Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have another light programming day on tap. But what we have to offer is pretty potent, including our House playlist.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Not Our Album of The Week: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hard Promises by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers NEW!
This is an occasional feature here in The Mermaid Lounge. Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hard Promises, released on May 5, 1981. It’s hard to imagine an album this good coming right on the heels of The Heartbreakers’ breakout album, Damn The Torpedoes! (last week’s Album of The Week, by the way), but it did.
It’s true that The Waiting was the anchor of Hard Promises, but there’s also A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me), Nightwatchman, A Thing About You, Something Big, Insider (featuring Stevie Nicks), and one of my favorite Heartbreaker songs of all time, Kings Road.
4:00 p.m. #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist: Various Artists
This is nearly three hours of the music that originally inspired me to start this crazy endeavor to begin with. It is due for an upgrade soon, but it’s still one of the best playlists we feature with Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Animals, The Byrds, The Who, The Chambers Brothers, The Temptations, John Lennon, T. Rex, Barry McGuite, Edwin Starr, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, Peter Tosh, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and more!
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. It’s midweek. We all need a break. This is the perfect opportunity, is it not?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a new addition to the women of The Mermaid Lounge, and her name is Eva Cassidy. We think you’ll love her as much as we do.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon
Seems like a John Lennon kind of day here in the lounge, so we’ve got a spotlight feature for you…and us.
3:00 p.m. Eva Cassidy Live at Blues Alley, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. NEW!
To be quite honest, I had not heard of Eva Cassidy until a friend told me to find her music and listen. So I did. There could be a reason why I did not have the opportunity to know her stuff, and it’s because she didn’t live long enough to become a star. Eva Cassidy passed away from cancer at the age of 33 back in 1966. Her album, Songbird, sold over five million copies worldwide. This is a do not miss performance. And yes, Eva’s music has been added to the standard rotation as well.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur
We are winding down on our Album of the Week. We’ll have one more airing of this one Saturday, before we choose a new release for next week. For those of you who did not know Dylan had a romantic side, and that Maria Muldaur has such a great voice and interpretive skills, I suggest you listen in.
In fact, I suggest you listen in period. Because you have to pay to get this kind of music elsewhere. And by the way, there is absolutely no music outlet who features women. Not even the ones you have to subscribe to.
It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here as I prepare to return to Retail Hell. Still, your lessons are important, so here we go!
Here’s today’s lesson!
January 26, 1956: Buddy Holly recorded at Decca Records for the first time using the name Buddy and the Two Tones.
January 26, 1957: The great Fats Domino had the #1 song on the R & B chart with one of my favorites, Blue Monday.
January 26, 1961: Elvis Presley had his sixth #1 song in the UK with Are you Lonesome Tonight.
January 26, 1963: The Beatles continued their frenetic live performance pace, performing two concerts on this day. One was at the El Rio Club and Dance Hall in Maccelsfield, Cheshire. They then drove 20 miles to King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire for an evening performance.
January 26, 1966: Eric Burdon handled lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert, filling in for Paul Jones who was injured in an auto accident.
January 26, 1969: Just another day on the job for The Beatles. First, they recorded Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road for the upcoming Let It Be album. Then they decided to record a series of covers, including Shake, Rattle & Roll, Kansas City, Miss Ann, Blue Suede Shoes, and Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Ringo Starr wrote Octopus’s Garden on this day. Then the band came up with the idea and plan for their amazing final show — the rooftop concert on Saville Row.
January 26, 1970: Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water on this day, both the album and the hit single.
Three Dog Night also released the song Celebrate on this day.
John Lennon wrote and recorded his hit Instant Karma all in one day at Abbey Road Studios. It is known as one of the fastest releases in music history. And it’s a great fucking song to boot.
January 26, 1973: Elton John released the album Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player. I have a love-hate thing going with Sir Elton. Nothing personal. Music related.
January 26, 1974: Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on the charts with Jolene.
Born On This Day
January 26, 1953: Lucinda Williams was born in lake Charles, Louisiana. Hell, yeah!
January 26, 1944: Merilee Rush, of Angel of The Morning fame, was born in Seattle, Washington.
January 26, 1945: Ashley Hutchings, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bassist for the folk group Fairport Convention (yes, their music is coming) was born in Southgate, Middlesex, England.
January 26, 1948: Corky Laing, drummer for the band Mountain, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
January 26, 1957: Not a fan of Van Halen the band. Never really have been. But I am a fan of Eddie Van Halen, kickass guitarist, and I pay him the utmost respect always. He was born on this day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge where we have some excellent programming planned for today, so give us a shot!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness: The Works!
This is the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville with all those years ago. In fact, the original Don’t Do Me Like That was a Mudcrutch song. Mudcrutch didn’t pan out back then, but it morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Then, in 2008, Tom Petty brought the original Mudcrutch back, and it was a whole new ballgame. We have their entire catalogue here this morning. You’ll want to hear this.
5:00 p.m. Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino: Various Artists
There is no denying Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino’s place in the annals of rock n’ roll music. I’m not sure anybody was actually playing it before he was. This is truly an all-star tribute, featuring Art Neville, John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Tom Petty, Robbie Robertson, Toots & The Maytalls, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and more!
9:00 p.m. The Shadow: 07 League of Terror NEW!
Not only do we have Orson Welles in this episode, but Agnes Moorehead, as they take down a counterfeit ring that is preying on the poor. (Frankly, sounds like the government.)
Come on, people. Join us this morning, and then stay with us for the day. We don’t cost a penny. And we don’t want your credit card number or personal information either. We have our own.
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.
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.
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!
Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are with today’s lesson from the college, where nobody ever really sleeps much these days.
Here’s today’s lesson from The Lounge:
December 27, 1958: Buddy Holly makes his first appearance in his home town of Lubbock, Texas, since becoming a major star.
December 27, 1960: The Beatles played to a welcome home crowd at the Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, after completing a residency in Hamburg, Germany. They played with a sit-in drummer, as Pete Best remained in Germany and would, actually, never return to the group. As a result of the crowd’s reaction to their performance at this event, the Beatles finally believed in themselves. The rest, as they say, is fucking history, people.
December 27, 1963: The Animals performed for the first time on a BBC radio broadcast called Saturday Club. This would lead to a contract with Columbia.
December 27, 1964: The Supremes make their first of 16 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
December 27, 1967: Bob Dylay released the album John Wesley Harding.
December 27, 1969: The Supremes’ final release with Diana Ross, Someday We’ll Be Together, becomes the final #1 hit of the sixties.
Also on this day, Led Zeppelin II, goes to #1 on the Album charts, replacing Abbey Road after eight weeks.
December 27, 1974: Bob Dylan recorded Idiot Wind and You’re a Big Girl Now on this day.
December 27, 1975: Faces announced their break-up (unfortunately). Rod Stewart focuses on his solo career (I have a love-hate with this guy) and Ron Wood joins the Stones.
December 27, 1980: Weeks after his murder, John Lennon’s Just Like Starting Over goes to #1 in both the US and the UK. It was chosen as the release not because Lennon considered it the best song on the album, but because he thought it was appropriate after a five-year hiatus from recording. It was his only #1 solo release.
Born On This Day
December 27, 1944: Mick Jones, great guitarist and songwriter with Spooky Tooth and co-founder of Foreigner, was born in Somerton, Somerset, England.
December 27, 1948: Larry Byrom, guitarist for Steppenwolf, was born in Huntsville, Alabama.
December 27, 1951: Karla Bonoff, singer-songwriter, solo artist, and back-up vocalist for Linda Ronstadt was born in Santa Monica, California. She wrote several songs for Ronstadt’s Hasten Down The Wind album, and also wrote All My Life, the Linda Ronstadt-Aaron Neville duet which won a 1991 Grammy.
And that is it for today, my friends. We will be back with the line-up shortly.
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.
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!
Here we are on a snowy day bringing you all the news you need to know to impress friends and family alike!
December 17, 1954: Bill Haley & The Comets’ Rock Around The Clock becomes the first rock n’ roll song to enter the UK singles charts. I was ten months old.
December 17, 1955: With their hit Only You still at #2, the Platters’ The Great Pretender enters the charts at #13.
December 17, 1963: Carroll James a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., becomes the first DJ to play a Beatles’ song on American airwaves. The song is I Want To Hold Your Hand, which he got from his airline stewardess girlfriend who bought a copy when she was in the UK. Because of high listener demand, James helps out the Beatles by playing the song every day, every hour. Because it had not yet been released in the US, Capitol Records initially considered legal action against the station but, instead, thought better of it and simply released the song in the US earlier than they planned. The rest, as they say, is history, my friends. Thank you, Carroll James. Forever.
December 17, 1966:Standing In The Shadows of Love by the Four Tops enters the Billboard Hot 100. On it’s ten-week stay on the charts, it will peak at #6. It reaches #2 on the R & B charts.
December 17, 1967: John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official fan club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened for the very first time for them.
December 17, 1971: John Lennon appears at a benefit at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the families of the victims of the Attica State Prison riots.
December 17, 1977: Linda Ronstadt’s career continues to roll along through the seventies as her album, Simple Dreams, remains #1 on the Album charts for a third week.
December 17, 1979: Paul McCartney & Wings play the Glasgow Appollo and record a live version of the great song Coming Up. The song would reach #2 in the UK and will top the charts in the US, selling 4 million copies.
Born On This Day
December 17, 1937: Art Neville, keyboardist for the Neville Brothers (you can hear them here, people), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
December 17, 1939: Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations was born in Union Springs, Alabama. His falsetto voice is heard on the great Temptations hits The Way You Do The Things You Do and Just My Imagination.
December 17, 1942: Paul Butterfield (the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) was born in Chicago.
December 17, 1949: Paul Rogers, lead singer and lyricist for both Free and Bad Company, was born in Middlesbrough, England.
December 17, 1950: Carlton “Carlie” Barrett, drummer for The Wailers, was born in Kingston, Jamaica.
And there you have it for today because we don’t give a shit about Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. You’ll never hear them here.
It’s another fairly active day at the College. We’ve got all sorts of information of a musical historical nature for you, including some amazing CCR history!
Here’s your mid-week lesson!
December 16, 1957: Sam Cooke remained at #1 on the R & B charts for a fourth week with the great song, You Send Me.
December 16, 1965: The Beatles’ We Can Work It Out and Day Tripper, released as a Double-A side 45, both hit #1 in the UK on this date.
December 16, 1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Hey Joe (their first single release) in the UK.
December 16, 1967: The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithful was the first artist signed to their new Mother Earth Records.
Also on this day, the Lemon Pipers release the single Green Tambourine. (There are just those sixties songs that stick with you. This is one of them. You know, like Incense & Peppermints.)
And also on December 16, 1967: Gladys Knight & The Pips remained at #1 on the R & B chart for a third week with I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
December 16, 1968: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band released their first career single, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.
December 16, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival was as good as any band of its time. They made some amazing music. On this day they were rewarded with five gold records for: Down On The Corner, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Travelin’ Band, Bad Moon Rising and Up Around The Bend. They were also awarded 5 gold albums for the following LPs: Cosmo’s Factory, Willy & The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country, and the self-titled, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
December 16, 1974: John Lennon released the single #9 Dream.
Also on this day, America released the single Lonely People.
December 16, 1986: Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram released the single Somewhere Out There.
December 16, 1995: The Beatles’ Free As A Bird peaks at #2 on the UK charts and #6 in the US. It was written and recorded as a demo by John Lennon shortly before his murder. The rest of the Beatles complete the single in Paul’s home studio.
December 16, 1997: Nicolette Larson, who had a hit with Neil Young’s Lotta’ Love, and who worked with Linda Ronstadt, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, and Jimmy Buffett, died in LA at the age of 45.
December 16, 2007: Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Deer Island, Maine, at the age of 56, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.
Born On This Day
December 16, 1945: Tony Hicks, guitarist for The Hollies, was born in Nelson, Lancashire, England.
December 16, 1949: Billy Gibbons, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for ZZ Top, was born in Houston, Texas.
And thus ends today’s lesson from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!
Good Morning, Students! We have your Monday morning lesson right here from The Mermaid Lounge, then we’re coming back with today’s line up!
Here’s today’s lesson:
December 14, 1963: The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand begins five weeks at #1 on the UK charts. It replaced She Loves You, which was #1 for two weeks. This is the first time ever a band has replaced itself on the charts with a new song.
December 14, 1964: Although banned by some radio stations, The Kingsmen’s Louie Louie goes to #2 on the Hot 100. Only the Singing Nun could keep the from #1.
December 14, 1968: Tommy James & The Shondells released Crimson & Clover. (Over and over.)
Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Gladys Knight & The Pips released a version in 1967 (my favorite version of the song, actually) and it went to #2 then. In spite of that, Marvin Gaye’s is considered the definitive version. I love Marvin Gaye, but I disagree.
Motown Acts own the top three spots on the Hot 100 on this day: (1) I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye; (2) Love Child by The Supremes; and (3) For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder.
Big Brother & The Holding Company’s album, Cheap Thrills, remained at #1 on the Album charts.
December 14, 1995: Released classified documents revealed that John Lennon wasn’t paranoid. The FBI had been spying on Lennon and his antiwar activities during Tricky Dick’s regime with the goal of having him deported.
Born On This Day
December 14, 1943: Frank Allen, bassist for The Searchers, was born in Hayes, West London, England.
December 14, 1946: Jackie McAuley, keyboardist/vocalist with Them, was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
And that is it for today’s musical lesson. Enjoy your day. We’ll be back with our line up in a bit!