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The Beatles. What can I say that hasn't already been said? They were the best. Click here for a list of my favorite Beatles songs.

As a member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney wrote consistently outstanding songs. Since then, only a few of his songs have achieved the same level of quality. But some do! Click here for my list of the very best songs from Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career.

John Lennon, we still grieve that your great talent was snuffed out by a senseless act of violence. Here are my favorite songs from John Lennon's painfully short post-Beatles career.

All things must pass, but the memory of them motivates us still. George Harrison, we will remember you and your music
with gladness in our hearts. Here are my favorite songs from George Harrison's post-Beatles career.

I am truly impressed with how much good material Ringo Starr has released "with a little help from his friends" since those magical days of The Beatles.
Here
are my favorite songs from Ringo's post-Beatles career.

Read the tragic story of Badfinger and enjoy their wonderful music.

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Here is a beautiful arrangement and recording of Kurt Weill's September Song, not yet available on CD.

Recording: On Stage with Robert Shaw (1958), RCA LM-2231 (LP)
Song: September Song, from the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday
Arrangement: Robert Russell Bennett
Choir: Robert Shaw Chorale
Orchestra: RCA Victor Orchestra
Music: Kurt Weill
Lyrics: Maxwell Anderson


The Viola Concerto (1951) by Hungarian composer Gyula Dávid (1913-1977) is a fine example of an undeservedly neglected work. No recording of this interesting piece is yet available on CD, so in the meantime give this 1961 LP recording a listen (Hungaroton SLPX 12452; Pál Lukács, viola; Hungarian State Orchestra; János Ferencsik, conductor). As soon as this work is released on CD, please let me know and I will remove the LP recording from my web site. Happy Listening!