DEC4 Podcast

George Fairbrother

A deep dive into classic entertainment and culture, with an emphasis on the United Kingdom, US and Australia. Talking film and television, social history, nostalgia, and a little rock and roll. Produced and presented by George Fairbrother, who is joined by regular contributors and special guests. Email geordie.ent@gmail.com

Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Episode 1
02-01-2022
Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Episode 1
Welcome to the first of our three-part series as we take a deep dive into Elvis' pioneering live satellite concert broadcast, Aloha From Hawaii. Gary Wells (www.soulrideblog.com) joins host George Fairbrother to discuss the most iconic single performance of Elvis’ later career, and very possibly one of the most significant entertainment events of the 20th century. In this first episode, we follow Elvis’ career during the stunningly successful and busy year of 1972, and look at planning and preparations in staging, wardrobe and publicity taking place during the months leading up to the international broadcast, scheduled for January 1973. We find out about some of the key talent behind the scenes, in particular producer and director Marty Pasetta, and discover how the broadcast was nearly derailed at the very last minute by catastrophic technical failures. In our post-credits segment right at the end, we take a light-hearted look at some of the quirkier moments in Elvis’ award-winning concert documentary from 1972, Elvis on Tour, including a memorable sequence involving the Mayor of Roanoke, a paper bag full of money, a floral guitar, and a slightly bizarre civic reception on Elvis’ private jet. More background, images and links in this episode’s newsletter; dec4.substack.com/p/dec4-podcast-c…nion-elvis-aloha Next Time: Gary takes us on a personal journey through the music and spectacle of the dress-rehearsal and satellite shows. --- Send in a voice message:
Elvis Aloha From Hawaii Preview and End-of-Year Special
03-11-2021
Elvis Aloha From Hawaii Preview and End-of-Year Special
Gary Wells is back with us to preview our upcoming three-part series on the pioneering 1973 satellite live concert, Elvis Aloha From Hawaii, which will be available across January of 2022. There’s a lot explore; the lead-up, preparations and rehearsals, important people behind the scenes, the intense pressure on everyone involved, a near catastrophe as technical faults threatened to derail the broadcast at the last minute…and finally an entertainment event that would present to an international audience Elvis at the top of his game, dominate television ratings around the world, afford him a number one album, and create the definitive image of his later career. In this episode we also expand on a couple of outstanding points from our previous episodes about the 1970 concert documentary Elvis That’s The Way It Is (continued in the post-credits bonus segment), and talk a little about the 1973 George Lucas blockbuster, American Graffiti, and the sequel, More American Graffiti. Gary also shares with us some Christmas media traditions and recommendations. A big thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast on all our platforms this year. We wish all our friends and listeners Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. Lots more background, images and links in the companion newsletter, including to Gary’s four-part series on American Graffiti at www.soulrideblog.com, your home for vintage leisure: theme by Gainesville  --- Send in a voice message:
In Conversation with Oliver Crocker - Part 2
23-08-2021
In Conversation with Oliver Crocker - Part 2
Highly accomplished author, podcaster and filmmaker Oliver Crocker is back for part 2, in conversation with host George Fairbrother and this time talking adventures in guerrilla indie filmmaking, Dad's Army, some memorable and poignant encounters with authentic legends of British television, and lots more. We thank Oliver for being so generous with his time and sharing so many candid and fascinating insights. (UPDATE; Frank Williams, best known as the Vicar from Dad's Army, and about whom Oliver speaks so fondly, sadly passed away June 26th, 2022, aged 90) There is a companion newsletter for this episode, with some additional background and links to further reading, watching and listening; dec4.substack.com/p/the-dec4-podca…-in-conversation Thanks for joining us again for this episode. If you missed part one, link here; Georgefairbrother – In-conversation-with-oliver-crocker-part-1 Hear more of Oliver at; @thebillpodcast. Check out the webpage for Oliver's books, Witness Statements: Making The Bill Series 1-3, and All Memories Great and Small, here; www.devonfirebooks.com Original music for the DEC4 Podcast is written and performed by Gainesville; gainesville-band.de/ There is a companion newsletter for this episode, with some additional background and links to further reading, watching and listening; out the webpage for Oliver's books, Witness Statements: Making The Bill Series 1-3, and All Memories Great and Small, here; www.devonfirebooks.com Hear more from Oliver at The Bill Podcast; music for the DEC4 Podcast is written and performed by Gainesville; may not work on all distributed platforms.  Find the podcast website at www.georgefairbrother.com --- Send in a voice message:
Elvis That's The Way It Is - Part II
05-06-2021
Elvis That's The Way It Is - Part II
Welcome to part two of our deep dive into the influential 1970 MGM concert documentary, Elvis That's The Way It Is. Host George Fairbrother is joined once again by Gary Wells, whose website, soulrideblog.com, Your Home for Vintage Leisure, is loved by thousands of readers in over 100 countries. It's the summer of 1970, and Elvis is riding an exhilarating wave of renewed commercial and artistic success. Having escaped his declining movie career and returned to live performance and non-soundtrack work in the studio, he is once again making some great music, topping the charts, and is already the number one live act in Las Vegas. From a number of different perspectives, Elvis That’s the Way It Is documents the leadup to Elvis’ third season at the International Hotel, and also takes us into the showroom for the first few performances. Director Denis Sanders said, “What we're trying to do is capture Elvis the entertainer, from the point of view of the fans, the hotel, the city, the audience.” The movie came about at a time of huge upheaval in the world of entertainment. George and Gary discuss some of the fascinating people that made this unique era what it was, and discover the artists and crew that created a remarkable cinematic moment in time. There's a companion newsletter to these episodes with some additional insights, links and suggested reading, viewing and listening. Link here. Original podcast theme music by Gainesville. (Links may not work on all distributed platforms. You can also head to www.georgefairbrother.com/dec4) --- Send in a voice message:
Elvis That's The Way It Is - Part I
05-06-2021
Elvis That's The Way It Is - Part I
Welcome to part one of our deep dive into the influential 1970 MGM concert documentary, Elvis That's The Way It Is. Host George Fairbrother is joined for this two-part special by Gary Wells, whose website, soulrideblog.com, Your Home for Vintage Leisure, is loved by thousands of readers in over 100 countries.   It's the summer of 1970, and Elvis is riding an exhilarating wave of renewed commercial and artistic success. Having escaped his declining movie career and returned to live performance and non-soundtrack work in the studio, he is once again making some great music, topping the charts, and is already the number one live act in Las Vegas. From a number of different perspectives, Elvis That’s the Way It Is documents the leadup to Elvis’ third season at the International Hotel, and also takes us into the showroom for the first few performances. Director Denis Sanders said, “What we're trying to do is capture Elvis the entertainer, from the point of view of the fans, the hotel, the city, the audience.” The movie came about at a time of huge upheaval in the world of entertainment. George and Gary discuss some of the fascinating people that made this unique era what it was, and discover the artists and crew that created a remarkable cinematic moment in time. For a little bonus segment at the end of this episode, George and Gary talk about the ending to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. (Spoiler Warning!) There's a companion newsletter to these episodes with some additional insights, links and suggested reading, viewing and listening. Link here.  Original podcast theme music by Gainesville.   (Links may not work on all distributed platforms. You can also go to www.georgefairbrother.com/dec4)   --- Send in a voice message: