Here’s Your Lesson From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/12/2021

Here we are again! Greetings and salutations from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! We have a pretty active lesson today!

British bluesman Long John Baldry and his band, Bluesology. Yes, That’s Elton John on the far right. Long John Baldry is to his left.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 12, 1957: Elvis Presley recorded All Shook Up, Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’ To Do, I Believe, and Tell Me Why at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California.

January 12, 1959: Jackie Wilson continued at #1 on the R & B chart for a fifth week with Lonely Teardrops.

January 12, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night at The London Palladium, where they sang I Want To Hold Your Hand, This Boy, All My Loving, and Twist & Shout.

January 12, 1968: Manfred Mann released the single, The Mighty Quinn.

Also on this date, Pink Floyd debuted as a five-piece band at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.

January 12, 1969: Led Zeppelin released their debut album in the U.S.

Also on this day, Wonderwall, the psychedelic movie with the George Harrison soundtrack, opened in theaters across the U.S.

January 12, 1970: Badfinger (a great power pop band) released the single, Come And Get It.

January 12, 1974: The late Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, finally hit #1 after 47 weeks on the charts.

Also on this day, The Steve Miller Band’s The Joker goes to #1 in the US, and everyone wants to know what the fuck the “pompatus of love” is to this day.

And if that isn’t enough, Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna’ Do) knocked Stevie Wonder’s Livin’ For The City out of the #1 spot.

January 12, 1980: Damn The Torpedos, Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s breakout album, was at #6 on the Album chart on this day.

Also on this day in 1980, An American Dream by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Linda Ronstadt was making its run up the charts, from #59 to #33.

Born On This Day

January 12, 1928: R & B singer Ruth Brown was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

January 12, 1941: Long John Baldry, who recruited the likes of Elton John and Rod Steward for his band Bluesology, was born in East Haddon, Derbyshire, England.

January 12, 1944: Cynthia Robinson, singer and trumpet player for Sly & The Family Stone, was born in Sacramento, California.

January 12, 1955: NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

And that’s it from the college, people! Be back soon with the line-up!

We Kick Off the New Year With Tom Rush, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, and Later, The Shadow, on Friday, January 1, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are kicking off 2021 with some great programming wrapped around a whole lot of Open Stream today. Today we feature our two house bands.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: One of our House Bands.

Here’s your New Year’s Day line-up:

12:00 p.m. Tom Rush Live at Symphony Hall, Boston, MA NEW!

Tom Rush is a favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge and across New England. This is a compilation of two shows recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall early in his career.

4:00 p.m. Petty Theft: The Covers

Nope. This isn’t other people covering Tom Petty. This is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers covering their influencers. The same qualities that make them the best American rock n’ roll band make them arguably, the greatest cover band of all time.

8:00 p.m. The Beatles Complete Apple Rooftop Concert

One day, the Fab Four decided to go out and give a concert at lunch on the top of Apple Records headquarters on Saville Row. Needless to say, all hell broke loose, and it took the British Bobbies a bit of time to figure out just exactly what the hell was going on. This is that impromptu concert in its entirety.

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 05 Hounds in The Hills

This is the final airing of this week’s episode. We’ll have a brand new one on Monday.

This is the start of a New Year. Maybe you want to join the rest of the world and tune us in.

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Our Antidote To Christmas Music: Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Band and MOONDOG MATINEE, and Later It’s That Sweet Soul Sound, Thursday, December 24, 2020

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.

Dylan and Petty. Does it get any better? Not from where I’m sitting.

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.

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My Favorite Heartbreaker Live Performances, The Final Airing of our AOW, The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Avalon, and Live Dead Later, Saturday, December 12, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are on our usual chock full Saturday, and it’s all good, as they say these days. Personally, I prefer, “It’s fucking mint.”

Yeah, baby. There is nobody like The Heartbreakers live and in person.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: The Best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live UPDATED!

This isn’t a new playlist, but it has been updated over the past week, and we haven’t heard live Heartbreakers in a while, mostly because I try not to show favoritism when it comes to them, The Beatles, and Linda Ronstadt. It’s a struggle. Here we have my absolute favorite Heartbreaker live performances, and we’re simply not done yet. There will be other iterations of this playlist down the road.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Eli and The Thirteenth Confession by Laura Nyro

This is your last chance to hear this great album this week. Tomorrow, we move on to a new selection. Don’t mess this up, people.

7:00 p.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, April 6, 1969 NEW!

This is the perfect early evening performance by the Gram Parsons version of the Flying Burrito Brothers. This was actually the opening act for The Grateful Dead that evening. We have this weeks’ Live Dead coming up a bit later!

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California, April 22, 1986 NEW!

It’s our Saturday night constitution here in The Mermaid Lounge. This week’s Live Dead is from the Berkeley Community Center.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s what I’d be doing if I had my choice. But alas, I don’t. I owe my soul to the company store. So, you enjoy yourselves on my behalf.

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Here’s Today’s Lesson From the College of Rock N’ Roll Knowledge: 11/19/2020

Good Morning from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. It’s another busy day in musical history, as you will see.

Tom Petty & Dave Grohl on stage during the Heartbreaker’s 30th Anniversary Tour.

Here’s today’s lesson plan:

November 19, 1955: Carl Perkins records Blue Suede Shoes at Sun Studios in Memphis. It will be Perkins’ biggest hit, reaching #2 on Billboard.

November 19, 1966: The Supremes enjoy their eighth US #1 hit with You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

November 19, 1971: B.B. King celebrates his 25th year in music by kicking off a European tour in London.

November 19, 1973: Led Zeppelin begins recording demos for their album, Physical Graffiti.

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan releases his 13th studio album, simply called Dylan.

November 19, 1975: The J. Geils Band records Blow Your Face Out (a fucking great album) at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

November 19, 1976: Van Morrison’s Moondance album receives a Gold Record. The album spawns two hits. In addition to the title track, Into The Mystic is released.

November 19, 1982: Led Zeppelin releases its final studio album, Coda, which is a collection of unused tracks written before drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980.

November 19, 1983: Tom Evans of Badfinger died at the age of 36. Like his and mate, Pete Ham, Evans also hanged himself. The story of what record company and manager greed and avarice did to Badfinger’s career is one that should be told. We will touch on that in the blog sometime.

November 19, 1994: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform You Don’t Know How It Feels and Honeybee on Saturday Night Live, with Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters on drums.

November 19, 1995: Bruce Springsteen’s thirteenth album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, is released.

A 60-track album called Beatles Anthology I is released and sets a single-day sales record of 450,000 units.

That’s it, children. Take notes. There’ll be a quiz later (just kidding).

It’s Yet Another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday With A Spectacular Heartbreakers’ Live Bootleg Later, November 18, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today’s mix will be Open Stream with Three-in-a-Row’s throughout. Where it goes is anyone’s guess. The Streaming Guru is in control today.

Looking out over Heartbreaker Heaven.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

All Day Open Stream with Three-in-a-Row’s

We’re circulating 26,000+ songs for you, and tossing in some Three-fers for good measure today. Enjoy.

6:00 p.m. Tom Petty Bootleg Series, Disc 3, 1976-1981 NEW!

Live from the road with the ultimate road band. We have live bootleg performances of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from the years 1976-1981 for your listening pleasure. And I do mean that.

Tune us in. We’re still free. We ask no information. We require no credit card. We do not accept advertising, political or otherwise. Just click on the link below as you tap your heels together, and your’e in like Flint.

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Little Feat Live, Aretha In The Spotlight, Our Final Airing of the AOW, and Live Dead on Saturday, November 14, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and it’s one of our busiest days. In spite of that, the majority of the music is uninterrupted Open Stream.

Aretha Franklin. The undisputed Queen of Soul.

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Little Feat Live at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, October 31, 1975

My affection for Little Feat is well known. But let me say this: There is no Little Feat without Lowell George just as there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia. (Don’t start me on Bob Weir, Capitalist Pig.)

Little Feat defied definition, playing a concoction of blues, rhythm & blues, and good old-fashioned rock n’ roll with some of the absolute best musicians in the business. Enjoy. I did. I was there.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: The Debut Album

It’s always tough for me to take a Petty break, but this is the final airing of this iconic album. Tomorrow, we’ll be introducing our new Album of The Week.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin

Aretha is the undisputed Queen of Soul. When someone called Whitney Houston that, I nearly had an aneurism. You can forget that shit. It’s propaganda. There is only one Queen. It’s Aretha Franklin.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Indianapolis State Fair Coliseum, October 27, 1973 NEW!

As always, a brand new concert from the Grateful Dead. So far, no repeats since this series started. But even if there were, you’d never know because every show sounds new with these guys.

And there you have it. In a nutshell. All the reasons why we should be your radio station. Even people in Serbia get it. The choice is clearly yours: Continue to pay for uniterrupted music, or listen to endless bullshit advertising. Or tune us in.

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Happy B-Day, Neil Young! Some Afternoon Open Stream, and Music About Luck, On Friday, November 13, 2020

Good Morning, Fellow Musicologists and Mixologists! It’s bleak, cold, rainy and dreary outside The Mermaid Lounge today and we’ve got about six inches of leaves on the ground out there. But inside? We’ve got great music.

Neil Young, musical legend, turns 75.

Here’s today’s Friday the 13th line-up!

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

Happy Belated Birthday to Neil Young today, who turned 75 yesterday. He’s still out there, staying true to himself like all the greats do. In addition to his outstanding solo career, Neil Young has been part of Buffalo Springfield, The Stills-Young Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. On the road, his backing bands have been Crazy Horse, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. His discography is immense and his contribution immeasurable.

Afternoon Open Stream with Three-in-a-Rows

We’ve got an Open Stream afternoon with some Three-in-a-Row interludes for your listening pleasure. Keep your head low and stay out of trouble today.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck NEW!

You knew this had to happen today. It’s just too good an opportunity to remember some of the songs addressing the issue of luck. You would actually think there’d be more. Tough to find! This playist is about luck (title or lyrics) and taking chances. Enjoy.

By the way, the playlist for this is up on the blog. Just navigate yourselves to the Playlist tab and scroll to the bottom!

This morning, we welcome listeners from Portugal and Lithuania to our community. We’d like to welcome more from the U.S. But as with every other issue, they seem to be asleep at the switch. Or tab. Or keyboard. Whatever your perspective.

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Happy Belated Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, Our AOW, and Later Some Great Drivin’ Songs, Thursday, November 12, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We hope you checked out our new College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge feature this morning! Today, we make amends for missing Bonnie’s birthday.

Happy Belated 71st Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, guitarist extraordinaire!

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Bonnie Raitt

Yes, we were remiss on this one. We do try to keep up with all of the birthdays of consequence here in The Mermaid Lounge. Some days it’s difficult. But we always make amends. We’ve got a great panoramic playlist of Bonnie Raitt’s career here. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The self-titled debut album has one more airing after today, so get on it. It delivered iconic songs like American Girl and Breakdown. You can’t go wrong here. There are some wonderful sleepers as well, like Mystery Man and Luna, two of my favorite Petty songs ever.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Drivin’ Songs-Various Artists

Anybody who has ever driven for distance knows how important good music is. We’ve collected some of the best songs here from The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, and many more!

What in Buddha’s name are you all waiting for? Open your musical minds, people. This is totally free with no strings. I know you’re not used to that shit, but that’s what we’ve got here.

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Our New Album of The Week, The ‘House’ Playlist, and Open Stream Evening on Sunday, November 8, 2020

Happy Sunday, Music Lovers! We are looking at another 70-degree day here in the Boston area, windows open in November, and great music flowing out freely!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers back in 1977

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Debut Album NEW!

Mr. Petty & The Heartbreakers are back. Their debut album was released 44 years ago tomorrow, on November 9, 1976. The boys weren’t an “instant” hit. In fact, it finally happened when somebody said to them about American Girl, “They’re playing it up in Boston!” The rest, as they say, is history. We here in The Mermaid Lounge are celebrating by making it our Album of the Week.

3:00 p.m. The #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist

Haven’t heard this one in a while, and it’s perfect timing with this cycle’s SELECTION process. Some of the best protest songs ever recorded reside here.

Evening Open Stream with Three-in-a-Row’s

Tonight, it’s wide open stream with some Three-in-a-Row’s tossed in! In fact, we’ve several today from the ladies, including Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Stick around.

Come on. Take a load off. It’s Sunday. Your personal god of choice even took Sunday off and declared it a day of rest. Tune us in.

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