Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, it’s another hot one outside today and that means we’re inside The Mermaid Lounge for the duration! There will be a different kind of ‘heat’ coming from this place.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Townes Van Zandt, Live at The Old Quarter Bar, Houston, Texas, July 1973
The actual date eludes us, but this was recorded in what can only be alled a small, intimate setting…just brick walls and a bar. It was recorded on a portable four track. You can hear Van Zandt shuffling between songs and some chatter from the attendees. This, however, is considered one of the most amazing recordings of Townes Van Zandt’s musical legacy. He is one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace the planet.
3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills In Session, May 21, 1968
On May 21, 1968, Stephen Stills invited Jimi Hendrix to his basement for a jam session. This is the result of two masters joining forces to make music. Rumor has it that it was Stephen Stills who taught Hendrix how to play guitar. We’ll probably never know if that’s urban legend or actual fact.
7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: For Foodies Only, Various Artists NEW!
I was probably hungry when I came up with this playlist, but here it is nevertheless. Songs with food (and drink) in either the title or the lyrics. Eat it up, people.
We are laying back, hanging in, and enjoying the tunes today. It’s way to hot to venture out. We’ve got a different kind of heat going on inside The Mermaid Lounge. And we remain not-for-profit, with no advertising or obnoxious DJ’s to interrupt your music flow.
Good Morning from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge where the inhabitants of The Mermaid Lounge rarely sleep. Or so it seems. This is a pretty busy day in rock n’ roll, as you will see.
Here are the facts, children:
January 3, 1955: 20-year-old Elvis Presley appeared live in Boonesville, Virginia. He was still only a regional success but, by the end of 1956, he would explode into a national sensation.
January 3, 1957: Fats Domino records I’m Walkin’ (one of the greatest songs ever made, in my opinion). He wrote the song after his car broke down and he heard a fan yell, “Hey, look at Fats Domino, he’s walking!” The song would reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R & B chart.
January 3, 1963: After placing 30 songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signed a $1 million, 20-year contract with Decca (you know, the label that turned the Beatles down). He would generate six more Top 40 hits for Decca before his tragic death.
Speaking of The Beatles, they kicked off a five-day tour of Scotland on this day at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin.
January 3, 1964: The Beatles were seen on television for the (first? second?) time (nobody has the definitive answer except them) when a BBC clip from a show called The Mersey Sound showing the band singing She Loves You was released on the Jack Paar Show. Old Jack, of course, made fun of them, particularly their hair cuts. In short order, The Beatles would teach them a lesson and shut them the fuck up.
January 3, 1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to report to his local draft board after receiving his draft notice. He would eventually win conscious objector status. In the meantime, Good Vibrations was in its fourth week in the #1 slot.
January 3, 1970: The Beatles’ final recording session was held at Abbey Road Studios on this day. The final song they played together was I Me Mine, which would also be the title of George Harrison’s autobiography ten years later.
Also on this day, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, from the Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid soundtrack, would become B.J. Thomas’ third US Top 10 hit, and his first #1.
January 3, 1972: Don MacLean’s American Pie receives a Gold record. It reached #1 in both America and the UK, eventually selling three million copies.
January 3, 1974: Bob Dylan & The Band reunite for a US tour. Dylan was promoting his Planet Waves LP, while The Band had just released Moondog Matinee (last week’s Album of The Week) and the single Ain’t Got No Home. The tour was chronicled six months later with the release of the double album set Before The Flood.
January 3, 1976: Bob Dylan’s song about former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (called Hurricane), which peaked at #33 on the Billboard chart, caused enough negative publicity to eventually get Carter released from prison. The song protested Carter’s innocence and his wrongful conviction on murder charges, as well as the authorities’ failure to even consider another perpetrator because Carter was black.
January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It seems like ridiculous amount of time for women to get the recognition they deserved in this business, and consider that it would take Linda Ronstadt until 2014 to be inducted, one of the biggest travesties in the music business.
Born On This Day
January 3, 1926: Sir George Martin, British record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician who nurtered The Beatles’ creative side and was known appropriately, according to McCartney, as The Fifth Beatle, was born in Highbury, London.
January 3, 1943: Van Dyke Parks, songwriter and producer who worked with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on the Smile album (a great album, by the way), played keyboards on The Byrds’ Eight Miles High, and produced Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, and Judy Collins, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
January 3, 1945: Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter who was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, and who released an album with Neil Young as The Stills-Young Band, was born in Dallas, Texas.
January 3, 1946: John Paul Jones, bassist, keyboardist, and producer with Led Zeppelin, was born in Sidcup, London.
And that is all today from The College. We’ll be back with the line-up in a bit.
It’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, but that portion of the program comes a bit later. We’ve got some great music leading up to that.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Doors Live at The Cobo Arena, Detroit, May 8, 1970 NEW!
Brand new to The Mermaid Lounge, delivered by Elves late one evening after a mushroom party. (I made that up.) Enjoy this great concert in spite of my bad fiction.
4:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
As we eagerly await the release of Wildflowers & All The Rest, it’s time to go back to the original and remember just how fucking great this album is.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday Bluesday! The Super Session (1968) NEW!
Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper (the original lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears), and Stephen Stills lay it down. This one is also new to us even though it’s been on my hard drive for years. (Hey, there’s still a ton of shit to go. Okay?)
10:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Unchained by Johnny Cash
It’s only fitting that Tom Petty and his bandmates play a role in this great album. Tom Petty had more credibility in traditional country music than any other rocker on the planet. This one won Cash a Grammy.
Well, children, this is probably a really good day to tune us in. You might like it so much that you come back tomorrow. Who knows? As my grandmother said, you won’t know until you try it. And it’s free.
Greetings, Ungovernables! We have light programming today and many hours of Open Stream, but the scheduled music we have is pretty cool.
Here’s Friday’s musical landscape:
11:00 a.m. Stephen Stills & Manassas Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 23, 1972 NEW!
Stephen Stills’ musical talents and contribution cannot be denied, but his life seems to have been lived in short musical periods where his ego dictated the direction. His Manassas period was no different — short and sweet. Stills formed the band in the fall of 1971. By 1972, the band dissolved, but not before giving us some great music.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Etta James NEW!
Etta James once said tha the only place where she felt at home was on the stage, where she sang the blues, soul, R & B, jazz, gospel, and rock n’ roll. She is best known for hits like Tell Mama, At Last, The Wallflower, and I’d Rather go Blind.
Tune us in. You cannot go wrong. Believe me. I’d never lie to you.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We begin yet another week in the shitshow, but at least we’ve got the best music on the planet to help us keep our sanity.
Here is your Monday, Monday line-up:
12:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Early Years NEW!
Somebody argued with me over whether or not the Beatles were the best rock n’ roll band ever. I never said they were. I said they were the best damned band ever. They were never limited by genre. They changed everything. In this playlist, we focus on their early years.
4:00 p.m. It’s Mudcrutch Monday!
Yes, it’s Mudcrutch Monday, and we’re airing our Mudcrutch Madness playlist for you.
7:00 p.m. Stephen Stills: Live at the Capitol Theater (1979)
Buffalo Springfield. Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Sometimes Young). Manassas. The Stills-Young Band. Solo. Stephen Stills’ contribution cannot be denied.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Welcome to Sunday morning, and another great day of programming, including a live appearance with Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck.
Here’s your Sunday funday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Mick Jagger & Jeff Beck: Live at the Country Club, Receda (10/20/87)
2:00 p.m. Stephen Stills Live at the Capitol Center (1979)
Did you know that Stephen Stills taught Jimi Hendrix how to play guitar? I’d never lie to you.
5:00 p.m. Dusty in London: The Lost British Recordings
9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
This is the eighth studio release from Pink Floyd. It was released on March 1, 1973 on Harvest Records. This monster charted for over 900 weeks (Billboard) and has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. You can learn more by clicking the album link in the sidebar.
No matter how you slice it, nobody is playing music like this anywhere else. Join us.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Welcome to the Mermaid Lounge, where we seriously play the best music on the planet.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of the Week: Wanted! The Outlaws. by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.
This was basically a compilation album released in 1976 to capitalize on the “outlaw” country movement, which turned into one of the most popular country albums of all time, reaching no. 1 on the country charts and no. 10 on the pop charts. It was the first country album to be certified platinum (reaching sales of $1 million). The album also produced two singles, both featuring Waylon Jennings.
2:00 p.m. Echoes From The Canyon
The fantastic music from Laurel Canyon that pioneered the California sound.
5:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Beatles
9:00 p.m. Stephen Stills: Just Roll Tape
Rumor has it that Stephen Stills sat down in a recording studio while Judy Collins was making a record, and simply turned on the tape and started making music himself.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Back to a full slate of four programs today (with plenty of open stream in between 24/7), and an inspirational decision to play “Western Wall.”
Here’s your line-up:
11:00 a.m. Western Wall, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
I hate television, and I don’t watch it anymore. I knew Linda Ronstadt, one of my all-time favorite singers, was being honored by the Kennedy Center. So, I went looking for videos out there and I found them. None, however, were as moving as the tribute that Emmylou Harris paid to her friend and frequent collaborator.
It is in that spirit that we feature Western Wall, a beautiful collaboration between these two women. For me, the most striking thing about the album is the song selection and the composers featured. The set list is up already, and the composers of the songs appear there (please scroll to the bottom of the page).
Western Wall will, for absolute certain, do a stint as our Album of the Week. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feature it today!
2:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan
5:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills: “In Sessions” (1968)
9:00 p.m. Dusty in London, Dusty Springfield and the Lost British Recordings