Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you new episodes of Curtain Call and Beatles Blast. You can tune in at the website, or if you’re on a laptop or desktop, you could just stay right here and listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.
At 2 PM (EDT) Beatles Blast brings you a mixtape with an admittedly stupid premise. “A Day With The Beatles” is a collection of songs by The Beatles (and solo) with the word “day” in the title.
The exception to that rule is the opening cut, which does not have “day” in the title, but which does mention six of the seven days in its lyrics.
Instead of just using the original versions of the songs, I’ve tossed a few covers into the mix, and one song, “A Hard Day’s Night” turns up twice, with vastly different versions by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Goldie Hawn. There’s also a healthy dose of obscure solo album cuts by the boys, since I severely over-estimated how many songs the band had with “Day” in the title.
Check out the playlist…
Beatles Blast 093
The Beatles “Lady Madonna”
Paul McCartney “Another Day”
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “A Hard Day’s Night”
Jimi Hendrix “Day Tripper”
Procol Harum “Eight Days A Week”
John Lennon “One Day At A Time”
Ringo Starr “Gone Are The Days”
George Harrison “The Day The World Gets Round”
Paul McCartney “A Fine Day”
Dave McClean “Yesterday”
Ringo Starr “Night And Day”
Goldie Hawn “A Hard Days Night”
The Beatles “That’ll Be The Day”
John Lennon “News Of The Day”
Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello “That Day Is Done”
The Beatles “Good Day Sunshine”
Wings “Daytime/Nighttime Suffering”
The Beatles “A Day In The Life”
Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 11 PM, Friday at 1 PM, and Saturday afternoon.
At 3 PM (EDT) on Curtain Call, Mel Larch presents a collection of performances from new musicals, with one 72-year-old ringer thrown in for good measure.
The show opens with the preview single from the new Josh Groban led revival of Sweeny Todd.
Following that, Mel tells you about three interesting new musicals, My Heart Says Go, KPOP and Standing At The Sky’s End.
My Heart Says Go follows the powerful story of a first-generation college student, Indigo. In hopes to become a singer-songwriter, he defies his father and drops out of medical school. KPOP was a Broadway Musical that, sadly, did not make it out of 2022. The show was presented as a group of Korean music executives pitching a new batch of stars to America.
Standing at the Sky’s Edge is an Olivier Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Richard Hawley and a book by Chris Bush. Hawley is a one-time member of the band, Pulp, and is a highly-respected singer/songwriter/producer in the UK. The musical (named after Hawley’s 2012 album of the same name) begins in 1961 and tells the story of three families over sixty years living in Park Hill, a council housing estate in Sheffield and features both new and existing songs by Hawley.
Mel wraps up the show with trio of short tunes from Top Banana, a musical with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and book by Hy Kraft. It premiered on Broadway in 1951 and was written as a star vehicle for comedian Phil Silvers, who played the host of a television variety show program. Silvers won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1952. Top Banana is a classic farce, set in the world of early television, with lots of comedy potshots taken at the then-new medium. It’s a hilarious romp and a true star vehicle for Phil Silvers.
Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.
Also on The AIR, Wednesday at 11 PM, The Comedy Vault presents a new episode that I haven’t produced yet, so there’s no telling what it’ll have in it. .