We Bring You The End of the Work Week With Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at The Fillmore Vintage ’99, Friday, August 12, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have hit Friday, and that is always a good thing in my book. That means I have but one more day in retail hell. Today, we give you a little bit of soul and some live TPATH.

Today’s EP covers the entire soul and R & B spectrum, not just Motown!

Here’s today’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Today we cover the spectrum of this great musical genre with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Irma Thomas and more! Five uninterrupted hours of soul and R & B!

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, March 15-16, 1999

Here we have The Heartbreakers on the High Grass Dogs Tour, making their traditional stop at San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore. One great live band at a great venue. They’re our house band for a reason, people. Find out why.

Before, in between and after, we’ve got our wide Open Stream with thousands of songs for The Music Mermaid to choose from. We never know what she’s up to. And we don’t ask foolish questions. All you need is a tab and a cursor. You don’t need a wallet. Your money’s no good here.

On Saturday We Bring Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, the Final Airing of “The Royal Scam” and LIVE DEAD! Later, On July 9, 2022

Good Morning, soul and R & B lovers. This is your day as we bring you some of the greatest feel-good music on the planet with our great multi-artist EP. We also give you a brand new LIVE DEAD! later on.

We start the day off right with ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’

Here’s today’s lineup:

10:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

We start off the programming today with that feel-good music that gets you going. You’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Irma Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Royal Scam by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of The Royal Scam. Come Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection as our Album of The Week. When you roll out of bed, it’ll be ready for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, February 19, 1971 NEW!

We’ve got another brand new soundboard recording for all our Deadheads. This one is from Port Chester, vintage 1971. Be there or be square, as they say.

The weekenders are officially on board this morning as we have our first full day out of the work-a-day world. (Well, most of us do. I’m not there yet.) This is a great day to tune us in and get a real feel for what we’re about. Before, in between and all night (we are 24/7), we give you that wide Open Stream. We don’t stop when the programming is over. We keep going.

We Keep It Simple Today With Asleep at The Wheel’s Album of The Week and Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, April 10, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we do something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, which is to introduce you to one of the finest Texas swing bands ever to walk the earth, Asleep at The Wheel. (That is, if you haven’t already heard them. I’m sure some of you have.)

Asleep at The Wheel.

Here’s your Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Route 66 by Asleep at The Wheel NEW!

I can vividly remember seeing this amazing band live at The Paradise in Boston back in the day. Man, there were people dancing on the tables they were so good. We chose this album because we felt it was a great way to introduce people to them. But they have made many albums and many live appearances over their half a century in music and, while we do have some of their stuff floating around our stream, I have a vast collection about to make it’s mark on our airwaves. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Once again, we make our monthly pilgrimage to soul music mecca where you’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and many more! That’s five uninterrupted hours of soul and R & B!

This is a total day of rest for most sane people. Those of you who “get it” are staying out of the retail fray today and taking a mental health break. This is the place to be. We’re on 24/7 uninterrupted at no charge to the listening public. What other musical outlet says that? None.

No Joke, Music Lovers! We Start the Month With Our ‘M Is For Motown’ EP and ‘live’ Little Feat Later, Friday, April 1, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re no fools here in The Mermaid Lounge. We kick off the month with our great ‘M Is For Motown’ EP and Little Feat live from London later!

Here’s your April Fool’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists

We’ve got all the best artists in Motown here today; the groundbreakers who created ‘the music that moved th world.’ You’ll hear Barrett Strong, Eddie Kendricks, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson 5, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Jimmy Ruffin, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Kim Weston, Mary Wells, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Spinners, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, The Contours, Al Green, Rare Earth, Fontella Bass, Billy Preston, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and more!

7:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Rainbow Room, London, UK, August 4, 1977

A Mermaid Lounge favorite here live from London’s Rainbow Room. I have seen these guys several times over the years (the Lowell George version only), and they never disappointed. In fact, their performance at the Harvard Square Theater back in the seventies was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Before, in between, and after we’ve got our great wide Open Stream of 27,000 songs. You’d be hard pressed to hear the same song more than once in a day. Tune us in. We’re totally free, unblemished by commercial advertising, and we’ve got The Music Mermaid. Nobody else does.

We Keep It Simple Today With ‘Full Moon Fever’ As Our Album Of The Week and Our ‘Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, October 17, 2021

As you know, it is Tom Petty Month in these here parts and we’ve chosen one of Petty’s solo albums (but not really; you’ll see what I mean) as our Album of The Week. This is one we’ve not had yet since we started this feature. From there, it’s a Little Bit O’ Soul.

This one comes your way at 3:00 p.m. EST today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty NEW!

Full Moon Fever was Tom Petty’s very first solo effort, released April 24, 1989 on MCA. It was produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne. In addition to Lynne, other members of the Wilburys also contributed, including George Harrison and Roy Orbison. It was recorded in Campbell’s garage studio, and was actually interrupted mid-stream for the recording of the Traveling Wilbury’s first album.

Full Moon Fever was both a critical and commercial success. Five singles were released: I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Free Fallin’, A Face In The Crowd, and Yer So Bad. It peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 8 in the UK. It was certified 5x platinum in the U.S. on October 5, 2000 and 6x platinum in Canada on September 18, 1991 in Canada. In 2019, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Starting mid-afternoon we’ve got more than five hours of R & B and soul music for you with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Nina Simone, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, LaVern Baker, Sam & Dave, and more!

It’s an easy, breezy Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge. Give yourself a break and tune us in. We’re free. No pressure for a membership. No request for a credit card or personal information. We know this may be hard to believe, but it’s absolutely true. And we don’t track you to sell you shit later. We’re not in this for profit. Blah. Blah. Blah. You won’t believe me until you’ve tried it. Come on and join your friends from around the globe.

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Welcome to Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge! We Bring You A Little Bit O’ Soul, The Final Airing of “Old Yellow Moon” and our Ritual LIVE DEAD, June 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.

Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists

Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!

In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.

Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.

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It’s a Busy Saturday With Linda Ronstadt ‘Live’ in LA, Marvin Gaye In the Spotlight, LIVE DEAD, and the Final Airing of ‘Exodus’ On June 5, 2021

Good Morning, Rockologists! It’s another fine, frenzied Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge! We’ve got a bunch of great stuff sprinkled amidst all that great Open Stream! Tune in!

Linda Ronstadt is live at The Universal Amphitheatre

Here’s your Saturday programming:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, October 3, 1977

This was the eleventh consecutive night for Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams tour back in ’77, added due to continued ticket demand. She was riding high in those day. I saw the tour in Boston and upstate New York, only two of the forty I would see her perform during her career.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This will be the final airing of Exodus as our Album of The Week. When you roll your butt out of bed tomorrow morning, we’ll have a brand new album in focus.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Despite his many personal problems, Marvin Gaye was a musical marvel who was instrumental in shaping the Motown sound, first as a studio musician, then as a major artist with a string of hits. Because of this, he was often called The Prince of Motown. We put him In the Spotlight today.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Thelma Theatre, Los Angeles, December 12, 1969 NEW!

We go waaaaay back in time for this one, kids! Another performance by the ultimate jam band.

As I say every day: This is a great day to tune us in. Because every day is a great day to tune us in. No lie. We’re free. We do not accept advertising so there’s no untimely interruptions, and our DJ’s are practically mute.

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Monday Morning Open Stream Leads to Steely Dan ‘Live’ in Houston and The Soul Men Later, April 19, 2021

We welcome you to the beginning of a new week here in The Mermaid Lounge. We start with Open Stream, but then move on to some really great programming.

We feature Steely Dan live at The Woodlands Pavillion today!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

1:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas, September 3, 1993

Today we feature one of the finest damned bands on the planet here today, live from Houston, Texas. I used to hear people say they couldn’t reproduce their sound on stage and I almost believed it…until I saw them live myself. Everyone’s a goddamned critic, especially those with no musical ability. I call bullshit.

7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume One: Various Artists

I might as well tell you we kick off a new long-play soul and R & B playlist next month, so consider this a preview! You’ll hear Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Otis Redding (The Big O), Fats Domino, Freddie King, and many more!

Again, we open the week with light programming. But the programming we have is spectacular today. We are not-for-profit radio. We’re in it for the music. Give us a shot. You won’t regret it.

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It’s Friday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/15/2021

Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge! It is Friday here, and we’ve got some great music coming your way! But first, our lesson.

The Original Supremes, formerly known as The Primettes. That’s Barbara Martin on the left, the only one that was legally ‘of age’ to sign the Motown contract in 1961. Find out more below.

Here’s your lesson!

January 15, 1958: Elvis Presley records Hard Headed Woman, Trouble, New Orleans, King Creole, and Crawfish. All in a day’s work for The King.

January 15, 1961: The Supremes sign on with Motown Records. At this time there are four Supremes (once called The Primettes): Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin. All but Martin are under 18 and require parental permission before signing. Diana Ross was just sixteen. Martin sings on their first album, but leaves the group after a year and is not replaced.

January 15, 1964: The Beatles play live at Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, in front of an audience of 2,000 people. It’s a warm up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would begin the following night.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, a legal shitshow is taking place between Capitol Records and Vee Jay Records. Capitol filed an injunction that prohibited Vee Jay from manufacturing or distributing any more Beatles records. Vee Jay, in turn, files suit against both Capitol and Swan Records, which owned the rights to She Loves You. Most of the contracts in the early days of rock n’ roll revolved around individual releases. You can read all the details here in The Beatles Bible, which is my personal bible for Beatles information.

January 15, 1965: Bob Dylan recorded Maggie’s Farm at Columbia Recording Studios in New York.

Also on this day, The Who’s first single, I Can’t Explain, is released in the UK. Jimmy Page helps The Who out on guitar on this one.

January 15, 1966: The Supremes song My World Is Empty Without You enters the charts.

January 15, 1967: Before The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, Mick Jagger agrees to change the line “let’s spent the night together” to “let’s spend some time together.” He is obviously visibly annoyed when he is sings the altered lyrics.

January 15, 1971: George Harrison released My Sweet Lord in the UK.

January 15, 1972: Don McLean’s epic American Pie hits #1 in the US. It runs 8:36 seconds long, and you have to flip the 45 record over to hear the whole thing. (I remember that.)

January 15, 1977: Hotel California by The Eagles goes to #1 on the Album charts.

Born On This Day

January 15, 1941: Don Van Vliet, also known as Captain Beefheart, was born in Glendale, California.

January 15, 1948: Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

January 15, 1952: Melvin Gayle, cellist with Electric Light Orchestra, was born in London.

And that is today’s lesson from the college. We’ll be back shortly with the line-up.

All the Pertinent Details From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/5/2021

It is another day in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and we’re getting a jump on all things musical today. It’s a fairly active day on the trivia front.

Jesse Winchester left the U.S. for Canada to avoid the draft. But when he left the planet, the world lost one of its best songwriters ever.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 5, 1954: Elvis Presley recorded a 10-minute demo tape at Memphis Recording Studios.

January 5, 1959: Buddy Holly released It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, his final release before his death.

January 5, 1961: The Beatles played at Literton Town Hall in Liverpool. Two members of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes were on hand to watch — Johnny Guitar, and drummer Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney played bass for the first time with the band as Stu Sutcliffe remained at home.

January 5, 1965: The Supremes recorded Stop! In The Name of Love at Motown Studios in Detroit. Soon after, they depart on the first Motown revue tour in Europe.

January 5, 1967: Jesse Winchester, one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace this planet, moves from the U.S. to Canada to avoid the draft and serving in Viet Nam.

Also on this day, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal for Penny Lane which was planned (but actually never included) on the upcoming Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band album.

Tommy James & The Shondells released their single, I Think We’re Alone Now.

Pink Floyed played in concert at The Marquee Club.

January 5, 1968: Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits album is certified Gold.

January 5, 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases the album Bayou Country.

January 5, 1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

January 5, 1974: Jim Croce remained at #1 with the song Time In A Bottle, rated one of the Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era.

Bruce Springsteen plays the song Rosalita for the first time in concert at Joe’s Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It becomes a fan favorite and is often played as his encore.

January 5, 2004: John Guerin, one of the most respected and prolific session drummers who worked with Joni Mitchell, Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Willie Nelson, and many more, died from pneumonia on this date in West Hills, California. He was 64.

Born On This Day

January 5, 1923: Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records, who discovered Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, was born near Florence, Alabama.

January 5, 1929: Wilbert Harrison, who wrote and recorded the great classic Kansas City in 1959, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

January 5, 1934: Phil Ramone, songwriter, violinist, recording engineer, and legendary producer who made albums with Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and many others, was born in South Africa.

And that just about sums it up from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!