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
January 2, 2018
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 this week and next to discuss his new novel "Once There Was a Way: What if the Beatles Stayed Together?" More details on Bryce and the book at http://whatifbeatles.com
December 24, 2017
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!
December 18, 2017
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!