It’s Sunday and We Have Our ‘Original Sixties Rotation’ EP, a Great Collaboration for Our AOW, and Peter Tosh In the Spotlight, August 21, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got an eclectic programming day planned for you today, starting with our great Album of The Week, then moving into our very first Sixties Rotation. We close out later with our Reggae selection.

Here’s today’s lineup:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: The Union by Elton John and Leon Russell NEW!

Any album with these two guys in collaboration can only be called a tour de force. Released in 2010, the album was produced by the great T. Bone Burnett (who also contributes on electric guitar). Others who helped out include Booker T. Jones (Hammond B-3), Neil Young (vocals), Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), and Brian Wilson (vocal harmonies). It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and was listed at No. 3 on Rolling Stone’s 30 Best Albums of 2010.

1:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

We’ve got just over five hours of uninterrupted sixties music coming your way in the early afternoon. This particular rotation focuses on the early-to-mid years of the decade, although I can’t guarantee we don’t slip some stuff in from later in the decade. I may have been stoned when I made it. You will hear Del Shannon, Little Eva, The Drifters, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Walker Brothers, Mary Wells, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, The Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, Glen Campbell, Johnny Rivers, The Dave Clark Five, The Supremes, Harry Nilsson, The Band, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, Simon & Garfunkel, Blind Faith, Janis Joplin, Tony Joe White, Barry McGuire, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Fats Domino and more.

8:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Peter Tosh NEW!

Peter Tosh has a long, storied musical history. Abandoned by his parents and shuffled among his relatives, he eventually became a self-taught singer, songwriter and musician who was a critical part of The Wailers. He eventually met Robert Nesta Marley (THE Bob Marley) and Neville O’Reilly Livingston (Bunny Wailer). They started singing together in 1962 and the rest is history. He wrote several of the Wailers hit songs including Get Up, Stand Up, 400 Years, and No Sympathy. After the Wailers, Peter Tosh went on to a successful solo career starting with his album, Legalize It. Today, we put Reggae legend Peter Tosh In the Spotlight.

Here we are again. Another Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge, and a perfect day to acquaint yourselves with our special brand of radio. Yep. It’s true. You can’t create “custom” playlists here. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about real radio. I remember the days of summer laying around in my yard with my friends tuned into our transistor radios listening to WMEX. We waited in anticipation for every song.

It’s Finally Friday and We’ve Got Our ‘Folk Music From A-To-Z’ EP and a Visit From the I-Threes Coming Up, August 19, 2022

Good Morning, Reggaeologists! Yes. It’s still Reggae Week, right through to Sunday. Or Maybe Monday. We’ll see. But today, we’ve got the I-Threes coming’ at ya, and I’m pretty sure there’ll be plenty of folks out there who don’t really know who they are. We’re going to help you with that.

The I-Threes are Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.

Here’s today’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

Folk music was the original musical genre of the protest generation with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Phil Ochs, Lead Belly as the forefathers. Today, they’ll be joined by others, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Hardin, The Kingston Trio, Simon & Garfunkel, Richie Havens, The Carter Family, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne, Jesse Winchester, Joni Mitchell, The Stone Poneys, Harry Chapin, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The I-Threes NEW!

So, who are the I-Threes? The I-Threes are Rita Marley (yes, wife of Bob), Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths and it is the most influential female group in Reggae music. From 1974 right up until Bob Marley’s untimely death ten years later, they provided his rich vocal backgrounds. They also made music of their own. And today we are very excited about putting them In the Spotlight as we continue to focus on the women of music here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Come on, people. This is your chance to tune us in. We’re hear 24/7 around the clock every day trying to bring you the best of music. And that means we don’t play the same songs over and over and over. We play just enough of our house bands, but not too much. We are also advertising-free and do not require your personal information, a subscription or your credit card. Your money is absolutely no good here.

It’s Reggae Week With Toots & The Maytals Starting Off, Then Neil Young’s AOW, and Our ‘All About Blue’ Playlist Later, Thursday, August 18, 2022

Good Morning! We’re back to reggae every day through Sunday as we build our Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady collection and move toward a new multi-artist playlist this weekend!

Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals

Here’s today’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Toots & The Maytals

Toots & The Maytals, led by Toots Hibbert, was one of the best known ska and rocksteady musical groups, and were instrumental in popularizing Reggae music worldwide. Today we put them In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songs for Judy by Neil Young

Young’s great compilation of live acoustic set songs from his 1976 tour with Crazy Horse is an artistic tour de force. This is our second-to-last airing of this great album, so don’t let it pass you by. Our final airing will be on Saturday.

7:00 p.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

A great little playlist here about the color blue in the title, lyrics or both with The Allman Brothers Band, Linda Ronstadt, Mudcrutch, Foreigner, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Badfinger, The Band, Elvis Presley and more!

Come on, people, get on board with us! We’re a great little radio station that puts music before money. In fact, we haven’t a cent to spend on advertising because we don’t accept any commercial advertising. Don’t pass us by. We’re free without strings (or surprises) on a 24-hour basis, rain or shine!

It’s Monday, Monday as We Open Up Reggae Week Here in The Mermaid Lounge! Read On for Details, August 15, 2022

Good Morning, Reggae-ologists! It’s Reggae Week (we are also Ska and Rocksteady inclusive here in The Mermaid Lounge) and that means a little bit of Reggae sunshine in your day nearly every day (the exception will be Tuesday Bluesday), as we bolster our rotation.

L to R: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals.

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jimmy Cliff NEW!

Often called the Grandfather of Reggae, Jimmy Cliff is a Reggae, Ska, and Rocksteady multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who began his musical journey when he was still in primary school. He also starred in the movie The Harder They Come, which helped to propel Reggae to popularity around the world. He is the only living Reggae musician to receive the Order of Merit, the highest honor you can receive from the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts & sciences. He was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. We kick off Reggae Week by putting him In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at A & R Studios, New York, NY, August 26, 1971

This afternoon, we take some time with The Brothers live and on stage in NYC. They are always a treat. I’ve seen them ‘live’ several times myself in my lifetime, and have never been disappointed.

7:00 p.m. For Foodies Only: Various Artists

Here’s a fun multi-artist playlist with the mention of food of all kinds in the title, lyrics or both. You will hear The Rolling Stones, Little Feat, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Judy Collins, Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Strangeloves, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Supertramp, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, The Kinks, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Fats Domino, The Four Tops, Booker T. & The MGs and more!

Start your day the Reggae way! We hope to broaden your musical horizons this week. We are totally free with absolutely no strings and no surprises. There are no financial commitments. There is no personal information requested. And nothing to fill out. And we run 24/7, not just when we have programming. That’s because we have a big, wide Open Stream of more than 27,000 songs to share with you.

Monday Rolls Around Again With The Beatles, Toots & The Maytals, and Some ‘Live’ Joni Mitchell Later On, May 23, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a pretty eclectic bit of programming for you today as we launch headlong into another work week. We’re guaranteeing that we get you through to the weekend in style!

We’ve got Reggae legends Toots & The Maytals In the Spotlight this afternoon.

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. The Beatles: B is for B-Sides NEW!

Today we open it up with one of our ‘house bands’ and a brand new playlist. This time, it’s the Beatles’ B-sides. We even throw in our four favorite B-sides from the Fab Four as solo artists at the very end of the playlist, so don’t forget to tune this one in!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Toots & The Maytals

Toots & The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and were known under that name from 1972 to 2020. They are one of the best-known ska and rocksteady vocal groups, and were instrumental, along with Bob Marley & The Wailers, in building the worldwide popularity of Reggae music.

7:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at The Teatro Tenda di Lampugnano, Milan, Italy, May 9, 1983

Joni Mitchell appeared at the Teatro Tenda as part of her 1983 Refuge World Tour. Mitchell played guitar, dulcimer, and piano on the tour and was supported by some of the finest musicians on the planet, including Russell Ferrante on keyboards, Michael Landau on guitars, Larry Klein on bass, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.

Come on, folks. It’s Monday. If you’re lucky enough to be able to close your office door and give yourself a little background music while you’re working, this is the place to be. If you work at home, even better.

Today We’ve Got Bob Marley & The Wailers, Sam Cooke, and Volume Two of Badass Guitarists, Friday, August 6, 2021

Good Morning, Reggaeologists (that’s a new one). Today brings us a great live performance by The Wailers, and some other great stuff.

Al Anderson, Bob Marley and Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett of The Wailers perform on stage at the Odeon, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 18 July 1975. (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA May 26, 1976

Today we get some reggae on with The Legend himself, live from The Roxy. Marley was a pioneer in reggae music, fusing it with ska and rocksteady. He had his own distinctive singing and songwriting style.

3:00 p.m. Sam Cooke at The Harlem Square Club, Miami, Florida, January 12, 1963

Sam Cooke was a singer-songwriter who was one of the most influential soul artists of all time. He joined the Soul Stirrers as a vocalist in the early fifties, but went solo in 1957 and is responsible for a string of hits including A Change is Gonna’ Come, Bring It On Home To Me, Cupid, Twistin’ The Night Away, and Chain Gang. During his eight-year career, he released 29 singles that charted in Billboard’s Top 40, and 20 which charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists

As promised, we bring you volume two of this playlist tonight. In this volume, you’ll hear the handiwork of Albert Lee (The Hot Band), Duane Allman, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Brian May, Andrew Gold, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, John Fogerty, Dickie Betts, David Gilmour and more!

Get your musical shit together and tune us in, people. We’re free 24/7 with no commercial interruption, and we play the best music of all time.

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We’ve Got Linda Ronstadt Singing With Her Friends, and Bob Marley’s Final Live Performance Ever, Friday, May 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists, one and all! We’ve got a lot of Open Stream today punctuated with two legends. It’s Friday, and we give you plenty of wildly rotating music before our heavier Saturday programming!

Linda Ronstadt has made lots of friends during her career. Today they drop by to sing with her.

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Friends: Duets and More

Everyone wanted to sing with Linda Ronstadt back in the day, and she once openly stated she’d rather be part of a girl’s band than a solo artist. That didn’t stop her from being the Queen of Rock throughout the seventies and beyond. Today, we give you a Ronstadt collection where she sings with those friends, John David Souther, Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Emmylou Harris, Wendy Waldman, Hoyt Axton, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at The Stanley Theatre, Philadelphia, September 23, 1980

Tonight, it’s The Legend live at The Stanley Theatre at what would be his final live performance ever before his untimely death.

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It’s Wilbury Wednesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got ‘Live’ Bob Marley Later, April 21, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wilbury Wednesday. We’ve got an excellent couple of hours of Wilbury music you will not hear anywhere else. We tell you why below!

Join us for Bob Marley & The Wailers Live from Santa Barbara later today!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

12:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys Complete: The Bootleg Series

This material was offered to us by a listener. We have no idea where it came from, but we went on an extensive search for Wilbury “bootlegs” before this and could find nothing. We employ a musical don’t ask, don’t tell here. There are demos, rough cuts, outtakes, and session music. Chris Hillman even pays a visit. Enjoy!

6:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live From The Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 25, 1979

The legend live. There’s nothing like it. We’re on a mission here to create long-playing playlists, if you will. Reggae and Ska is next on the list. You can bet that Bob Marley & The Wailers will be a big part of that effort. This is a great live performance, so we hope you’ll tune it in.

In between this programming, we’ve got nothing but wide Open Stream as chosen by our Music Mermaid. She’s got great taste, and she’s not adverse to picking up a couple of playlists here and there. You’ll have to listen carefully.

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Neil Young in The Spotlight, Bob Dylan Live at Budokan, and We Pay Respects to Toots Hibbert on Monday, September 14, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernable Music Lovers! We’ve got three legends on tap today. Today, we pay respects to Reggae legend Toots Hibbert, who left this earth over the weekend.

Toots Hibbert, Reggae pioneer and leader of The Maytals

Here’s your line-up for Monday:

1:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Neil Young

Whether as a soloist or as part of a greater whole (CSNY, The Buffalo Springfield), Neil Young is one of the premier singer-songwriters of all time. Today he’s in the spotlight.

4:00 p.m. Bob Dylan Live at Budokan, February 28 and March 1, 1978

Although recorded during his 1978 world tour, the album was not released until 1979, after at least one counterfeit made its way to market and several imports were created.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: Toots & The Maytals NEW!

Toots & The Maytals are in the general rotation, but today we feature them in The Spotlight. Reggae legend Toots Hibbert passed away this past Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 77, and we aim to give him and his band their due.

Tune us in. We have no idea what you are waiting for but, hey, we’ve got time.

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Bob Marley ‘Live’ at The Stanley, The Grateful Dead ‘Live’ in Copenhagen, and the Final Airing of ‘Blind Faith,’ March 14, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We get off to a leisurely open stream start, but it isn’t long before we get things rolling

bob Marley

Here’s your Saturday Line-up!

2:00 p.m.      Bob Marley: Live at The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh 9-23-80   NEW!

The Legend lives on. Bob Marley was the man who won over a generation of reggae lovers.

5:00 p.m.      Album of the Week: Blind Faith, by Blind Faith

Blind Faith may only have made one album together, but what an album it is! This is the final airing of Blind Faith. Sunday we choose a new

10:00 p.m.    Live Dead: The Grateful Dead, Europe ’72, Copenhagen 4-18-90   NEW!

As we move through Europe ’72, the Dead land in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Don’t forget to tune us in. You won’t regret one minute you spend with us.

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