Welcome to another Tuesday Bluesday here in the lounge, Bluesologists! Today we have our monthly foray into our big, bad blues playlist called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues.
Our big, bad extended playlist is up today for five hours of uninterrupted blues bliss. You’ll hear The Animals, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Delbert McClinton, Long John Baldry, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Susan Tedeschi, Ry Cooder, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more!
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young
Tonight, we give you the second airing of Neil Young’s brilliant Harvest album.
Before, in between, and after it’s open stream. We run 24/7 uninterrupted with no commercials, no mouthy DJ’s, and very few station breaks. It’s all about the music. (And did I mention we’re free with no strings attached?)
Please, allow us to also mention the fact that it is 4/20. And you know what that means. Is there a better combination than weed and great music. We think not.
Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, MA, Spring 1966
Boston had some great little music venues back in the day, and The Unicorn was one of them. In the spring of ’66, it played host to one great blues band.
3:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues
Speaking of da blues, Tom Petty once said he imagined his band getting old together, sitting in chairs, and singing the blues. Sadly, that day is gone now, but the Heartbreakers did a great job on the blues. Their Mojo album was a tribute to the blues. Today, we show you why Petty’s scenario would have been a great way to grow old.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters
The second airing of Medicine At Midnight happens this evening. The album was delayed by COVID-19, but was worth the wait. The Foos are one of the very few “today” bands that get airplay here.
Tune us in. We’re not-for-profit in a serious way. We don’t pay Amazon or Apple for our music. We find it elsewhere and for less money. We don’t feed the machine in any sense of the word.
Good Morning, Blues Lovers! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got a pretty damned good line-up for today.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966
We go back to 1966 here for one of the best in he business live in Boston at the old Unicorn Coffee House. No alcohol. Coffee and music provided the fuel. Tom Rush recorded his first album here. Only 600 copies were pressed. Others who sang here were Bonnie Raitt, the J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Ochs, and Tim Hardin. The Unicorn was owned by George Papadopoulous, who also owned the Psychedelic Supermarket, which was across the street from what is now the Hynes Convention Center. Boston has a long history of great small music venues. You can read about Unicorn and the others a bit here.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan
This is the first album of original Dylan music since 2012’s Tempest, and it is well worth a listen. The guy never ceases to amaze.
7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues
Tom Petty once said he envisioned the Heartbreakers as old men sitting in chairs playing and singing the blues together. I would have loved the opportunity to hear that. You’ll see why if you tune in this playlist tonight.
What in Buddha’s name are y’all waiting for? Europe and Asia are tuned in. America is, as usual, behind the curve.
Here we are on a snowy day bringing you all the news you need to know to impress friends and family alike!
December 17, 1954: Bill Haley & The Comets’ Rock Around The Clock becomes the first rock n’ roll song to enter the UK singles charts. I was ten months old.
December 17, 1955: With their hit Only You still at #2, the Platters’ The Great Pretender enters the charts at #13.
December 17, 1963: Carroll James a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., becomes the first DJ to play a Beatles’ song on American airwaves. The song is I Want To Hold Your Hand, which he got from his airline stewardess girlfriend who bought a copy when she was in the UK. Because of high listener demand, James helps out the Beatles by playing the song every day, every hour. Because it had not yet been released in the US, Capitol Records initially considered legal action against the station but, instead, thought better of it and simply released the song in the US earlier than they planned. The rest, as they say, is history, my friends. Thank you, Carroll James. Forever.
December 17, 1966:Standing In The Shadows of Love by the Four Tops enters the Billboard Hot 100. On it’s ten-week stay on the charts, it will peak at #6. It reaches #2 on the R & B charts.
December 17, 1967: John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official fan club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened for the very first time for them.
December 17, 1971: John Lennon appears at a benefit at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the families of the victims of the Attica State Prison riots.
December 17, 1977: Linda Ronstadt’s career continues to roll along through the seventies as her album, Simple Dreams, remains #1 on the Album charts for a third week.
December 17, 1979: Paul McCartney & Wings play the Glasgow Appollo and record a live version of the great song Coming Up. The song would reach #2 in the UK and will top the charts in the US, selling 4 million copies.
Born On This Day
December 17, 1937: Art Neville, keyboardist for the Neville Brothers (you can hear them here, people), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
December 17, 1939: Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations was born in Union Springs, Alabama. His falsetto voice is heard on the great Temptations hits The Way You Do The Things You Do and Just My Imagination.
December 17, 1942: Paul Butterfield (the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) was born in Chicago.
December 17, 1949: Paul Rogers, lead singer and lyricist for both Free and Bad Company, was born in Middlesbrough, England.
December 17, 1950: Carlton “Carlie” Barrett, drummer for The Wailers, was born in Kingston, Jamaica.
And there you have it for today because we don’t give a shit about Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. You’ll never hear them here.
OooohWheee, that is a mouthful, even from me. But that’s what we’ve got today from The Mermaid Lounge.
This is your line-up for Friday:
11:00 a.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, January 21, 1987 NEW!
There is no question that this is a Robert Cray Band concert at Club Redux, but he’s joined on stage by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the end for an amazing jam and the encore performance of New Blood. Some of the best musical experiences come in small packages.
3:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966
Spring 1966 is the closest we can get to the actual date of this performance. This is one for the wayback machine of your mind. Boston had a pretty amazing music scene, I must say. The Unicorn Coffee House (the only beverage served), Club 47, Jonathan Swifts, among the best. We veterans of such places yearn for those days again.
We may not have the exact date, but we did manage to find the set list! This is posted under the Playlist tab of this blog. Scroll to the bottom!
7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton, Live at The Beacon Theater, NY, March 19, 2009
On a March evening in 2009, Eric Clapton joined the brothers on stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for six great songs and the rest is history as you will see.
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