It’s Sunday Funday in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/3/2021

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.

On this day in 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It’s ridiculous that it took women this long, and it’s ridiculous that it took Linda Ronstadt until 2014, when she could no longer sing, to be inducted.

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.

Good Saturday Morning From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/19/2020

Good Morning, Students! Here’s today’s lesson from the college:

The Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1955: Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes two days after writing it. Although it is generally the Elvis Presley version we hear, that version peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Top 100, while Perkins’ original version went to #2 and spent 17 weeks on the charts.

December 19, 1964: The Beatles’ fourth album, Beatles For Sale, begins a seven-week run at the top of the UK album charts by knocking off The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. It stayed in the Top 20 for an amazing 46 weeks.

Also on this day, Come See About Me by the Supremes became their third straight #1 single.

New singer Petula Clark makes her debut on the chart with her single, Downtown.

December 19, 1968: Led Zeppelin performed at the Exeter City Hall in England for 125 pounds. They had to bill themselves as The New Yardbirds to attract an audience.

December 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones moved to #1 in the UK with their album, Let It Bleed.

December 19, 1970: Elton John’s first US hit, Your Song, enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will peak at #8.

December 19, 1974: Guitarist Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

December 19, 1993: Michael Clarke, original drummer for The Byrds, died of liver failure at the age of 47 after decades of alcohol abuse. After The Byrds, he played for the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-1973) and Firefall (1974-1981).

Born On This Day

December 19, 1918: Blues singer Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

December 19, 1944: Zalman (Zal) Yanovsky, lead guitarist and found of The Lovin’ Spoonful, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Also on December 19 1944: Alvin Lee, great guitarist of Ten Years After and who worked with George Harrison, John Mayall, Steve Winwood, and Bo Diddley (among others), was born in Nottingham, England.

December 19, 1945: John McEuen, founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born in Garden Grove, California.

That is it from the college. We’ll be back with the line-up soon!

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.

Wake Up! It’s Time for The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Good Morning, Students! Here’s today’s lesson from The Mermaid Lounge. Some days we have more than others. Take notes. There’ll be a quiz later.

Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder of The Eagles perform on stage at Ahoy on May 11th 1977 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Here’s your lesson for today!

November 17, 1938: Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is born in Orilla, Ontario.

November 17, 1944: Gene Clark, singer-songwriter for The New Christy Minstrels and The Byrds, is born in Tipton, Missouri.

November 17, 1966: The Beach Boys had the #1 spot on the UK singles charts with Good Vibrations.

November 17, 1967: A 16-date UK package tour featuring Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move (Jeff Lynne’s first band before ELO and The Traveling Wilburys), The Nice, and Amen Corner played at the City Hall, Sheffield, UK.

November 17, 1971: Rod Stewart & Faces release A Nod Is As Good As A Wink…To a Blind Horse. This is their third LP together.

November 17, 1980: John Lennon releases Double Fantasy. Three weeks later he is shot and killed outside The Dakota.

November 17, 1994: Bob Dylan tapes his episode of MTV Unplugged in New York City.

November 17, 2003: Let It Be…Naked is released, removing the strings and other big sound artifacts added by Phil Spector in the original production.

November 17, 2007: The Eagles have the #1 album with Long Road Out of Eden, their first studio album since 1979.

That’s it from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! We’ll be back in a while with today’s programming.

It’s a Most Excellent Day Here With The Summer of Love, Our AOW, Linda Ronstadt and The Grateful Dead, on Saturday, August 29, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables and Music Lovers Alike! It’s Saturday and it’s the last work day before my weekend. Time to celebrate.

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Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.   The Best of The Summer of Love! The Doors by The  Doors

The Doors had two releases in 1967. This was their debut album, recorded in 1966 and released in January of 1967. It is considered a seminal event in the development of psychedelic and acid rock. An amazing album.

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds  FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow, there’ll be a new one in its place!

7:00 p.m.     Linda Ronstadt Live at The Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, December 6, 1975

Heart Like a Wheel was released in 1974, and Prisoner in Disguise in 1975. It was lift-off time on the launch pad of Linda Ronstadt’s career.

10:00 p.m.   Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix Club, San Francisco, December 4, 1966   NEW!

Tonight we take it back to 1966 and the infamous Matrix Club on Fillmore Street, San Francisco, a key location to what is called ‘the San Francisco sound.’ Enjoy.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Leon in Long Beach, The Summer of Love Vol. 1, and Our Album of the Week, Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have Leon Russell today. We also have our first volume of The Summer of Love Playlist.

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Here’s today’s playlist:

11:00 a.m.   Leon Live! Leon Russell Recorded at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, August 28, 2020  NEW!

The ultimate session musician was also a star in his own right, and a hell of a bluesman.

3:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds

The Byrds 4th studio album was released during the Summer of Love. You can learn more about this great album by clicking on the image in the sidebar on the right!

7:00 p.m.     The Summer of Love Playlist, Volume 1: Various Artists

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Yardbirds, Donovan, The Grassroots, Aretha Franklin, and more!

This is a perfect day to tune us in and check us out. It won’t cost you a penny. Seriously.

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We’re On Our Final Week Of The Summer of Love, So We Focus on The Sixties Today, Sunday, August 23, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re on our final week of The Summer of Love, so we’re focusing on the Sixties today.

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Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

1:00 p.m.   Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds   NEW!

This was The Byrds’ fourth studio album, released in February of 1967. With this album, they continued their foray into psychedelic music…with a touch of jazz thrown in for good measure. Chris Hillman began to take the spotlight, revealing himself to be a formidable singer-songwriter.

4:00 p.m.   The Beatles: The Transformative Years

The Beatles also moved into the world of psychedelic music in the latter half of the sixties. The album Revolver was really the album that catapulted the band forward in this direction. This is a great playlist.

8:00 p.m.   Janis Joplin Live at Winterland 1968

To close out the evening’s festivities, we hear from one of the most important, influential female rockers of the sixties live on stage at Winterland, Janis Joplin.

This is, like all the other days, a great day to tune us in. We’re no bullshit all day, every day. No hidden charges. No credit card required. No personal information requested. No advertising and no fucking politicians.

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This Day is MADE for The Summer of Love! The Doors’ Album “Strange Days” is Our Album of The Week, and Today is Our Sixties Sunday, August 16, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! This was one of the easiest programming days on the planet for me. Everything just fell into place. I just love that shit.

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11:00 a.m.   Album of the Week: Strange Days by The Doors

Both The Beatles and The Doors had two album releases in 1967. This was the second for The Doors and it is most definitely Album of the Week-worthy even though we did feature it once last week. So, here it is again!

3:00 p.m.     The Sixties Rotation, Volume 2: Various Artists

This is always my favorite Sunday of the month. The only question ever is do I choose Volume 1 or Volume 2. Today, the decision was easy because it’s everything the latter part of the sixties were about musically. Features The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, The Yardbirds, The Beach Boys, Janis Joplin, The Mamas & The Papas, Donovan, The Zombies, and so much more. Over five hours of uninterrupted sixties streaming!

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That would be the order of this day, music lovers. We are totally free every day. There’s never a credit card required or, for that matter, any personal information necessary. Just pull up a tab and click on the link below.

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The Inner Sanctum and The Byrds Live at Royal Albert Hall. In Between, It’s Wide Open Stream, Friday, June 26, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have a light programming day as we add new music and playlists. Today’s feature comes from The Byrds!

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Here’s your line-up for today:

11:00 a.m.   The Inner Sanctum: The Death Ship    FINAL AIRING!

We bid farewell to The Death Ship today, and will have a brand new episode on Monday!

7:00 p.m.  The Byrds Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, May 13, 1971   NEW!

The Byrds were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1964. The Byrds’ line-up changed many times over the years, but Roger McGuinn was the one constant presence in the  band. McGuinn was responsible for the band’s signature sound, courtesy of his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar. The sound was adopted and refined by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers years later. In fact, Petty was photographed with his beloved 12-string Rickenbacker on the cover of Damn The Torpedos.

It’s Friday and the weekend’s coming. There’s no better time to tune us in!

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The (Young) Rascals Debut, The Sounds of Laurel Canyon & The Pretenders Own Our New Album of the Week, Sunday, May 31, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We are closing out the month of May with a bang with a playlist from the fabled Laurel Canyon, the debut of The (Young) Rascals, and our new Album of the Week!

The Mamas & The Papas

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

12:00 p.m.  In the Spotlight: The Sounds of the (Young) Rascals   NEW!

The Rascals (formerly called The Young Rascals) were formed in Garfield, New Jersey in 1965. One of the most underrated bands in history, The Rascals reached the Top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100 with nine singles between 1966 and 1968. This includes the #1 hits Good Lovin’ (1966), Groovin’ (1967), and People Got To Be Free (1968). Rolling Stone magazine called The Rascals the blackest white group of all. 

The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Hit Parad Hall of Fame in 2010. The reunited for a series of concerts in 2012. 

4:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Learning To Crawl, The Pretenders   NEW!

Learning To Crawl is the third studio album by The Pretenders. It was released on January 11, 1984 after a hiatus that saw both James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon die of drug overdoses.

Chrissie Hynde is sometimes overlooked as a pioneer in the male-dominated alternative rock music world. All of the songs except for one were written by her, and she’s a pretty incredible guitarist. The album resulted in five singles, including Back On The Chain Gang and Middle Of The Road

7:00 p.m.   Echoes From The Canyon: Various Artists

This playlist celebrates the popular music that came out of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & The Papas cemented the California Sound. From 1965 to 1967, bands came to L.A. to emulate The Beatles. Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Tune us in, people. It’s Sunday, a day of rest, no matter what they tell you.

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