Episode #28 – ‘August 29, 1966 – Summer in the City’

While The Beatles were at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, performing their final concert for a paying audience, The Doors were in Hollywood recording their first album, an Englishmen was attempting to sail solo around the world—and many people were marveling at the first photos of that world taken from outer space.

It was a time when adventurers and new technology still captured the public imagination, as reflected in films and TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic—along with a rising interest in social realism and hallucinogens, as expressed on-screen and on record. With parents predating the rock era and popular music having a major impact across the generations, eclectic singles and album charts represented sharply contrasting tastes.

The 1960s were now in full swing and it was an exciting time to be alive—so long as you weren’t among those suffering poverty, persecution or the atrocities of war.

The Music

  • ‘Summer in the City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • ‘Guantanamera’ – The Sandpipers
  • ‘Summertime’ – Billy Stewart
  • ‘With a Girl Like You’ – The Troggs
  • ‘Black is Black’ – Los Bravos
  • ‘Lovers of the World Unite’ – David and Jonathan
  • ‘We Can’t Go On This Way’ – Teddy and the Pandas
  • ‘Theme from Star Trek’ – Alexander Courage
  • ‘The Man Called Flintstone’ – John McCarthy
  • ‘Theme from The Avengers’ – Laurie Johnson
  • ‘High Wire’ – Edwin Astley
  • ‘Secret Agent Man’ – Johnny Rivers
  • ‘Theme from Mission: Impossible’ – Lalo Schifrin
  • ‘Yesterday’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – The Beatles
  • ‘I Want You’ – Bob Dylan

Episode #27 – ‘Loving The Beatles’

How, when and where did our passion for the Fab Four first get ignited? What form did it take and how has it evolved, personally and professionally? Our friend Mark Lewisohn, the group’s foremost biographer, joins us for an informal chat recorded at Erik’s home studio that provides perspective and reminiscences from both sides of the Atlantic, reaching back more than 55 years to our initial encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo on TV, radio, record and in print. It’s been a lifelong love story, focusing on not only the music, but also the personalities… and the humour. As such, this episode speaks to fans everywhere.

The Music

  • ‘I’ll Get You’
  • ‘She Loves You’
  • ‘Here There and Everywhere’
  • ‘The Inner Light’
  • ‘Look at Me’
  • ‘The Beatles Movie Medley’
  • ‘All My Loving’

Episode #26 – ‘Love, Drugs and the Generation Gap – 1967’s New Musical Order’

It was a new age: the young were going to rule the world—well, parts of it. And they were certainly taking hold of the music business… or so they thought.

1967 was a halcyon year in the annals of psychedelic rock and the counterculture movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, high hopes and lofty ambitions were soon brought back down to the earth by the powers-that-still-were. L.A.’s Sunset Strip riots of November ’66 would prove to be a harbinger of things to come. And the British Government banned pirate radio while launching its own rock-oriented, more sanitized broadcast station. So it was that the ‘Summer of Love’ started to fade.

Musician/producer/songwriter Ben Rowling joins Richard Buskin as guest co-host for this episode while Erik Taros participates via the phone. However, Erik’s back in the studio to hear David ‘Mr. Bonzai’ Goggin talk about his own psychedelic West Coast experiences in 1967 – as well as his phenomenal up-close experiences with The Beatles.

The Music

  • ‘We Love the Pirate Stations’ – Trinity
  • ‘Radio One Theme’ – Jimi Hendrix
  • ‘For What It’s Worth’ – Buffalo Springfield
  • ‘I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)’ – The Electric Prunes
  • ‘She’s a Rainbow’/‘We Love You’ – The Rolling Stones
  • ‘Somebody to Love’ – Jefferson Airplane
  • ‘Viola Lee Blues’ – The Grateful Dead
  • ‘Light My Fire’ – The Doors
  • ‘Intruder’ – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • ‘I Am the Walrus’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Purple Haze’ – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ – Cream
  • ‘The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag’ – Country Joe and the Fish