March 12, 2018
"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 Pass" and running through "Brainwashed".
March 5, 2018
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 recordings.
February 25, 2018
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 steps 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 Madonna and Sean Penn.
February 19, 2018
...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 Islands drove Jimmy and Joe away instead of bringing them closer. Paul would not be deterred, as he now had a new son, and being reduced to a trio (again!) resulted in the biggest hit of Paul's solo career everywhere except the United States!
February 12, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
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 classics.
January 29, 2018
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.
January 22, 2018
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!
January 15, 2018
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 to get in just as he announced his retirement after 46+ years in the business.
January 8, 2018
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 like had the Beatles still been around to record them? Might there possibly be a life for this alternate history beyond the page? Tune in and find one man's answers to those questions and many more... More details on Bryce and the book at http://whatifbeatles.com