We’re at Midweek With Our Newly Expanded House Playlist and The Hollies In the Spotlight, Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Welcome to Midweek, Music Lovers! Last evening we worked on an expanded house playlist and we think you’re going to love it! Stick around and see for yourself!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist: Various Artists NEWLY EXPANDED!

We spent some time on our house playlist and it definitely has that peace, love, understanding, social justice and revolution vibe. We’ve got a bunch of great artists including The Beatles, Country Joe & The Fish, CSNY, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, James Brown, Sam Cooke, The Band, Woody Guthrie, Donovan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Buffalo Springfield, Phil Ochs, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and many more! It is now officially one of our EP’s and another upgrade is in the wind for down the road.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Hollies

Undoubtedly one of the great British Invasion bands. We haven’t heard this one for a while, so it’s long overdue.

Before, in between and after we have wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. Sounds like a pretty good day to open those ears to something completely different in radio!

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The Week’s End Delivers a Brand New Extended Playlist, and Later Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman, September 10, 2021

Happy Friday, Musicolgists. We have what we believe is a great end to the work week this week. We’ve got a brand new extended playlist and later on, Emmylou Harris saves The Ryman from extinction. Read on.

We’ve got some great live music later from a woman who has inspired much during her career.

Here’s your Friday programming:

12:00 p.m. The Female Species: Various Artists NEW!

This one could have gone on for a few more hours…at least. In spite of what it sounds like, this isn’t a socio-political playlist. It’s simply songs with the word woman, lady or girl in the title and in the lyrics. In a collection of 27,000 songs, I can tell you there were plenty more that didn’t make this list. Yet. I didn’t want to get carried away. You’ll hear John Mayall, Van Morrison, The Smithereens, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Peter & Gordon, America, The Doors, Electric Light Orchestra, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, and many more!

The full set list for the concert is under the Playlist tab on this blog. Just scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, Recorded Live April 30-May 2, 1991

By the time Emmylou Harris brought her newly-formed band to the fabled Ryman Auditorium in 1991, it had been dormant for nearly twenty years. Once the home of The Grand Old Opry, it’s heyday was just a memory. The Opry had moved on to bigger and better digs. Emmylou Harris changed all that. Her concerts at the Ryman were — for lack of a better word — brilliant. They were so critically acclaimed that she literally saved The Ryman single handedly.

Following Emmylou’s shows, a renewed interest was sparked in The Ryman. The building was completely renovated and has become a world class concert hall. And in case you’re wondering who The Nash Ramblers are:

Sam Bush on fiddle, mandolin and vocals

Roy Huskey, Jr. on double bass and vocals

Larry Atamanuik on drums

Al Perkins on banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, and vocals

John Randall Stewart on guitar, mandolin, and vocals

Then, of course, there’s Emmylou Harris, an artist and musician who continually seeks to make a difference with her music.

By the way, the set list for this particular concert is also on this blog under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll to the bottom.

I say this every single day, but it’s a great day to tune us in. Emmylou Harris’ Ryman concert makes it worth the effort alone. (I can’t say it’s worth the price of admission because there is NO price of admission here in The Mermaid Lounge.) So, what are you waiting for?

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It’s Sunday Funday Here in the Lounge, and We Have Our New Album of The Week, and The Original Sixties Rotation For Your Listening Pleasure, September 5, 2021

Good Morning, Long Weekenders! We move into fall in style today with an appropriately-titled Album of The Week, and our infamous Original Sixties Rotation this afternoon and into the evening.

We’ve got the music that inspired the radio station today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young NEW!

This great piece of genius was Young’s fourth studio album, released in February of 1972. It featured the London Symphony Orchestra on two of the cuts, as well as guest singers Graham Nash, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and Stephen Stills. It resulted in two singles, Old Man and Heart of Gold, which went to number one on Billboard. Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor sang the backgrounds on Heart of Gold, one of my all-time favorite songs on the planet. It was the best-selling album of 1972, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. Need I say more?

4:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

This is one of the very first playlists we ever put together. Since we started, it has developed into an extended play event, covering more than five hours of songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Fats Domino, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Lulu, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Peter & Gordon, Jefferson Airplane, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Petula Clark, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and more.

What more could you ask for on this fine day? Oh, yeah, did I mention that we are completely free? No subscription, credit card, or personal information required to tune us in. We don’t buy from either Apple or Amazon, and we accept no advertising. That’s a bonus.

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The British Are Coming! and Kate Taylor’s First New Album Since ‘Sister Kate’ (50 Years) is Our Album of The Week, Sunday, August 15, 2021

It’s yet another Sunday Funday here in The Mermaid Lounge. Today we give your our multi-artist longplayer called ‘The British Are Coming’ and Kate Taylor is back with our Album of The Week.

Here’s your Sunday Funday musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Why Wait! by Kate Taylor NEW!

Kate Taylor is back with her first new album, 50 years after Sister Kate was released, and it was worth the wait! Produced by Peter Asher (formerly of Peter & Gordon), legendary manager of Linda Ronstadt, and friend of The Beatles, it’s a great collection of songs by a woman who is part of a very musical family. Sister Kate does her family name proud.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming!, Various Artists

We’re back with more than five uninterrupted hours of songs from across the pond. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Traffic, Derek & The Dominos, The Pretenders, Them, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Faces, The Dave Clark Five, The Searchers, Lulu, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Moody Blues, The Who, The Animals, The Hollies, Badfinger, The Electric Light Orchestra, and many more!

It is, of course, a great day to tune us in. It is, after all, a day of rest and why spend it with radio that continually interrupts you with commercial content and loud-mouthed DJ’s when you actually have a choice. As an added bonus, we’re totally free 24/7 and are non-intrusive (we never ask for your personal information).

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We Welcome A New Month With Our Original Sixties Rotation, and Jackson Browne Owns Our Album of The Week, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Here we are starting another month together here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have our very first long-player ever created up today featuring the music that inspired this station. We also have our brand new Album of The Week.

We have two Sixties Rotations; today we offer the Original Sixties Rotation.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Downhill From Everywhere by Jackson Browne NEW!

Great rockers never really die, and neither do great singer-songwriters. And Jackson Browne is one of the elites in my book. In every article I read, the album is being described as a boomer faces his own mortality, and it may well be that because Jackson Browne has always been introspective. Do I think it’s his best? No. Do I think it’s a great album? I do. Especially since I sometimes too find myself confronting my own mortality.

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

This is due for an update, but it’s pretty damned serviceable as it is. We have two sixties rotations because we have so much sixties music. This is more geared toward the earlier part of the sixties. Since this is the first of the two we put together, we can it The Original Sixties Rotation. It is indeed the music that inspired me to start this station and share my record collection with you. More than five hours of sixties music uninterrupted begins at mid-day.

You’ll hear Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Beatles. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Them, The Hollies, Petula Clark, The Searchers, Little Eva, The Turtles, The Grateful Dead, Barry McGuire, Buddy Hollie, Johnny Rivers, Bobbie Gentry, The Dave Clark Five, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, and many more.

Sunday is a day of rest. Unless, of course, you’re caught up in that retail nonsense where you have to shop all seven days of the week to support the capitalist state. Remember, the product we offer is FREE. We do not require a subscription, ask for a credit card number or seek your personal information. Just sayin’

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It’s a Scortcha Here Outside The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got a Hot Line-up As Well With A New Album of The Week and Our Original Sixties Rotation, Sunday, June 6, 2021

Good Morning, Summer Lovers! It’s going to be 95 degrees outside The Lounge here today, and it’s a good thing we’ve got AC crankin’ because it’s pretty hot inside as well!

Today we feature The Original Sixties Rotation!3:.m.

Here’s your Sunday funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell NEW!

This fantastic 2013 release won the Grammy Award for the Best Americana Album. It was Harris’ 13th Grammy. The album itself was her twenty-seventh studio release, and Crowell’s tenth. Although they originally met in 1974, it took them until 2012 to record an album together. I saw the tour promoting this album, and the musical chemistry between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell was amazing.

It only took the pair two years to release a follow up album called The Travelin’ Kind, and we’ll be featuring that as a future Album of The Week.

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

This was the very first playlist we ever put together back when we started, and it features The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, Bobbie Gentry, Little Eva, The Searchers, The Who, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, The Turtles, Petula Clark, Barry McGuire, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Kinks, and many more! More than five hours of uninterrupted musical nirvana!

It’s hotter than Hades out there, and I’m hunkering down here in The Lounge with some good music. We won’t cost you a damned penny. That’s no lie. We’re not going to ask you to subscribe. And we’re certainly not going to sell you anything. Why not join your friends from around the world and do the same?

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge With Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” and Our Sixties Rotation (Volume 1), February 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s a bright sunny day here in the Boston area, in stark contrast to the past few days. It considerably improves the mood.

Emmylou Harris owns our Album of The Week. By anyone’s standards, “Wrecking Ball” was brilliant.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris NEW!

Wrecking Ball was Emmylou Harris’ eighteenth release, and it was also a career-redefining effort, her music taking on a sharper edge as she combined with Daniel Lanois (known for his work with U2). She covered songs by Neil Young (the title song), Daniel Lanois, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and Lucinda Williams (not a complete list). Many helped out with the instruments and vocals. It won the 1996 Grammy Award as The Best Contemporary Folk Recording.This is a spectacular album. Not to be missed, people.

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

Our monthly tribute to those who inspired this radio station is once again afoot. This is the original Sixties Rotation (we have two) where you will hear five hours of uninterrupted gems from Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Hollies, Blind Faith, Jeff Beck, Johnny Rivers, Sonny & Cher, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Petula Clark, and many more!

Now, listen, folks. It’s Sunday. A day of rest, no matter what the capitalists tell you. Nobody needs to spend money seven days a fucking week. Got it? Kick back, put your feet up, and tune in some great music. It doesn’t cost you a penny, there’s no credit card or personal information reqired. Just your computer and a free tab.

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Greetings & Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/30/2020

Good Morning, Music Trivia Buffs! We’re getting a jump on the day because it’s an “opening” shift this morning on Truck Day. Here’s everything you need to know to impress your friends.

Tom Petty said of Bo Diddley: “Remember, Elvis is King, but Diddley is Daddy.”

Here’s today’s lesson:

December 30, 1957: Sam Cooke’s You Send Me finished the year as the #1 R & B song where it spent the previous six weeks.

December 30, 1961: This year it was the Marvelettes finishing up a seventh week at #1 on the R & B chart with Please Mr. Postman.

December 30, 1962: The Chiffons released the single He’s So Fine.

December 30, 1965: The Who, The Hollies, The Kinks, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Manfred Mann, and Georgie Fame performed on the popular TV show, Shindig.

December 30, 1967: The Beatles were still tearing up the charts. Their new album release, Magical Mystery Tour, climed from #157 to #4 in one week.

As if that wasn’t enough, The Beatles also had their 51st hit, their 25th Top 10 song in four years, and 15th #1 with the song Hello Goodbye.

December 30, 1968: The Turtles released the single You Showed Me.

December 30, 1969: Santana released the single Evil Ways.

December 30, 1972: Seventh Sojurn by the Moody Blues remained at the #1 position on the Album chart for a fourth week.

Also on this day, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina cracked the Top 10 with Your Mama Don’t Dance.

December 30, 1974: Bob Dylan recorded Tangled Up in Blue (a personal all-time favorite), Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, and If You See Her, Say Hello.

December 30, 1979: Emerson, Lake & Palmer announced their break up.

Born On This Day

December 30, 1928: R & B and Rock n’ Roll icon Bo Diddley (vocalist, guitarist, songwriter) was born Ellas Otha Bates (add McDaniels at the end from his adoptive family) in McComb, Mississippi. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago where he and his friends sang on street corners. Rumor has it that his nickname, Bo Diddley came from the diddley bow, a one-stringed African guitar popular in the Mississippi Delta region.

December 30, 1931: Country singer Skeeter Davis was born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She is actually best known for her crossover hit, The End Of The World.

December 30, 1934: Del Shannon (Runaway) was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

December 30, 1937: Bluegrass, folk, and country multi-instrumentalist and singer John Hartford was born in New York City.

December 30, 1937: Folk singer-songwriter Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

December 30, 1939: R & B singer Kim Weston was born Agatha Nathalia Weston in Detroit, Michigan. She would sign with Motown in 1961.

December 30, 1939: Felix Pappalardi, bassist and vocalist for Mountain, was born in The Bronx, New York.

December 30, 1940: Punk rock queen Patti Smith was born in Chicago.

And that, my friends, is it from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Here’s Wednesday’s Lesson From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/16/2020

It’s another fairly active day at the College. We’ve got all sorts of information of a musical historical nature for you, including some amazing CCR history!

The extraordinary Creedence Clearwater Revival, led by John Fogerty.

Here’s your mid-week lesson!

December 16, 1957: Sam Cooke remained at #1 on the R & B charts for a fourth week with the great song, You Send Me.

December 16, 1965: The Beatles’ We Can Work It Out and Day Tripper, released as a Double-A side 45, both hit #1 in the UK on this date.

December 16, 1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Hey Joe (their first single release) in the UK.

December 16, 1967: The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithful was the first artist signed to their new Mother Earth Records.

Also on this day, the Lemon Pipers release the single Green Tambourine. (There are just those sixties songs that stick with you. This is one of them. You know, like Incense & Peppermints.)

And also on December 16, 1967: Gladys Knight & The Pips remained at #1 on the R & B chart for a third week with I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

December 16, 1968: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band released their first career single, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.

December 16, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival was as good as any band of its time. They made some amazing music. On this day they were rewarded with five gold records for: Down On The Corner, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Travelin’ Band, Bad Moon Rising and Up Around The Bend. They were also awarded 5 gold albums for the following LPs: Cosmo’s Factory, Willy & The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country, and the self-titled, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

December 16, 1974: John Lennon released the single #9 Dream.

Also on this day, America released the single Lonely People.

December 16, 1986: Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram released the single Somewhere Out There.

December 16, 1995: The Beatles’ Free As A Bird peaks at #2 on the UK charts and #6 in the US. It was written and recorded as a demo by John Lennon shortly before his murder. The rest of the Beatles complete the single in Paul’s home studio.

December 16, 1997: Nicolette Larson, who had a hit with Neil Young’s Lotta’ Love, and who worked with Linda Ronstadt, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, and Jimmy Buffett, died in LA at the age of 45.

December 16, 2007: Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Deer Island, Maine, at the age of 56, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.

Born On This Day

December 16, 1945: Tony Hicks, guitarist for The Hollies, was born in Nelson, Lancashire, England.

December 16, 1949: Billy Gibbons, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for ZZ Top, was born in Houston, Texas.

And thus ends today’s lesson from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Wembley & The Hollies In The Spotlight Wrapped Around Wide Open Stream, Friday, November 20, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! How the hell are you on this fine Friday? We’ve got some good stuff coming your way today with plenty of wide Open Stream!

Jeff Lynne of The Move, ELO and The Traveling Wilburys, and Heartbreaker producer.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley or Bust, June 24, 2017

Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we have the ultimate respect for all things Wilbury. That would include Jeff Lynne. Today we have the Electric Light Orchestra’s Wembley concert from 2017. Most people don’t know this, but ELO isn’t Lynne’s first band. The Move was, and they made the original version of Do Ya! Jeff Lynne is also responsible for a string of Heartbreaker hit albums and songs.

Afternoon Open Stream

Circulating more than 26,000 songs all afternoon, with some Three-in-a-Rows tossed in for good measure. Listen up.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Hollies

The Hollies are truly one of the most underrated bands in all of music history, and were a big part of The British Invasion. This evening, we put them In The Spotlight.

Belgium, Serbia, The UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, Italy, Fiji…all tune us in. Where are you?

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