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

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

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

2017.49 Michelle — The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Del Shannon, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Glee, Earth Wind & Fire, Underground Sunshine and more.

When handled properly, covers of Beatles album cuts frequently climbed the charts in the US or UK. This started with Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas version of “Do You Want to Know a Secret”, based on John Lennon’s demo, climbed the British charts alongside the Beatles single “From Me To You.” Del Shannon’s cover of “FMTY” then became the first time a Lennon-McCartney song would hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, months before the Beatles own version became a hit record. Such covers have...

Duration: 01:20:52

2017.48 Love Comes to Everyone — George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell

Part two of the WTWF look at the relationship between George Harrison and Eric Clapton after 1970. Throughout the years, the pair frequently appeared on each other’s records. Beyond that, they could be found together on television and in the movies. The highest profile appearance for the pair was the 12-date tour of Japan in 1991, which later appeared on disc (minus Eric’s mid-show 4-song turn up front.)

Duration: 02:20:29

2017.47 Ski-ing — George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Delaney & Bonnie

George Harrison and Eric Clapton first became friendly during the Beatlemania era. The Yardbirds were on the bill of the 1964 Beatles Christmas show. By 1967, the two became close friends, and Eric was invited to the exalted position of guesting on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” They shared many things over the next few years including homes, guitars and an extraordinary woman. Join us next week as we take their story through the solo years!

Duration: 01:37:54

2017.46 Can’t Buy Me Love — Jerry Hammack, The Beatles, Tony Sheridan

Part two of our visit with Jerry Hammack, author of “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 1: My Bonnie Through Beatles for Sale (1961-1964)” This week, we talk about the Tony Sheridan Sessions, Beatles recording outside of London, John Lennon’s amps, the possibility of digital versions of Jerry’s books and what are his current planned release dates.

Duration: 00:52:00

2017.45 Blue Jay Way — Jerry Hammack, The Beatles, Tony Sheridan

Author, Recording Engineer and Canada resident Jerry Hammack joins us this week to discuss his most recent book, “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 1: My Bonnie Through Beatles For Sale.” Beyond the opening chord, what is the *other* secret of the song “A Hard Day’s Night?” The answer is just the start of the fun!

Duration: 00:47:50

2017.44 Take Good Care of My Baby — The Beatles, David Essex, Ray Connolly, Adam Faith, Jim Maclaine and the Stray Cats.

October 23. New Show! This week, we continue the story of Jim Maclaine with a review of “Stardust”, Ray Connolly’s sequel to “That’ll Be the Day”. Even though Ringo Starr chose not to return for the second film, Beatles references continue to abound. See if you can spot the stand-ins for Neil Aspinall, Allan Klein, Mal Evans and other Beatle people, places and things. The soundtrack includes may songs familiar to Beatle people, including a cover of “Some Other Guy”, a hit for Jim and the...

Duration: 01:04:42

2017.43 Teddy Boy — Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Essex, Dick Clark, Keith Moon, Ray Connolly

This week the WTWF guys talk about the highlight of Ringo’s acting career, the 1973 magnum opus “That’ll Be The Day.” The screenplay for both this project, and the followup, were written by journalist Ray Connolly. Connolly’s Beatles interviews have been collected, and are available as either a print or e-book from Amazon ( The story continues next week as we...

Duration: 01:07:42

2017.42 I Will — Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift

Happy Birthday John and Sean, Happy Anniversary Paul and Nancy! We celebrate with the happy couple, looking back at some of the venues, both large and small that Paul has played in the New York City area. He has hit all of the arenas and stadiums, but also ballrooms, theaters and some venues you might have forgotten.

Duration: 01:23:44

2017.41 New York Times — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, James McCartney, Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley

The frst of two shows examining Paul McCartney’s relationship with New York City. Linda and Nancy both come from the city, and Paul can frequently be seen around his Hamptons home in Amagansett. Paul’s friends in the region include Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon and Dana Carvey, which in turn resulted in NYC-centered TV appearances.

Duration: 00:37:37

2017.40 Revolution — Cotton Mather, Tears for Fears, Billy Joel, Grandaddy, David Letterman

This week the WTWF guys take a slight detour from the Beatle track. Everybody loves to tell their friends and family when they hear a track that reminds them of the Beatles. We take that a step further, each of us presenting two albums that are evocative of some aspect of the Fab Four, while retaining core originality. These are not albums of covers of Beatles songs, or albums written explicitly to stylistically emulate one or more Beatles albums, but is instead simply another record in...

Duration: 01:44:23

2017.39 Come Together — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, the B-52s

This week the WTWF guys consider the drastic changes in the concert scene in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. The most obvious method they had of winning friends and influencing people was adding Beatles songs in much heavier doses. We consider tne approaches Paul, George and Ringo took to this new reality, and consider how John might’ve approached it in the “comeback tour” he mentioned in several interviews.

Duration: 00:56:04

2017.38 The Lovely Linda — Paul McCartney, Wings, Frank Sinatra, Wings, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gary Bakewell

In May 2000, CBS aired “The Linda McCartney Story”, a made-for-TV film based on the 2000 biography “Linda McCartney: A portrait” by occasional friend Danny Fields. A solo show, as I give some general impressions on the film, the leads Elizabeth Mitchell (”Frequency”, “Lost”) and Gary Bakewell (”Backbeat”). Between the commentary, “thumbs up” and “thumbs down”, look there are interview clips comparing and contrasting the real article with these fictional counterparts.

Duration: 00:48:48

2017.37 Stormy Weather — Laurence Juber, Steve Holley, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Wings, Gilligan’s Island: The Musical

Part two of our Interview with Laurence Juber of Wings. We run through his work with Paul and Wings, Back to the Egg, Lympne Castle, “Stop and Smell the Roses”, film soundtrack work on “Shanghai Surprise”, along with his years as a studio musician in Los Angeles (Belinda Carlisle, Dirty Dancing and more). We then close on his Beatles/Wings guitar albums, and some of the additional projects we can expect from him in the coming years!

Duration: 01:41:30

2017.36 Getting Closer — Laurence Juber, The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Wings, Duo Caron

Part One of our Interview with Laurence Juber of Wings. This week starts with some oddball querstions , and meanders through LJ’s thoughts on John and Paul’s songwriting, and the performance aspects of each of the four. This is then followed by a discussion of “Drop D”, “DADGAD”, and why he frequently chooses to play in alternate tunings. The show then ends with an excerpt from a tutorial where he demonstrates his arranging skills, letting us into his head with “Martha My Dear” on guitar.

Duration: 00:47:28

2017.35 Steel and Glass — Wings, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Beatlemania, Mitch Weissman Allen Klein

Part two of our look at 1979. Paul was on a bit of a high in 1979 (no jokes about the jazz cigarettes), receiving an honor from the Guiness Book of World Records, working the latest incarnation of Wings and celebrating “Back to The Egg” and starting a New Tour. We also have a look at the (first) Broadway closing of Beatlemania, Allen Klein’s jail sentence, and Dick Clark’s “Birth of the Beatles”.

Duration: 01:05:03

2017.34 Not Guilty — John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jackie Stewart

The year 1979 featured both good and bad for the former Beatles. John was enjoying his time away from the music industry, a world traveler busking around, writing and playing music on his own schedule. George was promoting a new record, while also traveling the world with an eye on Formula One. Ringo, on the other hand suffered through major surgery and a house fire in Los Angeles. Next week, WTWF presents Paul’s ‘79, and the year for other Beatles-related figures.

Duration: 01:02:24

2017.33 Stand By Me — John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, BOMF, et cetera,

The story of Northern Songs did not end with the sale to Sir Lew Grade. Over the years, it went through the hands of Robert Holmes A Court, Michael Jackson and the conglomerate worth more than two billion dollars now known as Sony/ATV. How did Michael Jackson get involved, and how did the 1976 change in Copyright Law affect the way John Lennon (and later Yoko Ono and the estate), and now Paul McCartney approach the business of their publishing. Find out this and more this week!

Duration: 01:02:20

2017.32 Only a Northern Song — The Beatles, Dick James, Tune In, Allan Klein

The first part (of two) episodes covering the Beatles publishing. Starting with “Love Me Do” and Ardmore and Beechwood, the story quickly progresses to Dick James, Northern Songs, the tale of the Lennon/McCartney catalogue going public and finally how the company slipped away under the squabbling of John and Paul and the supervision of Allan Klein, Lee and John Eastman.

Duration: 00:56:04

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