July 16, 2018
Joe Baiardi (Paul Mccartney of the Fab 5) returns to the show, and we are also joined by Jamie Ashby (The Chromatics, the McLanahans), of Beatle Jams fame. In 2017, the Fab 5 in conjunction with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra performed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for a crowd of thousands at the Miller Outdoor Theater, and Jamie was part of "the White Album for Purple Songs." Each discusses the business of planning, prepararing, rehearsing and performing a Beatles album in its entirety.
July 9, 2018
Wally Podrazik returns with part two of our look at the Beatles and Late Night television. Tom Snyder and Johnny Carson would bring former Beatles solidly into the world of late night. As the seventies icons gave way to the next generation, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Conan, Colbert, Corden and Kimmel would find newer and ever more inventive ways to engage and entertain America with interviews, bits and music from McCartney and Starr.
July 7, 2018
For best effect, start the show at 11:59 AM local time! Peace and Love, and Happy Birthday to Sir Richard Starkey! We will be back with our regularly scheduled episode!
July 2, 2018
The viral success of Paul McCartney and James Corden led us to consider the Beatles appearances on American Late Night TV talk shows through the years. The story starts with Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show and moves on to Dick Cavett on ABC. Walter Podrazik (co-author with Harry Castleman) of the classic Beatles books "All Together Now" (+ more) and television reference "Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television") joins us this week and next to talk a bit about the shows, the hosts and how the Beatles moved from a punchline to politically savvy young men with something to say.
June 25, 2018
WTWF joins the fray as we discuss events of recent weeks. Before "Come On To Me" and "I Don't Know", Paul and MPL have been quite busy. Paul cleared his social media accounts and provided clues leading up to the official announcement. Many of the mysteries have been answered now that the secret of "Egypt Station" has been revealed, but some still remain. We also talk about the coverage of Paul's visit to Liverpool, and the lead-up to "Carpool Karoake." Enjoy the new material, and September Ho! For the remainder of the show, we cover Ringo's announcement of a new volume from Genesis Publications, and his visit to Hamburg along with the photos and stage appearance from old friend Klaus Voorman.
June 18, 2018
Happy 76th Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney! A very special episode as we continue our visit with Darin Murphy. This week, he gets behind the kit and spends an hour demonstrating and discussing the finer points of Ringo's drumming technique. Along the way we discuss why Ringo was not just perfect for the band, but essential to Beatlemania and beyond. Other topics include Pete Best and the "atom beat," the versatility of Ringo's snare, cymbals and hi-hat (open/half-open/closed), and finally "the quickest right hand in the West."
June 11, 2018
The summer of Darin Murphy continues! Part two of our discussion goes down Beatles-oriented shows Darin has been involved in around Houston and Austin, and the musicians that helped bring various visions to life. The show closes with some impression work, and how a bit of fun turned into an some work for record producer Ken Scott (Magical Mystery Tour, the White Album) that got noticed by Apple Corps. Stick around - Next week, a very special show!
June 4, 2018
Darin Murphy has been studying and recreating the music of the Beatles for over thirty years. He honed his musical and production skills in a series of "Fab Fourgeries", playing all the parts, producing, engineering and mastering (without the help of digital manipulation) half a dozen Beatles songs. Murphy is known for his original music, a popular regional band with his sister, drumming for Robert Harrison-led "Cotton Mather", musical director and multi-instrumentalist for Texas party powerhouse SKYROCKET!, and a stint (approved by Yoko Ono) as understudy and one of the Lennons in Broadway musical "Lennon." Now he joins WTWF for several shows in the following weeks and months in what we are referring to as "The summer of Darin Murphy."
May 28, 2018
Part two of the WTWF look at what might come to pass with Apple Corps, The Beatles (R), and the legal management of the Beatle master tapes, likeness rights and more. We start with an overview of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of messrs Starkey and Harrison, then jump forward to consider how things may stand in 2118, once the existing catalog has slipped into the public domain. We then return to the present to ruminate on how we might help make that future bloom given the "Things We Said Today."
May 21, 2018
Over the years the company Apple Corps has moved beyond " this thing called 'Apple' which is going to be records, films, and electronics". Although they no longer service other artists, they are now oversee the likenesses, trademarks, and musical output of the largest modern era global entertainment phenomena. This week and next, we consider the future of this empire, and the people likely to control it for the forseeable future. Consider that vinyl, 8-track, reel-to-reel, cassette, VHS, laserdisc and CD have come and (mostly) gone since the release of "Please Please Me". As we moved into the future, our current audio and video streaming will look equally quaint. Therefore, even beyond the point when this material enters the public domain, it seems ownership of the masters will matter and remain profitable.