Good Morning, Students! It appears that it was a very quiet day in rock n’ roll history. Of course, there’s more than this but, frankly, we dont’ give a shit about them.
Here’s your lesson. It’s an easy day:
January 2, 1964: The Rolling Stones perform I Wanna’ Be Your Man, written for them by Lennon & McCartney, on Britain’s Top Of The Pops.
January 2, 1965: The Beatles made it two weeks at #1 with I Feel Fine.
January 2, 1969: The Beatles began filming for the Let It Be documentary at Twickenham Studios in London.
Also on this day, Led Zeppelin and opening act, Alice Cooper, performed at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, the first of four nights they would perform there.
January 2, 1971: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (a fine band indeed) released a cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s Mr. Bojangles, and it entered the Billboard Top 40 on this day, where it would peak at #9. The song remained on the charts for an amazing 36 weeks.
January 2, 1978: Jackson Browne released the song Running On Empty.
That is your very easy day from the College. We’ll be back soon with today’s musical line-up!
Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we have our (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday with a springling of programming thrown in for extra flavor!
Here’s today’s line-up:
All Day (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday
Streaming 26,000+ songs and Three-in-a-Rows all day long.
5:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists NEW!
The second installment of our fixation on the color blue. That’s a Mermaid’s discretion. There are an awful lat of blues songs in this one. You’ll like it.
Hear Little Feat, Phoebe Snow, Doc Watson, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Buddy Guy, Cream, Emmylou Harris, The Smithereens, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jerry Jeff Walker, Linda Ronstadt and many more!
8:00 p.m. The Shadow 03: Death From The Deep
The second airing of the latest episode of The Shadow.
Come on, folks! Get your musical shit together and join us!
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!
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.
Good Morning, Students! We have a great musical day lined up for you, so let’s dispense with all this knowledge we have here.
Here’s today’s lesson from the College:
December 6, 1965: The Beatles released We Can Work It Out with Day Tripper on the flip side.
Also on this day in 1965, the Beatles released the magnificent album, Rubber Soul.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles released Going To A Go-Go.
And if all of this wasn’t enough for you on December 6, 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded 19th Nervous Breakdown and Mother’s Little Helper at RCA’s Hollywood Studios in LA.
December 6, 1968: James Taylor released his self-titled first album in the UK.
December 6, 1969: The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet (and we told you about the actual pre-release banquet itself yesterday).
Also on this day, Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love enters the Billboard Pop chart. It peaked at #4 and was the first of six Top 40 hits for Zep.
December 6, 1970: Gimme Shelter, a documentary about The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour, opened in theaters.
December 6, 1975: The album Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon hit #1 on the US Album chart. The album resulted in four Top 40 US hits, Gone At Last, My Little Town, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (#1), and the title track.
December 6, 1977: Jackson Browne released Running On Empty, a live album of performances at various stops on his summer tour.
December 6, 1988: After spending the day with his sons and his mother, Rob Orbison has a fatal heart attack and dies at the age of 52. During his career, the Caruso of rock n’ roll had 23 Top 40 hits. He had recently regained a huge fan following as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison’s new album, Mystery Girl, is completed posthumously and released in January 1989.
December 6, 1994: Tower Records released Live At The BBC, a 69-track compilation of Beatles songs recorded for shows like Top Gear, Easy Beat, the Saturday Club, and Pop Go The Beatles. The double-album set goes straight to #1 in the UK, selling 600,000 copies by the end of the year, and 2,000,000 in the US four weeks later.
Born On This Day
December 6, 1943: Mike Smith, lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, is born in Edmonton, North London, England.
And that is it for this fine Sunday from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge.
Good Morning, Escape Artists! Listen, this (s)election process is a fucking bust all the way around. You need to be here listening to great music with no (s)election updates. None. We’ve only got great music to offer you.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Jerry Jeff Walker NEW!
Jerry Jeff Walker originated the idea of the ‘country music outlaw’ back in the day, and he lived it. He made some really great music, and he was just a blast to see in concert. I saw him a couple of times, the most memorable was when he opened for Little Feat at the old Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge. A splended time was had by all that evening.
Afternoon Open Stream with Three-in-a-Row Interludes
Enjoy your afternoon with a bunch of our new Three-in-a-Row interludes thrown in. We’re not like any other station out there. We’re circulating 26,000 songs at present. No favorites. No weighting the playlist. At work, we listen to an open 60s music station all day. It’s great. But it’s essentially the same playlist every day. That’s not us.
7:00 p.m. Echoes From The Canyon: Various Artists
The Laurel Canyon music scene is the stuff legends are born from. When you get that many talented people together in one place, it’s legendary status is almost guaranteed. Hear Neil Young, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jackson Browne and many others.
Every day is a good day to tune us in. We have folks in Europe that keep us going for days on end. They know a good thing when they hear it.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve made it past midweek. That’s always an accomplishment in Empire. We’ve got some great music on tap too.
Here’s your Thursday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live on The Mojo Tour (1999)
My favorite road warriors return. To fully appreciate this band, you had to see them on stage. Maybe you never did. I suggest you might want to seek out some concert footage. They are everywhere. For a reason. This show is from August 3, 1999 when they played the Target Center in Minneapolis.
4:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty
Browne’s road anthem. Recorded entirely on the road: Live on stage. On tour buses. Backstage. And in hotel rooms. A classic.
7:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas NEW!
Our brand new musical offering comes from a great band. I almost believed the people who said they sucked in concert because they couldn’t reproduce their sound. Then, I went to see them for myself. I have to tell you, I had a great time every time. Sounded just fine to me. Enjoy this one from 1993.
You simply must get on the bandwagon, so to speak, and tune us in:
Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Sunday Funday, and we’ve got not one — but two — albums on tap rather unexpectedly today!
Here’s today’s line-up:
10:00 a.m. NOT The Album of the Week: You’re Gonna Get It by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1978) NEW!
I discovered quite by chance yesterday that this album was released 42 years ago, on May 2, 1978. It is just the second studio album by The Heartbreakers, and resulted in two massive hits in Listen To Her Heart and I Need to Know. We thought it would be a great idea to slip this one in today!
1:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Lovin’ Spoonful
One of the great bands from that Echoes in the Canyon era of days gone by.
5:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Running On Empty by Jackson Browne (1977) NEW!
In my humble opinion, this is not only one of Jackson Browne’s best albums, but one of the best of all time. I wore this thing out. Running on Empty was released in 1977, peaked on the Billboard charts at #3 in 1978, and stayed there for 65 weeks. The theme was life on the road, and was recorded live on stage, backstage, on tour buses, or in hotel rooms.
8:00 p.m. We Shall Overcome: Bruce Springsteen’s Pete Seeger Sessions
This collection of traditional folk songs arranged by Springsteen was released in 2006. Springsteen called on a group of lesser-known musicians from New York and New Jersey to put together this album. It also resulted in a 62-city tour.
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