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Everything Fab Four is a podcast from Wonderwall Communications and Salon focused on fun and intelligent stories about the enduring cultural influence of the Beatles.

No other band, or popular entity for that matter, has had the world-wide impact the Beatles have. They are part of our human fabric, they created music that still brings people together, and across continents and generations there are individual Beatles stories to tell. In each episode, renowned music historian, author, and Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack hosts a special guest to share theirs. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/everythingfabfour/support

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Everything Fab Four is a podcast from Wonderwall Communications and Salon focused on fun and intelligent stories about the enduring cultural influence of the Beatles.

No other band, or popular entity for that matter, has had the world-wide impact the Beatles have. They are part of our human fabric, they created music that still brings people together, and across continents and generations there are individual Beatles stories to tell. In each episode, renowned music historian, author, and Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack hosts a special guest to share theirs. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/everythingfabfour/support

    Episode 19: Richard Marx on Ringo's "stunning" skills and why Lionel Richie is "an angel in my life"

    Episode 19: Richard Marx on Ringo's "stunning" skills and why Lionel Richie is "an angel in my life"

    Richard Marx's self-titled first album went triple platinum in 1987. Between then and 1994, he racked up 14 top 20 hits, including radio classics like "Endless Summer Nights" and "Right Here Waiting." The prolific songwriter and musical collaborator is also now an author — Stories to Tell, his candid and entertaining memoir about the art and business of music, is out now. In this episode of "Everything Fab Four," he and host Ken Womack talk about how Paul McCartney’s melodies influenced his songwriting, singing “Help!” in Berlin when the wall came down, why "Ringo's everything you want Ringo to be," and the day when the “incredibly kind” Lionel Richie called him, a 17-year-old aspiring songwriter, and changed his life. 


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    • 44 min
    Episode 18: K. Flay on "Sgt. Pepper's" and her dynamic creative process

    Episode 18: K. Flay on "Sgt. Pepper's" and her dynamic creative process

    Genre-defying singer/songwriter K. Flay was raised by parents who were “Beatles over Stones, one hundred percent,” and as a kid she was drawn to “acid trip Beatles-ness” songs. In this wide-ranging conversation with host Ken Womack about creativity and creation, K. Flay discusses why genre doesn’t matter, Baby Boomers, her approach to songwriting, collaborating with Tom Morello, and how the Beatles prepared us for playlist culture. 


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    • 46 min
    Episode 17: Seeing rock history through photographer Ethan Russell’s lens

    Episode 17: Seeing rock history through photographer Ethan Russell’s lens

    Ethan Russell is one of rock’s most influential photographers — and the only one to shoot album covers for the Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones, whose work he also chronicled as the band’s primary photographer from 1968-72, including their ill-fated Altamont show. Pete Townshend once called him “the civilized eye of an uncivilized art form — rock and roll.” Through his camera, Russell has had a front-row seat to many of rock’s great historical moments, including shooting the Beatles’ “Let It Be” cover and the band’s final photo session. But his life could have gone in an entirely different direction. “If Cambridge had accepted me, I never would have done the cover for ‘Let It Be,’” Russell tells our host, Ken Womack during their wide-ranging conversation about his career and experiences in documenting so many iconic moments in rock.


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    • 54 min
    Episode 16: Sananda Maitreya on why he’s “a Beatle for life”

    Episode 16: Sananda Maitreya on why he’s “a Beatle for life”

    When Sananda Maitreya first heard the Beatles, he felt a spiritual awakening. The son of gospel singer Frances Howard wasn’t allowed to listen to music that wasn’t gospel until he was 15 years old, but the Beatles were so ubiquitous, he says, that they couldn’t be contained. When he first heard “She Loves You,” the American singer/songwriter (formerly known under the stage name Terence Trent D’Arby) who catapulted to fame with the number 1 hit “Wishing Well,” says the sound and look of the Beatles were “so alien and yet so familiar at the same time that it was utterly captivating. Growing up in predominately Black culture at that particular time, the way the music seemed to fit so perfectly into the culture … It just felt like something ordained by God.”

    As a young man, Maitreya trained as a boxer, served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in West Germany and worked as a band leader. Then in 1987 he released his debut solo record, “Introducing the Hardline,” which netted him a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance. His twelfth studio album, “Pandora’s Playhouse,” is out now.

    On this episode of Everything Fab Four, Maitreya and host Ken Womack talk about all things Beatles, from Ringo’s drumming to the birth of a white blues with “Hard’s Day Night.” Maitreya also takes a deep dive into his spiritual connections to John Lennon and Prince, and tells Ken the story of the time he and George Harrison had a mystical experience together.


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    • 40 min
    Episode 15: Nancy Wilson on how the Beatles planted the seeds for Heart

    Episode 15: Nancy Wilson on how the Beatles planted the seeds for Heart

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nancy Wilson rose to fame as the guitarist of Heart, the first hard rock band fronted by women. With hits like “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You” to “These Dreams” and “What About Love?” Wilson and her sister Ann, Heart’s lead singer, sold more than 35 million records and along the way, changed perceptions of who can lead a hard rock band. In this episode, Nancy and host Ken Womack talk about the early days of Heart, the songwriting craft behind some of their most iconic tracks, her recent tribute to Eddie Van Halen, and how the Beatles inspired her to pick up a guitar — “We weren’t looking to marry them or date them, we wanted to be them” — sparking the passion for rock and roll that would carry her through her storied career.


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    • 37 min
    Episode 14: Just Like Starting Over with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

    Episode 14: Just Like Starting Over with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

    Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. made their names as members of the Grammy Award-winning group The Fifth Dimension. Together they’ve logged nearly six decades as pop music stalwarts, while also celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 2019. And now the iconic duo is back with their first studio album in 30 years, "Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons.” In their conversation with "Everything Fab Four" host Ken Womack, they talk about the British Invasion; covering songs by the Beatles, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney;  working with the Wrecking Crew; and their own storied history in pop music. 


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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

MarineMan000 ,

Stellar DNA for this podcast

Thank you Ken for supplying a wonderful lifeline for Beatles fans. This podcast is informative and conversational. Truly enjoy hearing you and your guests.

Wink55 ,

Good ‘Cast

Good ‘cast in every way. Both in the cast of guests and the way the podcast is produced. Very slick and professional sounding. If Ken is aiming for a slot on the Beatles Channel he has the perfect sound and show that would fit their programming.

Atticus25 ,

The scripted drop-in format is a bummer.

I just listened to the John Oates interview. Older listeners will remember the oldies radio DJs interview which would have the celebrity ‘answering’ a scripted question. The DJ, in each town, would then record himself reading questions from a script and then play the appropriate track, creating the illusion (badly) that it was an actual interview being conducted.

This podcast actually sounds like it uses that format, except the host sounds like a cartoon of a 60s DJ. His reactions and expressions feel insincere distract from even the best interviews. In an age of relaxed, conversational interviews on podcasts, this stilted delivery is weird in the ear. As a host, Ken sounds forced as if he just graduated from broadcasting school.

“Was it a musical match made in Heaven?”
“What was it that set your heart aflutter?”
Ugh... really? Who talks like this, Ken?

Just relax and talk.

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