It’s Sunday Funday From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/17/2021

Happy Sunday, Musicologists! We are here in The Mermaid Lounge where we never sleep and the music never stops. It has been running 24/7 since February of 2017.

Joni Mitchell released the amazing album, Court & Spark, on this day in music history.

Here’s Sunday’s musical lesson:

January 17, 1963: The Beatles played their usual lunchtime gig at The Cavern Club, and then at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead in the evening. The Majestic tickets all sold in advance. With literally hundreds of fans turned away, it was definitely time to look for a bigger venue.

January 17, 1964: The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included You Better Move On, Poison Ivy, Bye Bye Johnny, and Money.

January 17, 1966: The Turtles released the song You Baby on this day. By the way, The Turtles were a great little band.

January 17, 1967: The Daily Mail ran a story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lanashire, inspiring John Lennon’s contribution to the Beatles’ amazing A Day In The Life.

Also on this day, the Jimi Hendrix Experience recored a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a $6.21 bar bill which they could not afford to pay. That would change soon.

January 17, 1970: The Doors performed the first of several concerts at the Felt Forum in New York City.

Also on this day, Led Zeppelin II would take over the #1 Album spot from Abbey Road after an 11-week run.

January 17, 1972: Neil Young released the great single Heart of Gold, with friends Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor singing background vocals.

Meanwhile, Paul Simon released his hit Mother and Child Reunion.

And a section of Highway 51 in South Memphis, Tennessee, was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It was intended to be the entire road, but a church objected to their section being named after Elvis the Pelvis. No sense of humor.

January 17, 1974: Joni Mitchell’s amazing album, Court and Spark, was released on this day.

Bob Dylan also released Planet Waves on this day.

January 17, 1975: Bob Dylan released another great album on this day a year later called Blood On The Tracks.

Born On This Day

January 17, 1927: The amazing Eartha Kitt was born on this day in North, South Carolina.

January 17, 1949: Mick Taylor, guitarist for both John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones, was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.

January 17, 1955: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia. Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Peters, and Shawn Colvin have covered his tunes.

And that is it for today’s lesson. Back with the line-up soon.

The Women Own It: We Have Young Linda Ronstadt and The All-Girl Revue 4 Sandwiched Around The Final Airing of The Shadow, Friday, January 8, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The ladies own the day today, and rightfully so. And by the way, there is no other radio station shining a light on women in rock music.

We’re all in on The women of rock n’ roll today. Get with the damned program.

Here’s your line-up for this fine day:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt: The Stone Poneys & The Early Years

A pretty concise retrospective here of Linda Ronstadt’s beginnings, before she stole that show on that Neil Young arena tour and before Heart Like A Wheel launched her incredible career. The groundwork was laid with The Stone Poneys and her early contributions.

3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 06 House of Horror FINAL AIRING!

Our final airing of this week’s episode of The Shadow. On Monday, we will have episode seven.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 4: Various Artists

It’s funny how women continue to be a footnote in rock n’ roll history. There is so much evidence of their contribution that it cannot legitimately be denied. Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we don’t view rock n’ roll as strictly a man’s world. The evidence is quite to the contrary.

In this volume of The All-Girl Revue you’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Valerie Carter, Petula Clark, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, and many more!

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It’s Monday With Joni Mitchell, A New Episode of ‘The Shadow’ and Bob Dylan Live in ’75, December 21, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers of the Universe! I hope that your Monday can be made brighter by our programmng selections (call me dramatic).

Joni Mitchell performs on stage at The Wall Concert, Berlin, 21st July 1990. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Here’s today’s killer line-up:

11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, July 30, 1983

Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s career has spanned four decades. Mitchell’s talents embrace various musical styles, including folk, pop, rock and jazz. I had the opportunity to see her at Boston’s Music Hall with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express on her tour supporting the release of her album, Court & Spark. She was amazing.

3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 04 Death Under The Chapel NEW!

An insane professor is dropped from the faculty after causing the suicide of one of his students. You can imagine that he might have revenge in mind.

7:00 p.m. Bob Dylan Live in ’75: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Bob Dylan on his Rolling Thunder Review tour, along with his loosely-assembled back-up band called Guam, which included Ronee Blakeley, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, T Bone Burnett, Mick Ronson and Scarlet Rivera, among others. The tour was unorthodox and almost spontaneous, and it took place just prior to the release of his fantastic Desire LP.

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Jackson Browne In The Spotlight, Our Album of The Week, and Our All About Blue Playlist, Thursday, December 10, 2020

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!

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, one of the absolute best.

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.

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Jerry Jeff Walker is in The Spotlight, Open Stream Afternoon, and Echoes From the Canyon Later, Friday, November 6, 2020

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.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with Dallas Taylor and Greg Reeves.

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.

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The Dynamic Duo is in The Lounge, Hendrix Live in ’68, and Joni Mitchell Live in ’72, On Friday, October 16, 2020

It’s a banner day here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio. Yesterday, I got my text that the Tom Petty package has indeed shipped. We will have some fun the rest of Tom Petty Month, but in the meantime…

Petty & Campbell: The Dynamic Duo on guitars and in the studio. Flat out.

Here’s Friday’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & Mike Campbell: The Dynamic Duo

While it’s true that Petty often brought the songs to the band, it is also true that Mike Cambell often brought a great riff to Mr. Petty. This playlist highlights their songwriting partnership.

3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix Live at The Cafe Au-Go-Go, New York City, March 17, 1968 NEW!

Hendrix live. Tough stuff to find, but fun to go hunting for. And I am always on the hunt, so stay tuned.

7:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, February 23, 1972

I saw Joni Mitchell live on her Court & Spark tour with Tom Scott & The LA Express. She was brilliant, and she was often not a pleasant soul on stage. Be careful not to clap at the wrong time. One of the most revered singer-songwriters of all time, and rightfully so.

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It’s a (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday Until Later Today When We Hear Those Echoes in the Canyon, and Pay Homage to The Summer of Love, August 26, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Truck Day at ACE, so it’s a (mostly) Open Stream Wednesday here in The Mermaid Lounge until later on.

 

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Here’s Wednesday’s line-up!

5:00 p.m.     Echoes From the Canyon: Various Artists

Join us to celebrate the Summer of Love and the amazing music that came out of Laurel Canyon all at once with The Mamas & The Papas, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and many more!

8:00 p.m.     The Best of The Summer of Love! Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by The Beatles

One more time for the Fab Four as we wind down our Summer of Love festivities.

Great day to join us. Plenty of excellent music on tap. And until we get there, we are live streaming more than 25,000 songs every day. 

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The Wailers’ Final Concert, Fats Domino in The Spotlight, Farewell to “Miles of Aisles” & This Week’s LIVE DEAD, Saturday, August 1, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got a great line-up for Saturday, including Bob Marley’s final performance ever and our new Live Dead concert!

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Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.    Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1980

This would be the lion’s final concert ever as he continued to perform with malignant melanoma. Bob Marley would leave this earth on May 11, 1981. Listen to the man, people. Get up, stand up.

3:00 p.m.       Album of the Week: Miles of Aisles by Joni Mitchell   FINAL AIRING!

We bid a fond farewell to Joni Mitchell’s first live album ever, Miles of Aisles. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection!

7:00 p.m.      In The Spotlight: The Music of Antoine “Fats” Domino

I’m not sure people truly understand how instrumental Fats Domino was to the birth of rock n’ roll, but we here do. He sold 65 millon records between 1955 and 1960 — in just five years. He also had eleven top 10 hits during that time also.

10:00 p.m.    Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Greek Theater, University of California at Berkeley, May 23, 1982   NEW!

Jerry Garcia leads the greatest jam band on the planet back for another live session, this time from The Greek Theater at UCal Berkeley. 

In between all of this great programming, we are rotating 23,000+ songs. The chances of you hearing a duplicate song are slim and none. Give us a try today. We’re free. We’re outside the system, and we’re not in this for the money. We’re not making a dime.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday with Roomful of Blues, The Allman Brothers Band, and Joni Mitchell’s “Miles of Aisles,” July 28, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here we are with another Tuesday Bluesday and we’ve got Roomful of Blues in The Spotlight, with the Allman Brothers Band bringing up the rear a bit later. Sandwiched in between is our Album of the Week.

Roomful of Blues

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday With Roomful of Blues in The Spotlight!   NEW!

This is a great fucking band whose name is not on the tip of everybody’s tongue, in spite of their critically-acclaimed history and their 50-year recording career. I’ve been listening to them for a while and even saw them once. They are based in Rhode Island, and began in 1967 when guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley formed Roomful of Blues. They have changed personnel over the years and have added horns, exploring the R & B and swing influence. Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we are now beginning to upload their catalogue. Here’s a preview.

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Miles of Aisles by Joni Mitchell

A musical review of Mitchell’s tour in support of the amazing Court & Spark album. It was Joni Mitchell’s first live album, and her first tour with a backing band — Tom Scott & The L.A. Express.

7:00 p.m.    The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970

It’s like a Tuesday Bluesday double feature here today in The Mermaid Lounge. We add the grand kahuna of blues here with the brothers.

Join us, people. We’re free. No personal information required. No credit card required. And that’s because we’re totally free and outside the capitalist system in all respects. What are you waiting for?

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Call It Simple Programming Sunday: We Pay Our Respects to Peter Green, Premier Blues Guitarist and Co-Founder of the Original Fleetwood Mac & Joni Mitchell Owns Our Album of The Week, July 26, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we pay our respects to Peter Green, co-founder of the Original Fleetwood Mac (they really are two quite different bands with and without Peter), and we keep the women front and center with Joni Mitchells Miles of Aisles.

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Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up!

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

Released in 1974, this Joni Mitchell album is a collection of songs from the tour she did in support of her brilliant album, Court & Spark. Not only was it Mitchell’s very first live album, but it was her first tour with a backing band. In a brilliant move, she chose Tom Scott & The L.A. Express.

I saw this tour on its trip through Beantown. It was at the Music Hall when it really was the music hall, and it was — hands down — one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

3:00 p.m.     Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Live at The Warehouse, New Orleans, January 30, 1970   NEW!

Peter Green and The Original Bluesy Fleetwood Mac opened The Warehouse with this show back in the day when they were a blues band and not a bunch of pop-rockers. Although he led a troubled life after he left the band, his contribution to the blues cannot be denied. He passed yesterday at the age of 73. Today, we pay him the respect he deserves.

I can’t fathom what the hell Americans are thinking. It matters not, though, because the rest of the world is listening in. We’ve always bee playing catch-up, no matter what they tell you about American Exceptionalism. It’s overrated.

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