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Wednesday 6/17/2020 12pm / 9pm ET: Feature Artist – The Beatles


The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential band of all time. The group were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways; the band later explored music styles ranging from ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the group revolutionized many aspects of the music industry and were often publicized as leaders of the era’s youth and sociocultural movements.

Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein molded them into a professional act and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed “Beatlemania”, the band acquired the nickname “the Fab Four”, with Epstein, Martin and other members of the band’s entourage sometimes given the informal title of “fifth Beatle”.

The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with certified sales of over 183 million units in the US and estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide. They hold the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart, most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and most singles sold in the UK. The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and all four main members were inducted individually between 1994 and 2015. In 2008, the group topped Billboard’s list of the all-time most successful artists on the Billboard Hot 100. The band received seven Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1970 film Let It Be) and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Time magazine named them among the 20th century’s 100 most important people.

Tuesday 10pm ET: History of Rock and Roll with Bill Drake

This week we feature Hours 23 and 24 which feature the Beatles and the Beatles solo.

Tuesday 10pm: History of Rock and Roll with Bill Drake

Hours 19 featuring the Beatles and 20 featuring Motown

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Let It Be . . Naked (2003)

Let It Be… Naked is an alternative mix of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, released in 2003. The project was initiated by Paul McCartney, who felt that the original album’s producer, Phil Spector, did not capture the group’s stripped-down, back-to-their-roots intentions for the album. Naked consists largely of newly mixed versions of the Let It Be tracks while omitting most of Spector’s embellishments and the incidental studio chatter featured between many of the songs on the original album. Naked also omits two tracks from the 1970 release – “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae” – replacing them with “Don’t Let Me Down”, which was the non-album B-side of the “Get Back” single.

1. “Get Back”  2:34
2. “Dig a Pony”  3:38
3. “For You Blue”  2:27
4. “The Long and Winding Road”  3:34
5. “Two of Us”  3:20
6. “I’ve Got a Feeling”  3:30
7. “One After 909”  2:44
8. “Don’t Let Me Down”  3:18
9. “I Me Mine”  2:21
10. “Across the Universe”  3:38
11. “Let It Be”  3:55

12. “Fly On The Wall” 21:55
“Sun King” – 0:17
“Don’t Let Me Down” – 0:35
“One After 909″– 0:09
“Because I Know You Love Me So” – 1:32
“Don’t Pass Me By” – 0:03
“Taking a Trip to Carolina” – 0:19
“John’s Piano Piece” – 0:18
“Child of Nature” – 0:24
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – 0:09
“Every Little Thing” – 0:09
“Don’t Let Me Down” – 1:01
“All Things Must Pass” – 0:21
“She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” – 0:05
“Paul’s Piano Piece” – 1:01
“Get Back” – 0:15
“Two of Us” – 0:22
“Maggie Mae” – 0:22
“Fancy My Chances with You” – 0:27
“Can You Dig It?” – 0:31
“Get Back” – 0:32

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Love (2006)

Love is a soundtrack remix album of music recorded by the Beatles, released November 20, 2006. It features music compiled and remixed as a mashup for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin, who said, “What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period.”

The album was also George Martin’s final album as a producer before his death in 2016.

“Because” – 2:44
“Get Back” – 2:05
“Glass Onion” – 1:20
“Eleanor Rigby” (with “Julia” transition) – 3:05
“I Am the Walrus” – 4:28
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” – 1:22
“Drive My Car/The Word/What You’re Doing” – 1:54
“Gnik Nus” – 0:55
“Something” (with “Blue Jay Way” transition) – 3:29
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She’s So Heavy)/Helter Skelter” – 3:22
“Help!” – 2:18
“Blackbird/Yesterday” – 2:31
“Strawberry Fields Forever” – 4:31
“Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows” – 3:07
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – 4:10
“Octopus’s Garden” – 3:18
“Lady Madonna” – 2:56
“Here Comes the Sun” (with “The Inner Light” transition) – 4:18
“Come Together/Dear Prudence” (with “Cry Baby Cry” transition) – 4:45
“Revolution” – 2:14
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – 1:53
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – 3:46
“A Day in the Life” – 5:08
“Hey Jude” – 3:58
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” – 1:22
“All You Need Is Love” – 3:39
“The Fool on the Hill” – 3:30
“Girl” – 2:43

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Edition)

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed and released before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, but most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. The two-sided hit single from the album, “Something” backed with “Come Together”, was released in October and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Abbey Road incorporates genres such as blues, pop and progressive rock, and makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece. The album was recorded amid a more enjoyable atmosphere than the Get Back/Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still frequent disagreements within the band. John Lennon had privately left the group by the time that the album was released, and Paul McCartney publicly quit the following year.

Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, although it initially received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production’s artificial effects. Over time, the album became viewed as among the Beatles’ best and many critics have ranked it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison’s contributions in “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” are considered to be among the best songs that he wrote for the group. The album’s cover features the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in popular music.

On 8 August 2019, Apple Corps announced the upcoming release of 50th anniversary editions of the album scheduled for September 27. Presented with new mixes in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos, the special anniversary releases includes Super deluxe four-disc set, three-LP deluxe vinyl set, a two-CD deluxe set, a limited-edition picture disc, single CD and LP releases, and digital and streaming. On September 26, 2019, the Beatles YouTube channel premiered a music video for “Here Comes the Sun” in its 2019 remix to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album.

Original edition

1. “Come Together” 4:19
2. “Something” 3:02
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” 3:27
4. “Oh! Darling” 3:27
5. “Octopus’s Garden” 2:51
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” 7:47

1. “Here Comes the Sun” 3:05
2. “Because” 2:45
3. “You Never Give Me Your Money” 4:03
4. “Sun King” 2:26
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” 1:06
6. “Polythene Pam” 1:13
7. “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” 1:58
8. “Golden Slumbers” 1:31
9. “Carry That Weight” 1:36
10. “The End” 2:05
11. “Her Majesty” (as a hidden track) 0:23

2019 Super Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
Disc 2 of 2CD Version

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44
4. “Oh Darling” (take 4) 3:30
5. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
7. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) Harrison 3:40
8. “Because” (take 1 Instrumental) 3:07
9. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
10. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
11. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
12. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
13. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
14. “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” (takes 1-3) 3:20
15. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
16. “Her Majesty” (takes 1-3) 1:33

Disc 2 of 3CD Box Set: Demos & Outtakes

1. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
2. “Goodbye” (home demo) 2:23
3. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
4. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (take 7) 3:37
5. “Old Brown Shoe” (take 2) 3:15
6. “Oh! Darling” (take 4) 3:30
7. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
8. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
9. “Her Majesty” (takes 1–3) 1:33
10. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (takes 1–3) 3:20
11. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) 3:40
12. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44

Disc 3 of 3CD Box Set: Demos & Outtakes

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
3. “Come and Get It” (studio demo) 2:42
4. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
6. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
7. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
8. “Because” (take 1 / instrumental) 3:07
9. “The Long One” (trial edit
1. “You Never Give Me Your Money”
2. “Sun King”
3. “Mean Mr. Mustard”
4. “Her Majesty”
5. “Polythene Pam”
6. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
7. “Golden Slumbers”
8. “Carry That Weight”
9. “The End”) 16:10
10. “Something” (take 39 / instrumental / strings only) 2:41
11. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (take 17 / instrumental / strings & bass only) 3:17

Friday 4pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 4)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Rise Against, INXS, Bad Company, Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Queen, Montgomery Gentry, Doobie Brothers, Theory of A Deadman, Beatles, Smash Mouth, Carole King and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week we feature music from: Wanda Jackson, Chiffons, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Beatles, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Rolling Stones, Troggs, Bob Dylan, Grass Roots, James Brown, McCoys, Beach Boys, Janis Ian and many more . . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week on Sounds of The 60’s:  Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . . 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 60’s

Today we feature music from the 60’s

Thursday 6pm: The Chain with Ron Kovacs

This installment of the Chain features our travels starting with “Summer Rain” and ends with “Crazy”.  Listen as we travel through song titles. 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

Thursday 10pm: The Beatles: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (1970)

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is the debut solo album by English musician John Lennon. It was released in 1970, after Lennon had issued three experimental albums with Yoko Ono and Live Peace in Toronto 1969, a live performance in Toronto credited to the Plastic Ono Band. The album was recorded simultaneously with Ono’s debut avant-garde solo album, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios using the same musicians and production team and nearly identical cover artwork.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is generally considered one of Lennon’s finest solo albums. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it fourth in its list “The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years” and in 2012, ranked it number 23 in “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

“Mother” – 5:34
“Hold On” – 1:52
“I Found Out” – 3:37
“Working Class Hero” – 3:48
“Isolation” – 2:51
“Remember” – 4:33
“Love” – 3:21
“Well Well Well” – 5:59
“Look at Me” – 2:53
“God” – 4:09
“My Mummy’s Dead” – 0:49
“Power to the People” – 3:22
“Do the Oz” – 3:07

Thursday 10pm: The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up. Like most of the band’s previous releases, it was a number one album in many countries, including both the US and the UK, and was released in tandem with the motion picture of the same name.

The album was conceived as a return to the Beatles’ earlier, less complicated approach to music. It was recorded and projected for release (under its original title of Get Back) before their album Abbey Road (1969); for this reason, some critics and fans, such as Mark Lewisohn, argue that Abbey Road should be considered the group’s final album and Let It Be the penultimate. Rehearsals began at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969 as part of a planned documentary showing the Beatles preparing to return to live performance. A project initiated by Paul McCartney, the filmed rehearsals were marked by ill-feeling, leading to George Harrison’s temporary departure from the group. As a condition of his return, the Beatles reconvened at their own Apple Studio, where they completed the recordings with the help of guest musician Billy Preston. It is one of three albums to not feature any lead vocals by Ringo Starr.

Following several rejected mixes by Glyn Johns, a new version of the album was produced by Phil Spector in March–April 1970. While three songs from the sessions were released as singles before the album’s release, “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” and “Let It Be”, the songs were remixed by Spector for the album and “Don’t Let Me Down” was not included. Let It Be… Naked was released in 2003, an alternative version of the album, without any of Spector’s production work and using some different takes of songs.

1. “Two of Us” 3:36
2. “Dig a Pony” 3:54
3. “Across the Universe” 3:48
4. “I Me Mine” 2:26
5. “Dig It” 0:50
6. “Let It Be” 4:03
7. “Maggie Mae” 0:40

1. “I’ve Got a Feeling” 3:37
2. “One After 909” 2:54
3. “The Long and Winding Road” 3:38
4. “For You Blue” 2:32
5. “Get Back” 3:09