PROGRAM DETAILS

After the Beatles: The Songs of John, Paul, George & Ringo

Instructor
Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Category
Music / History
WPL01074

Course Description

By the time the Beatles broke up in 1970, they were the top-selling group in history, and still are. The four members, not yet 30 at the time, then went on to successful solo careers, each topping the charts on their own. While George Harrison expressed his spiritual leanings in Isn’t It a Pity, and John Lennon tried to Imagine a different world, Paul McCartney became the biggest-selling songwriter of all time with such pop classics as Live and Let Die, and Ringo Starr led his All-Star band on It Don’t Come Easy tours. Join MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, music and genius of these unique artists, as told in their songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist, inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s, and still performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who called his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006.

    Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

    Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

    Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years.

    John Smotherman, lead guitarist, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”