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2018.16 Mother (live) — John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Beatles, David Wolper, Andrew Solt, Cynthia Lennon,

4/15/2018
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The first of two parts covering the 1988 Imagine: John Lennon documentary. Despite the release of the Beatles catalog the previous year, all was not well in the land of Lennon. The Albert Goldman character assasination disguised as biography came out early in 1988, and some fans still held hard feelings over Yoko’s approval of the Nike “Revolution” spot. The best solution would be to bring John’s two biggest strengths - his life, and his music to the fore. Both would be serviced by a major...

Duration:01:14:37

2018.15 Here Comes the Sun (Fab5) — Danny Kristensen, The Fab 5, The Beatles, Marshall Crenshaw, Almost Endless Summer

4/8/2018
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Part two of the WTWF visit with Danny Kristensen, the new “Tribute George Harrison” in the Fab 5. This week we get into the specifics of portraying a Beatle on stage. It all starts with the music, but also includes the clothes, the guitars and the fans. For those interested (particularly Texas and Louisiana), look for the Fab 5 at https://www.thefab5.net/ and learn more about Chuck, Joe, Danny, Rod and Paul Byron, voted by the Houston Press as Houston’s best Tribute Band!

Duration:01:27:19

2018.14 Help (Live) — Danny Kristensen, The Beatles, Glen Campbell, Almost Endless Summer, Fever Tree, Private Numbers

4/1/2018
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What is it like to become George Harrison in a Beatles tribute band? Musician Danny Kristensen joins the show this week to tell us about everything that led to his new role: growing up up in the region, seeing the Beatles in concert, recording over three decades, playing the ukelele and his recent move to the world of “The Fab 5″. Plenty of covers, fun, excitement and even a bit of the actual Beatles and Ringo playing boogie-woogie piano. Continues next week.

Duration:01:06:28

2018.13 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance — Tom Hunyady, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough

3/25/2018
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On the Night of April 16, 1973 Chevrolet and ABC presented the world premiere of an hour from Paul McCartney that promised “Yesterday”, “Michelle”, “Long Tall Sally”, and a medley of half a dozen Beatles songs. As we soon come upon the forty-fifth anniversary of that airing, history has not lived up to that initial anticipation. This week, the WTWF guys along with special guest Tom Hunyady (of the “2Legs” McCartney podcast) let the YouTube warm up and spend the hour commenting and...

Duration:02:20:46

2018.12 Bangla Desh (CfBD) — Dr. Kit O’Toole, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, John Fugelsang, Paul McCartney, Ken Thorne, The George Martin Orchestra

3/18/2018
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A second visit with fan favorite Dr. Kit O’Toole. Following on from last week’s “Concert for George” show, the WTWF guys (+ one special guest gal) consider the intertwining relationships between George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar. Ultimately, everything we know about the public and private life of “The Quiet Beatle” was influenced by one, the other or both of these two gentlemen. We then expand the scope and play amateur psychologist, doing a compare and contrast covering...

Duration:01:17:23

2018.11 Cheer Down (live) — Kit O’Toole, George Harrison, Andy Fairweather-Low, Marc Mann, Jim Horn, Tom Scott.

3/11/2018
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“The Concert For George” found its way back to theatres, home video, vinyl and CD to celebrate the birthday of a certain famous Pisces. This week we do the same, with famed Beatles (and more) author Kit O’Toole (who will also be back next week). We dig a little deeper into the show, and consider the musicians on stage that are not superstars. Many of them worked with George in the tour of Japan, Dark Horse and NLP shows, but others are on George’s records starting with “All Things Must...

Duration:00:46:51

2018.10 Twist and Shout (FBDO) — Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Hugh Padgham, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

3/4/2018
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Part two of our look back to 1986. Ringo was finishing up narrating the “Thomas the Tank Engine” stories, Paul recorded tracks with Billy Joel’s band for the unreleased “Return to Pepperland” album, and “Press to Play” hit shops after a bit of a delay. The Beatles had a hit record (again) as “Twist and Shout” rose the charts, and fans were treated to high-quality releases of both studio sessions (the bootleg/counterfeit of the scrapped “Sessions” album), and a near complete set of BBC...

Duration:00:37:07

2018.09 It Won’t Be Long (Julian Lennon) — John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Howard Sern Julian Lennon, David Letterman

2/25/2018
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1986 was a year of transition for the former Beatles. The Lennon estate gave the world two legitimate discs from the archive as an appetizer for years to come. Julian released his secod disc “The Secret Value of Daydreaming”, and conined his own world tour. George Harrison took some stepsrd a rs toward a return to the madness that is the music business. Some musical work was done for the “Shanghai Surprise” film soundtrack, but for the most part, the big story was tales of fights among...

Duration:01:00:42

2018.08 Soily — Wings, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English

2/18/2018
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…and the band begins to play. The visit to New Orleans was followed by some more recording (”Wings at the Speed of Sound”) and the beginning of the Wings over the World tour. The newly minted band, and their hot horn section visited the UK, Australia and France. After a short delay, the band would reach their Zenith as they hit the United States - the set being captured in its entirety on both vinyl and film. Unfortunately, fame did not sit well with the group, as the Fair Carol and Virgin...

Duration:02:14:58

2018.07 Junior’s Farm — Wings, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English, Tony Dorsey, Howie Casey, Thaddeus Richard, and Steve Howard

2/11/2018
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This week, WTWF takes a look at the members of the Jimmy/Joe version of Wings, which lasted from the recording of Paul’s brother’s “McGear” album through the recording of “London Town”. Where did the individual players come from? Did Geoff Britton’s references to karate facilitate his exit from the band after only five months? What about those guys in the horn section? All this and more in Part One of our look at the longest-lasting iteration of Wings.

Duration:00:47:49

2018.06 Got to Get You Into My Life — The Beatles, Wings, The Supremes, Casey Kasem, Zager and Evans

2/4/2018
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Superbowl LII was a barn-burner, but not as much as the Beatles battles on the Billboard singles charts. With the release of “1″, we all became familiar with the songs that managed to hit the top of the charts, but what about those that ended up just short of that lofty goal? This week WTWF (with some help from Casey and “AT40″) examine the fourteen Beatles songs that ended up somewhere between numbers 2 and 10 from 1964 to 2000, and the artists and tracks that ended up ahead of those...

Duration:01:01:54

2018.05 Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him — Ed Mayberry, John Lennon, The Beatles, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Whitlock

1/28/2018
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The third (and final, for now) episode with radio personality Ed Mayberry. Unfortunately, time and tide wait for no disc jockey, podcast or even rock star. However, thankfully, fans and listeners have managed to recover some of the “Mayberry archives”, and we present the Beatles-centered clips that are available. Family friends, and figures from the Quarrymen-era to the present day can be heard in this show.

Duration:01:45:21

2018.04 Hope of Deliverance — Ed Mayberry, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt, Julian Lennon, Dick Clark, the Pete Best Band, Arsenio Hall

1/21/2018
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Part two of the WTWF visit with forty-plus year radio veteran Ed Mayberry. This week, we start in on the instances where his professional career intersected with Beatles and Beatle people. Among the highlights are Ringo and the All-Starrs at AquaFest in Austin 1992, Julian Lennon performing “Saltwater” acoustically in the studio, a vegetarian lunch with Paul and Linda McCartney, and hanging with Pete Best. The series concludes next week with even more Beatle people interviews!

Duration:01:53:19

2018.03 For You Blue (Live) — Ed Mayberry, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, 10-4 KRBE, Levi-KLOL, GOASTT

1/14/2018
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You may have heard the stories about the early “freeform” days of FM radio, but what was it like to be on the air, playing the songs and entertaining your municipality without a corporate office telling you what to play and when. This week we go back to the days of “Posters, Incense and Strobe Candles” when it wasn’t unusual to hear James Taylor followed by Willie Nelson, the Plastic Ono Band and the Beatles. Our guest (week one of three) is radio veteran Ed Mayberry, who we are fortunate...

Duration:01:05:14

2018.02 I Should’ve Known Better — Bryce Zabel, The Beatles, Anchor and Bear, Mark Cunningham, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

1/7/2018
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Part two of the WTWF interview with author and television producer Bryce Zabel. This week we take a deeper dive into “Once There was a Way: What if the Beatles Stayed Together — Breakpoint Book 2″, but remain careful to keep spoilers to a minimum. Could George Harrison have possibly brought Steve Jobs into the Beatles Apple in the early seventies, and turned him into a “Real Magic Alex?” What would classic solo songs such as “Imagine”, “My Sweet Lord”, “Band on the Run” and “Photograph be...

Duration:00:49:04

2018.01 Dark Sweet Lady — Bryce Zabel, Neil Innes, The MopTops, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, The Beatles,

1/2/2018
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We start 2018 with a trip through alternative history. Anyone who has loved the music of the Beatles may have pondered ways to keep the band together, but few have done anything about it. We speak with one of them. Part One of our visit with Author Bryce Zabel (who, despite his best efforts is not known as Booth Hill). He joins the show to discuss his new novel “Once There Was a Way: What if the Beatles Stayed Together?”

Duration:00:49:16

2017.53 Thank U Very Much — The Scaffold, The Beatles, The Fab 5, The Weeklings, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Smithereens, Kenneth Womack, Laurence Juber,

12/24/2017
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The WTWF guys close out the year of 2017 with a look back at 2017, and just a tiny bit of self-reflection. How is the podcast doing? Which shows and guests made a splash for us, and more importantly - you, our listeners! What were some of the Beatles highlights from the previous year? Which figures in the Beatles realm did we lose last year? What are we looking forward to in 2018? All this, and (thankfully, no WWII) our usual mix of tunes and relevant quotes. See you in 2018!

Duration:00:53:38

2017.52 In My Car — The Beatles, The Fab Four, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Kenneth Womack, Rob Sheffield

12/17/2017
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Christmastime is here again, and the WTWF guys wish you an amazing holiday season! The show talks a bit about the new vinyl releases from the Fabs, and asks the musical question - “Do we really need a 2017 vinyl picture disc version of the remixed Pepper that closely resembles the 1978 version?” Beyone that, we look back at releases from earlier in the year that you might want to consider as gifts for the fan on your list!

Duration:01:24:10

2017.51 Back off Boogaloo — Paul McCartney, Wings, Ringo Starr

12/10/2017
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both finished their fall runs through the United States. Paul moved on to Mexico, and is currently thrilling crowds in Austalia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, Ringo finished a residency in Las Vegas, and moved across Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and ended in New York/New Jersey. This show was recorded before Ringo announced his 2018 tour including Colin Hay and Graham Gouldman.

Duration:01:01:30

2017.50 Don’t Pass Me By — The Beatles, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, RADD

12/3/2017
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This week WTWF looks at the times in their solo careers when solo Beatles dug into the catalog of their former band. In the early and mid 1970’s, it was more a matter of completing material and releasing it to the general public. As the years passed, and the spectre of the band receeded a bit, it was no longer blasphemy for Ringo or Paul to consider attempting songs actually released by the Fabs. Some of these were charity or holiday discs, but the sountrack to “Give My Regards to Broad...

Duration:01:16:44

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