Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.
Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:
11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists
Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!
In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.
Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.
Good Morning, Kids! It’s another Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got some great programming again. Saturday is one of our heaviest programming days, but we don’t get carried away. There is plenty of wide Open Stream on tap every day here.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Roy Orbison
Yesterday was Roy Orbison’s birthday. The man was a musical marvel with that great 5-octave voice. It should also be noted that he was a former member of the greatest supergroup in popular music history, The Traveling Wilburys. In honor of Roy, we put him In the Spotlight today.
4:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Temptations
We have two spotlights today as we also focus on The Temptations, one of the greatest R & B bands of the sixties and seventies. We’ll consider this a warm-up for the introduction of next weekend’s launch of our new long-playing A Little Bit O’Soul playlist (May 1).
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters
Today we also offer up the final airing of the Foo Fighters’ newest album, Medicine At Midnight. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new selection for you.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The World Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois, July 21, 1990 NEW!
Of course, we have our usual airing of Live Dead, this one was the opening of a three-night stand at The World Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. More magic from one of the world’s greatest road bands.
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We welcome you to the beginning of a new week here in The Mermaid Lounge. We start with Open Stream, but then move on to some really great programming.
Here’s your Monday line-up:
1:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas, September 3, 1993
Today we feature one of the finest damned bands on the planet here today, live from Houston, Texas. I used to hear people say they couldn’t reproduce their sound on stage and I almost believed it…until I saw them live myself. Everyone’s a goddamned critic, especially those with no musical ability. I call bullshit.
7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume One: Various Artists
I might as well tell you we kick off a new long-play soul and R & B playlist next month, so consider this a preview! You’ll hear Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Otis Redding (The Big O), Fats Domino, Freddie King, and many more!
Again, we open the week with light programming. But the programming we have is spectacular today. We are not-for-profit radio. We’re in it for the music. Give us a shot. You won’t regret it.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We get back on track with life after COVID today with our great Sixties Rotation, Volume 2 long playlist today, and Maria Muldaur owns our Album of The Week (see the sidebar).
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur NEW!
Maria Muldaur has been singing since the resurgence of the folk scene in the sixties, and is simply one of the finest singers on the planet. Ask Linda Ronstadt, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and many others whose albums her voice has graced. Here she delves into the love songs of Bob Dylan, and the result is just amazing. Enjoy this one.
3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two: Various Artists
Very simply, here we have five uninterrupted hours of the music that inspired this radio station. We got a bit off track while I was sick, but we are back in the saddle. You will hear The Beatles, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Canned Heat, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Chambers Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Derek & The Dominos, The Animals, Them, Three Dog Night, The Temptations, Bob Dylan, and many more!
It’s Sunday, and it’s a day of rest. No retail today, people. Give it a rest. The worst thing that ever happened was repealing The Blue Laws in the state of Massachusetts. You can all live without your shit for a day. And we won’t cost you a penny, today or any other day.
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris
This is our second to last airing of this brilliant album, so hear it while you can! This was a career redefining project for Emmylou Harris, who teamed up with Daniel Lanois for Wrecking Ball. She not only has help from Lanois, but Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, and many others.
3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of George Harrison UPDATED!
George Harrison is one of those guys who was underestimated when The Beatles started out, but as time passed, people began to see just exactly what he was capable of. This newly-refreshed playlist features music from his Beatle years, his solo music, and his time as part of the brilliant supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys. Don’t miss celebrating on what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday.
7:00 p.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists
This is one of our most popular playlists because, hey, we’ve all been under the influence at one time or another…legally or illegally. You’ll hear Glenn Frey, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker, The Temptations, Donovan, The Traveling Wilburys, and more!
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Someone famous said that. His name was Timothy Leary. The father of LSD. Appropriate, don’t you think?
Good Monday Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great line-up today with another Mudcruch Monday, then we toss in a great soul music playlist and Gram Parsons in the early evening.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Complete Collection.
We’ve got just over two hours of great Mudcrutch music for you today. Not only do we have the absolute best live version of Hungry No More recorded at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016, but the original version of Don’t Do Me Like That. Yes, it was originally a Mudcrutch song.
3:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound
One of the first playlists we ever put together when we started this station back in 2017. You’ll hear The Four Tops, Mary Wells, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Edwin Starr, Etta James, and may more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons didn’t live long enough to reach stardom, but he would certainly have gotten there. As a solo artist, a member of the Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parson left us a huge musical legacy in a very short time.
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Good Morning, fellow music trivia buffs, and welcome to The Mermaid Lounge! We have today’s lesson all prepared for you. We guarantee you’ll impress your friends and family with your knowledge if you apply yourselves.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 23, 1959: The Winter Dance Party Tour began at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee. Before the 24-city tour is over, the headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash.
January 23, 1964: The Temptations released The Way You Do The Things You Do, one of the best R & B songs ever, in my opinion.
January 23, 1965: Herman’s Hermits released Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.
Also on this day, Downtown made Petula Clark the first woman to have a #1 in the US since Vera Lynn in 1952. Of course, she’ll have many more here, but she is an old hand at this in the UK where she has been charting since 1954.
Beatles ’65 spent a third week at #1 on the Album charts.
January 23, 1966: Stevie Wonder played The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
January 23, 1967: Johnny Rivers, one of our favorites here, released Baby I Need Your Lovin’.
January 23, 1969: Alan Parsons (later of The Alan Parsons Project) engineered his first session at Apple Studios (as 2nd engineer to Glyn Johns) as The Beatles record one of their best ever, Get Back.
Elvis Presley records Suspicious Minds at American Sound, a small studio in Memphis. It is a huge comeback hit for The King, and it is also his final #1 hit in America.
January 23, 1970: Judy Collins is denied the opportunity to sing her testimony at the infamous Chicago 7 trial.
January 23, 1971: George Harrison is the first ex-Beatle to hit #1 on the UK charts with My Sweet Lord.
Also on this day, Gladys Knight & The Pips recached #1 on the R & B charts with If I Were Your Woman. This band never got the recognition it deserved, in my opinion, and Gladys Knight was a powerhouse of a singer.
January 23, 1973: While singing to a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, Neil Young is handed a message. He then announces that a peace accord had been reached in Vietnam. The crowd goes wild for 10 minutes. Here we are in 2020, and American imperialism continues on unabated and forgotten as we fucking argue over masks.
January 23, 1978: Terry Kath of Cbicago accidentally shoots himself in the head with a gun he believed was empty. He dies instantly, just eight days shy of his 32nd birthday. It also marks the death of Chicago, as far as I am concerned, as Peter Cetera leads them down the path of elevator music and renders them irrelevant.
Born On This Day
January 23, 1950: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, was born in Farmington, New Jersey.
January 23, 1950: Bill Cunningham, bassist for The Box Tops, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
And that is all because we do not give a flying fuck about Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber. We will be back with our line-up soon!
Good afternoon, music trivia addicts! Here’s today’s lesson, and I know it’s late. But it’s better late than never. Better still, it’s easy peasy.
Here’s your lesson for today:
January 18 1956:Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & The Comets became the first rock n’ roll album to enter the charts.
January 18, 1964: Another historical day in rock music: I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles debuts at #45, their first chart hit in the U.S. It becomes the fastest-selling song in Capitol Records history.
January 18 1965: The Rolling Stones recorded The Last Time and Play With Fire at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California.
January 18, 1969:The Beatles (aka, The White Album) spends a fourth week in the #1 slot.
Also on this day, Dusty Springfield makes her way back to the Top 10 with the great song, Son of a Preacher Man.
January 18, 1975: George Harrison scored another Top 10 album with Dark Horse.
January 18, 1990: 90,000 people in Brazil saw Bob Dylan at his first show in South America when he plays in Sao Paulo.
January 18, 2016: Glenn Frey, co-founder, guitarist, songwriter and singer for the Eagles died in New York City of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at the age of 67.
Born On This Day
January 18, 1933: Ray Dolby, inventor of the Dolby noise reduction system, was born in Portland, Oregon.
January 18, 1941: David Ruffin, vocalist for The Temptations, was born in Whynot, Mississippi.
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.
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.
Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are on holiday, and we’ve got the perfect antidote to that bad Christmas music that I know is playing in ACE Hardware today. Luckily, I’m here in The Mermaid Lounge.
Here’s your Christmas Eve day programming!
11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live in Sacramento, June 12, 1986
One day, Bob Dylan asked Tom Petty to go on tour with him. There’s a reason why all these guys wanted The Heartbreakers around. You’re about to find out just exactly why. In return, all of the members of The Heartbreakers credit Dylan with teaching them the importance of adjusting plans, songs, and being more spontaneous on stage. It was a marriage made in music heaven.
4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band
I could go on and on about The Band, undoubtedly one of the great treasures in American popular music. They may have started as Dylan’s back-up band, but they carved their own very real place in music history.
7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists EXPANDED AND UPDATED!
This is a great playlist to close out today’s programming. We’ve added some new music, so we’ve added some new songs to the playlist. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Mary Wells, James Brown, Rare Earth, The Box Tops, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, Bill Withers and many more!
It’s Christmas. Time to pack it in. Be done with the pursuit of capitalism, and tune in to a radio station with no ulterior money-making motives. We don’t ask you to subscribe. We don’t ask for your credit card. We don’t ask for personal information because we don’t intend to sell you anything. We’re here for the music, believe it or not. If you choose not to believe, then all I can say is that you have no idea what you are missing.