Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” Turned 50 This Summer. It is Our New Album of The Week. Then We Bring You Plenty of Soul on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Good Morning, Weekenders! Hope you’re all settled in for the weekend and ready for some great music because we’ve got it here! We celebrate a birthday of sorts, and we bring you a little bit of soul for most of the day.

The fun starts at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon!

Here’s your Sunday Funday programming:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Blue by Joni Mitchell NEW!

Joni Mitchell’s Blue turned 50 years old in June, so this feature has been on our “to do” list for a while. It’s finally here. This album is rightfully considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded, with Mitchell writing and producing the entire masterpiece. It was made right after her break-up with Graham Nash and during her intense relationship with James Taylor, and the songs reflect those events in her life. It was released on June 22, 1971.

Blue was Joni Mitchell’s fourth studio release in a career that gave us so many great albums. The New York Times referred to the album as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music.”

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

You know how much we love long players here in The Mermaid Lounge. It’s our way of focusing on musical genres. We’re working on Reggae right at the moment. Finding the music and the singers is half the fun. This is a great long player covering five hours of soul and R & B.

We bring you Irma Thomas, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Etta James, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Curtis Mayfield, Edwin Starr, LaVern Baker, Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and many more!

Even the gods took Sunday off, so that means you can too. That also means it’s a great day to kick back and tune us in. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but the sun is out here and we are in the mood for some great music as we go about our business. Join your friends from around the world. They know what we’re all about. So do we. It’s called music. Not money.

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Our Antidote To Christmas Music: Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Band and MOONDOG MATINEE, and Later It’s That Sweet Soul Sound, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are on holiday, and we’ve got the perfect antidote to that bad Christmas music that I know is playing in ACE Hardware today. Luckily, I’m here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Dylan and Petty. Does it get any better? Not from where I’m sitting.

Here’s your Christmas Eve day programming!

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live in Sacramento, June 12, 1986

One day, Bob Dylan asked Tom Petty to go on tour with him. There’s a reason why all these guys wanted The Heartbreakers around. You’re about to find out just exactly why. In return, all of the members of The Heartbreakers credit Dylan with teaching them the importance of adjusting plans, songs, and being more spontaneous on stage. It was a marriage made in music heaven.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band

I could go on and on about The Band, undoubtedly one of the great treasures in American popular music. They may have started as Dylan’s back-up band, but they carved their own very real place in music history.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

This is a great playlist to close out today’s programming. We’ve added some new music, so we’ve added some new songs to the playlist. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Mary Wells, James Brown, Rare Earth, The Box Tops, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, Bill Withers and many more!

It’s Christmas. Time to pack it in. Be done with the pursuit of capitalism, and tune in to a radio station with no ulterior money-making motives. We don’t ask you to subscribe. We don’t ask for your credit card. We don’t ask for personal information because we don’t intend to sell you anything. We’re here for the music, believe it or not. If you choose not to believe, then all I can say is that you have no idea what you are missing.

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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.

Welcome Back to The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Class is once again in session in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some details you won’t want to miss today!

Three Dog Night, one of my favorites. Especially Shambala.

Today in rock n’ roll history:

November 13, 1961: Please Mr. Postman goes to #1 for the Marvellettes.

November 13, 1965: James Browns’s I Got You enters both The Billboard Pop and R & B charts where it will reach #3 and #1 respectively.

Also on this day, Fontella Bass sits atop the charts with her hit Rescue Me for the third week.

November 13, 1968: The Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine is released in the U.S.

November 13, 1969: After purchasing the Island of Dorinch off the coast of Ireland, John Lennon announces that any hippie who wanted to was free to live there.

November 13, 1971: Three Dog Night, seventies hitmakers, releases Old Fashioned Love Song.

Also on this day, Santana III sits atop the album charts.

We hope you’ll stop by again tomorrow and increase your knowledge at our rock n’ roll college. Stick around. Our daily programming will be announced in just a bit!

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Johnny Rivers in The Spotlight, James Brown Live at The House of Blues, and Our New Album of the Week on Sunday, May 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Welcome to a fine Sunday. Rumor has it that it’ll be about sixty here and sunny. We’ll take that. We’ve got some great stuff on tap today!

 

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Album of The Week: On The Border, The Eagles   NEW!

On The Border is the third studio album by The Eagles. On this album, they wanted to go for more of a rock feel, as opposed to their usual country rock offerings. They added Don Felder for this purpose. Some critics panned the album, but I never listen to music critics anyway (just like I don’t listen to sports radio). This is one of my favorite albums of all time.

The stand-out song for me is My Man, written by Bernie Leadon for the late, great Gram Parsons, who died of a drug overdose in September of 1973. Both Leadon and Parsons were in pioneering country-rock band The Flying Burrito Brothers together.

4:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Johnny Rivers

Talk about an underrated performer! This guy just made so much flat-out great music, and had fun doing it. We all had fun listening to Secret Agent Man, Memphis, and Summer Rain laying around with the famed transistor radio in the heat of the summer.

7:00 p.m.   James Brown Live at The House of  Blues!

The hardest working man in show biz is back!

Come and spend your Sunday with us. You won’t be sorry you did!

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We’re Paying Homage to Rhythm & Blues Today, Friday, April 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! On this day in 1954 (I was a little over 2 months old at the time), the Billboard magazine headline read:

“Teenagers Demand Music With a Beat — Spur Rhythm & Blues”

Throughout the sixties, R & B became the inspiration for many, many of the bands we feature here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio, including both The Beatles and The Stones.

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Here’s your R & B line-up:

1:00 p.m.   Sweet Soul Music 1966: Various Artists

Including The Isley Brothers, The Supremes, Lorraine Ellison, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Wicked Wilson Pickett

6:00 p.m.    Sweet Soul Music 1965: Various Artists

Including Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Fontella Bass, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown (the hardest working man in rock & roll)

Tune us in and pay homage to those who helped start this thing.

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Open Stream Until 2 p.m.,”Heart Like A Wheel” is Back, Waylon’s Outlaws, and Soul Music ’65, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re on Open Streaming until 2 p.m. We’ve added quite a bit of new material to the standard rotation over the last several days and want it to have some airplay.

Here’s the programmed line-up:

2:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Heart Like A Wheel, Linda Ronstadt 

The breakout album that put Ronstadt on the map for just about everyone. The rest is history.

5:00 p.m.     Sweet Soul Music: 1965

The year was 1965, and everyone was listening to James Brown, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Booker T. & The MGs, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and Wicked Wilson Pickett!

9:00 p.m.     Wanted! The Outlaws!

The bona fide outlaws of country music; definitely not the bad pop bands with fiddles Tom Petty talks about. Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompal Glaser.

Don’t miss this one, Ungovernables!

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James Brown at the HOB, Sweet Forgiveness, Townes Van Zandt Live in Texas, and Joni Mitchell at Club 47, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables. There’s nothing like a little soul and funk to get your day started in style, and who better to deliver on that than The Hardest Working Man in Show Business?

James Brown

Here’s your line-up for today:

11:00 a.m.    James Brown Live at the House of Blues

2:00 p.m.     Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas

One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time joins as part of the new folk infusion.

5:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Bonnie Raitt’s Sweet Forgiveness

9:00 p.m.     Joni Mitchell: Live at Club 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1968)

Joni Mitchell performs live at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, which would later become Passim’s Coffee House. The Club 47 had some other famous women come through her hallowed halls, like Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt, who also used to frequent Elsies for the famous roast beef sandwiches back in the day.

Pull up a stool and set a spell.

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