It’s Mid-Week at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/2/2020

School is never out here in The Mermaid Lounge. We are here every day giving you all the news that’s fit to print. Of course, you know we post early for Wednesdays as retail slavery starts early.

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Here’s today’s lesson:

December 2, 1957: Sam Cooke proves third time’s a charm when You Send Me becomes his first hit on the Billboard Pop chart.

December 2, 1962: The Beatles are the opening act for a gentleman named Frank Ifield. However, contrary to his calm crooning style, the Fab Four were pounding out blistering rock n’ roll, prompting some in the crowd to tell them to “turn it down.”

December 2, 1963: Roy Orbison released the single “Pretty Paper.”

Also on this day, the Beatles performed This Boy, All My Loving, and I Want To Hold Your Hand for the UK’s Morecambe & Wise Show.

December 2, 1967: Gladys Knight & The Pips hit #1 on the R & B chart with a remake of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

Also on this day, Donovan had one of the hottest songs on the charts with Wear Your Love Like Heaven.

December 2, 1968: The Bee Gees released the song I Started A Joke. They made some fine fucking music before turning disco. After that? Nah.

December 2, 1969: George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie on stage at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.

Also on December 2, The Rolling Stones stop by Muscle Shoals Recording Studios in Alabama on their way to their ill-fated Altamont show on December 6. There, they record Wild Horses, You Gotta Move, and Brown Sugar over a three-day session.

December 2, 1971: Taj Mahal plays for death row inmates at North Carolina’s Wilmington State Penetentiary.

December 2, 1972: The Temptations’ version of Papa Was a Rolling Stone gives them their fourth US #1 song.

Steely Dan made The Billboard 200 for the first time with their debut album, Can’t Buy A Thrill. The album’s name is taken from a line in the Bob Dylan song, It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.

And Cat Stevens’ album, Catch Bull At Four, continued at #1 for a third week. This would also be Cat’s most commercially successful album.

Born On This Day

December 2, 1941: Tom McGuinness, bass guitarist with Manfred Mann, was born in Wimbledon, London, England.

December 2, 1942: Ted Bluechel, drummer for The Association, was born in San Pedro, California.

And that’s it for today from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

It’s a Tuesday Bluesday ALL Day! Joining The Allman Brothers Band are Taj Mahal in The Spotlight, and MOJO As Our Album of the Week, on June 23, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Without really planning this, we have a total Tuesday Bluesday today. If you don’t know the music of Taj Mahal, you have no idea what you’re missing. This would be a good day to find out.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday With the Allman Brothers Band, Recorded Live at A & R Studios   NEW!

On August 26, 1971, the legendary Allman Brothers Band hung out at A & R Studios in New York and delivered some great music. We’ve got it here for you in The Mermaid Lounge.

4:00 p.m.     Album of The Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This album is the Heartbreakers’ ode to the blues. Tom Petty once said he envisioned all of them sitting in chairs playing and singing the blues together when they got really old. It’s a shame we will never have that experience now.

7:00 p.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal (born May 17, 1942) is the stage and recording name of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and accomplished bluesman, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks. I have bumped into several people who don’t know who Taj Mahal is, and I actually feel sorry for them. Mahal has successfully married traditional blues with influences like Cajun, Caribbean rhythms, Latin, reggae, R & B, gospel, and calypso. He’s an amazing gift to music.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great day to join the ranks here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio. No commercials, politicians, incessant talking, or begging for money. We are totally free and outside the system. We’re right up your alley unless, of course, you prefer to pay through the nose for your music.

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The Band “Live” in Asbury Park, Taj Mahal in the Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, March 12, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! The Band makes its live performance debut on #BecomeUngovernable Radio today, and Blind Faith makes a return appearance.

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Here’s your line-up for today:

11:00 a.m.     Album of the Week: Blind Faith, by Blind Faith

2:00 p.m.       In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

Also known as Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Taj Mahal plays guitar, harmonica, piano, banjo, and many other instruments. He has done much to reshape the concept of American blues music by fusing it with many non-traditional forms, including the sounds of the Caribbean, Africa, and the South Pacific.

5:00 p.m.   The Band: Live at the Casino Arena, Asbury Park, New Jersey (7-20-76) NEW!

Bob Dylan’s original back-up band became a musical force all their own. Today they make their concert debut here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

We’re free and we’re on 24-7, playing some of the best music around. Tune us in:

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A Double Dose of Ry Cooder, Rising Sons, The Rolling Stones in the Spotlight, & Ronstadt live in Hollywood, December 31, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We are back on with some programming today that’ll make you smile, including a double dose of Ry Cooder.

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Here’s your line-up:

11:00 a.m.     Album of the Week: Ry Cooder’s Chicken Skin Music

2:00 p.m.       Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: Rising Sons

5:00 p.m.       In the Spotlight: The Music of the Rolling Stones

9:00 p.m.       Linda Ronstadt Live in Hollywood (1980)

This is actually the only ‘official’ live album ever released by Linda Ronstadt in her long, illustrious career. She chose each song personally.

Tune us in. You cannot go wrong.

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We Got the Blues With Big Joe Turner, Taj Mahal in the Spotlight, The Grateful Dead, and Echoes From the Canyon, Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have a great line-up here on this day before Thanksgiving.

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Here is your line-up:

11:00 a.m.     The Blues Train: Big Joe Turner with Roomful of Blues & Dr. John

2:00 p.m.       The Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks, Volume 32

5:00 p.m.       Echoes From the Canyon

Hear the Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas & The Papas, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and so many others who were instrumental in creating the California sound.

9:00 p.m.      In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

So, pull up a tab and sit awhile.

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Programming for Monday, August 19, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here’s your planned programming for Monday, August 19, 2019. We’ve got two brand new play lists today.

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10:00 a.m.   The All-Girl Revue Too: Various Artists

We’re back with a brand new all-girls playlist that includes Amy Winehouse, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield and Etta James.

1:00 p.m.    Chris Hedges on The Lobby, Part 1

Chris Hedges discusses the Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel Lobby that was banned under intense pressure from the Israeli government. Copies have been leaked to alternative news sources.

3:00 p.m.   Chris Hedges on The Lobby, Part 2

5:00 p.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

We’ve got a great play list from legendary blues man Taj Mahal, one of my all-time favorites!

7:00 p.m.    The Beatles Complete Apple Rooftop Concert

An impromptu live concert on the rooftop of Apple Records by the Beatles at lunch hour brings traffic to a stop in London and drives the Bobbies nuts. Brilliant.