It’s another Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re on full throttle soul today. We have our extended play list going, along with the final airing of Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers, and LIVE DEAD late this evening.
Here’s Saturday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists
Today we are playing a bit of catch-up after our Fillmore Fiesta earlier in the month, so we give you our Little Bit O’ Soul extended playlist. This gem features The Temptations, The Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Ruffin, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Carla Thomas, Fontella Bass, Slim Harpo, Ben E. King, Nina Simone, Jackie Wilson, The Ad Libs, Booker T & The MGs, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and many more!
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers FINAL AIRING!
Today is the final airing of our latest Album of The Week, Exit Wounds by Jakob Dylan & The Wallflowers, their first new album in a decade. Tomorrow we’ll feature a brand new album for the upcoming week.
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! Rocking the Cradle: The Grateful Dead Live in Egypt, Recorded Live September 15 & 16, 1978 NEW!
Live Grateful Dead recorded at the Giza pyramid complex. Unlike some of the live performances you are treated to, this is actually not a soundboard recording but one that was mixed down and released in 2008, on the 30th anniversary of the event. Enjoy.
Saturdays are always a great day to tune us in. We’re usually chock full of great programming in addition to our full catalogue of live stream. And best of all, we’re free 24/7 every day of every week.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again beginning another week. Monday has rolled around again, much too quickly I must admit.
Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Band Live at The Casino Arena, Asbury Park, New Jersey, July 20, 1976
They went from Bob Dylan’s “back-up” band to being one of the finest, most respected musical entities on this or any planet. The Band was a wonderful thing. They are legendary for a reason.
3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Little Richard
We not only play our favorites, but those who were rock n’ roll pioneers…those who inspired and delighted our favorites. Little Richard was a force, and he certainly is one of those early pioneers.
7:00 p.m. DJ’s Choice: My Favorite R & B Stream, Various Artists
One night I sat down and put this together off the top of my head. You’ll hear Al Green, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, The Four Tops, The Staple Singers, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & The MGs, James Brown, Wicked Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Ruffin, and more!
It’s too damned hot to go out today. Why not sit back, relax and tune us in? Believe me. You cannot go wrong.
Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re already at midweek here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re featuring our updated #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist today!
Here’s Wednesday’s programming:
12:00 p.m. The #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist: Various Artists UPDATED!
We’ve recently added to our house playlist bringing this various artist set list to just over three hours. You’ll hear Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Barry McGuire, Scott MacKenzie, The Chambers Brothers, Ten Years After, Peter Tosh, The Band, The Byrds, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joan Baez, CSNY, and many more!
7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume 1: Various Artists
A great collection of soul and R & B from Stevie Wonder, Clarence Carter, Ray Charles, Jimmy Ruffin, Al Green, Bill Withers, Slim Harpo, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Wilson Pickett, and more!
Why not make this the day you turn off your commercial station and get into some real music? I mean, you’d be in good company. We’ve got listeners all around the globe. We are free and require no registration of any kind. No credit card. We run 24/7 without interruption circulating more than 27,000 songs, we have some great programming interspersed. Today is your day, people.
Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.
Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:
11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists
Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!
In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.
Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.
The plate is full this fine day as I head back to the salt mines for a three-day stint in the land of retail. I leave you with some great music.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists
There’s nothing like soul music and R & B to get the blood boiling. And I mean the real thing. Not disco. Not rap. The real thing with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Bill Withers, The Shirelles, and more!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week; The Wallflowers by The Wallflowers
I say this every Thursday, but we’re winding down on our Album of The Week. This is the second to last airing before we make a new choice (come Sunday). Get in on it while you can!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of America NEW!
We don’t do a lot of soft rock in The Mermaid Lounge, but these guys made some of the best. And albums like Homecoming (which also did time as our Album of The Week a while ago), Holiday, and their debut album (especially) were great. They get a place at our table. America was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley, all of whom were sons of U.S. Air Force members. Fun fact: Dan Peek (the middle guy) went on to a career in Christian music. You won’t hear that here.
10:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
We continue our Dylan birthday tribute with an album that is not our album of the week, John Wesley Harding which was released in 1967. Tomorrow will be our final Dylan tribute for his 80th birthday celebration.
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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.
It’s another Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge, where we aim to please. We have some great selections for you today mixed in with all that fine Open Stream.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists
One of our patented multi-artist playlists with either heaven or hell (or both) featured in the title and/or lyrics. Got that? You’ll hear Stevie Wonder, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Donovan, Roberta Flack, ZZ Top, The Foo Fighters, The Eagles, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, Fats Domino and many more!
3:00 p.m. Stephen Stills & Manassas, Live at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 22, 1972
A comeback for Stephen Stills after falling by the wayside, and a successful one at that from one of the finest singer-songwriters in popular music.
7:00 p.m. Cream’s Farewell Concert, The BBC Transmission, January 5, 1969
It’s true that Cream wasn’t around for very long, but they left behind some seriously great music. Tonight we feature their farewell concert broadcast by the BBC.
Like I keep saying, more and more people every day. Today we have listeners from the Faroe Islands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and Canada. Sooner or later you’ll figure it out. We’re not in this for the money. We neither accept advertising nor have the money to advertise ourselves. We’re in it for the music.
Good Morning, fellow music trivia buffs, and welcome to The Mermaid Lounge! We have today’s lesson all prepared for you. We guarantee you’ll impress your friends and family with your knowledge if you apply yourselves.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 23, 1959: The Winter Dance Party Tour began at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee. Before the 24-city tour is over, the headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash.
January 23, 1964: The Temptations released The Way You Do The Things You Do, one of the best R & B songs ever, in my opinion.
January 23, 1965: Herman’s Hermits released Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.
Also on this day, Downtown made Petula Clark the first woman to have a #1 in the US since Vera Lynn in 1952. Of course, she’ll have many more here, but she is an old hand at this in the UK where she has been charting since 1954.
Beatles ’65 spent a third week at #1 on the Album charts.
January 23, 1966: Stevie Wonder played The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
January 23, 1967: Johnny Rivers, one of our favorites here, released Baby I Need Your Lovin’.
January 23, 1969: Alan Parsons (later of The Alan Parsons Project) engineered his first session at Apple Studios (as 2nd engineer to Glyn Johns) as The Beatles record one of their best ever, Get Back.
Elvis Presley records Suspicious Minds at American Sound, a small studio in Memphis. It is a huge comeback hit for The King, and it is also his final #1 hit in America.
January 23, 1970: Judy Collins is denied the opportunity to sing her testimony at the infamous Chicago 7 trial.
January 23, 1971: George Harrison is the first ex-Beatle to hit #1 on the UK charts with My Sweet Lord.
Also on this day, Gladys Knight & The Pips recached #1 on the R & B charts with If I Were Your Woman. This band never got the recognition it deserved, in my opinion, and Gladys Knight was a powerhouse of a singer.
January 23, 1973: While singing to a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, Neil Young is handed a message. He then announces that a peace accord had been reached in Vietnam. The crowd goes wild for 10 minutes. Here we are in 2020, and American imperialism continues on unabated and forgotten as we fucking argue over masks.
January 23, 1978: Terry Kath of Cbicago accidentally shoots himself in the head with a gun he believed was empty. He dies instantly, just eight days shy of his 32nd birthday. It also marks the death of Chicago, as far as I am concerned, as Peter Cetera leads them down the path of elevator music and renders them irrelevant.
Born On This Day
January 23, 1950: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, was born in Farmington, New Jersey.
January 23, 1950: Bill Cunningham, bassist for The Box Tops, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
And that is all because we do not give a flying fuck about Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber. We will be back with our line-up soon!
Good Morning, Students! Here we are again. It’s another Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this was a pretty active day in rock n’ roll history!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 22, 1959: Buddy Holly left for Milwaukee to begin The Winter Dance Party tour.
January 22, 1960: Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records on this day, his 29th birthday.
January 22, 1963: Gerry & The Pacemakers held their first recording session ever, laying down How Do You Do It.
January 22, 1964: Sonny Boy Wiliamson and The Yardbirds appeared at The Cavern Club for their Big R & B Night.
January 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones began a tour of Oceana with two shows at the Agricultural Hall in Sydney, Australia.
January 22, 1966: The Beach Boys began recording Wouldn’t It Be Nice at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.
Also on this day:
Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the R & B chart with Uptight (Everything’s Alright). He was just 13 years old at the time, making him the youngest artist to ever top the charts.
The Beatles album Rubber Soul was at week three in the top Album position.
Simon & Garfunkel had their first #1 hit with Sounds of Silence.
January 22, 1968: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition released their first single, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In). I wonder if anybody realizes that he started out as a rocker before he began singing formualted country hits.
Also on this day:
Another great band, Sly & The Family Stone, sent their first 45 record, Dance To The Music, to the radio stations.
The Who performed two shows in Sydney Stadium in Australia. They were backed by the Small Faces.
January 22, 1969: Billy Preston arrived at Apple Studios to play keyboards and help the Beatles finish the Let It Be album. In addition to his talents, he also provided a great buffer for their in-fighting.
January 22, 1971: The Joe Cocker film, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, premiered in London. It featured performances by Cocker himself, along with Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. There was also a cast of great session musicians like Jim Keltner (Buster Sidebury of Traveling Wilbury fame), Jim Horn, and Carl Radle.
January 22, 1972: Don McLean’s album American Pie hits #1 in the US, where it will remain for seven weeks.
January 23, 1973: Gladys Knight & The Pips released the single Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).
Also on this day, Roberta Flack released the single Killing Me Softly With His Song. The lyricist was Lori Lieberman, who was inspired by a 1971 live performance by none other than Don McLean.
January 22, 1974: Carly Simon’s great album Hotcakes is certified Gold.
January 22, 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings have the #1 album in the US with Wings Over America.
January 22, 2004: The famous nightclub, The Bottom Line, closes its doors in Greenwich Village, New York after thirty years.
Born On This Day
January 22, 1931: Sam Cooke, the man with the voice made to sing soul music, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
January 22, 1949: Another great vocalist, Steve Perry, the frontman for Journey, was born in Hanford, California. (No matter what they tell you, there’s no real Journey without Steve Perry at the mike.)
January 22, 1959: Nigel Pegrum, drummer for both Small Faces and Uriah Heep, was born in North Wales.
I hope you took notes. Because this is a lot of information. We’ll be back with the line-up.
Good Morning, Students! We have your Monday morning lesson right here from The Mermaid Lounge, then we’re coming back with today’s line up!
Here’s today’s lesson:
December 14, 1963: The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand begins five weeks at #1 on the UK charts. It replaced She Loves You, which was #1 for two weeks. This is the first time ever a band has replaced itself on the charts with a new song.
December 14, 1964: Although banned by some radio stations, The Kingsmen’s Louie Louie goes to #2 on the Hot 100. Only the Singing Nun could keep the from #1.
December 14, 1968: Tommy James & The Shondells released Crimson & Clover. (Over and over.)
Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Gladys Knight & The Pips released a version in 1967 (my favorite version of the song, actually) and it went to #2 then. In spite of that, Marvin Gaye’s is considered the definitive version. I love Marvin Gaye, but I disagree.
Motown Acts own the top three spots on the Hot 100 on this day: (1) I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye; (2) Love Child by The Supremes; and (3) For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder.
Big Brother & The Holding Company’s album, Cheap Thrills, remained at #1 on the Album charts.
December 14, 1995: Released classified documents revealed that John Lennon wasn’t paranoid. The FBI had been spying on Lennon and his antiwar activities during Tricky Dick’s regime with the goal of having him deported.
Born On This Day
December 14, 1943: Frank Allen, bassist for The Searchers, was born in Hayes, West London, England.
December 14, 1946: Jackie McAuley, keyboardist/vocalist with Them, was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
And that is it for today’s musical lesson. Enjoy your day. We’ll be back with our line up in a bit!