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 (https://www.amazon.com/Ray-Connolly-Beatles-Archive/dp/0956591531/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508119653&sr=8-2&keywords=ray+connolly). The story continues next week as we examine the Beatles-filled sequel "Stardust."
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.
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.
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 the discography of these bands, including one reviewed by the Guardian as "the best album the Beatles never recorded".
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.
2017.38 The Lovely Linda — Paul McCartney and 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.
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!
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.
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".
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.