It’s The Weekend at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/16/2021

Gooooood Morning, Musicologists! Here we are at the beginning of the weekend, which is meaningless to we here in The Mermaid Lounge. Duty calls.

The Cavern Club opened its doors on this day in 1957. A band called The Beatles played there 292 times.

Here’s today’s not-too-taxing lesson:

January 16, 1957: The famed Cavern Club in Liverpool opened its doors on this day. It is where The Beatles launched their historic career. They played The Cavern Club a total of 292 times.

Also on this day, a man the Beatles considered an inspiration, Little Richard, recorded Lucille.

January 16, 1961: Shop Around by The Miracles (eventually Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) hit #1 on the R & B charts.

January 16, 1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night stint.

Also on this day, The Dave Clark Five hit #1 on the UK charts with Glad All Over. Mike Smith was their lead singer, one of the great rock n’ roll voices on the planet (John Lennon was another).

January 16, 1965: The Guess Who released their debut album, Shakin’ All Over.

On this day, The Supremes had their third consecutive #1 song with Come See About Me.

January 16, 1967: The Rolling Stones released their single, Ruby Tuesday.

January 16, 1992: Eric Clapton recorded his MTV Unplugged show, including the song Tears In Heaven and an acoustic version of Layla. It would win six Grammys, including Record of the Year.

January 16, 1988: George Harrison hits #1 with Got My Mind Set On You, his first #1 in 24 years.

January 16, 1996: Jamaican Police mistake Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane (The Hemisphere Dancer) as a drug-smuggler’s seaplane and begin firing on it when it lands in the water. U2’s Bono and his family are also on board. Nobody is injured, and the event inspires Buffett’s new song, Jamaica Mistaica. It was a close call for the Parrotheads of the world.

January 16, 2016: Bruce Springsteen kicks off The River Tour in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album, The River, is the centerpiece of the tour and is played from start to finish in many locations. The tour is the most successful of the year, grossing more than $268 million.

Born On This Day

Nobody we give a shit about here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Hope you all have a great day. We will be back with the line-up soon.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our House Blues Playlist and Linda Ronstadt’s WE RAN as Our Album of The Week, January 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. It is definitely Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge with our house blues playlist, and with Linda Ronstadt dropping by later.

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

This is a great, eclectic blues playlist that runs for just over four hours! You will hear Slim Harpo, Long John Baldry, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy, Cream, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Canned Heat, Delbert McClinton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: We Ran by Linda Ronstadt

Our second airing of what I consider to be one of Ronstadt’s most eclectic works, interpreting the songs of Bob Dylan (for the first time since early in her career), John Hiatt, Naomi Neville and others. The standout song? Undoubtedly, Ruler of My Heart. Brilliant.

Tune us in, people. We’re about to expand our general rotation again and you have no idea what you are missing! No other radio station rotates a 27,000-song playlist on its best day.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday! We’ve Got Hot Tuna Live at Sweetwater Music Hall, Later It’s Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Joe Cocker Singing The Blues, and Our Album of The Week, December 29, 2020

Yes, it’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge and we have a full day of blues programming all lined up and ready to go. You’ll be enjoying it while I try to cope with the general purchasing public.

Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna.

Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Hot Tuna Live at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA, January 27 & 28, 1992 NEW!

Here we have two veterans of The Jefferson Airplane now singing the blues in Hot Tuna. On this night, they are joined by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead on guitar and vocals, the very bluesy Maria Muldaur on vocals and tamborine and Pete Sears on piano and accordion. By the way, after this performance, Pete Sears would stay with Hot Tuna until 2000.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison

The second airing of our album of the week is up at 3:00 p.m. today.

7:00 p.m. Eric Clapton with Friends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Joe Cocker

Eric Clapton gets together with friends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker to round out our Tuesday Bluesday programming.

If you like da blues, this would be a good day to tune us in. We don’t cost a damned penny. We don’t ask for your personal information or for you to “subscribe” to our station. All you need to do is click the link below.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Lounge and We’ve Got EC’s Crossroads Guitar Festival Highlights and Moondog Matinee, on December 22, 2020

Good Morning, Blues Lovers! This is your day. Today we’ve got a great mix of material for you to hear, including sprinkles of Three-in-a-Row’s along the way from the likes of B.B. King, Janis Joplin, and others!

Eric Clapton with Derek Trucks and friends at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Eric Clapton & Friends: The Crossroads Guitar Festival Revisited

Up first is nearly four hours of great music. Let’s call it a smorgasboard of songs culled from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals over the years. You’ll hear the cream of the crop like, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., The Robert Cray Band, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Doyle Bramhall II, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band

Again, it’s kismet. This week’s Album of The Week, Moondog Matinee, just happens to be The Band’s homage to R & B and the blues. It fits just perfectly with today.

In between, we have Open Stream, uninterrupted by idle chatter and commercials, and seasoned with Three-in-a-Row’s from the likes of B.B. King, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers Band, and Lucinda Williams.

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Our Blues Playlist Comes Your Way, The Final Airing of Led Zep’s Album of The Week, and Live Dead Later Tonight On Saturday, December 19, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! If you’re into the blues, this is your day. We will be airing our four-hour blues playlist starting this morning. It’s like Open Stream Blues. Uninterrupted.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues

Our blues playlist built during Blues Week, expanded and improved for your listening pleasure. This is essentially a four-hour uninterrupted Open Stream of the Blues, featuring Albert King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Slim Harpo, Delbert McClinton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, The Yardbirdsk, Long John Baldry, The Animals and many more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin FINAL AIRING!

This is it for Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppeli IV, the final airing. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new Album of The Week when you wake up!

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Fillmore West, July 2, 1971 NEW!

Another great jam experience with the world’s premier jam band; all new and never-before-heard (at least here from The Mermaid Lounge).

Tune us in. We’re not giving you the whole magilla of why you should this morning. You’re just going to have to give us a shot.

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Our Rock, Blues and Ballads Playlist, The Final Airing of The Shadow, and The Doors Live From Vancouver…With A Special Sit-in Guest on Friday, December 18, 2020

Today’s entry from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge might have been sparse, but the music from The Mermaid Lounge certainly isn’t. You don’t want to miss The Doors tonight. They have a special guest sitting in.

Albert King will be sitting in with The Doors tonight at 7:00 here from The Mermaid Lounge.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads: Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one in a while, and it’s a great smorgasbord of artists, including Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Neil Young, J.J. Cale, Long John Baldry, Harry Nilsson, Emmylou Harris and more!

The Playlist for this can be found on the blog under the Playlist tab. Just scroll and you’ll find it!

3:00 p.m. The Shadow 03: Death From The Deep FINAL AIRING!

This is the third and final airing of this week’s episode of The Shadow. On Monday, we’ll have a new one!

7:00 p.m. The Doors Live at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 6, 1970 NEW!

The official Roadhouse Blues Tour, and the Doors have a special guest named Albert King sitting in with them on four songs tonight…all Blues classics. So tune us in.

The Playlist for this performance is under the Playlist tab of this blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

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It’s Totally Tuesday Bluesday! As Willie Dixon says, “The blues are the roots; everything else is the fruits,” December 15, 2020

Here we are, Blues Lovers! We’ve got a total blues and blues rock day lined up for you today. It’s amazing when something like this just kind of comes together without much planning!

Johnny Winter. ‘Nuff said.

Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Bottom Line, New York, September 5, 1978

Johnny Winter is an American blues singer and guitarist remembered mostly for his high-energy blues rock style and live performances throughout the sixties and seventies. He also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues great Muddy Waters.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin has long been known for its hard-driving blues rock style, so it’s only fitting that the Album of the Week falls on Tuesday Bluesday!

7:00 p.m. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, Live at Lincoln Center, April 7-9, 2011

In 2011, blues guitarist Eric Clapton and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis got together for a night of vintage blues. The songs were chosen by Clapton and arranged by Wynton Marsalis. They played with the orchestra from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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We’re Getting Ahead of The Game Here at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/15/2020

Yeah, we are. We’re back in the mines tomorrow, and we need to get a jump on our week here in The Mermaid Lounge. This is a pretty brutal day here in rock history. I got writer’s cramp just putting this thing together.

Dusty gets deported from South Africa after a concert near Cape Town. Apparently she crossed the line and sang to a multiracial audience. Bad Dusty.

Here’s today’s lesson in useless information:

December 15, 1956: Fats Domino had one of the biggest R & B songs of all time with Blueberry Hill. On this day it remained at #1 for a ninth week. There is no denying that this guy was a rock n’ roll pioneer.

December 15, 1958: A new soul artist named James Brown made his debut on the R & B charts with a song called Try Me.

And in the meantime, Jackie Wilson’s Lonely Teardrops took over the #1 spot on the R & B charts this day.

December 15, 1962: The Beatles played two shows at the Majestic Ballroom in Brkenhead, Merseyside, England. At midnight, the first ever Mersey Beat poll awards show took place. As the winners of the poll, The Beatles then closed the festivities at 4:00 a.m.

December 15, 1964: The Beatles release the album Beatles ’65.

Also on this day, Dusty Springfield is deported from South Africa after performing in front of a multiracial audience at a show near Cape Town.

December 15, 1966: The trumpets and cellos are recorded for the song Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in London.

December 15, 1967: The Beach Boys met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris where they were taught Transcendental Meditation.

Also on this day, just a few days after its release, The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album went Gold. It will hold the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and will receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best Album.

The Who released the album, The Who Sell Out.

December 15, 1969: John Lennon gave his last live performance in England at a UNICEF Benefit in London. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Billy Preston, and Who drummer Keith Moon also took part.

December 15, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released another winning album in Pendulum.

December 15, 1975: Paul Simon released the single, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

The Eagles remained on a roll, releasing the single Take It To The Limit on this day in 1975.

December 15, 1979: The Long Run by The Eagles held on to the #1 position on the Album charts for the seventh week.

Born On This Day

December 15, 1919: Max Yasgur, owner of the farm in New York where Woodstock was held in 1969, was born in New York City.

December 15, 1939: Cindy Birdsong, a member of the Supremes beginning in 1967, was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

December 15, 1942: Dave Clark, drummer for The Dave Clark Five, was born in Tottenham, England.

December 15, 1946: Carmine Appice, drummer with the Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck, was born in Staten Island, New York.

And thankfully, we are at the end of today’s lesson! Back with the line-up later.

Harrison & Clapton Live From Japan, It’s Mudcrutch Monday and They’re Live From Hollywood, and Episode 3 of The Shadow, Monday, December 14, 2020

Good Morning, Music Addicts! We’ve got some great stuff planned for today, including two live events. This is Mudcrutch Monday, by the way, and we’ve got live music from their 2016 tour!

Eric Clapton persuaded George Harrison to tour with he and his band in Japan after a 17-year hiatus. We have the music.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. George Harrison & Eric Clapton Live in Nagoya, Japan 1991

George Harrison was persuaded by Eric Clapton to return to touring after 17 years away from the road. This music is from their 12-date Japan tour in 1991. All of the songs were recorded on December 2 and 5.

It should be noted that the drummer on this tour was none other than Steve Ferrone, who would go on to spend 25 years as drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

4:00 p.m. It’s Mudcrutch Monday! Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, June 26, 2016

This is a great bootleg of Mudcrutch’s performance at the Fonda Theatre during their 2016 tour. Stephen Stills turned out to be a surprise special guest at this show. This is one of my deepest regrets in life now that Tom Petty is gone: Missing the 2016 show in Boston where Mudcrutch blew the roof off the House of Blues (according to a friend in attendance), and recorded the definitive version of the great song, Hungry No More. I may never recover.

8:00 p.m. The Shadow: 03 Death From The Deep NEW!

Who has been sinking all of these ships of many country origins, of various sizes and with various functions? I’ll be damned if I’m going to tell you. You will have to listen to see what The Shadow knows.

Come on, people. It’s Monday. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s pretty damned dreary here. I’m already tuned in with my headphones on. What are you doing?

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Jackson Browne In The Spotlight, Our Album of The Week, and Our All About Blue Playlist, Thursday, December 10, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got an excellent line-up for you today, including a new Spotlight resident in Jackson Browne. We’ve also updated our All About Blue playlist!

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, one of the absolute best.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jackson Browne NEW!

There’s not much you can say about Jackson Browne other than the fact that he is one of the best songwriters to ever grace the airwaves. He has sold 18 million copies of his albums in the United States. His songs have been sung by Linda Ronstad, The Eagles, BonnieRaitt, and many others.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Eli and The Thirteenth Confession by Laura Nyro

Here’s another brilliant songwriter who has made others famous. But to hear Laura cover her own songs is a pleasure indeed.

7:00 p.m. All About Blue: Various Artists UPDATED & EXPANDED

I never realized how many songs had the word “blue” in it until I started researching this playlist. Hear The Allman Brothers Band, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fats Domino, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Edwards, and more!

What are you all waiting for? Tune us in. You will not regret it.

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