Good Morning, Reggae-ologists! We’re here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re breaking out some great Reggae today to start off our musical programming. We’ve also got a series of new Trifectas debuting this afternoon!
Here’s Friday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: Toots & The Maytals
The Maytals were formed in the early 60s in Jamaica, and became one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups, playing a key role in popularizing the Reggae sound. We put them here In the Spotlight today.
Trifecta Afternoon NEW!
We’ve got a set of four brand new Trifectas to help get you through the afternoon:
2:00 p.m. Fats Domino
3:00 p.m. Badfinger
4:00 p.m. Paul Revere & The Raiders
5:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix
7:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Endgame
You know, I look forward to Peter Jackson’s Beatle documentary coming up this month. Did the Beatles fight? They did. All bands fight. They’re like a family. But if the Beatles hated each other they way it was played up in the media, they would not have been able to remain as great as they were to the bitter end. Later on, they worked out their issues. It was real life under a media microscope.
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Good Morning, Students! Here we are again with a lesson in rock n’ roll history from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We’re not as active as some days today, but we do pick and choose our subjects here. There are a lot of people we don’t give a flying fuck about, like Madonna. JayZ. Lady GaGa. Kanye West, the waste of musical space, and so on.
And now, today’s lesson:
December 3, 1955: Elvis Presley’s first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two were purchased from Sam Phillips at Sun Records, Mystery Train and I Forgot To Remember To Forget.
December 3, 1961: Brian Epstein makes his first pitch to become The Beatles’ manager. Although the meeting goes well, there is no decision on this day.
December 3, 1965: Keith Richards cuts it close. He steps on a microphone cable and is electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Stones concert in Sacramento. After a short break, Richards is able to come back and play.
Also on this day, The Beatles release the album Rubber Soul and the single Nowhere Man in the UK.
December 3, 1966: Paul Revere & The Raiders had their sixth Billboard Top 40 hit enter the Top 100. Good Thing will climb the charts and eventually reach #4, It stays on the charts for ten weeks.
December 3, 1968: It’s a Banner Day for Gold Records: The Grass Roots song Midnight Confessions is certified Gold on this day; and the albums Aretha Now by Aretha Franklin and Fresh Cream by Cream are certified Gold as well.
The Montreux Casino caught fire and burned during a show by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention. The event is immortalized in the song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. Deep Purple was supposed to begin working on their Machine Head album the following day.
December 3, 1976: Bob Marley narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Seven gunmen sprayed bullets into his Kingston, Jamaica, home where he and the Wailers were rehearsing. Marley had become unpopular in some circles due to his influence over some local politicians. He moved to Florida a short time after the incident.
December 3, 2003: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers a Diamond Award, markng the sale of 10 million copies of their Greatest Hits album in the U.S.
Born On This Day
There’s really only one person mentioned that we give a shit about here.
December 3, 1947: John Wilson, drummer for Them, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Good Morning, Students! It’s an easy day at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. I use about six different sources for my information and, in comparison to other days, November 28 was relatively quiet!
Pay attention. Here’s today’s lesson:
November 28, 1960: Elvis Presley had his 43rd hit and his 15th #1 hit in just four years with Are You Lonesome Tonight.
November 28, 1962: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and then performed at a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store at the 527 Club, also in Liverpool.
November 28, 1963:She Loves You by The Beatles returns to #1 in the UK.
November 28, 1964: Willie Nelson made his debut on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry when he opened for Roger Miller.
November 28, 1966: Paul Revere and The Raiders released their great single Good Thing.
November 28, 1968: Deep Purple played the first of four nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on their first tour of North America.
November 28, 1970: Bob Dylan owned the #1 album in the UK with New Morning.
Also on November 28, 1970, Dave Edmunds’ I Hear Your Knocking went to #1 in the UK.
Born On This Day
November 28, 1943: The great songwriter, Randy Newman, was born on this day.
And that’s all you need to know about today’s events in music history!
We’ve been busy over the past couple of weeks, sourcing and adding new music to the standard #BecomeUngovernable Radio rotation. We currently have about 20,000 songs rotating, with about 30K in the cue waiting.
Some of the new additions include Pink Floyd, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Dillard & Clark, Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band, Sam & Dave, The Undertakers, and Lesley Gore.
We have also added a couple of new Grateful Dead gigs for our Saturday night “Live Dead” shows, and have added to the libraries of Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Jeff Walker and others.