What Could Be Better? It’s Wilbury Wednesday and (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday on the Same Day, February 24, 2021

Yes, here we are on another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday with our only programming coming from the best damned supergroup on the planet, The Traveling Wilburys! And just in time for George Harrison’s birthday (we celebrate that tomorrow). The planets are aligned just right this week.

The Traveling Wilburys.

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday

Yes, sandwiched around the great Wilbury programming outlined below, we’re streaming just about 27,000 songs all day and all night long with nary an interruption except for short station identifications. No advertising, people. Ever.

12:00 p.m. Wilbury Wednesday: The Traveling Wilburys Complete, Volume One & Two

This is a great bootleg offering, with outtakes, alternate versions, and the complete Traveling Wilbury playlist. That’s more than two hours of uninterrupted sheer pleasure from where I’m sitting here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We hope you’ll tune us in. All it takes is an open tab on your computer. No credit card, membership, or personal information required. When we say free, we actually mean it. Give us a try.

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge With Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” and Our Sixties Rotation (Volume 1), February 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s a bright sunny day here in the Boston area, in stark contrast to the past few days. It considerably improves the mood.

Emmylou Harris owns our Album of The Week. By anyone’s standards, “Wrecking Ball” was brilliant.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris NEW!

Wrecking Ball was Emmylou Harris’ eighteenth release, and it was also a career-redefining effort, her music taking on a sharper edge as she combined with Daniel Lanois (known for his work with U2). She covered songs by Neil Young (the title song), Daniel Lanois, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and Lucinda Williams (not a complete list). Many helped out with the instruments and vocals. It won the 1996 Grammy Award as The Best Contemporary Folk Recording.This is a spectacular album. Not to be missed, people.

3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume One: Various Artists

Our monthly tribute to those who inspired this radio station is once again afoot. This is the original Sixties Rotation (we have two) where you will hear five hours of uninterrupted gems from Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Hollies, Blind Faith, Jeff Beck, Johnny Rivers, Sonny & Cher, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Petula Clark, and many more!

Now, listen, folks. It’s Sunday. A day of rest, no matter what the capitalists tell you. Nobody needs to spend money seven days a fucking week. Got it? Kick back, put your feet up, and tune in some great music. It doesn’t cost you a penny, there’s no credit card or personal information reqired. Just your computer and a free tab.

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The Original All-Girl Revue, The Beach Boys’ Smile Sessions, and Roy Orbison’s “Mystery Girl” on Thursday, February 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers. We’ve got some great music lined up for the day, including the original All-Girl Revue.

The Great Underappreciated Legends of Rock: Women

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison

Orbison’s 22nd album was recorded just prior to his untimely death at the age of 52, and released posthumously. This is the deluxe edition.

3:00 p.m. The Original All-Girl Revue: Various Artists

This is the very first all-female playlist we ever put together, featuring Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Fontella Bass, Carole King, Ann Peebles, and Janis Joplin, among others.

7:00 p.m. The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions

A collection of recordings from the band’s abandoned album, Smile, recorded between 1966 and 1967. This is just a selection of those recordings, not the entire set.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Someone famous once said that. I consider it sage advice at this time in our history. We’re waiting for you to join us here.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues, and Roy Orbison’s Album of The Week, February 2, 2021

Good Morning, Blues Lovers! We’ve got a great blues line-up for you here today. There’s no question about it. If you’re into the blues, this would be a good day to tune us in.

The indescribably good Roomful of Blues.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison

This is the only non-blues entry of the day, but it is our Album of The Week and it’s a damned good album. We give you the deluxe edition here.

3:00 p.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Live at Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, January 21, 1987

Two great blues guys together in one venue. Doesn’t get much better than that.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Roomful of Blues

Roomful of Blues is described as a blues and swing revival big band. They are based out of Rhode Island out here on the East Coast, and have been recording for fifty years. You definitely have to tune them in if you haven’t heard them before.

If you like the blues, this is a good day to tune us in. We’re free. No personal information required. No credit card required. No advertising accepted.

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It’s a Light Programming Day With Roy Orbison’s “Mystery Girl” as Our Album of The Week, and Otis Redding In the Spotlight Later, Sunday, January 31, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are defnitely running behind lately but being sick hasn’t helped. Hopefully, I’ll get myself back on track in the next couple of days.

Otis Redding didn’t live long enough to enjoy his time in the spotlight.

Here’s today’s line-up:

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison NEW!

Mystery Girl was Roy Orbison’s twenty-second album, completed in November 1988, a month before his death at the age of 52. It was released posthumously in January of 1989. Orbison had help from a cadre of admirers, including Tom Petty and his bandmate Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne, Elvis Costello, George Harrison, T Bone Burnett, and Jim Keltner. Today we are giving you the deluxe 25th anniversary edition.

6:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Otis Redding

Otis Redding had his break out performance at the Monterey Pop Festival during the Summer of Love. On December 10th, less than six months later, he perished in a plane crash at the age of 27. He didn’t live long enough to enjoy his time in the limelight, so today we are putting him in the spotlight.

We hope you’ll join our family of music lovers soon. We’re free 24/7. No chatty DJ’s. No advertising. No credit card required. Nothing to join, and no personal information requested. What the hell are you waiting for?

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Greetings & Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/21/2021

Yes, we did miss yesterday and I apologize for that. But there will be days like this here and there. We are back today, and ready to go!

The Trips Festival, held in 1966, was instrumental in the cultural development of psychedelic music.

Here’s your lesson for today:

January 21, 1959: The Kingston Trio, key to folk music becoming a staple in America, won a Gold record for Tom Dooley.

January 21, 1961: The great Del Shannon recorded the song Runaway, which will top the charts in America by April.

January 21, 1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s program The Friday Spectacular, where they performed Please Please Me and Ask Me Why.

January 21, 1964: Peter & Gordon recorded the Lennon-McCartney tune A World Without Love, which goes to #1 in the UK by June 1965. Down the road during the 70s, Peter Asher will become Linda Ronstadt’s producer and manager, and helps launch her amazing career.

January 21, 1965: More than 3,000 fans greet The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrive for a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

January 21, 1966: The first Trips Festival, a three-day event, begins at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco. It’s a landmark event in the evolution of psychedelic music and the hippie movement. Produced by Ken Kesey, Ramon Sender, and Stewart Brand, ten thousand people show up to see The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and The Jefferson Airplane. Pretty sure there was LSD in the punch.

January 21, 1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at Olympia Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones (percussion) and Traffic’s Dave Mason (12-string guitar) play on the session.

January 21, 1983: Allman Brothers Band bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer at the age of 34. He joined the band in 1972, and replaced the deceased Berry Oakley. His doctors suspect he contracted the disease from exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service.

January 21, 1984: The great soul singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49 after suffering a massive heart attack while performing at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. He fell head first to the stage while singing Lonely Teardrops, suffered brain damage, and remained in a coma for eight years until his death.

Born On This Day

January 21, 1941: Richie Havens, the great folk singer who appeared at the Woodstock, Newport, and Isle of Wight Festivals, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

January 21, 1942: Edwin Starr, soul singer who recorded the great songs War and Twenty-Five Miles, was born in Nashville, Tennessee.

January 21, 1947: Jim Ibbotson, who played guitar, keyboards, drums, and accordion for the very underrated Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born somewhere in the United States but nobody can seem to figure out where the fuck it was.

That’s it for today, and we shall be back with your line-up in just a while.

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Roy Orbison In the Spotlight, The Final Airing of Moondog Matinee, Selections From Monterey Pop, and Tonight’s Live Dead, Saturday, December 26, 2020

Well, Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick off some new playlists to carry us into the New Year!

Five-octave Roy Orbison, the man with the golden voice.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Roy Orbison NEW!

We’ve got all the Roy you want here, from his outstanding solo career right up on through his time as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with friends George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, the best damned super group on the planet. Ever. Enjoy this one.

The set list is up under our Playlist tab. Simply scroll to the bottom!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band FINAL AIRING!

We’re closing out Moondog Matinee today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week ready to go!

6:00 p.m. Selections From the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, June 17-19, 1967

Since today marks the day the rockumentary hit the theaters back in 1968, we thought we’d commemorate the precursor to Woodstock by playing some tunes from the festival.

The set list is also up under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll down.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, April 12, 1986 NEW!

Another new ‘Live Dead’ offering for this week. We’ve played no duplicates here since this little extravaganza began, and we will go as long as we can with new material! This one comes from the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

Tune us in, people. No commercials. No credit card required. No memberships. No personal information. What’s the matter? That make you nervous?

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Happy Friday From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/11/2020

Greetings from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, where we enrich your lives by making sure you have all the pertinent details required to win a musical trivia contest.

Little Richard performs during the halftime show on December 31, 2004, at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The pioneering musician died on Saturday, May 9, 2020; he was 87. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/TNS)

Here’s today’s lesson!

December 11, 1960: Aretha Franklin gives her first live performance at the Village Vanguard in New York city.

December 11, 1961: Motown Records has it’s first #1 hit on the Top 100 with Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes.

Also on this day, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii goes to #1.

December 11, 1965: The Velvet Underground plays its first live gig when they open for a group called The Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey.

December 11, 1966: Elton John’s band, Bluesology, opens for Little Richard in London. Elton would later say: “When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins, and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player.”

December 11, 1968: The Rolling Stones record their Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special, then proceed to bury it for nearly 30 years.

December 11, 1970: John Lennon releases his first solo album, titled John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

December 11, 1972: Genesis plays its first US concert ever at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

December 11, 1988: Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Don Henley perform at a Roy Orbison tribute concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

December 11, 1990: Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond with sales of 10 million in the US.

Born On This Day

December 11, 1926: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in Anton, Alabama. Willie Mae was the first to record Hound Dog, the song that would later be made famous by Elvis Presley.

And that is just about it from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge for this fine day!

More News From The College of Rock N’ Roll Knowledge: 12/6/2020

Good Morning, Students! We have a great musical day lined up for you, so let’s dispense with all this knowledge we have here.

Paul Simon, another brilliant singer-songwriter loved in The Mermaid Lounge.

Here’s today’s lesson from the College:

December 6, 1965: The Beatles released We Can Work It Out with Day Tripper on the flip side.

Also on this day in 1965, the Beatles released the magnificent album, Rubber Soul.

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles released Going To A Go-Go.

And if all of this wasn’t enough for you on December 6, 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded 19th Nervous Breakdown and Mother’s Little Helper at RCA’s Hollywood Studios in LA.

December 6, 1968: James Taylor released his self-titled first album in the UK.

December 6, 1969: The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet (and we told you about the actual pre-release banquet itself yesterday).

Also on this day, Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love enters the Billboard Pop chart. It peaked at #4 and was the first of six Top 40 hits for Zep.

December 6, 1970: Gimme Shelter, a documentary about The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour, opened in theaters.

December 6, 1975: The album Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon hit #1 on the US Album chart. The album resulted in four Top 40 US hits, Gone At Last, My Little Town, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (#1), and the title track.

December 6, 1977: Jackson Browne released Running On Empty, a live album of performances at various stops on his summer tour.

December 6, 1988: After spending the day with his sons and his mother, Rob Orbison has a fatal heart attack and dies at the age of 52. During his career, the Caruso of rock n’ roll had 23 Top 40 hits. He had recently regained a huge fan following as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison’s new album, Mystery Girl, is completed posthumously and released in January 1989.

December 6, 1994: Tower Records released Live At The BBC, a 69-track compilation of Beatles songs recorded for shows like Top Gear, Easy Beat, the Saturday Club, and Pop Go The Beatles. The double-album set goes straight to #1 in the UK, selling 600,000 copies by the end of the year, and 2,000,000 in the US four weeks later.

Born On This Day

December 6, 1943: Mike Smith, lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, is born in Edmonton, North London, England.

And that is it for this fine Sunday from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge.

More Details From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/4/2020

Good Morning, Music Trivialists! We here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge draw from our own archive of totally useless information and pour over various electronic sources to bring this to you every day. As you may expect, some sites differ from others about locations of events, timing, etc. Needless to say, research, critical thinking and weed is required to complete this task.

The Million Dollar Quartet: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Here’s today’s lesson!

December 4, 1956: Elvis Presley stopped by Sun Studios unexpectedly to find Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash watching Carl Perkins in the studio. The four would tape several songs together on that day, but it would be 25 years before that day would be immortalized on vinyl as The Million Dollar Quartet.

December 4, 1964: The Beatles release their fourth album, Beatles For Sale, which spends 11 weeks as the #1 album in the UK.

December 4, 1965: Turn, Turn, Turn would give The Byrds their second consecutive #1 hit, following up Mr. Tambourine Man.

December 4, 1969: President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and forty governors spend the day watching simulated acid trips and listening to rock music to help them understand the “generation gap.” We have been led by idiots for a very long fucking time.

December 4, 1971: Don MacLean’s eight-minute epic, American Pie, enters Billboard’s Hot 100. Before all is said and done, it will sell 3 million copies. To this day, it remains one of the most analyzed and debated songs in music history.

Also on this day, Sly & The Family Stone’s Family Affair begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This will be their third and final #1 and their last song in the top 10 before the band implodes under the weight of personal issues, and falls apart. Too bad. They were a great band.

Led Zeppelin also began a two-week stint at the top of the UK Album chart with the Four Symbols album, which includes Stairway To Heaven. The album will eventually sell 11 million copies and remained on the US charts for nearly five years.

December 4, 1980: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones announce that Led Zeppelin will not continue on after the death of drummer John Bonham.

December 4, 1982: A retrospective album of John Lennon’s solo work called The John Lennon Collection, started a six-week run at #1 on he UK Album chart. The front and back covers were shot by Annie Liebovitz on December 8, 1980, just five hours before John Lennon’s murder.

December 4, 1987: Alison Krauss, just sixteen years old, releases her debut album, Too Late To Cry, with her backing band, Union Station.

December 4, 1988: Roy Orbison (aka, Lefty Wilbury) plays his final gig at The Front Row Theater in Akron, Ohio. Orbison dies of a heart attack two days later.

Born On This Day

December 4, 1942: Chris Hillman, of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Desert Rose Band, was born in Los Angeles.

December 4, 1944: Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys was born in Inglewood, California.

And that, my friends, is as they say — all the news that’s fit to print because there are a lot of singers we simply don’t give a shit about here in The Mermaid Lounge.