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Deconstructing The Birth Of The Beatles

The word had been out for about a month that the legendary Beatles were splitting up, when fans were able to buy what would be their 12th and last official release. The cover featured an individual photo of each Beatle, bordered by black under just three words, Let It Be. While few would consider it one of the Beatles' best, there are still some undeniable classics, good rockers and some clues to the dissolution of the most famous band in music history.In this program, producer Paul Ingles presents the 5th in his series of programs deconstructing great Beatles albums. His panel of musicians, music writers and Beatle fans includes: Anthony DeCurtis- writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Times Critic Ann Powers, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Beatle book authors Steve Turner and Richie Unterberger, and musicians David Gans, Jon Spurney, Richard Goldman and (in the 59:00 version only) Shawn Colvin.

Deconstructing the Birth of the Beatles


DooTone RecordsMatt The Cat takes a look at another Black-owned, independent, LA-based record label that contributed greatly to the birth of Rock n' Roll and the popularity of R&B Vocal Groups during the 1950s. This week, the "Juke In The Back" puts Dootsie Williams' little label, DooTone Records into the spotlight for a solid hour of stunning Rhythm & Blues from the '40s and '50s. We'll dig on Dootsie's first label Blue Records, which was born out of the Musicians Union Strike of '48. Dootsie, a big band trumpeter had been in the business since 1930 and saw there was a profit to be made of lewd party records as well as Blues and R&B. He expanded his enterprise in 1951 by starting DooTone Records and began releasing records from LA's emerging vocal group scene. The Medallions, Don Julian & The Meadowlarks and DooTone's only huge national hit, The Penguins' "Earth Angel" were issued by the end of 1954. He continued into '55 and '56 with The Dootones, The Pipes, The Cuff-Links, The Calvanes and a slew of great Los Angeles R&B, before deciding that the independent record business wasn't going to get any better. This week, we take a snap-shot of a regional sound being discovered by a nation who's musical tastes were changing as young people were buying records and Rock n' Roll was emerging. It's a piece of history that sounds best when played on the "Juke In The Back."

More than fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. In this five-part series Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. Part one finds Sennott in Lowell, Massachusetts, which has come to hold Kerouac in the same high regard as the author had for the city of his birth. It is here in Lowell that Sennott hears the invitation fto the road for the second time in his life, and takes it. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is 7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment. 041b061a72

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