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World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles | January 30, 2011

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

This episode of World Cafe pays tribute to The Beatles, featuring past interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, original drummer Pete Best and Beatles producer George Martin (one of the Best of World Cafe).

McCartney's 2007 interview explores how changes in the music industry have led him to look for new ways to release his albums. He reflects on his career and competing with his own past hits, and shares memories of writing "A Day in the Life" with John Lennon.

That same year, George Martin appeared on the show to recount what it was like to make Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and explains why he suggested that they enlist Ringo Starr in place of Pete Best. Best, affectionately known as "The Fifth Beatle," drummed for The Beatles from 1960 to 1962, and appeared on World Cafe in 2008 to discuss the direction his music career took after his nearly 1,000 performances with the band. Finally, Starr's 2010 interview finds the artist having just released the solo record Y Not, a work he feels "best represents [his] personality."

This segment originally aired on October 7, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

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George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" All Things Must Pass
The Beatles "Love Me Do" Please Please Me
The Beatles "Michelle" Rubber Soul
The Beatles "In My Life" Rubber Soul
The Beatles "Strawberry Fields" Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles "A Day in the Life" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

((Meg Baird "Share" Seasons On Earth))

Paul McCartney "That Was Me" Memory Almost Full
The Beatles "A Day in the Life" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles "When I'm 64" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Paul McCartney "Ever Present Past" Memory Almost Full

((Jim Noir "Tell Me What To Do" Tower Of Love))

Ringo Starr "The Other Side of Liverpool" Y Not
The Pete Best Band "Come With Me" Haymans Green

((Panic At The Disco "Nine In The Afternoon" Pretty Odd))

Hour 2

Joan Osborne "One of Us" Relish
Sheryl Crow "Can't Cry Any More" Tuesday Night Music Club
Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do" Tuesday Night Music Club
Garbage "Only Happy When it Rains" Garbage
Bjork "It's Oh So Quiet" Post

((Blind Pilot "The Story I Heard" Three Rounds And A Sound))

Ben Folds "Underground" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben Folds "Alice Childress" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "Box Full of Letters" A.M.
Son Volt "Tear Stained Eye" Trace

((The Fling "Cold Comfort" The Fling))

Sons of Fathers "Out of Line" Sons of Fathers
Sons of Fathers "Weather Balloon" Sons of Fathers
Oasis "Wonderwall" (What's the Story) Morning Glory
Alanis Morissette "Hand in my Pocket" Jagged Little Pill

((Amy Lavere "Washing Machine" Anchors And Anvils))