Paul McCartney retraces the Beatles #1 with Redbeard from Liverpool to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show, writing music history with every #1 song. Also you’ll hear rare interviews with the late George Harrison.
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Paul McCartney joins me In the Studio here in part two of the 50th anniversary of theBeatles’ White Album to explore the songs “Birthday”, Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”, Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son”, one of three versions of “Revolution”, the campy pally band arrangement on “Honey Pie”, Lennon’s “Cry Baby Cry”, and the real inspiration behind the song which figured into the notorious Charles Manson multiple murder case,”Helter Skelter”.
The Beatles “White Album” 50th Anniversary: How can an album accomplish so much by embedding itself indelibly in popular culture, continuing to influence generations a half century after release, while on the surface revealing so little about its contents and its creators?
The Beatles #1+ sellers including “Lady Madonna”,”Hey Jude”,”Get Back”,”Something”,”Come Together”,”Let It Be”, and “The Long and Winding Road”. Paul McCartney hosts part two, and additional comments from my interviews with the late George Harrison are here, too
If you really want to have fun with a self-proclaimed Deadhead, first have him/ her set down their phone and then ask them to name the Grateful Dead’s highest-charting Billboard album up to the band’s 1987 best-seller, “In the Dark” . You’ll get a lot “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” guesses, and after that I’d have picked “Terrapin Station”. The correct answer turns out to be the tasty mid-decade effort by the Grateful Dead, “Blues for Allah”. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, & Phil Lesh are In the Studio.
The Band’s sublime third effort, “Stage Fright” , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.
How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970’s “Cosmo’s Factory” , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.
When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby (noise reduction ); Robert Moog (the synthesizer ). But as Beatles producer George Martin proved […]
Grand Funk Railroad Closer to Home
“I’m probably the worst musician in the band,” admits Ray Davies of The Kinks In the Studio. “They’re very good players, and this record One for the Road shows them off as players as well.”