April 3rd, 2012

All Hands On Joe With May & Nan
It's "First Thursday" with Joe J. in The Beatle Brunch Club Chat Room. May Pang and Nancy Lee Andrews got Spring fever and a 'Joe Sandwich' for Brunch, how appropriate! Both gals are doing well, buzzing making appearances all over the USA. Most people have come to know that John Lennon and May were together for 'The Lost Weekend', well, we can tell you she's been discovered. May's book Instamatic Karma is selling briskly and her traveling photo exhibit is absolutely FABulous. Nancy's A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a must have coffee table book, has become an historical imprint of music royalty; an essay-scrapbook filled with photos from the 70's compiled while she was engaged to Ringo.
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Things He Said Today
By Joe Johnson
Welcome to April, fool! No, that’s not Mr. T talking to you, it’s Joe Johnson, hoping you didn’t fall too hard for our little trick of trying to reunite the Beatle Boys on April Fool's Day (on our website and Facebook pages). But wouldn’t it be fab if the Beatle Boys could get together? Imagine Julian on guitar and vocals, Dhani on Guitar and back-up vocals, James on bass and vocals, and Zak on drums? Even Sean could play a role in the show I call, “Here Come the Sons”. What history that would be?

The 1st week of April in Beatle history always conjures up memories that are hard to believe. It was that week in 1964 that The Beatles held the top 5 positions on the Billboard hot 100 chart. No fooling! There were several reasons why this occurred, mainly due to Beatlemania, but also the fact that the 5 Beatle songs were on four different record labels: Tollie, VeeJay, Swan and Capitol, so all four labels were competing for a slice of the Beatle finger pie.

What really sticks out now is how that could never happen today. Though something goes viral on the internet several times each day, it would be nearly impossible for a record label to allow one of its core artists to have this many hits at the same time. These days, songs are carefully released so that while the first is dropping back down the chart, a new one is being popped in to hopefully replace it.

As for The Brunch, we are fast coming up on our 21st year of Broadcasting. We will have completed 20 years on May 24th, then starting our 21st the following week. For your listening pleasure we’re considering archiving the early years of The Beatle Brunch radio show on our BBC website. It will be quite a time warp, as in 1992 there was no mainstream Internet or e-mail; recordable CDs were close to $20 each; The Beatles Anthology had not yet come out, and our dear George was still walking this earth. So when you hear him referred to during these shows, it is with great fondness that we recall the days of DAT (Digital Audio Tape) those early shows are stored on. Would you like to be able to listen to these Beatle Brunch Classics? E-mail DonnieG@BrunchRadio.com and let him know.

As for other news, we’ll be launching our “new” Beatle Brunch site any day now, that will have many more features and be easier to navigate. Then we’ll tweak and finish the BBC side, to make downloading shows, audio and video much easier.

So have a Fab Spring, and don’t believe everything you read, except for what’s right here on our Beatle Brunch Newsletter. Hey, why not follow Beatle Brunch on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook!

Me And My Monkee
Everybody's got something to hide except BBC'er Tom Frangione who was on hand with Monkee Micky Dolenz to add to the fun at the 2012 Fest For Beatles Fans at NJ’s Crowne Plaza Meadowlands March 23-25. Many Beatle Brunch local listeners who enjoy Long Island’s WBZO “B-103” tried their hands (and ears) at the ever-popular Name That Beatles Tune and Beatles Trivia contests, featuring our Tom pinch hitting for Joe J (who was “stuck” in the 80+ degree Florida tropics) hosting the competitions over all three days. Longtime executive editor of Beatlefan Magazine and frequent Brunch contributor Al Sussman served as contest judge and prize guru, assisted by our own Nikki “Do You Want To Know A Secret” Denett.

Headliner Micky Dolenz of the Monkees proved to be one of the most popular guests ever. Also on the bill was Peter Asher, Paul’s almost-brother-in-law from the 60’s, who was of course part of the duo Peter & Gordon, and later an executive at Apple Records. Rounding out the featured guests were Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough, recalling their experiences with Paul McCartney in Wings and premiering their brand new Beatles tribute CD “Shabby Road”.

L J's Movin' Out
A glance at Laurence Juber's road schedule may bring a smile to your face especially when you attend his concert in your area. You'll hear music from a new album, Soul Of Light, and we're certain Beatle Brunch fans will be on hand to shine their own light clearing a path of cheer along his way. L J slipped in a bit of this new CD during a performance on The Cruise for Beatles Fans that was compelling, luring, irresistibly engaging and budding with acoustic guitar technique. His incessant magical fingers glide effortlessly across the ebony and maple 'flavoured' waves of sound delivering the tasty, familiar music of Laurence Juber, ("all-soul") a brilliant artist who guides a crowd from rush to roars. Check out L J's concert dates and for the guitarist in you link to his guitar workshop at Fur Peace Ranch.
Stay tuned to Beatle Brunch and get a chance to win an autographed copy.
BBC members will get a preview of several cuts of Paul's classic album Ram, scheduled for U S release in multiple formats May 22. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different," said McCartney in a press release about the reissued album. "This is an album that is part of my history. It goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed. It's an album called Ram. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you're going to like it, because I do!"
The album was written by Paul and Linda, mostly at their Scottish farm on the Mull of Kintyre. In the fall of 1970, they flew to New York to start the recording process. Without a band in place, they auditioned and drafted musicians, who included future Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and session guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken. The band completed the album in early 1971, along with non-album tracks "Another Day" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why," which were released together as McCartney's first post-Beatles single. Both songs -- and a whole lot more (see below) -- are included in the reissue. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road Studios using the same team who remastered the complete Beatles' catalog.

Ram will be available in the following formats:

Standard Edition: 1-CD digipak. Single disc, digitally remastered 12-track standard edition.
Special Edition: 2-CD digipak. Remastered album and 8-track bonus audio CD including rarities, B-sides and the hit single, "Another Day."
Deluxe Edition Box Set: 4-CD/1-DVD box set & download. Remastered album, bonus audio CD, remastered Mono album, Thrillington CD, bonus film DVD, 112-page book, five prints in vintage-style photographic wallet, eight full-size facsimiles of Paul's original handwritten lyric sheets and mini-photographic book of outtakes from the original album cover photo shoot.
Hi-Res: 24bit 96kHz files of the remastered and bonus audio CD, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the deluxe edition package.
Vinyl: 2LP 180gm, gatefold vinyl with download. Remastered album, bonus audio disc plus digital download of all 20 tracks.
Limited Edition Mono Vinyl: 1LP. Remastered mono album.

Geo DVD 1 Month Away
Martin Scorsese’s GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, which premiered on HBO last October, makes its home video debut in North America. Universal Music Enterprises is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the film on May 1, 2012, in three editions: 2-DVD set, Blu-ray, and a Deluxe Edition box set that will include the DVD, Blu-ray, special packaging and a 96-page book of photography to accompany the film, plus the exclusive 10-track CD EARLY TAKES Volume 1, featuring previously unreleased music from George Harrison. EARLY TAKES Volume 1 will also be released independent of the Deluxe Edition for the first time, on CD, digital and 180-gram vinyl formats. EARLY TAKES is a pivotal companion piece to this critically acclaimed documentary and features previously unreleased recordings from George. Included are rare, early takes of “I’d Have You Anytime” and “Awaiting On You All,” plus unheard demo versions of “Behind That Locked Door,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Run of the Mill” and “My Sweet Lord,” all later featured on All Things Must Pass. Other unreleased tracks include demos of “The Light That Has Lighted the World,” “Let It Be Me,” Bob Dylan’s “Mama You’ve Been on My Mind,” and an early take of “Woman Don’t You Cry For Me.”
The documentary and album are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com in DVD or BlueRay format.
George Harrison: Living In The Material World (DVD)
George Harrison: Living In The Material World [Blu-ray]
We All 'Relive' In A Yellow Submarine
The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine has been digitally restored for a new DVD & Blu-Ray release. The 1968 film, which has been out of print for years, will hit stores in May. Restoration expert Paul Rutan, Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. worked on the film for months, cleaning up the film's photochemical elements by hand, frame by frame. The DVD and Blu-Ray packages will feature a making-of documentary, the film's original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann and interviews with others involved with the film. To coincide with the re-release, Candlewick Press bosses will release a new, compact hardcover edition of the Yellow Submarine picture book in April.
May She Whisper
The Quarrymen released a new mix of their song, No. 6, from their Grey Album. It was recorded in Berlin and features the Quarrymen playing, singing and talking with BBC'er May Pang whispering "Number 6," but not to be confused with Lennon's No. 9 Dream. "Which question should never be answered?" says Rod Davis as the track opens. "Number 6," May answers. Download Number 6 here
Spare A Little Change
"Change Begins Within," the 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit for the David Lynch Foundation that featured an on-stage reunion by Starr and McCartney, will make its TV debut almost three years after the show initially took place. It will premiere on New York PBS WNET and WLIW at the end of April, then offered to national PBS affiliates around the U.S. The program features appearances by Paul and Ringo, Donovan, Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye Lavette, Angelo Badalamenti, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Mike Love, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Horn and Howard Stern. It will include a majority of Paul's material and his songs with Ringo, Cosmically Conscious, the surprise addition to the set and the finale, I Saw Her Standing There.
This Week 47 Years Ago
WABC All American "Top 10" April 1, 1964
The Beatles Featured in 5 Positions

1. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
2. Twist And Shout - The Beatles
3. She Loves You - The Beatles
4. I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
5. Please Please Me - The Beatles
6. Suspicion - Terry Stafford
7. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
8. The Shoop Shoop Song Betty Everett
9. My Heart Belongs To Only You - Bobby Vinton
10. Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five

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A Beatleful BBC Thank You
So it is said Time Flies When You're Having Fun as it's been 4 years since we launched The Beatle Brunch Club, but to us, we feel extremely grateful for your thoughtful support. The landscape of over the air radio constantly changes, we get older and a new audience emerges; when that happens it often takes a toll on favorite programs. The Brunch will celebrate 20 years in radio syndication; a milestone in broadcast, although here at The BBC we can honestly say, "The Movement You Need Is On Your Shoulders" - because of your continued Club support it will help us nurture an homage to The Beatles tomorrow. We will not survive without each other in the dedication, loyalty and passion that together we share in your Community for the Greatest Little Rock'n Roll Band In The World. Together we are the BBC.
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Holidays, Families & Fun
A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grandson who is coming to visit with his wife: "You come to the front door of my apartment. There's a big panel with buttons and with your elbow push 301. I'll buzz you in. Come inside. The elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow push 3. When you get out, I'm on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell. “Grandma that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow? "What?” Says Grandma, “You coming empty handed?

An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, "Dominic, I wanna you lissina me. Take my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me." Dominic answers, "But grandpa, I really don't like guns. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?" Grandpa says, "You lissina me, boy. Sommaday you gonna runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a coupla bambinos. Sommaday you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man. Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'times up'?"

Beatle Brunch Remembers 3-11-2011
We can only hope that in some small way a little bit of the class and refined behavior from those who endured the Tsunami in Japan would be viral to all people in our world as a fundamental expression of humanity. Here's an excellent video worth seeing, again, or for the first time.