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.
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.
Good Morning, Music Lovers and welcome to the beginning of another week here in The Mermaid Lounge, where we are always catering to your listening pleasure!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan
Steely Dan was formed in 1971 by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan. Their music defied definition, fusing together rock, pop, latin, jazz, R & B, and blues to create their own unique sound. Today we’ve got them In the Spotlight.
3:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists
In spite of what the assclown named Yeezy says about guitars being insignificant to music (that’s because he has no fucking talent whatsoever), we’ve got a line-up of guitartists that prove him wrong today, including Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Andrew Gold, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Garcia, Mike Campbell, Brian May, and many more.
7:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists
This is volume two of our playlist fixated on the color blue. Can’t help it. It’s my favorite color. We have The Doors, Buddy Guy, Linda Ronstadt, Electric Light Orchestra, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, Little Feat, B.B. King, Canned Heat, George Harrison, Laura Nyro, Steve Earle & The Dukes Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and more!
I know it’s Monday, but don’t be blue (get it?). Tune us in for a good time. We make your day better, for cheap. In fact, for free. That’s what I’m talking about.
We are off to a late start today, Music Lovers, but the music is still great in spite of all that. We have a brand new album of the week, epic Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and a great playlist later this evening.
Here’s today’s line-up:
1:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, Nashville 1969
While Bob Dylan was in Nashville recording his Nashville Skyline album, he and Johnny Cash decided to get together to record some music. Only one of those songs made it to Nashville Skyline. It was Girl From The North Country. The others were released much later. We have those recordings here for you today.
5:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Timeless, An All-Star Tribute to Hank Williams NEW!
This is one sweet album of all-stars paying their respects to a counry legend, Hank Williams, Sr. There are a number of memorable performances here, especially from Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. However, the one that stands out for me is Tom Petty’s version of You’re Gonna’ Change (Or I’m A Gonna’ Leave). Listen for it. Other contributors include Mark Knopfler, Shery Crow, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams III, and Johnny Cash.
8:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: What’s In A Name? Various Artists
We haven’t heard this one for a while, and it’s a good one. Songs with people’s names in them, either in the title or the lyrics. Begins at 8:00 p.m. tonight with contributions from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Jonathan Edwards, Dolly Parton, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, The Velvet Underground, The Turtles and more! Don’t miss it.
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Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got some great ‘various artist’ streams today, and our new Album of The Week by The Electric Light Orchestra!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Face The Music by The Electric Light Orchestra NEW!
Face The Music was ELO’s fifth studio album, led by musical genius Jeff Lynne. While Eldorado took a more classical approach, Lynne here moved the band into a more radio-accessible style of music (although the strings remained prominent). It is the first Platinum album for ELO. Lynne would later produce Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Petty called him the best producer on the planet), and join Petty in The Traveling Wilburys. He still continues on with ELO today.
3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Drivin’ Songs, Various Artists
Essentially, what we have here are songs that give me what we used to call ‘lead foot’ on the highway. Let’s see if these match up with yours. You will hear The Eagles, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, The Pretenders, The Doobie Brothers, Mudcrutch, Deep Purple. Blind Faith, and more!
7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists
We have a second volume of this also and we’re working on a third, but we haven’t heard this particular playlist in a while, so here it is. We have Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, and Aerosmith in this multi-artist playlist.
Remember, music lovers, wrapped around all of this programming we still have the vast majority of hours dedicated to open stream. We are circulating songs 24/7, totally free, no credit card required, and no personal information requested. Just give us your ears. (Not literally.)
We almost never sleep here in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We have your trivia lesson for this fine Sunday morning. The Beatles continue to dominate and Linda Ronstadt’s career takes off.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 10, 1956: Elvis Presley recorded music for his new record label, RCA, including Heartbreak Hotel, I Was The One, I’m Counting On You, I Got A Woman, and Money Honey.
January 10, 1963: The Beatles released their second single in the UK called Please Please Me.
January 10, 1964: The Beatles release their first US album, Introducing The Beatles.
Also on this fine day, The Whiskey A Go Go opens its doors on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. It will play host to the likes of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Rivers and many others.
January 10, 1967: Jimi Hendrix started a recording contract with Track Records and recorded Purple Haze on this day.
Also, The Hollies, one of the greatest British Invasion bands, began recording On A Carousel.
January 10, 1969:The Beatles (aka, The White Album) was unstoppable. After just five weeks of release total, it notched week number three at #1.
Also on this day, Marvin Gaye celebrated five weeks at #1 on the R & B charts with his remake of I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
January 10, 1971: Chicago released Chicago III. They were still innovative and hot at this stage of the game. This was before they went Christian elevator music and dropped off our radar. (Hint: Terry Kath was still alive and Peter Cetera was not in charge.)
January 10 1975: Linda Ronstadt’s brilliant album, Heart Like A Wheel, entered the Top 10 on this day. In spite of the fact that most music outlets treat women as though they were second-class music citizens, we do not. Heart Like A Wheel was Ronstadt’s first #1 album on The Billboard Top 200, and it spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in 1975.It spent 51 weeks on the charts, produced two #1 hit songs, sold more than a million copies, and won her a Grammy award. Anything else required here?
And, oh yeah, I forgot that Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir was performed for the first time at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I guess this was more newsworthy than Linda Ronstadt’s news (a great deal of snark here).
Born On This Day
January 10, 1917: Jerry Wexler was born on this day in New York City. He will be responsible for the success of greats Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Wicked Wilson Pickett.
January 10, 1935: Ronnie Hawkins, whose band The Hawks is a precursor to one of my favorites, The Band, was born in Huntsville, Alabama.
January 10, 1939: Scott McKenzie, who performed one of the greatest sixties anthems of all time, San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair), was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
January 10, 1948: Donald Fagan of the great Steely Dan was born in Passaic, New Jersey.
January 10, 1956: Folk singer Shawn Colvin was born in South Dakota. Her song Sunny Came Home, pretty much about a woman who burns her house down, will win the Grammy for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998.
And that’s about it from The College because we don’t give a shit about Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. Have a great day.
It’s Tuesday Bluesday in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and we press on with some great events in our musical history.
Here’s today’s classic rock lesson:
November 24, 1958: The Kingston Trio became the first group to have a #1 album. Only solo artists had achieved that prior to them.
November 24, 1961: Howlin’ Wolf arrived in London for his first European tour.
November 24, 1965: The Young Rascals begin recording Good Lovin’ which will hit #1 early the next year.
November 24, 1966: The Beatles begin recording sessions for Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by laying down tracks for Strawberry Fields Forever. In the end, the song doesn’t make the album, but it will appear on Magical Mystery Tour the following year.
November 24, 1972: ABC-TV’s In Concert debuts with Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Poco, and The Allman Brothers Band. Don Kirschner is the producer, and he also produces The Monkees.
November 24, 1979: The Eagles spend a fourth week on top of the album charts with The Long Run.
November 24, 1980: Steely Dan releases the single Hey Nineteen, one of my all-time favorite songs.
November 24, 1985: Blues pioneer Big Joe Turner died of kidney failure at the age of 74. Turner was one of the first artists to ever play rock n’ roll when he wrote and recorded Shake, Rattle and Roll in 1954.
November 24, 1991: Freddie Mercury dies of bronchopneumonia, a complication from AIDS, at his home in London at the age of 45. He had just publicly acknowledged having the disease the day before. His friend (and nothing more), Dave Clark, of The Dave Clark Five, was with him when he died.
Born on This Day
November 24, 1939: Jim Yester, keyboardist for The Association, was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
November 24, 1941: Pete Best, drummer for The Beatles in the very early years, was born in Madras, India.
November 24, 1941: Donald “Duck” Dunn, bass guitarist for the Mar-Keys, and Booker T. & The MG’s, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
We’ll be back in a little bit with today’s music programming!
It’s yet another day at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. Yesterday’s entry was prolific. Today’s, not so much.
Today’s action in rock history:
November 21, 1960: George Harrison, merely 17 years old, is deported back home from Germany because he is too young to play with the band. They are forced to play without him at The Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg.
November 21, 1964: The Supremes made it four weeks with their #1 R & B song, Baby Love.
The Zombies, one damned fine band, had one of the biggest hits of their career with She’s Not There at #5.
November 21, 1969: T-Rex played at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
November 21, 1970: Two months after his death, Jimi Hendrix had the #1 song in the UK with Voodoo Chile.
November 21, 1975: Queen releases the album A Night At The Opera in the UK.
November 21, 1980: Steely Dan releases the album Gaucho, which includes appearances by guitarists Rick Derringer and Mark Knopfler.
November 21, 2013: Forty-three years after their break-up, The Beatles had their 31st Top Ten album with On Air–Live at The BBC, debuting at #7 on the Billboard 200.
That’s today’s light lesson. Hey, it’s Saturday, so that’s a good thing. We’ll be back with today’s line-up in just a bit.
Good Day, Music Lovers! We’re back here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge doing the deed for you.
Here’s today’s bucket of knowledge:
November 18, 1956: Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he sang Blueberry Hill. The song would peak at #2 on the US charts.
November 18, 1964: The Supremes appear on the TV Rock n’ Roll Show, Shindig, and sing Baby Love and Come See About Me.
November 18, 1967:To Sir With Love by Lulu sits on the top of the singles charts for a fifth week.
November 18, 1968: Glen Campbell, a former session musician for Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys, is awarded two Gold Records, one for Gentle On My Mind and the other for By The Time I Get To Phoenix.
The Jimi Hendrix double album, Electric Ladyland, reaches #1 on the US charts. Steve Winwood, Al Kooper, and Dave Mason appear on the album.
Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, and Rusty Young — also known as Poco — make their debut at The Troubadour.
November 18, 1971: Procol Harum recorded a concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; portions would later be released on vinyl.
November 18, 1972: Bill Withers appears on Soul Train, where he sings his hit Lean On Me, and its follow-up Use Me Up.
Danny Whitten, of Neil Young’s back-up band Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose. This tragic event inspires Young to write The Needle and the Damage Done.
Steely Dan makes its debut on the music scene with the release of the song, Do It Again. It would be the first of many hits for them.
Cat Stevens’ Catch Bull At Four begins a three-week run atop the album charts. Stevens played 14 instruments during the recording of the album, his most successful LP.
November 18, 1989: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville reign at the top of the Adult Contemporary charts for a third week with the song Don’t Know Much.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We will continue on today with another Summer of Love musical offering, but we don’t stop there!
Here’s your line-up for Monday:
11:00 a.m. The Best of The Summer of Love! Disraeli Gears by Cream NEW!
Disraeli Gears was the second studio album released by Cream — Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. The album was released in November 1967, and features the hits Sunshine of Your Love, SWLABR, Tales of Brave Ulysses, and Strange Brew. Here, we give you the special extended version!
4:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at the Fonda Theater, June 26, 2016
When Mudcrutch took to the stage, it was as if Tom Petty never had another band. They were that good. This is a rare live bootleg, so don’t miss it.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan
This was one of our very first Spotlight features when we started out three years ago. It’s still one of our favorites.
Great day to join in the Summer of Love festivities, people. We are totally free, built outside the system, with no commercials and no bullshit.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve made it past midweek. That’s always an accomplishment in Empire. We’ve got some great music on tap too.
Here’s your Thursday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live on The Mojo Tour (1999)
My favorite road warriors return. To fully appreciate this band, you had to see them on stage. Maybe you never did. I suggest you might want to seek out some concert footage. They are everywhere. For a reason. This show is from August 3, 1999 when they played the Target Center in Minneapolis.
4:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty
Browne’s road anthem. Recorded entirely on the road: Live on stage. On tour buses. Backstage. And in hotel rooms. A classic.
7:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas NEW!
Our brand new musical offering comes from a great band. I almost believed the people who said they sucked in concert because they couldn’t reproduce their sound. Then, I went to see them for myself. I have to tell you, I had a great time every time. Sounded just fine to me. Enjoy this one from 1993.
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