It’s Midweek Music Festival Time With Music From Woodstock and Monterey Pop on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It’s hard to tell what inspires me to do what I do, but I can tell you that I’ve been listening to music since I was a little kid. Before the Beatles gave me my own music, I was listening to my sisters’ music — Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and others. I remember watching my oldest sister dance on American Bandstand on our old black and white television. That was pretty cool back then.

On Monday, something prompted me to make this day music festival day in honor of Woodstock 1969 and its predecessor, The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. But there was another festival that nobody seems to have recorded or documented. It was held at Watkins Glen in New York in 1973 and featured three giants: The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Grateful Dead. It was called The Summer Jam. In fact. the audience at Summer Jam was bigger than Woodstock, with 600,000 people in attendance. The closest we’ve come to finding a decent recording is a soundboard of The Grateful Dead’s performance, which we will feature on this coming Saturday night’s LIVE DEAD feature. At the end of the performance, both The Band and The Allman Brothers Band come up on stage with them.

Woodstock 1969 made music history, and the bands who played there are part of our station’s DNA.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Music From Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Music, August 15-18, 1969

Today we have four hours of music celebrating the legendary Woodstock festival. In spite of the fact that “Woodstock” has been recreated a few times, there was only one real Woodstock and it happened in 1969. You’ll hear Crosby, Stills & Nash (their first live performance ever), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Arlo Guthrie, The Band, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Music From The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967

Truth be told, this is the festival that sparked it all and made Woodstock possible. Large, outdoor festivals had never happened before Monterey. What few people also realize is this is where a guy named Otis Redding was introduced to the music world. You’ll hear The Big O, along with The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, The Animals (who made a great song called Monterey about this event), Simon & Garfunkel, The Association, The Electric Flag, Booker T & The MGs, and more. Many of these performers would also be at Woodstock 1969.

As we always say, this is a great day to tune us in. But then again, every day is a great day to tune us in because we don’t play music like other radio stations. We are different not only in content, but also in style. See for yourselves.

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We Kick Off a New Month With Jimi Hendrix Live, Some Afternoon Trifectas, and The Temptations In the Spotlight Later, Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It’s September here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we are kicking off the month in style. We’ve got a great live Hendrix and friends performance from 1968, we spotlight The Temptations later, and we toss in some Trifectas during our afternoon Open Stream.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Jimi Hendrix Jams With Elvin Bishop, Harvey Brooks, and Paul Butterfield, Live at The Cafe Au Go Go, New York, March 17, 1968

Jimi Hendrix jams with several of his friends on stage at the famed Cafe Au Go Go in New York. Not to be missed.

Afternoon Open Stream with Hourly Trifectas NEW!

The Trifectas are pretty popular right now, so we’re riding the wave today with four new selections:

3:00 p.m. The Beatles

4:00 p.m. The Rascals

5:00 p.m. Carly Simon

6:00 p.m. Stevie Wonder

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Temptations

We close the programming today with the legendary Temptations who helped to pioneer the Motown sound.

As always, it’s a great day to join our growing worldwide community and tune us in. We run 24/7 so we can accommodate everyone’s best listening times. Some of our listeners start tuning in at 3:00 a.m., depending upon where they are in the world. Already this morning, we have listeners from the UK, Spain, Italy, Israel, France, and the Faroe Islands. Give us a shot.

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We’re Under The Influence, Maria Muldaur’s In the Spotlight, and We’ve Got a Pile of Trifectas, Monday, June 14, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s the beginning of another week here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’re all business this morning. We’ve got a great line up for you today.

We’re Under the Influence today at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists EXPANDED!

Drugs, booze, you name it. We’ve all done it in our lifetime, and plenty of musicians and bands have written songs about it. We’ve got them here today in our expanded and updated playlist. Don’t be fooled into thinking Got To Get You Into My Life is about a woman and doesn’t belong here. McCartney himself admitted that he wrote it about his love for weed.

In addition to the Beatles, you’ll hear The Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, and many more.

4:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is a folk and blues singer who began her career in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village as part of the folk music revival of the early sixties. She has continued to roll on singing not only folk and blues, but jazz, country, pop, and R & B. She’s also loaned her pipes to the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, and is one of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Trifectas R’Us

We’re bringing back the trifectas today. It has been a while. We’ve got them scheduled as follows for your listening pleasure:

10:00 a.m. Aretha Franklin

2:30 p.m. Steve Winwood

6:00 p.m. Canned Heat

8:00 p.m. The Rascals

We hope you’ll tune us in today. We highly encourage this because we know we play the best damned music on the planet for free (no small print), non-stop 24/7. Just do it.

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We’ve Got Some Hidden Gems Here Today With Townes Van Zandt, Hendrix & Stills ‘In Session’ and Our New ‘Foodies’ Playlist, Monday, June 7, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, it’s another hot one outside today and that means we’re inside The Mermaid Lounge for the duration! There will be a different kind of ‘heat’ coming from this place.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Townes Van Zandt, Live at The Old Quarter Bar, Houston, Texas, July 1973

The actual date eludes us, but this was recorded in what can only be alled a small, intimate setting…just brick walls and a bar. It was recorded on a portable four track. You can hear Van Zandt shuffling between songs and some chatter from the attendees. This, however, is considered one of the most amazing recordings of Townes Van Zandt’s musical legacy. He is one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace the planet.

3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills In Session, May 21, 1968

On May 21, 1968, Stephen Stills invited Jimi Hendrix to his basement for a jam session. This is the result of two masters joining forces to make music. Rumor has it that it was Stephen Stills who taught Hendrix how to play guitar. We’ll probably never know if that’s urban legend or actual fact.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: For Foodies Only, Various Artists NEW!

I was probably hungry when I came up with this playlist, but here it is nevertheless. Songs with food (and drink) in either the title or the lyrics. Eat it up, people.

We are laying back, hanging in, and enjoying the tunes today. It’s way to hot to venture out. We’ve got a different kind of heat going on inside The Mermaid Lounge. And we remain not-for-profit, with no advertising or obnoxious DJ’s to interrupt your music flow.

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Badass Guitarists, The Jerry Garcia Band, and Our Album of The Week Highlight The Day, Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good Morning to all! It’s Thursday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got new music from the Jerry Garcia Band today, along with the handiwork of some of the best guitarists in music!

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Jerry Garcia Band!

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Today we begin with those badasses on guitar. You’ll hear the handiwork of Bonnie Raitt, Dickie Betts, Mike Campbell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Steve Winwood, Joe Perry, and many more.

3:00 p.m. The Jerry Garcia Band Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 1977 NEW!

The Jerry Garcia Band makes its first appearance here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio in a live performance from my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. You can bet it will not be the last!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon

Once again, allow me to reiterate that this is one of the best albums ever made, and certainly my favorite by Carly Simon. Recorded while she was pregnant with her first child, it resulted in two hits: Mockingbird and Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. But personally, I think the best song on the album is Forever My Love.

Here we are again, telling you to tune us in. We’re not for profit radio. Seriously. And we ask you for no credit cards or personal information. Sound crazy? What can I tell you.

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Steely Dan In the Spotlight, Badass Guitarists Volume 2, and All About Blue Too, Monday, March 15, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers and welcome to the beginning of another week here in The Mermaid Lounge, where we are always catering to your listening pleasure!

Today we have Steely Dan In the Spotlight.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan

Steely Dan was formed in 1971 by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan. Their music defied definition, fusing together rock, pop, latin, jazz, R & B, and blues to create their own unique sound. Today we’ve got them In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists

In spite of what the assclown named Yeezy says about guitars being insignificant to music (that’s because he has no fucking talent whatsoever), we’ve got a line-up of guitartists that prove him wrong today, including Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Andrew Gold, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Garcia, Mike Campbell, Brian May, and many more.

7:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists

This is volume two of our playlist fixated on the color blue. Can’t help it. It’s my favorite color. We have The Doors, Buddy Guy, Linda Ronstadt, Electric Light Orchestra, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, Little Feat, B.B. King, Canned Heat, George Harrison, Laura Nyro, Steve Earle & The Dukes Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and more!

I know it’s Monday, but don’t be blue (get it?). Tune us in for a good time. We make your day better, for cheap. In fact, for free. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Greetings & Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/21/2021

Yes, we did miss yesterday and I apologize for that. But there will be days like this here and there. We are back today, and ready to go!

The Trips Festival, held in 1966, was instrumental in the cultural development of psychedelic music.

Here’s your lesson for today:

January 21, 1959: The Kingston Trio, key to folk music becoming a staple in America, won a Gold record for Tom Dooley.

January 21, 1961: The great Del Shannon recorded the song Runaway, which will top the charts in America by April.

January 21, 1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s program The Friday Spectacular, where they performed Please Please Me and Ask Me Why.

January 21, 1964: Peter & Gordon recorded the Lennon-McCartney tune A World Without Love, which goes to #1 in the UK by June 1965. Down the road during the 70s, Peter Asher will become Linda Ronstadt’s producer and manager, and helps launch her amazing career.

January 21, 1965: More than 3,000 fans greet The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrive for a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

January 21, 1966: The first Trips Festival, a three-day event, begins at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco. It’s a landmark event in the evolution of psychedelic music and the hippie movement. Produced by Ken Kesey, Ramon Sender, and Stewart Brand, ten thousand people show up to see The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and The Jefferson Airplane. Pretty sure there was LSD in the punch.

January 21, 1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at Olympia Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones (percussion) and Traffic’s Dave Mason (12-string guitar) play on the session.

January 21, 1983: Allman Brothers Band bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer at the age of 34. He joined the band in 1972, and replaced the deceased Berry Oakley. His doctors suspect he contracted the disease from exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service.

January 21, 1984: The great soul singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49 after suffering a massive heart attack while performing at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. He fell head first to the stage while singing Lonely Teardrops, suffered brain damage, and remained in a coma for eight years until his death.

Born On This Day

January 21, 1941: Richie Havens, the great folk singer who appeared at the Woodstock, Newport, and Isle of Wight Festivals, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

January 21, 1942: Edwin Starr, soul singer who recorded the great songs War and Twenty-Five Miles, was born in Nashville, Tennessee.

January 21, 1947: Jim Ibbotson, who played guitar, keyboards, drums, and accordion for the very underrated Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born somewhere in the United States but nobody can seem to figure out where the fuck it was.

That’s it for today, and we shall be back with your line-up in just a while.

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Greetings & Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/13/2021

Goo d Morning, Music Trivia Lovers! Here’s all the information that’s fit to print from The Mermaid Lounge!

Jimi Hendrix performed at the Bag O’Nails Club in London on this day with Paul McCartney and Ringo in the audience.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 13, 1962: Bob Dylan performed at the San Remo Coffee House in Schenectady, New York.

January 13, 1965: The first day of recording sessions for Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home began on thiis day. He recorded Subterranean Homesick Blues and It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.

Also on this day, The Who release their first single, I Can’t Explain.

January 13, 1966: The Rolling Stones receive their third Gold record for the album December’s Children, which contains Get Off My Cloud, As Tears Go By, and I’m Free.

Also on this day, The Beach Boys enter the Billboard Top 100 for the 23rd time with the song Barbara Ann. it was recorded “live” at a party staged in a recording studio, and actually features Dean Torrance of Jan & Dean on lead vocals.

January 13, 1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Bag O’Nails Club in London. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the show.

January 13, 1968: The Beatles remained at #1 for a third week with Hello Goodbye. In just four years, The Beatles had spent 40 weeks at #1 with fifteen #1 songs.

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles went to #1 on the R & B chart with I Second That Emotion on this day.

January 13, 1969: Elvis Presley returned to American Sound Studios in Memphis to record Suspicious Minds.

January 13, 1972: Aretha Franklin performs the first of two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It is recorded for her live album, Amazing Grace, which sells over two million copies when released in June.

January 13, 1973: Carly Simon’s album, No Secrets, with her hit song You’re So Vain, goes to #1 in America.

Born On This Day

Nobody we give a fat rat’s ass about.

It’s Sunday Funday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/10/2021

We almost never sleep here in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We have your trivia lesson for this fine Sunday morning. The Beatles continue to dominate and Linda Ronstadt’s career takes off.

Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like A Wheel” entered the Top 10 on the Album charts on this day.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 10, 1956: Elvis Presley recorded music for his new record label, RCA, including Heartbreak Hotel, I Was The One, I’m Counting On You, I Got A Woman, and Money Honey.

January 10, 1963: The Beatles released their second single in the UK called Please Please Me.

January 10, 1964: The Beatles release their first US album, Introducing The Beatles.

Also on this fine day, The Whiskey A Go Go opens its doors on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. It will play host to the likes of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Rivers and many others.

January 10, 1967: Jimi Hendrix started a recording contract with Track Records and recorded Purple Haze on this day.

Also, The Hollies, one of the greatest British Invasion bands, began recording On A Carousel.

January 10, 1969: The Beatles (aka, The White Album) was unstoppable. After just five weeks of release total, it notched week number three at #1.

Also on this day, Marvin Gaye celebrated five weeks at #1 on the R & B charts with his remake of I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

January 10, 1971: Chicago released Chicago III. They were still innovative and hot at this stage of the game. This was before they went Christian elevator music and dropped off our radar. (Hint: Terry Kath was still alive and Peter Cetera was not in charge.)

January 10 1975: Linda Ronstadt’s brilliant album, Heart Like A Wheel, entered the Top 10 on this day. In spite of the fact that most music outlets treat women as though they were second-class music citizens, we do not. Heart Like A Wheel was Ronstadt’s first #1 album on The Billboard Top 200, and it spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in 1975. It spent 51 weeks on the charts, produced two #1 hit songs, sold more than a million copies, and won her a Grammy award. Anything else required here?

And, oh yeah, I forgot that Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir was performed for the first time at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I guess this was more newsworthy than Linda Ronstadt’s news (a great deal of snark here).

Born On This Day

January 10, 1917: Jerry Wexler was born on this day in New York City. He will be responsible for the success of greats Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Wicked Wilson Pickett.

January 10, 1935: Ronnie Hawkins, whose band The Hawks is a precursor to one of my favorites, The Band, was born in Huntsville, Alabama.

January 10, 1939: Scott McKenzie, who performed one of the greatest sixties anthems of all time, San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair), was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

January 10, 1948: Donald Fagan of the great Steely Dan was born in Passaic, New Jersey.

January 10, 1956: Folk singer Shawn Colvin was born in South Dakota. Her song Sunny Came Home, pretty much about a woman who burns her house down, will win the Grammy for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998.

And that’s about it from The College because we don’t give a shit about Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. Have a great day.

Happy New Year From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/1/2021

Well, here we are coming up on another fun year in Empire. Of course, that’s propaganda, but I can promise you one thing: It’ll be a fun year here in The Mermaid Lounge.

The Fab Four are big on January 1.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 1, 1940: NBC begins regular FM transmission from New York’s Empire State Building on W2XDG. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation), first demonstrated the technology to RCA’s executives and engineers in 1933.

January 1, 1953: Hank Williams, only 29-years-old, died of heart failure, brought on by the abuse of pills and alcohol, on the way to a show in Canton, Ohio. Incredibly enough, Williams had the #1 song on the Country chart at the time. It was called I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

January 1, 1956: RCA released Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. In 1999, the song would be certified multi-platinum for a second time.

January 1, 1957: The Cavern Club in Liverpool opened its doors for the first time. It will forever be remembered as the place where The Beatles got their start.

January 1, 1960: Johnny Cash gave the first of many performances at San Quentin Prison. In the audience on this day was 19-year-old Merle Haggard who was serving 15 years for grand theft auto and armed robbery (he actually served just under three years).

January 1, 1961: Shop Around by The Miracles (soon to be Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) was #1 on the R & B chart.

January 1, 1962: The Beatles attend a New Year’s day audition for Decca Records where they record 15 songs. Decca would eventually reject the Beatles, telling Brian Epstein that guitar bands are “out.” Yeah. Kanye West is still saying that shit. Tell that to Eric Clapton, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, for starters.

January 1, 1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. They also received word from the U.S. that their first single, I Want To Hold Your Hand, was selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone. The rest, as they say, is history.

Also on this day, The Dave Clark Five (another great British invasion band) had the #1 single in the UK with Glad All Over.

And, as if all of this wasn’t enough, The British show Top of The Pops debuted with The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, and the Dave Clark Five.

January 1, 1965: The Beatles had three albums in the Top 10 on this day: Beatles ’65 at #1, A Hard Day’s Night at #6, and The Beatles Story peaking at #7.

January 1, 1966: Simon & Garfunkel hit #1 with Sounds of Silence.

January 1, 1967: The Rolling Stones release the great song, Ruby Tuesday.

January 1, 1969: Put this on the list of shows I wish I’d been at: Creedence Clearwater Revival and early Fleetwood Mac (before Nicks & Buckingham) at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.

January 1, 1971: George Harrison had the #1 album with All Things Must Pass and the #1 song with My Sweet Lord on this day.

Meanwhile, Radio Luxembourg aired over seven straight hours of continuous Beatles music (as a band and solo) in celebration of their 10th year in music.

January 1, 1972: Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to appear on a Tournament of Roses Parade float.

January 1, 1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record the album Venus & Mars.

January 1, 1988: George Harrison hits #1 with the song Got My Mind Set On You.

January 1, 1997: Singer-songwriter, tortured poet, Townes Van Zandt dies at the age of 52. His music has been covered by Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and many others. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard both covered his amazing Pancho & Lefty and had #1’s. But hands down, the most beautiful version of that song was done by Emmylou Harris.

January 1, 2019: The Renton Highlands Post Office in Seattle, Washington, is renamed the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office. (I love this shit. I wish I lived there.)

Born on This Day

January 1, 1937: Bob Bogle, guitarist with The Ventures, was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

And that is all, my friends!