Good Morning, Music Maniacs! Jeez/ I see November is tooling along here. We’re already five days in. Today we’ve got a great EP called Traveling Fever to get us through the afternoon, and we cap the programming off later with volume two of Badass Guitarists!
Here’s today’s programming!
11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists
One of our newer extended plays here, where the songs revolve around movin’ on, hitting the road, or travelin’ fever. Sometimes under good circumstances; sometimes not. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Del Shannon, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat and more!
7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists
Yesterday at this time we gave you our first volume. Today, we have volume two and you’ll hear the musical handiwork of Taj Mahal, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Dickie Betts, George Harrison, Don Felder (The Eagles), Brian Mays, Lowell George, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee (The Hot Band), Mike Campbell, and more!
Come on, people. What are you waiting for. Time waits for no one, as we all know, so get yourselves on board the greatest musical experience on the planet. And remember, you get an extra hour with us this weekend here in the U.S. starting on Sunday!
Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve passed midweek and we’ve got some really cool music for you all today, including The Band’s performance for The King Biscuit Flower Hour.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Band Live at The Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington, D.C. and Broadcast Live on The King Biscuit Flower Hour, July 17, 1976
It didn’t take long for The Band to become one of my favorites, and they have remained in my top three bands of all time today. They started as Bob Dylan’s back-up band but became one of the most important and influential bands in popular music history. This is also a tip of the hat to the nationally-syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour which brought some of the best bands in history into our living rooms.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Blue by Joni Mitchell
This is our second-to-last airing of one of the pivotal albums in popular music, which turned fifty in June of this year. The final airing will be on Saturday. On Sunday when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new album for you, so get Blue in while you can!
7:00 p.m. For Foodies Only: Various Artists
One of the most fun sets we’ve put together. Songs with food and drink used in the title or lyrics…some of the songs are not even about either of those things, but it matters not. It’s all about the music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, John Cougar Mellencamp, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steely Dan, Sam & Dave, Little Feat, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Don McLean, and many more!
Don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but it’s raining here. In The Mermaid Lounge, it’s raining music 24/7 at absolutely no cost to you. Ever. No commercials either. And no DJ’s who like the sound of their own voice.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re at mid-week and we’ve got a brand new multi-artist long player for you today, along with that sweet soul sound later on.
Here’s your mid-week line-up:
11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists NEW!
Did you know that the earth is about 71% water, and that 97% of that water is found in the oceans? That means only 3% is drinking water. Now that I’ve filled you with scientific information, let’s talk about our latest extended playlist.
We opened this playlist up to suggestions a while ago, but hadn’t gotten to it until just recently. The emails were out of control, but the suggestions were so great that we made ourselves a great multi-artist playlist all about water. You’ll hear The Beatles, Deep Purple, Donovan. Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Foo Fighters, Loggins & Messina, Al Green, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Elton John, and more!
In fact, you can check out this great new playlist under the ‘Playlist’ tab of this blog before listening. Just go to the tab and scroll to the bottom.
7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists
This is one of our mainstays here in The Mermaid Lounge. Another multi-artist playlist that’s been around for a while, it features Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, The Four Tops, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, and more!
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Happy Monday, Humans! We’re kicking off a new week here from The Mermaid Lounge with some good stuff, as they say, including a new live performance by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Here’s our Monday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: By The Numbers, Various Artists
Here’s a fun one we haven’t heard in a while. Great songs with numbers either in the title or the lyrics from The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Searchers, The Doors, Mudcrutch, J.J. Cale, Steely Dan, Asleep at The Wheel, Emmylou Harris, The Grass Roots, Stevie Nicks, and more!
3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Led Zeppelin
It has been a while between playings for this particular playlist as well, but here it is, and updated from the last airing as well.
7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live at TD Garden, Boston, MA, June 13, 2008 NEW!
This one is new to us, the live show by The Heartbreakers from Boston’s TD Garden. This band never disappoints on stage and this performance is no exception.
It’s dismal here today from a weather perspective, a rainy and cool spring day. It’s a perfect day for music that will chase away the doldrums. That’s what we’re all about.
Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another fine Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge (although, I confess that I am writing this earlier than usual). We have a new album of the week, and we feature our five-hour British Invasion playlist today.
Here’s today’s simple but satisfying line-up:
12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon NEW!
Hotcakes was Carly Simon’s fourth studio album, released by Elektra Records in 1974. She recorded the album while she was pregnant with her first child, and I have to say that it’s one of the best albums on the planet. It is also one of the hottest-sellers of her career. Unfortunately for Carly, Elektra released two other albums that year, one was Planet Waves by Dylan and the other was Court & Spark by Joni Mitchell. That kept Hotcakes off the top spot. It peaked at number three.
The album generated two hits, Mockingbird, which she recorded with her then-husband James Taylor, and the other was Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. However, I have to agree with David Geffen’s assessment that Forever My Love was the finest song she ever recorded.
3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming! Various Artists
Once again, we give you more than five hours of great music from across the pond, from the British Invasion bands up through the mid eighties. You’ll hear The Clash, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Lulu, The Dave Clark Five, Them (featuring Van Morrison), Electric Light Orchestra, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Spencer Davis Group, The Who, and then some.
My fingers are tired, so I’m not going into all the detail about how you should be listening to us. You know, we’re totally free, ask no personal information, take no advertising, no commercial interruptions…all that shit. Just do it.
Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great line-up today here from The Mermaid Lounge. Some people are forgotten at times. We won’t allow that to happen to Sam Cooke.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. One Night Stand: Sam Cooke Live at The Harlem Square Club, Miami, Florida, January 12, 1963
This performance was recorded back in 1963, but not released until 1985. RCA kept it locked in their vaults, thinking it was too gritty and would tarnish his pop image. In fact, it is now recognized as one of the best live performances in popular music history. Today we celebrate what would be Sam Cooke’s 90th birthday.
3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 08 Murder By The Dead FINAL AIRING!
That pesky beyond-the-grave killer returns. It’s a mystery, of course, until The Shadow figures it out.
7:00 p.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists
Haven’t heard this one in a while. This is a good day for it. Tuning us in will bring you Donovan, Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, The Grass Roots, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, and then some!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, the sun is out for a change here. Let’s see how long it lasts. But in the meantime, we have all the news that’s fit for a trivia buff.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 9, 1962: Sam Cooke releases Twistin’ The Night Away, a great fucking song.
January 9, 1963: Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones on drums, replacing Tony Chapman.
January 9, 1965: The Beatles begin nine weeks at #1 on the US Album chart with Beatles ’65, their fourth #1 album.
January 9, 1967: The Buffalo Springfield release one of the greatest songs in history, For What It’s Worth.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, The Beatles supervised the recording of the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for Penny Lane.
January 9, 1969: The Beatles owned #1 on the UK Album chart with The Beatles (also known affectionately as, The White Album).
January 9, 1970: During their UK tour, Led Zeppelin played Royal Albert Hall on Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. John Lennon, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were in attendance.
January 9, 1976: Queen was at #1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody.
Born On This Day
January 9, 1941: American singer, songwriter, musician and activist Joan Baez was born in Staten Island, New York. She recorded and released her debut album in 1960 at the age of nineteen. She is the first singer to record songs written by Bob Dylan.
January 9, 1944: James Patrick “Jimmy” Page was born in Heston, Middlesex, England. he was a session musician before forming The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. One of the greatest guitarists on the planet.
And that is it. It’s Saturday. Your lesson should be light and it is. Have a great day and we’ll be back with the line-up.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again bringing you news from the annals of rock n’ roll. Today, a very important person in the music world was born.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 8, 1957: Bill Haley & The Comets, LaVern Baker, and Big Joe Turner start an Australian tour in Newastle Stadium, Newcastle. This is the world’s first rock n’ roll concert.
January 8, 1960: Eddie Cochran records Three Steps To Heaven in Hollywood. It will be his final recording session.
January 8, 1966: The Beatles had only been charting for a couple of years, yet they had their 11th number one hit with We Can Work It Out.
Also on this day, the album Rubber Soul soared from #60 to #1 to take over the Album chart. It was The Beatles’ seventh #1 US album.
The Who and The Kinks were the final guests on the last episode of the TV show Shindig.
A great new folk group called The Mamas & The Papas were gaining a lot of attention. On this day, they charted their first hit single, California Dreamin’.
January 8, 1968:(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay, by Otis Redding, was released by Stax Records. It would be his only hit. He passed away the year before in a plane crash before he ever had the opportunity to see its release.
January 8, 1975: Three Led Zeppelin shows scheduled for Madison Square Garden sell out in a matter of four hours.
Born On This Day
January 8, 1931: Bill Graham, concert promoter whose name is synonymous with The Fillmore, was born Wolfgang Grajunca in Berlin, Germany.
January 8, 1935: Elvis Aaron Presley, also known as The King, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He had his first hit in 1956 with the great song Heartbreak Hotel.
January 8, 1940: Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine of Little Anthony & The Imperials was born in Brooklyn, New York.
January 8, 1946: Robby Krieger, songwriter and elite guitarist with The Doors, was born in Los Angeles.
January 8, 1947: Terry Sylvester, who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies, was born in Liverpool, England.
And that is it on this day in music history. We will be back with the line-up soon.