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
For its thirtieth anniversary, “Metallica” (affectionately known as “The Black Album” in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed “The White Album”), Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead throat James Hetfield show how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution.
Al Stewart joins me In the Studio in a rare interview on the 45th anniversary of his breakout 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. Stewart might seem to be name-dropping big time, except it’s all true: sneaking backstage during a 1963 Beatles concert and talking with John Lennon; rooming in London next to Paul Simon; befriended by an unknown Cat Stevens; mc’ing at a London nightclub when another unknown, an American named Jimi Hendrix, decided to play his guitar with his teeth. But being witness repeatedly to rock history apparently accounted for nothing when Al Stewart’s seventh album, “Year of the Cat”, was unceremoniously turned down by every major UK record label.
Confidence & poise to know that the audience is totally with Paul McCartney live so that “We Can Work It Out”.
“Basically he signed a blank tape,” Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records President Russ Regan greenlighting a concept album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, based on the books of Edgar Alan Poe, composed by the young Abbey Road studio hound and songwriter Eric Woolfson as The Alan Parsons Project.
Aerosmith “Rocks”. It was a declarative statement in Spring 1976 with no equivocation. If Toys in the Attic a year earlier had been the definitive mid-Seventies American hard rock statement, then Aerosmith Rocks made it musically imperative with “Back in the Saddle”, “Sick as a Dog”, the clever sequel to “Toys…” with “Rats in the Cellar”, and another infectious Steven Tyler/Brad Whitford hit, “Last Child”.
It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the long dreamed about, too good to last summit meeting of both Seventies- and Eighties-era YES members on the album “Union”, with Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, and the late Chris Squire ALL In the Studio.