petty fan, then you already know Mudcrutch. If you’re just a lover of The Heartbreakers’ hits and you’re not a deep digger, this is your opportunity.

It’s Petty month here in The Mermaid Lounge. We won’t be obnoxious about it, but we will be playing more Tom Petty than usual, and that is always a good thing. We remain all about the music. We’re commercial-free, and do not employ overly-talkative DJ’s who like to talk about themselves. Give us a shot. All you need to do is pull up a tab and click the link below:

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Mid-Week Brings a Great, New Multi-Artist Extended Playlist, and That Sweet Soul Sound, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re at mid-week and we’ve got a brand new multi-artist long player for you today, along with that sweet soul sound later on.

Check out our brand new Water, Water Everywhere playlist starting at 11:00 a.m.!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

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

Did you know that the earth is about 71% water, and that 97% of that water is found in the oceans? That means only 3% is drinking water. Now that I’ve filled you with scientific information, let’s talk about our latest extended playlist.

We opened this playlist up to suggestions a while ago, but hadn’t gotten to it until just recently. The emails were out of control, but the suggestions were so great that we made ourselves a great multi-artist playlist all about water. You’ll hear The Beatles, Deep Purple, Donovan. Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Foo Fighters, Loggins & Messina, Al Green, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Elton John, and more!

In fact, you can check out this great new playlist under the ‘Playlist’ tab of this blog before listening. Just go to the tab and scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists

This is one of our mainstays here in The Mermaid Lounge. Another multi-artist playlist that’s been around for a while, it features Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, The Four Tops, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, and more!

We’ll keep saying it. You ought to be listening to us. You won’t realize what you’ve been missing until you do. We’re totally free, do not require a subscription or a credit card. All you need is a computer tab and this link:

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Greetings & Salutations from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/26/2021

It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here as I prepare to return to Retail Hell. Still, your lessons are important, so here we go!

Today, we wish the great Lucinda Williams a very happy birthday indeed!

Here’s today’s lesson!

January 26, 1956: Buddy Holly recorded at Decca Records for the first time using the name Buddy and the Two Tones.

January 26, 1957: The great Fats Domino had the #1 song on the R & B chart with one of my favorites, Blue Monday.

January 26, 1961: Elvis Presley had his sixth #1 song in the UK with Are you Lonesome Tonight.

January 26, 1963: The Beatles continued their frenetic live performance pace, performing two concerts on this day. One was at the El Rio Club and Dance Hall in Maccelsfield, Cheshire. They then drove 20 miles to King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire for an evening performance.

January 26, 1966: Eric Burdon handled lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert, filling in for Paul Jones who was injured in an auto accident.

January 26, 1969: Just another day on the job for The Beatles. First, they recorded Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road for the upcoming Let It Be album. Then they decided to record a series of covers, including Shake, Rattle & Roll, Kansas City, Miss Ann, Blue Suede Shoes, and Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Ringo Starr wrote Octopus’s Garden on this day. Then the band came up with the idea and plan for their amazing final show — the rooftop concert on Saville Row.

January 26, 1970: Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water on this day, both the album and the hit single.

Three Dog Night also released the song Celebrate on this day.

John Lennon wrote and recorded his hit Instant Karma all in one day at Abbey Road Studios. It is known as one of the fastest releases in music history. And it’s a great fucking song to boot.

January 26, 1973: Elton John released the album Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player. I have a love-hate thing going with Sir Elton. Nothing personal. Music related.

January 26, 1974: Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on the charts with Jolene.

Born On This Day

January 26, 1953: Lucinda Williams was born in lake Charles, Louisiana. Hell, yeah!

January 26, 1944: Merilee Rush, of Angel of The Morning fame, was born in Seattle, Washington.

January 26, 1945: Ashley Hutchings, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bassist for the folk group Fairport Convention (yes, their music is coming) was born in Southgate, Middlesex, England.

January 26, 1948: Corky Laing, drummer for the band Mountain, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

January 26, 1957: Not a fan of Van Halen the band. Never really have been. But I am a fan of Eddie Van Halen, kickass guitarist, and I pay him the utmost respect always. He was born on this day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The End. We’ll be back with the line-up soon!

Getting a Jump On The Day At The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/23/2020

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas. The shorter the time gets, the nastier the shoppers get. The pressure’s on to make sure they buy enough, or just the right thing, or whatever the fuck. Give it up.

The first transistor radios. Undoubtedly, man’s finest invention.

Here’s today’s musical lesson:

December 23, 1947: Three scientists from Bell Labs in New Jersey demonstrate the transistor, which leads to the invention of small, portable transistor radios. They would win the Nobel Prize for their work in 1956.

December 23, 1957: A new act called Tom & Jerry appear on the chart for the first time with their new song Hey Schoolgirl. They were just sixteen years old. Today, we know them as Simon & Garfunkel, and they have sold 105 million albums.

December 23, 1961: The Marvelettes spent their sixth week at #1 on the R & B chart with Please Mr. Postman.

Also on December 23, the Beach Boys make their live debut, performing two songs during intermission of surf guitarist Dick Dale’s concert at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Newport Beach, California.

December 23, 1962: Bob Dylan did a show at the King and Queen Pub in London.

December 23, 1963: Lesley Gore released the single, You Don’t Own Me.

December 23, 1964: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys suffered a breakdown on a flight from LA to Houston. As a result, he decided to retire from performing live, in spite of the fact that their Beach Boys Concert was #1 at the time. Glen Campbell was a temporary replacement for Wilson, until Bruce Johnston joined the group.

December 23, 1966: London’s premier psychedelic hangout, The UFO Club, opens on Tottenham Court, with Pink Floyd as the house band.

December 23, 1969: Elton John met with Bernie Taupin for the first time, along with arranger Paul Buckmaster, and producer Gus Didgeon, to begin work on his first (and best, in my opinion) album.

December 23, 1970: Joni Mitchell earned her first Gold with her third album, Ladies of The Canyon.

December 23, 1972: The Moody Blues had another big album with Seventh Sojurn, which spent a third week at #1.

Born On This Day

December 23, 1940: Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, was born in Washington, D.C.

December 23, 1941: Folk musician Tim Hardin, who wrote If I Were A Carpenter, was born in Eugene, Oregon.

December 23, 1946: Ariel Bender, guitarist for Mott The Hoople, was born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

December 23, 1964: Eddie Vedder, lead singer, guiarist, and songwriter of Pearl Jam, was born in Evanston, Illinois.

And that’s it for today’s lesson!

Here’s Your Tuesday (Bluesday) Lesson From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/22/2020!

Yes, it’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and the lesson is lighter than usual today. Seems it’s not a very eventful day in music history, unless you’re talking about shit we don’t play.

The Beatles Live at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, December 22, 1963.

Here’s today’s musical lesson:

December 22, 1956: Elvis Presley finished the year with 17 hit songs, a record that would stand until the year 1964 — when The Beatles had 30. (Yes, I said 30.)

December 22, 1962: Bob Dylan played at the Singer’s Club Christmas Party in London.

Also on this day, one of the greatest instrumental songs ever recorded, Telstar by the Tornadoes, went to #1. And yes it was a tribute to the satellite.

December 22, 1963: The Beatles performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

December 22, 1972: Led Zeppelin performed at Alexandra Palace in London.

December 22, 1973: Elton John moved to #1 on the UK Album chart with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

December 22, 1978: Kenney Jones, formerly of Faces, was chosen as the new drummer for The Who. He replaced Keith Moon, who had passed away a couple of months earlier.

December 22, 1979: The Pretenders performed at the Marquee Club in London.

December 22, 1980: Linda Ronstadt debuted on Broadway in the Gilbert & Sullivan production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Uris Theatre.

Also on this date, Pat Benatar’s first hit — Heartbreaker — debuted on the charts.

Born On This Day

December 22, 1939: James Gurley, guitarist for Big Brother & The Holding Company, was born in Detroit.

December 22, 1944: Barry Jenkins, drummer for The Animals, was born in Leicester, England.

And that signals the end of today’s lesson. We’ll be back with the Tuesday Bluesday line-up in just a bit.

Good Saturday Morning From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/19/2020

Good Morning, Students! Here’s today’s lesson from the college:

The Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1955: Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes two days after writing it. Although it is generally the Elvis Presley version we hear, that version peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Top 100, while Perkins’ original version went to #2 and spent 17 weeks on the charts.

December 19, 1964: The Beatles’ fourth album, Beatles For Sale, begins a seven-week run at the top of the UK album charts by knocking off The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. It stayed in the Top 20 for an amazing 46 weeks.

Also on this day, Come See About Me by the Supremes became their third straight #1 single.

New singer Petula Clark makes her debut on the chart with her single, Downtown.

December 19, 1968: Led Zeppelin performed at the Exeter City Hall in England for 125 pounds. They had to bill themselves as The New Yardbirds to attract an audience.

December 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones moved to #1 in the UK with their album, Let It Bleed.

December 19, 1970: Elton John’s first US hit, Your Song, enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will peak at #8.

December 19, 1974: Guitarist Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1993: Michael Clarke, original drummer for The Byrds, died of liver failure at the age of 47 after decades of alcohol abuse. After The Byrds, he played for the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-1973) and Firefall (1974-1981).

Born On This Day

December 19, 1918: Blues singer Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

December 19, 1944: Zalman (Zal) Yanovsky, lead guitarist and found of The Lovin’ Spoonful, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Also on December 19 1944: Alvin Lee, great guitarist of Ten Years After and who worked with George Harrison, John Mayall, Steve Winwood, and Bo Diddley (among others), was born in Nottingham, England.

December 19, 1945: John McEuen, founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born in Garden Grove, California.

That is it from the college. We’ll be back with the line-up soon!