May 20, 2019
The year 1976 presented a lot of changes to the former Beatles. For Ringo Starr, that meant a new record label (Atlantic in the US, Polydor otherwise), a new home (Los Angeles and Monte Carlo), a new producer (Arif Mardin), a new girlfriend (Nancy Lee Andrews) and a record that bid a fond farewell to the past (both in terms of the Apple door, and the "little help from my friends" collection of material). The charts reveal the commercial success (or lack thereof), but the artistic value is left to the listener.
May 13, 2019
Actor and musician Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket!, Bottlerocket, Cotton Mather, My Ranger) is back for the second part of our look at John Lennon's rhythm guitar playing, particularly his use of the acoustic Jumbo Gibson J-160e. John would use a number of different acoustics throughout his career (notably the Martin D-28 and the Ovation) but Lennon had a preference for the Gibson, and he frequently returned to it.
May 6, 2019
When one does a search on John Lennon and his J-160e Gibson guitar, the first several pages of results are all about the "discovery" and subsequent sale of the instrument in 2016. However, the instrument was worth over $2 million dollars because of the songs John wrote using that guitar, and the records it can be heard on. Darin P. Murphy concludes his current run with a two part show demonstrating the style, power and grace of Lennon's rhythm playing, and the reason that instrument (and its replacements) would appear throughout the entirety of the Beatle era, and into the solo years.
April 29, 2019
Part two of our look at the Fab Four as actors after the Beatles years. Ringo's career took him to many places in the 70's. By the end of that decade his acting career was still somewhat on the rise, although his recording career was stagnating. Ringo took that route to feature films, network television specials, commercials (both domestic and foreign) and a gig as an 18-inch magical train conductor. Paul has typically kept his acting roles smaller (e.g. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"), but he too has "Give My Regards to Broad Street" and the recently released Bruce McMouse Show on his resume.
April 22, 2019
This week we dive into the television and movie acting work of The Beatles during the sixties. Two features, a cameo in "Yellow Submarine", "Magical Mystery Tour" and a handful of TV appearances. ("Let It Be" and "How I Won the War" are also covered). Next week, the acting of John, Paul, George and Ringo after 1970! Actor/musician Darin Murphy ("My Ranger", the forthcoming "Empty Nester's Handbook", "Skyrocket") joins the discussion.
April 15, 2019
Following response to our previous Harry Nilsson discussion, we do a deeper dive on the relationship between the individual Beatles and Nilsson, centering on the sessions from spring and summer 1974 that eventually became the "Pussy Cats" album. Austin-based musician Darin Murphy (Skyrocket, Cotton Mather) joins in on the fun.
April 8, 2019
Part two of the WTWF review of "Above Us Only Sky". This week, John and Yoko finish the Imagine album and film, make friends with Tariq Ali and the Red Dwarf crowd, protest and then move to New York City. Tittenhurst and Ascot are left behind (and sold to a mate), and Julian ponders on his past. A cameo from Lonnie and Susan Cooke Pena, in anticipation of his return to the show next week.
April 1, 2019
The WTWF review of "Above Us Only Sky" begins this week. LennoNYC director and writer Michael Epstein was given the keys to the "Imagine" footage, and he managed to stitch together both a worthwhile documentary, and something new and interesting.
March 25, 2019
Professional artist, Realtor, and former wife of Lonnie - Susan Cooke Pena joins us this week. We manage to find time among the Beatles related familial gossip to discuss her portraiture of the Beatles, the fab family (and others)! This is followed by her thoughts on how art school training colors her views on the artwork of John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe.
March 18, 2019
The Beatles were never an overly self-referential band. However, there are a few instances: All You Need is Love, I Am The Walrus, Glass Onion, perhaps What Goes On. However, once they were no longer band-mates. each of the four would reference the group, the individual members, and songs from the Fabs (even releasing a sequel or two) on any number of occasions. This week we look into some of the references, and build a playlist for those of you looking for a deeper dive.