Good Morning From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/14/2021

Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have successfully made it past mid-week in the Land of Oz. We have your lesson all ready for you.

Little Richard made his debut on the charts on this day in 1956.

Here’s your lesson!

January 14, 1955: Alan Freed’s New York Rock n’ Roll Ball kicked off at St. Nicholas Arena in Harlem. It featured Fats Domino, The Drifters, Big Joe Turner and The Moonglows.

January 14, 1956: A new talent debuted on the charts on this date with his first single, Tutti Frutti. Little Richard’s place in music history was born.

January 14, 1963: Charlie Watts made his Rolling Stones debut at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, London.

January 14, 1967: The Human Be-in (A Gathering of Tribes), a forerunner to major outdoor rock concerts, took place at Golden State Park in San Francisco with 25,000 people in attendance. The event featured Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother & The Holding Company.

January 14, 1969: The movie, Monterey Pop, a documentary about another outdoor festival, The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, made its debut in theaters across the country.

January 14, 1970: Diana Ross performed for the final time with The Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, where she introduced Jean Terrell as her replacement. Terrell would lead the Supremes to another seven chart hits before they disbanded.

January 14, 1971: The Temptations released their great hit Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).

January 14, 1972: Paul Simon released his second solo album (self-titled). It results in two great hits, Mother and Child Reunion and Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard.

Born On This Day

January 14, 1936: Clarence Carter, who had the hits Patches and Slip Away (a great song) was born in Montgomery, Alabama.

January 14, 1938: Allen Toussaint was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he makes his mark as a piano player, songwriter and producer. Over his long career, he worked with Paul Simon, The Neville Brothers, and Lee Dorsey, among many others.

January 14, 1948: Robert Burnett (aka, T-Bone Burnett) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked in Bob Dylan’s band, and produced Elton John, John Mellencamp, and Counting Crows.

January 14, 1969: Dave Grohl, singer and drummer with Nirvana, and the great frontman for Foo Fighters, was born in Warren, Ohio. He’ll be In The Spotlight this evening.

That’s all, folks, as they say in the cartoons. We’ll be back with the line-up.

Getting a Jump On The Day At The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/23/2020

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas. The shorter the time gets, the nastier the shoppers get. The pressure’s on to make sure they buy enough, or just the right thing, or whatever the fuck. Give it up.

The first transistor radios. Undoubtedly, man’s finest invention.

Here’s today’s musical lesson:

December 23, 1947: Three scientists from Bell Labs in New Jersey demonstrate the transistor, which leads to the invention of small, portable transistor radios. They would win the Nobel Prize for their work in 1956.

December 23, 1957: A new act called Tom & Jerry appear on the chart for the first time with their new song Hey Schoolgirl. They were just sixteen years old. Today, we know them as Simon & Garfunkel, and they have sold 105 million albums.

December 23, 1961: The Marvelettes spent their sixth week at #1 on the R & B chart with Please Mr. Postman.

Also on December 23, the Beach Boys make their live debut, performing two songs during intermission of surf guitarist Dick Dale’s concert at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Newport Beach, California.

December 23, 1962: Bob Dylan did a show at the King and Queen Pub in London.

December 23, 1963: Lesley Gore released the single, You Don’t Own Me.

December 23, 1964: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys suffered a breakdown on a flight from LA to Houston. As a result, he decided to retire from performing live, in spite of the fact that their Beach Boys Concert was #1 at the time. Glen Campbell was a temporary replacement for Wilson, until Bruce Johnston joined the group.

December 23, 1966: London’s premier psychedelic hangout, The UFO Club, opens on Tottenham Court, with Pink Floyd as the house band.

December 23, 1969: Elton John met with Bernie Taupin for the first time, along with arranger Paul Buckmaster, and producer Gus Didgeon, to begin work on his first (and best, in my opinion) album.

December 23, 1970: Joni Mitchell earned her first Gold with her third album, Ladies of The Canyon.

December 23, 1972: The Moody Blues had another big album with Seventh Sojurn, which spent a third week at #1.

Born On This Day

December 23, 1940: Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, was born in Washington, D.C.

December 23, 1941: Folk musician Tim Hardin, who wrote If I Were A Carpenter, was born in Eugene, Oregon.

December 23, 1946: Ariel Bender, guitarist for Mott The Hoople, was born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

December 23, 1964: Eddie Vedder, lead singer, guiarist, and songwriter of Pearl Jam, was born in Evanston, Illinois.

And that’s it for today’s lesson!

Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks, The Dead Live in OK City, and Farewell to “Surrealistic Pillow” on Saturday, June 20, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a fine music day today, not too little programming and not too much to hinder the flow of 23,000+ songs on a continual 24/7 cycle.

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Here’s today’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m.   Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

The Airplane approaches its final landing for this cycle. On Sunday, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week, so enjoy Surrealistic Pillow while you can!

6:00 p.m.     Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado (1983)

I have seen Joni Mitchell in concert more than once, most notably during her Court & Spark Tour when she traveled with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express. I have never considered her a ‘warm’ person; she sometimes had attitude with her adoring crowd. I feel the same way about Van Morrison, having seen him more than once also. But brilliant? Absolutely no question. Some days they took themselves too seriously, but their  music? That should be taken very seriously.

10:00 p.m.   Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Live at Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 1985   NEW!

The world’s most famous jam band. The ultimate road band. They’re back for another spin with Live Dead. This week, coming to you from Oklahoma Put on your tie dye and light up a fatty. It’s a fucking Grateful Dead concert.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Perfect for today. (And actually, every day.)

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Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney, Linda Ronstadt “Live” at Budokan, and “Surrealistic Pillow” gets more air time on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today, we’re going to celebrate Paul McCartney’s 78th birthday with a special playlist. Later, we have another legend — Linda Ronstadt — live at Budokan.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney   NEW!

This playlist could have gone on, literally, for hours. But I did show some restraint, so give me some credit here! People bitch and moan that McCartney is the most ‘commercial’ of the Beatles. That may be so. But it’s that commercial side of the coin that allows performers to make the music they love. And I certainly have loved being around for Mr. McCartney’s career.

6:00 p.m.    Linda Ronstadt Live at Budokan Hall, Japan, March 3, 1979

Ronstadt dominated the 70s, building a following that was unheard of  for a woman in the male-dominated rock world. Although she didn’t always enjoy playing massive venues, she sold them out routinely. I remember traveling to Los Angeles to see Linda Ronstadt at the Los Angeles Forum on Christmas eve during the Living in the USA tour. One of the best decisions I ever made.

9:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

The Airplane come back in for a landing this evening with Surrealistic Pillow on board.

By the way, the set lists for McCartney and Ronstadt are both up under the Playlist tab. Scroll toward the bottom.

And by all means, join us and tune us in. It’s free. Always. No information required, and no credit card. Ever.

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Tuesday Bluesday With SRV, Van Morrison in The Spotlight, and a “Surrealistic Pillow” Flashback, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Stevie Ray Vaughan makes his Tuesday Bluesday debut, the Airplane make a landing, and Van Morrison is in The Spotlight later.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday: Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at The Austin Opera House, April 15, 1984   NEW!

People toss the term Guitar God around like everyone should wear it, but it is reserved for a select crew. Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of them. Beyond his obvious talent, he was a fascinating character whose full story, I confess, I did not know until after he passed. I was too busy listening to his music.

2:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane comes in for a layover and brings this masterpiece with them.

6:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Van “The Man” Morrison

There are few who compare with this guy’s body of work. What could be better than SRV and Van “The Man” on the same day?

Where the hell are you today? Well, you need to be right here. Just pull up a tab and click the link below. Yes, Virginia, it’s that fucking simple:

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“Surrealistic Pillow” is Our New Album of the Week, and “The Sixties Rotation, Volume 2” Debuts This Afternoon, on Sunday Funday, June 14, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here’s the musical landscape as we retreat into The Sixties for the day. I’m happy to make the trip!

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Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane  NEW!

The band that pioneered psychedelic rock and cemented the San Francisco Sound back in the day deserves its place in the spotlight on a Sixties Sunday. Jefferson Airplane was also the first band of its genre to achieve commercial success.

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

The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, The Dead, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, Cream, Vanilla Fudge…and all the rest of the bands that launched an incredible generation of music.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Today’s the day.

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George Harrison & Friends, The Jefferson Airplane Live in Copenhagen, and the Inner Sanctum, Friday, June 12, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We are ready for a Friday with some great music here at The Mermaid Lounge.

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Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.   George Harrison & Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized thefirst-ever benefit concert of this magnitude. It took place on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Other artists included Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, and Bob Dylan.

4:00 p.m.     The Inner Sanctum: Study for Murder

Time to get the spooky on, people. This is the final airing of this episode. A brand new episode will begin on Monday, Monday!

6:00 p.m.  The Jefferson Airplane Live in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 28, 1968   NEW!

The Jefferson Airplane was formed in 1965, and pioneered psychedelic rock. They helped to define the San Francisco Sound, and were the first band to achieve commercial success. Their album, Surrealistic Pillow, is considered one of the most significant recordings of the Summer of Love.

Join us for some great music today!

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Donovan in the Spotlight, Jefferson Airplane Live in Copenhagen, Amy Winehouse Live in London & Our Album of the Week, Thursday, February 13, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have a great Thursday program today, including new “live” music from Jefferson Airplane!

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Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Donovan

2:00 p.m.       Album of the Week: Eat A Peach by The Allman Brothers Band

5:00 p.m.       The Jefferson Airplane: Live in Copenhagen, Denmark 8-28-68

The Jefferson Airplane was undoubtedly a force during the psychedelic music era. Somebody To Love, their most popular song by far, was released during the Summer of Love (1967), and catapulted them into the pop charts. The rest, as they say, is history.

9:00 p.m.       Amy Winehouse: Live at The Porchester Hall, London (2007)

Don’t forget to tune us in, people. We’re free. ALWAYS.

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Programming for Friday, August 16, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables, and welcome to our Woodstock Weekend Extravaganza!

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10:00 a.m.   Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love & Music

We have over four hours of live music from the original Woodstock festival in honor of its 50th anniversary, featuring artists like Joe Cocker, the Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band.

4:00 p.m.      Martin Luther King’s Opposition to the Viet Nam War

In keeping with the spirit of peace, we listen to MLK on why  he says no to Viet Nam.

7:00 p.m.      In the Spotlight: The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & (Sometimes) Young

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Woodstock ’69 marked the debut of a very young band named Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was the beginning of a musical legacy. We celebrate their birth today In the Spotlight.