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.
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 soundtrack to "Give My Regards to Broad Street" (produced by George Martin) is almost half an album loaded with eighties-vintage McCartney covering the Beatles.
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 continued to this day when a musical television phenomena such as Glee can "move units" on the download charts.
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.)
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!
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.
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!
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 Stray Cats in the film's alternate universe.
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.