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2018.38 Who Cares — Sir Paul McCartney, The Rutles, Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern, Ryan Tedder

9/16/2018
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Congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney on the debut of Egypt Station at the top of the Billboard album charts in the United States. To keep the celebration going, WTWF reviews the first vinyl disc (Opening Station through Hand in Hand.) Next week: Vinyl disc 2 and the two bonus tracks!

Duration:01:05:05

2018.37 Oh Yoko! (1969) — John Lennon, The Beatles, Widespread Panic, Yoko Ono, Verona Boys

9/9/2018
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The second part of the WTWF look at John Lennon’s “Imagine” album. We talk about nine of the songs on the album (check out the previous show for the title track), listen to some demos and covers, then consider both changing the track order, and possibly even trading a tune to another LP!

Duration:01:46:21

2018.36 Baby Please Don’t Go (1972) — John Lennon, George Harrison, King Curtis, Mike Pinder, Nicky Hopkins, Joey Molland, WKRP

9/2/2018
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Happy Labor Day to those in the United States! This week Lonnie and I anticipate the re-release of Imagine by returning to the original package. Tune in for background on the sessions and players (both known and unknown), and the A-side of the single (also the album’s title track). Continues in a week, when you can tune in for part two as we cover the other nine tracks and “rate a record!”

Duration:01:01:58

2018.35 Kansas City (Montserrat) — Ken Womack, Kit O’Toole, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, George Martin, The BeeGees, Cheap Trick

8/26/2018
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Guest host Kit O’Toole and Monmouth University Dean Ken Womack, join WTWF for part two of our visit. This week, we continue our discussion of his biography of Sir George Martin “Sound Pictures”. Among the topics discussed: George Martin’s relationship with Paul McCartney and George Harrison post-Beatles, AIR Studios (London, Montserrat and Lyndhurst) and some of the acts GM chose to work with during those years, including his archive releases and swan song disc “In My Life”

Duration:00:55:22

2018.34 Revolution (Take 20) — Ken Womack, Kit O’Toole, George Martin, The Beatles, Stackridge, Christopher Eccleston

8/19/2018
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Kenneth Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and author of the two volume George Martin biography Maximum Volume and the forthcoming Sound Pictures joins the show (including special guest host Kit O’Toole) for a discussion of George Martin, his work with the Beatles, the studios they worked in and more. The story continues next week as we take a deeper look at what lay beyond the Beatles years, and how all leads eventually lead back to the Fab Four.

Duration:00:51:22

2018.33 Day Tripper (Live) — Joe Baiardi, Jamie Ashby, Paul McCartney, The Beatles

8/12/2018
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We continue our look at the bass stylings of Sir Paul McCartney. Joe Baiardi (The Fab 5) and Jamie Ashby join us with a Hofner and vintage Rickenbacker 4001 to demonstrate bass lines from Rubber Soul through Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road and Let It Be, with a brief stop over in Wings territory. Ever wanted to know about McCartney’s walking bass lines? The “Fuzz Bass” on “Think For Yourself”? Perhaps you would prefer a lengthy discussion and demonstration of the bass line our experts describe as...

Duration:01:32:17

2018.32 From Me To You (BBC) — Joe Baiardi, Jamie Ashby, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe

8/5/2018
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Part one of the WTWF look at Paul McCartney’s playing, how he came to the role of bass player in the Beatles, and his visit to Hamburg’s Steinway Musichaus in 1961. Joining us again are Joe Baiardi and Jamie Ashby, long-time skilled practitioners of the McCartney arts. The pair discuss and demonstrate the nuances of Paul’s bass playing from “Ain’t She Sweet” to “From Me to You” all the way through “Help!”. Along the way many of the finer points of bass-playing in general, and Paul’s style in...

Duration:00:50:50

2018.31 Bangladesh (CfBD) — Darin Murphy, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell, Badfinger

7/29/2018
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Forty-seven years ago (August 1, 1971), George Harrison and Ravi Shankar turned the world’s attention to the issues in Bangladesh. The shows were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan, following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide. The concerts spawned a bestselling live album and film that continue to raise funds for children in need to this day. We discuss the show with our guest Darin Murphy, and how he was involved...

Duration:01:41:58

2018.30 Sweet Little Sixteen — Darin Murphy, The Beatles, Dr. Feelgood & the Interns, Little Willie John

7/22/2018
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The summer of Darin Murphy continues! The topic this week, the Beatles as a cover band. Liverpool, Hamburg, the BBC sessions, and even EMI through “Beatles For Sale” were an outlet for the band to perform their favorite songs from others (ranging from fifties roots rock and R&B through to then-current A- and B-sides). We discuss the songs they chose to cover, and how that material fit with the originals as the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team moved into high gear.

Duration:00:45:16

2018.29 Mistress and Maid (Live) — Joe Baiardi, Jamie Ashby, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, The Brodsky Quartet, The Fab 5, The Fab Faux, Zen Archer, the Texas Medical Center Orchestra

7/15/2018
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Joe Baiardi (Paul Mccartney of the Fab 5) returns to the show, and we are also joined by Jamie Ashby (The Chromatics, the McLanahans), of Beatle Jams fame. In 2017, the Fab 5 in conjunction with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra performed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for a crowd of thousands at the Miller Outdoor Theater, and Jamie was part of “the White Album for Purple Songs.” Each discusses the business of planning, prepararing, rehearsing and performing a Beatles album in its...

Duration:01:28:15

2018.28 Get Back (Letterman) — Wally Podrazik, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Fallon

7/8/2018
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Wally Podrazik returns with part two of our look at the Beatles and Late Night television. Tom Snyder and Johnny Carson would bring former Beatles solidly into the world of late night. As the seventies icons gave way to the next generation, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Conan, Colbert, Corden and Kimmel would find newer and ever more inventive ways to engage and entertain America with interviews, bits and music from McCartney and Starr.

Duration:01:01:43

2018.extra Birthday — Ringo Starr, Chris Carter, The Beatles

7/6/2018
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For best effect, start the show at 11:59 AM local time! Peace and Love, and Happy Birthday to Sir Richard Starkey! We will be back with our regularly scheduled episode!

Duration:00:14:26

2018.27 Two Faced Man — Wally Podrazik, Jack Paar, Dick Cavett, George Harrison, Gary Wright, Wonderwheel, John Lennon, Yoko Ono.

7/1/2018
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The viral success of Paul McCartney and James Corden led us to consider the Beatles appearances on American Late Night TV talk shows through the years. The story starts with Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show and moves on to Dick Cavett on ABC. Walter Podrazik (co-author with Harry Castleman) of the classic Beatles books “All Together Now” (+ more) and television reference “Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television”) joins us this week and next to talk a bit about the shows,...

Duration:00:44:18

2018.26 Come On To Me — Tom Hunyady, Paul McCartney, James Corden, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Abe, Wix, Rusty, Brian

6/24/2018
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WTWF joins the fray as we discuss events of recent weeks. Before “Come On To Me” and “I Don’t Know”, Paul and MPL have been quite busy. Paul cleared his social media accounts and provided clues leading up to the official announcement. Many of the mysteries have been answered now that the secret of “Egypt Station” has been revealed, but some still remain. We also talk about the coverage of Paul’s visit to Liverpool, and the lead-up to “Carpool Karoake.” Enjoy the new material, and September...

Duration:00:50:43

2018.25 Long Tall Sally — Darin Murphy, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart

6/17/2018
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Happy 76th Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney! A very special episode as we continue our visit with Darin Murphy. This week, he gets behind the kit and spends an hour demonstrating and discussing the finer points of Ringo’s drumming technique. Along the way we discuss why Ringo was not just perfect for the band, but essential to Beatlemania and beyond. Other topics include Pete Best and the “atom beat,” the versatility of Ringo’s snare, cymbals and hi-hat (open/half-open/closed), and finally...

Duration:01:10:15

2018.24 I Just Don’t Understand — Darin Murphy, Skyrocket!, The Beatles, NRBQ, Jamie Ashby, Billy Harvey, Ken Scott

6/10/2018
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The summer of Darin Murphy continues! Part two of our discussion goes down Beatles-oriented shows Darin has been involved in around Houston and Austin, and the musicians that helped bring various visions to life. The show closes with some impression work, and how a bit of fun turned into an some work for record producer Ken Scott (Magical Mystery Tour, the White Album) that got noticed by Apple Corps. Stick around - Next week, a very special show!

Duration:00:44:41

2018.23 Act Naturally — Darin Murphy, The Beatles, Don Scardino, Cotton Mather, Horst Fascher

6/3/2018
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Darin Murphy has been studying and recreating the music of the Beatles for over thirty years. He honed his musical and production skills in a series of “Fab Fourgeries”, playing all the parts, producing, engineering and mastering (without the help of digital manipulation) half a dozen Beatles songs. Murphy is known for his original music, a popular regional band with his sister, drumming for Robert Harrison-led “Cotton Mather”, musical director and multi-instrumentalist for Texas party...

Duration:00:52:32

2018.22 Hope For the Future (Jaded Mix) — Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, George Harrison, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon

5/27/2018
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Part two of the WTWF look at what might come to pass with Apple Corps, The Beatles (R), and the legal management of the Beatle master tapes, likeness rights and more. We start with an overview of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of messrs Starkey and Harrison, then jump forward to consider how things may stand in 2118, once the existing catalog has slipped into the public domain. We then return to the present to ruminate on how we might help make that future bloom given...

Duration:01:04:51

2018.21 Only a Northern Song — Paul McCartney, The Beatles, George Harrison, Bruce Spizer, The Crickets, GOASTT

5/20/2018
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Over the years the company Apple Corps has moved beyond ” this thing called ‘Apple’ which is going to be records, films, and electronics”. Although they no longer service other artists, they are now oversee the likenesses, trademarks, and musical output of the largest modern era global entertainment phenomena. This week and next, we consider the future of this empire, and the people likely to control it for the forseeable future. Consider that vinyl, 8-track, reel-to-reel, cassette, VHS,...

Duration:00:57:56

2018.20 Something — The Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon.

5/13/2018
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Happy Mother’s Day (US) from WTWF! This week we consider a tough time in the lives of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The Beatles were disintegrating, George had to endure the passing of his mother at age 58, and Paul was looking for comfort in his memory of “Mother Mary”. Despite these troubles, each managed to turn grief into art, and we look at 6 songs that include some of the best from each that were written post-”The Beatles”, and through the recording for each of their first solo...

Duration:01:01:26