Good Morning, Music Lovers! Hopefully, I’m improving enough to keep this programming going on a sustained basis now, and we’re kicking the comeback off with some great music today.
Here’s today’s line-up:
12:00 p.m. The British Are Coming! Various Artists
We’re back just in time for our 5+ hour British music special, from the original British Invasion Bands to the Pretenders and more! You can also hear The Beatles, The Zombies, The Searchers, Them (featuring Van Morrison), The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues, The Bee Gees, The Who, The Spencer Davis Group, and many more!
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, October 29, 1985 NEW!
Our Saturday night Live Dead musicfest is finally back. Sorry it was gone so long. This time we have a live show from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. No two shows ever sound the same. Not even on the same tour.
Tune us in. It’s Saturday, a perfect day to kick back and enjoy some great music.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! The DJ slept late because she couldn’t fall asleep until nearly 2 a.m. I mean, seriously? What the hell was that all about? But here we are with your lesson!
Here’s your lesson:
January 24, 1958: The Quarrymen performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was their first and last performance there until they changed their name to The Beatles.
January 24, 1961: The Beatles officially sign on with manager Brian Epstein, their one and only manager. His signature does not appear on this contract. Epstein always had the band’s best interest at heart. He was a man of his word. He said he would not sign until he had a record contract for the band. He also said that they could opt out of that contract if they could find a better deal somewhere else. On October 1, 1962, a final contract was drawn up with Epstein’s signature included. He had fulfilled his promise. In return for his loyalty, The Beatles gave him 25% of all profits, far above the standard 10% of the day.
On this day, another momentous occasion as Bob Dylan arrived in New York after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. He put his musical career in action immediately by performing at the club, Cafe Wha?, in New York’s Greenwich Village.
January 24, 1965: The Animals appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
January 24, 1967: The Who began a world tour at Central Pier in Morecambe, England.
Also on this day, Aretha Franklin gets a $25,000 signing bonus to record her first tracks for Atlantic Records. It was quite a tumultuous session as her husband apparently got into a fight with one of the musicians. Nevertheless, over her career, Aretha Franklin would have twenty #1 hit singles and ten #1 albums on the R & B charts.
January 24, 1969: Jethro Tull played its first concert in the US, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Fillmore East in New York City.
Meanwhile, The Doors also performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
January 24, 1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
And Abbey Road by The Beatles returned to the #1 position for a third time, giving the album eleven weeks at the top of the Album charts.
January 24, 1975: Pink Floyd began recording tracks for their album Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Born On This Day
January 24, 1941: Aaron Neville, elite vocalist with The Neville Brothers, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will also have a successful solo career, recording two duets with Linda Ronstadt.
January 24, 1947: Wild man Warren Zevon was born in Chicago. He initially tours as keyboardist for The Everly Brothers while he tries to get a jump on his own career. He finally catches a break when Linda Ronstadt begins to record his compositions as she dominates the seventies.
The End. We are done. And I will be back with today’s line-up shortly.
Good Morning, Students! Here we are again. It’s another Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this was a pretty active day in rock n’ roll history!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 22, 1959: Buddy Holly left for Milwaukee to begin The Winter Dance Party tour.
January 22, 1960: Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records on this day, his 29th birthday.
January 22, 1963: Gerry & The Pacemakers held their first recording session ever, laying down How Do You Do It.
January 22, 1964: Sonny Boy Wiliamson and The Yardbirds appeared at The Cavern Club for their Big R & B Night.
January 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones began a tour of Oceana with two shows at the Agricultural Hall in Sydney, Australia.
January 22, 1966: The Beach Boys began recording Wouldn’t It Be Nice at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.
Also on this day:
Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the R & B chart with Uptight (Everything’s Alright). He was just 13 years old at the time, making him the youngest artist to ever top the charts.
The Beatles album Rubber Soul was at week three in the top Album position.
Simon & Garfunkel had their first #1 hit with Sounds of Silence.
January 22, 1968: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition released their first single, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In). I wonder if anybody realizes that he started out as a rocker before he began singing formualted country hits.
Also on this day:
Another great band, Sly & The Family Stone, sent their first 45 record, Dance To The Music, to the radio stations.
The Who performed two shows in Sydney Stadium in Australia. They were backed by the Small Faces.
January 22, 1969: Billy Preston arrived at Apple Studios to play keyboards and help the Beatles finish the Let It Be album. In addition to his talents, he also provided a great buffer for their in-fighting.
January 22, 1971: The Joe Cocker film, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, premiered in London. It featured performances by Cocker himself, along with Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. There was also a cast of great session musicians like Jim Keltner (Buster Sidebury of Traveling Wilbury fame), Jim Horn, and Carl Radle.
January 22, 1972: Don McLean’s album American Pie hits #1 in the US, where it will remain for seven weeks.
January 23, 1973: Gladys Knight & The Pips released the single Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).
Also on this day, Roberta Flack released the single Killing Me Softly With His Song. The lyricist was Lori Lieberman, who was inspired by a 1971 live performance by none other than Don McLean.
January 22, 1974: Carly Simon’s great album Hotcakes is certified Gold.
January 22, 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings have the #1 album in the US with Wings Over America.
January 22, 2004: The famous nightclub, The Bottom Line, closes its doors in Greenwich Village, New York after thirty years.
Born On This Day
January 22, 1931: Sam Cooke, the man with the voice made to sing soul music, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
January 22, 1949: Another great vocalist, Steve Perry, the frontman for Journey, was born in Hanford, California. (No matter what they tell you, there’s no real Journey without Steve Perry at the mike.)
January 22, 1959: Nigel Pegrum, drummer for both Small Faces and Uriah Heep, was born in North Wales.
I hope you took notes. Because this is a lot of information. We’ll be back with the line-up.
Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge! It is Friday here, and we’ve got some great music coming your way! But first, our lesson.
Here’s your lesson!
January 15, 1958: Elvis Presley records Hard Headed Woman, Trouble, New Orleans, King Creole, and Crawfish. All in a day’s work for The King.
January 15, 1961: The Supremes sign on with Motown Records. At this time there are four Supremes (once called The Primettes): Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin. All but Martin are under 18 and require parental permission before signing. Diana Ross was just sixteen. Martin sings on their first album, but leaves the group after a year and is not replaced.
January 15, 1964: The Beatles play live at Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, in front of an audience of 2,000 people. It’s a warm up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would begin the following night.
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, a legal shitshow is taking place between Capitol Records and Vee Jay Records. Capitol filed an injunction that prohibited Vee Jay from manufacturing or distributing any more Beatles records. Vee Jay, in turn, files suit against both Capitol and Swan Records, which owned the rights to She Loves You. Most of the contracts in the early days of rock n’ roll revolved around individual releases. You can read all the details here in The Beatles Bible, which is my personal bible for Beatles information.
January 15, 1965: Bob Dylan recorded Maggie’s Farm at Columbia Recording Studios in New York.
Also on this day, The Who’s first single, I Can’t Explain, is released in the UK. Jimmy Page helps The Who out on guitar on this one.
January 15, 1966: The Supremes song My World Is Empty Without You enters the charts.
January 15, 1967: Before The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, Mick Jagger agrees to change the line “let’s spent the night together” to “let’s spend some time together.” He is obviously visibly annoyed when he is sings the altered lyrics.
January 15, 1971: George Harrison released My Sweet Lord in the UK.
January 15, 1972: Don McLean’s epic American Pie hits #1 in the US. It runs 8:36 seconds long, and you have to flip the 45 record over to hear the whole thing. (I remember that.)
January 15, 1977:Hotel California by The Eagles goes to #1 on the Album charts.
Born On This Day
January 15, 1941: Don Van Vliet, also known as Captain Beefheart, was born in Glendale, California.
January 15, 1948: Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
January 15, 1952: Melvin Gayle, cellist with Electric Light Orchestra, was born in London.
And that is today’s lesson from the college. We’ll be back shortly with the line-up.
Goo d Morning, Music Trivia Lovers! Here’s all the information that’s fit to print from The Mermaid Lounge!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 13, 1962: Bob Dylan performed at the San Remo Coffee House in Schenectady, New York.
January 13, 1965: The first day of recording sessions for Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home began on thiis day. He recorded Subterranean Homesick Blues and It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.
Also on this day, The Who release their first single, I Can’t Explain.
January 13, 1966: The Rolling Stones receive their third Gold record for the album December’s Children, which contains Get Off My Cloud, As Tears Go By, and I’m Free.
Also on this day, The Beach Boys enter the Billboard Top 100 for the 23rd time with the song Barbara Ann. it was recorded “live” at a party staged in a recording studio, and actually features Dean Torrance of Jan & Dean on lead vocals.
January 13, 1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Bag O’Nails Club in London. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the show.
January 13, 1968: The Beatles remained at #1 for a third week with Hello Goodbye. In just four years, The Beatles had spent 40 weeks at #1 with fifteen #1 songs.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles went to #1 on the R & B chart with I Second That Emotion on this day.
January 13, 1969: Elvis Presley returned to American Sound Studios in Memphis to record Suspicious Minds.
January 13, 1972: Aretha Franklin performs the first of two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It is recorded for her live album, Amazing Grace, which sells over two million copies when released in June.
January 13, 1973: Carly Simon’s album, No Secrets, with her hit song You’re So Vain, goes to #1 in America.
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.
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!
Hell, we’re a global radio station and it’s Boxing Day, the official Christmas, of many of our compadres. So, we wish you a very happy holiday indeed.
Here’s today’s rock n’ roll lesson:
December 26, 1960: Elvis Presley’s Are you Lonesome Tonight was at $1 for a fifth week.
December 26, 1963: The Beatles release their first hit single in the US, I Want To Hold Your Hand backed by I Saw Her Standing There. It’s their first single released by Capitol Records; within months Beatlemania will be full-blown in the States.
December 26, 1964: The Beatles score another #1 with I Feel Fine. They finish the year with six #1 songs and own the top spot on the chart for 18 weeks.
December 26, 1966: The Spencer Davis Group release the single Gimme’ Some Lovin‘ which was written by seventeen-year-old Steve Winwood.
Also on this day, Jimi Hendrix wrote the words to Purple Haze in his dressing room between shows at London’s Uppercrust Club.
December 26, 1967: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film debuts on BBC-TV.
Also on this day, The Doors and Chuck Berry open a weeklong series of concerts at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.
December 26, 1968: Led Zeppelin’s first US tour begins in Denver, Colorado, where they are the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.
Also on this day, D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, Monterey Pop, which chronicles the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival, opened in theaters. This was the concert where The Who smashed their instruments and Hendrix lit his guitar on fire.
December 26, 1970: George Harrison becomes the first ex-Beatle to top the Hot 100 as a solo act as My Sweel Lord hits #1.
Also on this day, a new singer from Canada named Gordon Lightfoot enters the charts for the first time with If You Could Read My Mind. He will make some great music in his time.
December 26, 1979: Paul McCartney held the first of three concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London to benefit relief efforts in war-torn Kampuchea. He was joined by The Who, The Clash, Queen, Elvis Costello, and Rockpile.
Born On This Day
December 26, 1935: Duke Fakir of the Four Tops was born Abdul Fakir in Detroit, Michigan.
December 26, 1940: Famed record producer and despicable human being, Phil Spector, was born in The Bronx, New York.
December 26, 1946: Bob Carpenter, keyboardist and accordionist for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
And that is today’s less here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!
Yeah, we are. We’re back in the mines tomorrow, and we need to get a jump on our week here in The Mermaid Lounge. This is a pretty brutal day here in rock history. I got writer’s cramp just putting this thing together.
Here’s today’s lesson in useless information:
December 15, 1956: Fats Domino had one of the biggest R & B songs of all time with Blueberry Hill. On this day it remained at #1 for a ninth week. There is no denying that this guy was a rock n’ roll pioneer.
December 15, 1958: A new soul artist named James Brown made his debut on the R & B charts with a song called Try Me.
And in the meantime, Jackie Wilson’s Lonely Teardrops took over the #1 spot on the R & B charts this day.
December 15, 1962: The Beatles played two shows at the Majestic Ballroom in Brkenhead, Merseyside, England. At midnight, the first ever Mersey Beat poll awards show took place. As the winners of the poll, The Beatles then closed the festivities at 4:00 a.m.
December 15, 1964: The Beatles release the album Beatles ’65.
Also on this day, Dusty Springfield is deported from South Africa after performing in front of a multiracial audience at a show near Cape Town.
December 15, 1966: The trumpets and cellos are recorded for the song Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in London.
December 15, 1967: The Beach Boys met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris where they were taught Transcendental Meditation.
Also on this day, just a few days after its release, The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album went Gold. It will hold the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and will receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best Album.
The Who released the album, The Who Sell Out.
December 15, 1969: John Lennon gave his last live performance in England at a UNICEF Benefit in London. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Billy Preston, and Who drummer Keith Moon also took part.
December 15, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released another winning album in Pendulum.
December 15, 1975: Paul Simon released the single, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
The Eagles remained on a roll, releasing the single Take It To The Limit on this day in 1975.
December 15, 1979:The Long Run by The Eagles held on to the #1 position on the Album charts for the seventh week.
Born On This Day
December 15, 1919: Max Yasgur, owner of the farm in New York where Woodstock was held in 1969, was born in New York City.
December 15, 1939: Cindy Birdsong, a member of the Supremes beginning in 1967, was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
December 15, 1942: Dave Clark, drummer for The Dave Clark Five, was born in Tottenham, England.
December 15, 1946: Carmine Appice, drummer with the Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck, was born in Staten Island, New York.
And thankfully, we are at the end of today’s lesson! Back with the line-up later.