Winner, "Outstanding Music Series", 2022 Canadian Podcast Awards. In this passion project of a podcast, longtime Hockey Night In Canada and TSN broadcaster (and Beatles expert!) Paul Romanuk chats with great Canadian music people about the greatest band in the history of pop music - The Beatles. Each episode will feature a different guest, who will dive into their favourite Beatles or Beatles solo album, track by track. Some of the biggest names in Canadian music tell their stories about discovering the Beatles and their music. Join us, as we stroll along the Cast Iron Shore and peel back the layers of the Glass Onion. A splendid time is guaranteed for all......
S3 E1 – Imagine – Singer/songwriter Jane Gowan of The Real Shade
In the first episode of Series Three of The Walrus Was Paul, musician, singer and songwriter Jane Gowan talks with host Paul Romanuk about John Lennon's 1971 number one album Imagine. Jane also talks about her recent work with her band, The Real Shade, and also her work as a podcaster.
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S3 B1 – Third Annual Christmas Special
To kick off Series Three of The Walrus Was Paul, it's the Third Annual The Walrus Was Paul Christmas Special! In this episode we hear from musicians Barry Keane, Jose Contreras, Jerry Leger, Craig Northey and Jane Gowan as they relate their Beatles themed Christmas memories. Host Paul Romanuk also talks about his memories of The Beatles' music and the Christmas season.
S3 E2 – With The Beatles – Jose Contreras of By Divine Right
In this episode of The Walrus Was Paul, one of Canada's most talented and respected singer/songwriter/arrangers on the indy scene, Jose Contreras, talks with host Paul Romanuk about the 1963 Beatles record With The Beatles. Jose also talks about his band, By Divine Right, and their great new album Otto Motto.
You can find out loads about By Divine Right by visiting their website or, better yet, their bandcamp page.
At one point in the episode we talk about the cover By Divine Right did of the Depeche Mode album Speak and Spell, including their homage to the cover art. Here is the original cover art. Here is By Divine Right's version.
We also refer to the cover of their newest album. Here is what it looks like.
We also talk about the iconic cover art of With The Beatles, photographed by Robert Freeman.
S3 E3 – Something New – Barry Keane of The Gordon Lightfoot Band
In this episode of The Walrus Was Paul, veteran session drummer Barry Keane talks with host Paul Romanuk about an album he loves and the memories that go with it - the 1964 North American release by The Beatles, Something New. Barry also talks about his amazing career and being on the drum kit with Gordon Lightfoot for over 40 years.
You can read Barry Keane's full bio right here.
Here is the cover of the Something New album.It was taken during the recording of one of the Ed Sullivan episodes The Beatles performed on. We also talk about the "hype copy" on the back of the album. Classic 1960s North American stuff.
We also talk about Dave Dexter Jr., the 1960s Capitol Records, North America, executive who was primarily responsible for the "Frankenstein-ing" of The Beatles UK catalogue for US release. You can read more about that here. There is also a fascinating discussion on the well respected Steve Hoffman Music Forum about whether Dexter deserves credit or derision for his work on those North American Beatles records.
Barry has played on many big hits during his drumming career. He mentions Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Thomas and his 1973 hit Painted Ladies. The record charted in both Canada and the US. Here is the song, with Barry on the skins....
S3 E4 Yesterday And Today – Moe Berg of The Pursuit Of Happiness
Moe Berg - a Canadian indie music icon and front man of The Pursuit Of Happiness - displays his Beatle chops, chatting with host Paul Romanuk about The Beatles' 1966 North American release Yesterday And Today.
-Find out all things Moe Berg at his personal website, moeberg.ca I highly recommend his blog (which he doesn't contribute to nearly enough!) for some great insights into music and culture.
-Here's a link to The Pursuit Of Happiness website.
-Here's a link to The Pursuit Of Happiness Wikipedia page.
-We talk about the infamous Beatles "Butcher Cover" for the album. Here's a link to the original cover art.And the story behind the cover fiasco.
-Here's the crap cover they ended up with.
-We talk about a band Moe worked with called The Ambers. Here's a link to a YouTube playlist of the album we were talking about.
S3 E5 Mind Games – Jerry Leger
Host Paul Romanuk talks with singer/songwriter/musician Jerry Leger about John Lennon's 1973 album Mind Games.
You can find out about all things Jerry Leger at his official web site jerryleger.com Anything we discuss about his music, album covers and so on is on that site.
More information on host Paul Romanuk and The Walrus Was Paul podcast at Paul's official website romycast.com
Here's a link to a television commercial that was done in 1973 to promote Mind Games. I believe that's John Lennon you can hear laughing in the background.
We talk about John Lennon appearing on a syndicated US talk show - The Mike Douglas Show - where Lennon apparently came up with the idea for the song Only People. I have clear memories of running home from school that week to see John and Yoko on TV.
We talk about legendary US session drummer Jim Keltner. Here's a great interview he did with Ross Garfield (aka The Drum Doctor).
The album was recorded at The Record Plant in NYC. It's long gone. Here's a photo of Lennon in the control room. The guy with him in the yellow shirt is legendary engineer Roy Cicala.
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A beautiful tribute with sparkling personalities. Lovingly researched. Like coming in from a cold day to a pot of tea on the stove.
Fantastic podcast on the Beatles. Paul Romanuk does a lot of work to prepare for each episode and it shows in the great quality of his comments. The guests bring a different perspective as they are all seasoned professional musicians. Great fir anyone but especially for those who love Canadian music.
I thought I knew a lot about the Beatles. Was I wrong. Every episode there’s a wealth of information about every song. Paul does his research and offers amazing facts about the tracks. I’m rediscovering some of my beloved songs in a new light thanks to Paul and his wealth of information.