Under the Covers

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February 7th, 2024: The Beatles Arrive

On the 60th anniversary of the Beatles landing in the US Jody Denberg spins 60 minutes of Beatles Covers!

January 29th, 2024: Roddy Frame and Betty LaVette

It’s both Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) and Bettye LaVette’s birthdays. Covers from each – Aztec Camera does Van Halen, while Bettye Lavette interprets a classic from the British Rock Songbook.

January 17th, 2024: Steve Earle

In honor of Steve Earle’s birthday, Jody featured Steve covering TWO of his main mentors/influences: Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.

January 3rd, 2024: George Martin

January 3 marks the birthday of one of the most inventive producers and arrangers of the 20th century—Sir George Martin. From his landmark collaborations with a little Liverpudlian foursome called The Beatles to British comedy gods, The Goons, to his work as a composer, Martin bridged musical tradition with popular innovation. So on this day, what would have been his 98th birthday, I’ve picked a couple of appropriately far-out Beatles covers. First, a bit of raga-pop from Lord Sitar on “I Am the Walrus.” Then we have an electro-psych-prog excursion from Tangerine Dream and their version of “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

— Paul Carruba

January 2nd, 2024: Roger Miller

Roger Miller was born on January 2nd, 1936, in Fort Worth, TX, but grew up in Oklahoma. Born during the Great Depression and one of eight children, Miller grew up picking cotton and plowing on a farm to help sustain his family, but like many others, the Grand Ole Opry playing on the radio inspired him to become a singer-songwriter.

Although he’s often remembered as a country musician, his songs were one of a kind. That’s probably why everyone from Charley Crockett to R.E.M. has covered his music.

Ryan Wen

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