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Tonight’s Special Friday Night Edition of Things We Said Today Pays Tribute to Cilla Black

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), during a very special Friday edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, the life of singer and British TV personality Cilla Black is celebrated by the show’s regular panel of experts.

cilla blackAs most Beatles fans will remember, Cilla Black, who passed away on August 1 at her home in Spain, spent more than 50 years as a singer and television star in Britain. She famously recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including “Love of the Loved” and “Step Inside Love,” and was the only female member of the Brian Epstein stable of artists. The Beatles first knew her as the cloak room girl at the Cavern., where, of course, the group rocked the house.

Tributes from McCartney, Ringo Starr and others, including Julian Lennon, have been seen in the days following Black’s passing. During the first half of tonight’s show, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about Cilla’s Beatles connections and where people can go to hear her music. The extended segment is a general, loving celebration of the life of one of the great singers of the sixties and beyond.

beatles photoDuring the second half of tonight’s show, the panel riffs on whether or not there could possibly be a group such as the Beatles in today’s world. Would the Beatles have the same impact in today’s marketplace as they did in the ’60s? Ken, Steve, Al and Allan tell all. This is yet another in a long line of fascinating discussions to be heard on this show.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Remember that Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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The Fest for Beatles Fans’ Mark Lapidos Guests on This Week’s Edition of Things We Said Today

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Mark Lapidos

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe legendary host and organizer of the Fest for Beatles Fans, Mark Lapidos, talks about the upcoming Fest in Chicago on this week’s lively edition of Things We Said Today, the weekly, premiere Beatles roundtable. The conversation starts flowing tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4, at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

fest for beatles fansThis year’s Chicago Fest takes place Friday, August 14; Saturday, August 15; and Sunday, August 16 just outside of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. During tomorrow night’s program, Mark takes Ken, Steve, Al and Allan on a tour of the Chicago Fest’s scheduled happenings that guarantee a splendid time for all.

fest 2This looks to be a particularly exciting Fest with some spectacular, marquee guests. In the spotlight this year are Bob Eubanks, famous as the original host of the Newlywed Game, but also famous for producing the Beatles concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1964 and 1965. One of the very cool events at this year’s Fest will be a feature called The Beatleywed Game (an idea that was suggested by a frequent guest on Things We Said Today, Tom Frangione).

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Al Sussman

Also appearing at this year’s Chicago Fest is none other than one of the legendary personality deejays from the golden age of music radio, Dick Biondi, who ruled the roost at WLS in Chicago. Biondi was the first deejay to play the Beatles in the United States. That’s not all: More special guests abound: The Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, who also played with the Swinging Blue Jeans; Jack Oliver, former president of Apple; super musician and producer, Mark Hudson; and Things We Said Today’s own Al Sussman. All this, plus the great Beatles tribute band Liverpool, featuring Glen Burtnik, and Burtnik’s current group, the Weeklings, whose debut, Beatles-centric album is exploding all over the airwaves, and especially here at Pure Pop Radio.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about all of the exciting events planned for this year’s Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, just outside of Chicago, in just under two weeks from now. Tomorrow night’s edition of Things We Said Today is another great show that Beatles fans will not want to miss.

things we said today bannerThings We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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The Show Goes On! “Flu, Schmoo!” We Exclaim! Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today Serenade the Airwaves Tonight and Tomorrow Night!

The fact that the flu is continuing to knock down and weaken your humble servants of melodic pop here at the currently shaky Pure Pop Radio headquarters doesn’t mean we’re letting our guard down when it comes to spreading the gospel of the Beatles. Nope…in fact, we’re going full steam–cough, cough!!–ahead with all-new episodes of Ken Michael’s Every Little Thing and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, tonight and tomorrow night.

everylittlethinglogo-smallThat’s right–we may be feeling down, but our mantra is yeah, yeah, yeah during tonight’s Every Little Thing, which kicks off at 9 pm ET with the catchy, title song from Ringo Starr’s new album, Postcards from Paradise. That songs leads off the opening, varied set, which also includes a live track from George Harrison, the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” and a track from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album, Sometime in New York City.

Tonight’s second segment of Every Little Thing includes a timely interview with the Grip Weeds’ Kurt Reil. The classic New Jersey band’s new album, How I Won the War, features a fab, psychedelic cover of the Beatles’ The Inner Light, which is played alongside Ken and Kurt’s conversation. You’ll also hear another Beatles cover–Donny Osmond’s waxing of “The Long and Winding Road.”

Segment three is the usual, themed affair, this time serving up single tracks that peaked at number two in the United States. Among the songs on offer: the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die,” and George Harrison’s “All Those Years Ago.” That’s tonight at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTomorrow night, also at 9 pm ET, most of the usual gang gets together around the Beatles discussion roundtable on Things We Said Today to talk about the recent induction of Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Darren DeVivo look at the induction from just about every possible angle. During the ceremony, held in Cleveland in April, Paul McCartney handled the induction duties and Ringo performed four Beatles and solo career classics: “Boys” (with Green Day), “It Don’t Come Easy” (with Joe Walsh), “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

To recap: Tonight at 9 pm ET, an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing; tomorrow night at 9 pm ET, an all-new episode of the Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs periodic new shows on Monday nights at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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Ken, Steve, Al, and Darren Discuss Grammy Awards-Related Beatles Happenings and More on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe usual gang of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci and Al Sussman, along with guest Darren DeVivo from WFUV radio, jump in and talk about Beatles-related happenings at this year’s Grammy awards ceremony on tonight’s edition of Things We Said Today. The discussion begins at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

Of course, Paul McCartney’s performance, with Rhianna and Kanye West, of the hit song “Four Five Seconds” is under discussion during the program, as is the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring George Harrison that was presented during the Grammy telecast. Also on tonight’s docket: the gang picks the best years that the Beatles had as a group. It’s another winning get-together with the best Beatles brains out there.

Tune in tonight at 9 pm ET for Things We Said Today, airing on Pure Pop Radio. A splendid time, etc.!

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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