In episode ten of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Klaus Voormann, a longtime friend of John Lennon, who has played on solo projects and recordings by Lou Reed, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Harry Nilsson amongst others. He was a session bassist for Lennon’s albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine as well as Yoko Ono’s Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band.
In episode nine of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Earl Slick, legendary lead guitarist, who originally met Lennon during David Bowie’s Young Americans sessions. In 1980, Jack Douglas brought Slick on to play guitar for Double Fantasy.
In episode eight of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet both Colin Hall, the curator at Mendips, John’s childhood home, and Colin Hanton, the original drummer for The Quarrymen and hear them discuss about Liverpool, American Rock ‘N’ Roll, and John’s childhood relationship with his Aunt Mimi and his mother, Julia.
In episode seven of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Adam Ippolito, the keyboardist for Elephant’s Memory. Elephant’s Memory was a protest band of the 1960’s and 70’s in New York City’s East Village. The group became the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band after John and Yoko arrived on the scene in 1972 and asked them to be their backing band.
In episode three of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Jim Keltner, one of the world’s most beloved session drummers. Over the course of a decade, Keltner and Lennon established a close friendship, playing together on six of Lennon’s albums. In this interview Keltner gives us perspective on Lennon as a person and as an artist.
In episode two of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Bob Gruen, who was friends with John and Yoko almost from the moment they arrived in New York City in 1971. Gruen, who has perhaps the most complete record of John’s time in New York. He took the two iconic photos of John Lennon from this period: the New York City t-shirt photo, and John in front of the Statue of Liberty.
The first podcast for American Masters: LENNONYC features Jack Douglas talking about his long relationship with John Lennon including his time producing Double Fantasy. A highlight of the interview is Douglas’ account about a probable Beatles reunion for a Ringo album slated to be recorded in early 1981. According to Douglas, Lennon had told him both he and Paul McCartney had signed on to the album and each had written original songs for Ringo. Lennon’s songs, “Stepping Out” and “Nobody Told Me” instead appeared on Lennon’s posthumous album, Milk and Honey.