Welcome to Sunday Funday in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/24/2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The DJ slept late because she couldn’t fall asleep until nearly 2 a.m. I mean, seriously? What the hell was that all about? But here we are with your lesson!

The Beatles and the one and only manager they ever had, Brian Epstein.

Here’s your lesson:

January 24, 1958: The Quarrymen performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was their first and last performance there until they changed their name to The Beatles.

January 24, 1961: The Beatles officially sign on with manager Brian Epstein, their one and only manager. His signature does not appear on this contract. Epstein always had the band’s best interest at heart. He was a man of his word. He said he would not sign until he had a record contract for the band. He also said that they could opt out of that contract if they could find a better deal somewhere else. On October 1, 1962, a final contract was drawn up with Epstein’s signature included. He had fulfilled his promise. In return for his loyalty, The Beatles gave him 25% of all profits, far above the standard 10% of the day.

On this day, another momentous occasion as Bob Dylan arrived in New York after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. He put his musical career in action immediately by performing at the club, Cafe Wha?, in New York’s Greenwich Village.

January 24, 1965: The Animals appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

January 24, 1967: The Who began a world tour at Central Pier in Morecambe, England.

Also on this day, Aretha Franklin gets a $25,000 signing bonus to record her first tracks for Atlantic Records. It was quite a tumultuous session as her husband apparently got into a fight with one of the musicians. Nevertheless, over her career, Aretha Franklin would have twenty #1 hit singles and ten #1 albums on the R & B charts.

January 24, 1969: Jethro Tull played its first concert in the US, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Fillmore East in New York City.

Meanwhile, The Doors also performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.

January 24, 1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

And Abbey Road by The Beatles returned to the #1 position for a third time, giving the album eleven weeks at the top of the Album charts.

January 24, 1975: Pink Floyd began recording tracks for their album Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Born On This Day

January 24, 1941: Aaron Neville, elite vocalist with The Neville Brothers, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will also have a successful solo career, recording two duets with Linda Ronstadt.

January 24, 1947: Wild man Warren Zevon was born in Chicago. He initially tours as keyboardist for The Everly Brothers while he tries to get a jump on his own career. He finally catches a break when Linda Ronstadt begins to record his compositions as she dominates the seventies.

The End. We are done. And I will be back with today’s line-up shortly.

It’s Another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday With Visits From Jethro Tull and The Shadow, January 6, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another nose-to-the-grindstone morning as we shove all this shit out before the working bell rings.

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull.

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday with Some Trifectas!

Once again, we’re circulating 27,000+ songs. We added 500 new files last week alone. Remember to listen for those Trifectas! (Yeah. I renamed them. The other was too complicated to type.)

5:00 p.m. Jethro Tull Live at The Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland, November 21, 1977

Jethro Tull was one of the finest, most unique bands on the planet. I saw them at least three times that I can remember, but the most memorable one was at the Music Hall in Boston. And the fact that I can remember any of my musical escapades at all is a miracle.

9:00 p.m. The Shadow: 06 House of Horror

The one about the stolen gorilla, the mad scientist, and a brain transplant. What could possibly go wrong?

I hope you folks have a wonderful day. But I promise you’d feel a lot better about life if you’d just tune us in. I’m actually quite serious about that. I mean, seriously, what do you have to lose?

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It’s Another Merry Monday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/28/2020

It’s an odd day in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge today. Aside from two entries, all of the events seem to have happened in 1968. It was, as Frank Sinatra said, a very good year musically. Devastating in others.

The year that changed the world.

Here’s today’s lesson:

December 28, 1968: The Doors released Touch Me. Believe it or not, the song’s opening guitar riff was inspired by the opening of C’mon Marianne by The Four Seasons. I shit you not. (And I think that’s probably the only song I like by The Four Seasons, come to think of it.) Touch Me would peak at #3 in America.

These other musical events also happened on this day:

The Beatles’ ninth studio album, The Beatles (aka, The White Album), hits #1 in the US.

The Rolling Stones‘ Beggars Banquet debuts at #3 on the Album chart.

Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck and The Pretty Things appeared at the Flight to Lowlands Paradise II festival at the Margriethal-Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Marvin Gaye remained at #1 on the R & B chart with I Heard It Through The Grapevine. I’ll say it again, he remade Gladys Knight’s version, which was released in 1967. Hers also went to #1. I love Marvin, but the record needs to be set straight.

In what could be viewed as a dry run for Woodstock, Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Grass Roots, Chuck Berry, Steppenwolf, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Procol Harum, The Grateful Dead, Jose Feliciano, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and others performed at the Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Whew.

December 28, 1970: John Lennon released the song Mother.

December 28, 1983: Depressed by mounting debt and his personal problems, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys drowned while diving near his boat in Marina Del Rey, California. Brian Wilson, dealing with his own issues, did not attend the funeral.

Born On This Day

December 28, 1914: Roebuck “Pops” Staples, songwriter/guitarist/singer for The Staple Singers (I’ll Take You There, Respect Yourself) was born in Winona, Mississippi.

December 28, 1938: Charlie Neville (The Neville Brothers) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

December 28, 1946: Edgar Winter, multi-instrumentalist, leader of The Edgar Winter Group, and younger brother of Johnny, was born in Beaumont, Texas.

December 28, 1948: Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste, drummer for The Meters, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

And that is today’s lesson from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

It’s a Day of Rest, But Not Here in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/20/2020

Good Morning, Students! It’s Sunday here in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and we’ve got a great day lined up. But first, your lesson.

Jethro Tull was formed on this day in 1967.

Here’s all the news that’s fit to print:

December 20, 1956: Elvis Presley was making musical chart history with ten songs on Billboard’s Top 100.

December 20, 1958: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison appear as The Quarrymen at the wedding reception of George’s older brother, Harry.

December 20, 1965: Wicked Wilson Pickett records the fucking great song, 634-5789, with Booker T & The MG’s. Booker was missing on that day, but his keyboards were handled nicely for him by none other than Isaac Hayes.

Also on this day in 1965, The Beach Boys released the single Barbara Ann.

December 20, 1966: The Big O, Otis Redding, played the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

December 20, 1967: Vocalist and master flute player Ian Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick leave The John Evans Blues Band to form Jethro Tull, naming the band after an inventor of farm implements. John Evans would later join Tull himself as the keyboardist.

December 20, 1969: The Beatles’ masterpiece, Abbey Road, remained at the top of the charts for an eighth week on this day.

December 20, 1971: The album from George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh (the very first musical event of its kind in history) was released. It would win the Grammy Award for Best Album.

December 20, 1972: The O’Jays recorded the great song Love Train.

December 20, 1975: Joe Walsh officially replaced Bernie Leadon in The Eagles, moving them into a harder rock frame. He had previously been with The James Gang, a great band, by the way. However, on this day, my love affair with The Eagles ended, as much as I love Joe Walsh. I continued to listen, and their catalogue is in our rotation, but I prefer their earlier feel.

December 20, 1980: Twelve days after being shot dead by a fucking psychopath who just wanted his time in the spotlight, John Lennon had his first #1 solo hit with Just Like Starting Over.

Born On This Day

December 20, 1939: R & B singer Kim Weston was born in Detroit, Michigan.

December 20, 1944: Bobby Columby, drummer for Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in New York.

December 20, 1947: Little Stevie Wright, lead singer of The Easybeats (Friday On My Mind) was born in Leeds, England. He would, however, be raised in Australia. During their six-year career, The Easybeats had 15 Top 10 hits in Australia, no slight feat regardless of where you were raised. The Easybeats are in our daily standard rotation.

December 20, 1948: Alan Parsons of The Alan Parson’s Project (Games People Play, I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You), was born in London. He began his musical career as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios, working on Abbey Road and Let It Be for The Beatles, Dark Side of The Moon for Pink Floyd, and Wild Life by Paul McCartney & Wings (their actual first album as a band). The Alan Parsons Project is in our daily standard rotation.

And that is it from The College for this morning. Our line-up will be posted soon!

Greetings and Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/12/2020

Well, here we are again bringing you all the news that will do nothing for you but make you sound impressive to your friends.

The Doors. Only around for four years, but their impact on the sixties was immense.

Here’s today’s lesson:

December 12, 1962: The Beatles performed two shows at the Cavern Club at lunch time, and then a third in the evening. That’s how bands got ahead in those days.

December 12, 1963: The Beatles had the #1 song in the UK with I Want To Hold Your Hand. This was already their third #1 in the UK.

December 12, 1964: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers was released.

Also on this day, The Zombies reached their highest point on the Billboard Pop chart when She’s Not There peaks at #2.

December 12, 1969: John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band releases Live Peace in Toronto 1969, recorded at the Toronto Rock & Revival Show on September 13.

December 12, 1970: The Doors made their last live appearance with Jim Morrison at The Warehouse in New Orleans. His band mates said their recognized his failing health at the end of the show. On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack brought about by heroin use at the age of 27.

December 12, 1995: The Beatles released Free As A Bird, their first new song in 25 years.

Born On This Day

December 12, 1943: Dickie Betts. one of the most amazing guitarists on the planet and a future member of The Allman Brothers Band, was born in West Palm Beach, Florida.

December 12, 1946: Clive Bunker, drummer and a founder of Jethro Tull, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

And that is it for today, students! Stick around for our line up because we’ll be back shortly!

Dusty Springfield in the Spotlight, Jethro Tull Live at the Capital Center, and The Inner Sanctum Debuts on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got some great new music today, plus the debut of The Inner Sanctum this evening!

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Here’s your midweek line-up:

12:00 p.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield delivered her blue-eyed soul to the world from 1958 through 1995, releasing her first hit single in 1963.

4:00 p.m.    Jethro Tull Live at the Capital Centre (1977)   NEW!

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull make their #BecomeUngovernable Radio debut today with a live performance at the Capital Centre. More of the band’s music will be added to the standard rotation this week as well.

7:00 p.m.    The Inner Sanctum: Black Sea Gull    DEBUT!

Our foray into old time radio begins today with the debut of The inner Sanctum’s first episode, Black Sea Gull.

Tune us in, people. You will not regret it.

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