Welcome to the weekend in The Mermaid Lounge, where we have our usual slate of programming for your listening pleasure. We’ll kick it all off at 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Money, Honey: Various Artists
Music about money, earned, stolen, alimony, in every form imaginable, from The Beatles, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, J.J. Cale, Slim Harpo, Albert King, Tom Rush, Chuck Berry, The Traveling Wilburys, and more.
3:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions, Rare and Unreleased
By the time Let It Be rolled around, the Fab Four were barely talking to each other or recording together. But the Let It Be sessions prove that The Beatles were all about the music at the end of the day, and at the end of their run.
6:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul Simon
Paul Simon is legend in music. He spent years with his pal Art Garfunkel, singing together for the first time at the age of sixteen. Together they made some of the best music of the sixties and seventies. Then Simon continued on as a solo artist doing the same. We feature the music of Paul Simon today, both with and without Art Garfunkel.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, September 7, 1987 NEW!
Another (brand new) marathon session from The Dead for your listening pleasure. No two shows ever sound the same, even when they are on the same tour.
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Good Morning, Students! Here we are again. It’s another Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this was a pretty active day in rock n’ roll history!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 22, 1959: Buddy Holly left for Milwaukee to begin The Winter Dance Party tour.
January 22, 1960: Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records on this day, his 29th birthday.
January 22, 1963: Gerry & The Pacemakers held their first recording session ever, laying down How Do You Do It.
January 22, 1964: Sonny Boy Wiliamson and The Yardbirds appeared at The Cavern Club for their Big R & B Night.
January 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones began a tour of Oceana with two shows at the Agricultural Hall in Sydney, Australia.
January 22, 1966: The Beach Boys began recording Wouldn’t It Be Nice at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.
Also on this day:
Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the R & B chart with Uptight (Everything’s Alright). He was just 13 years old at the time, making him the youngest artist to ever top the charts.
The Beatles album Rubber Soul was at week three in the top Album position.
Simon & Garfunkel had their first #1 hit with Sounds of Silence.
January 22, 1968: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition released their first single, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In). I wonder if anybody realizes that he started out as a rocker before he began singing formualted country hits.
Also on this day:
Another great band, Sly & The Family Stone, sent their first 45 record, Dance To The Music, to the radio stations.
The Who performed two shows in Sydney Stadium in Australia. They were backed by the Small Faces.
January 22, 1969: Billy Preston arrived at Apple Studios to play keyboards and help the Beatles finish the Let It Be album. In addition to his talents, he also provided a great buffer for their in-fighting.
January 22, 1971: The Joe Cocker film, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, premiered in London. It featured performances by Cocker himself, along with Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. There was also a cast of great session musicians like Jim Keltner (Buster Sidebury of Traveling Wilbury fame), Jim Horn, and Carl Radle.
January 22, 1972: Don McLean’s album American Pie hits #1 in the US, where it will remain for seven weeks.
January 23, 1973: Gladys Knight & The Pips released the single Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).
Also on this day, Roberta Flack released the single Killing Me Softly With His Song. The lyricist was Lori Lieberman, who was inspired by a 1971 live performance by none other than Don McLean.
January 22, 1974: Carly Simon’s great album Hotcakes is certified Gold.
January 22, 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings have the #1 album in the US with Wings Over America.
January 22, 2004: The famous nightclub, The Bottom Line, closes its doors in Greenwich Village, New York after thirty years.
Born On This Day
January 22, 1931: Sam Cooke, the man with the voice made to sing soul music, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
January 22, 1949: Another great vocalist, Steve Perry, the frontman for Journey, was born in Hanford, California. (No matter what they tell you, there’s no real Journey without Steve Perry at the mike.)
January 22, 1959: Nigel Pegrum, drummer for both Small Faces and Uriah Heep, was born in North Wales.
I hope you took notes. Because this is a lot of information. We’ll be back with the line-up.
Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got our usual (mostly) Open Stream Wednesday. But beyond that, we’ve got single-origin programming today from our other house band.
Here’s today’s line-up:
24/7 Daily (Mostly) Open Stream
This is not just on Wednesday. The majority of the 24-hour music cycle is simply open streaming our vast catalogue. We average about 6-7 hours total daily in special programming; some days far fewer.
5:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions
These are previously unreleased sessions of The Beatles during the recording of the Let It Be album, a rare inside-the-studio look at the fab four at work.
7:00 p.m. Not the Album of The Week: Let It Be…Naked by The Beatles
Let It Be the way it was meant to be heard, stripped down without the wall of sound. Before Phil Spector got his grubby little fingers on it. It’s not that I don’t like the original album. I own it. But when this was released, a great album became even better.
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That was very good advice. Especially now. Take the edge off. Listen to some good music instead. Come on. You know you want to.