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."
2018.24 I Just Don’t Understand — Darin Murphy, Skyrocket!, The Beatles, NRBQ, Jamie Ashby, Billy Harvey, Ken Scott
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!
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."
2018.22 Hope For the Future (Jaded Mix) — Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, George Harrison, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon
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."
2018.21 Only a Northern Song — Paul McCartney, The Beatles, George Harrison, Bruce Spizer, The Crickets, GOASTT
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.
Happy Mother's Day (US) from WTWF! This week we consider a tough time in the lives of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The Beatles were disintegrating, George had to endure the passing of his mother at age 58, and Paul was looking for comfort in his memory of "Mother Mary". Despite these troubles, each managed to turn grief into art, and we look at 6 songs that include some of the best from each that were written post-"The Beatles", and through the recording for each of their first solo albums.
2018.19 English Garden — Ringo Starr, The Beatles, Motley Crue, John Davidson, Barbara Bach, John Matuszak
In 1980, Ringo Starr accepted a role in the movie "Caveman" for United Artists. The cast included old school comics including Avery Schreiber (best known at the time for game shows and a long running series of Doritos commercials), Jack Gilford (a veteran actor of over 40 years at the time), and relative newcomers including Shelley Long, Dennis Quaid and Oakland Raider John Matuszak. The thin plot, and lack of dialogue (the script consists of roughly two dozen words for concepts such as fire, love, dinosaur and sexual congress). The film might lay alongside other Ringo projects, were it not for the fact that it introduced Ringo to Barbara, and resulted in their love affair and marriage less than a year later.
2018.18 LongLongLong — Ken Womack, The Beatles, John Lennon, DangerMouse, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Sir Paul McCartney
This November, an upcoming seminar "Producing An Enigma for The Ages" celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release has been announced by Monmouth University. Dean Ken Womack of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences (author of "Maximum Volume" and the forthcoming "Sound Pictures" George Martin biography) joins us to discuss the plans for the Symposium, the Tuesday Night Record club and their other projects entertaining and educating not only their students, but the community at large with the union of recent popular music and scholarly research and study. In the remaining time, we discuss a couple of White Album topics, including mixes, George Martin and "Happiness is a Warm Gun".
2018.17 I’m Losing You — John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Larry King, Al Capp, Gloria Emerson, George Harrison
Part two of our review of 1988's "Imagine: John Lennon" documentary. This week, we cover the rest of the film including the remainder of the Ascot footage and "the Yoko Years." Remember Al Capp's invasion at the Bed-In? Gloria Emerson's haughty tone? That and more, then we then give our thoughts on how the documentary played at the time, and how it holds up nearly thirty years later.
2018.16 Mother (live) — John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Beatles, David Wolper, Andrew Solt, Cynthia Lennon,
The first of two parts covering the 1988 Imagine: John Lennon documentary. Despite the release of the Beatles catalog the previous year, all was not well in the land of Lennon. The Albert Goldman character assasination disguised as biography came out early in 1988, and some fans still held hard feelings over Yoko's approval of the Nike "Revolution" spot. The best solution would be to bring John's two biggest strengths - his life, and his music to the fore. Both would be serviced by a major motion picture including a peek into the Lennon video archives, new interviews with people close to Lennon (but NOT the other three Beatles), unheard (to that point) Lennon home demos and remixed versions of classic Lennon and Beatles tunes, This week the first half of the film, covering most of the Beatles years and the Tittenhurst Park footage. Continued next week!