George Harrison’s First Trip to America…was to Benton, Illinois
When she was 17 years old, Marcia Raubach got a phone call to come into the station where she hosted a weekend morning teen music show because there was a musician there who wanted to personally thank her for being one of the first to play his band’s record on the radio in America. That musician was none other than the late George Harrison, and 50 years later, when she looks back on it, Raubach kicks herself for not recording the interview she did with Harrison on WFRX in West Frankfort, Illinois in the fall of 1963.
It was the first interview with a member of the band that aired on American radio, and this hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Marcia about what she asked Harrison all those years ago. We’ll talk with her about meeting him and how the interview has remained a part of her life ever since.
We’ll also talk with Jim Kirkpatrick, author of the book “Before He Was Fab,” a book about Harrison’s visit to Illinois in 1963 and Bob Bartel, a Beatles memorabilia collector and the man responsible for the “Beatles house” in Benton, where George stayed when he first visited, being named an Illinois historical landmark.
Are you a Beatles fan? Do you remember when you first discovered the band? We’d love to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Read the full transcript
Pop Up Archive Item: “George Harrison‚Äôs First Trip to America‚Ä¶was to Benton, Illinois” : https://www.popuparchive.com/collections/1461/items/8817
Transcript for file: focus130919a.mp3
sexy young Georgia
Harrison’s singing with The Beatles first album in 1963
something else George Harrison dead 1963 was the visit his sister Louise
Harrison Caldwell southern Illinois mining town Fenton while he was in bed
Benson Beatles charged with loves America’s Beatles
Beatlemania was still a few months away Benson George Harrison was just misses
Caldwell’s kid brother im Jim Meadows today on focus will look back
look back at George Harrison’s free celebrity trip to Illinois
are program continues
after the new age
welcome to focus on Jim Meadows The Beatles
escorts in their early days of Performing from me to you in perhaps someone
some one of the first people recordings heard in America because it was heard
heard in a broadcast on the radio in southern Illinois when George
George Harrison was in the country to visit his sister Louise Harrison Caldwell
Dwele this program is about fame and what it does to our perceptions of a person
when are George Harrison was in visiting his sister he was famous in England
with all the with with with all the attributes and Broadway Long
Before she started writing her new book “Pretty Good for Girl: Women in Bluegrass” Murphy Henry thought she was one of only a few women trying to make bluegrass music. But as she found out, there are lots of women who have had successful careers, they just hadn’t gotten any attention for it. This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talks with Murphy about the history of women in bluegrass, why these musicians have slipped under the radar and why, before now, there’s been so little conversation about their contributions to the genre. We’ll also talk with Murphy about her own musical career, her love for playing the banjo and the “Murphy Method,”a technique she pioneered to teach banjo.
We also talk with her about Champaign-Urbana native Alison Krauss and her career and contributions to bluegrass music.
Read more for a video of Murphy playing the banjo and explaning why she wrote the book.