February 1, 2013
First Thursday with Joe

Cheers Mates from Under The Sea! This is your reminder to mark the calendar, February 7th, the First Thursday of the month where all Beatle Brunch Fans can FREELY hop over to The BBC Website for an on-line chat with Joe J., 7PM Eastern Time.  That's right - The Beatle Brunch Club's Open Chat is where it's at!
EVERYONE’S INVITED - just go to BrunchRadio.com, and click on the
RED LISTEN LIVE Banner, Home Page center section.  And one more thing - Joe really swims with the fishes and he can't wait to emcee The Cruise for Beatles Fans. There's plenty of sea to see. 

Things He Said Today

By Joe Johnson

Once again we find ourselves in February, the month The Beatles arrived in America in 1964 to the throngs of over-exuberant teenage fans who filled the newly renamed Kennedy Airport with screams that hoped for an intimate encounter with a Beatle. I hope you have a chance to hear this weekend’s Beatle Brunch as we get to relive the Invasion through the microphone of Mr. Ed Rudy, a friend of the show, who was the only American press reporter invited to travel with The Beatles on their entire first U.S. visit, from New York, to Washington DC, to Miami and then back to New York.

Ed’s questions and answers are from an innocent and unknowing time with The Beatles. Were they long-haired mop tops looking for a free ride in America, or were they truly talented musicians and songwriters who came here to further their cause for world domination of the charts and win us over for the next 50 years?  Well, I think you know the answer.

February also marked the time The Beatles came to stay for 8 days (a week) in Miami, the longest time they would spend consecutively in any American city during their tenure on the American charts.  They based themselves out of the Deauville Hotel on Miami Beach, site of their second Ed Sullivan Show. They water-skid, visited night clubs to see Don Rickles and The Coasters, met fraternity members from The University of Miami, and spent a fun-filled night with the family of Sgt. Buddy Dresner, enjoying a home cooked American meal. They also spent several  afternoons lounging in the pool of a South Florida family, where they appeared in shots for the famous Life Magazine issue that Spring.

Fab Februarys mark so much history for The Beatles.

In addition to their U.S. invasion, they recorded their first album for EMI, “Please Please Me” February 11th, 1963. This 10 hours is often referred to as “the most productive time in studio history”, not just for The Beatles, but any artist, recording 10 songs from start to finish during this one day in the recording studio.  They also enjoyed their first number one in America, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, which reached the top of the chart on February 1, 1964. February also gave us their first three Ed Sullivan shows, the recording of the piano crescendo on “A Day in the Life”, plus the recording of “Lady Madonna”, “Across the Universe”, the release of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”, as well as the marriage of Ringo and Maureen in ’65 and George and Patti arriving in Rishikesh, India in 1968. All of those events changed Beatles music history.

What does February hold for us?  Well, check the schedule of upcoming programs to see, and why not join me every Sunday (weather permitting: read Florida “Golf”) as I chat live with our treasured BBC members while we listen to The Brunch on streaming audio from MAGIC 102.7 out of Miami at 9 AM each Sunday.

I’m also very happy to present a “new” “Old Brown Show” from February 1993, in which I spotlight the year 1968. I have not listened to this particular episode in 20 years, so I hope you’ll lend a kind ear as you take a trip back in time with me and enjoy this “OBS” as well the others we have posted on our member site, The Beatle Brunch Club.

Have a Fab February and upcoming Spring! Remember to keep The Children in your thoughts and prayers; yes, those we lost on December 14, 2012 and all of the wonderful children who enjoy The Beatles as much today as we did back then (and still do). UWWesternCT.org/SandyHook

Thanks for reading, listening, participating in the show and your support of The Beatle Brunch Club is greatly appreciated. I’ll see you on the radio this weekend and hopefully in person on our “Cruise for Beatles Fans” coming up one month from this weekend.

Full speed ahead, Mr. Captain, full speed ahead.


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5th Beatle & 4th Generation Fan

This Sunday on The Brunch will feature an entire show dedicated to the youthful 5th Beatle, Mr. Ed Rudy. Almost 50 years ago in 1964 Ed was the only American news reporter to travel with The Beatles on their first US visit right from the day they landed February 7, 1964. Ed had exclusive access to everyone in The Beatles entourage and his interviews were heard nationally on 440 radio stations that carried The Ed Rudy Reports.
Documentary albums of these interviews were released on LP in 1964 and 1965 and lit up the charts immediately.  Now you can enjoy Ed Rudy’s historic Beatle interviews Remastered on 2 CD's, “THE AMERICAN TOUR WITH ED RUDY” and “ED RUDY WITH NEW U.S. TOUR” only $19.95 for the pair.  To order click on the Ed Rudy Logo, bottom right corner BrunchRadio.com AND don't miss Beatle Brunch this weekend.

They Say It's Yer Birthday

By Vanessa Fazio Pasquariello

If you asked someone who likes The Beatles, "When was George Harrison born?", they’d likely tell you: February 25, 1943. And according to many Harrison biographies and even his birth certificate, they would be right.  But if you asked a real Beatles fan for the Quiet One's birthday, they'd tell you the correct answer: February 24, 1943.

For most of Harrison’s life, he celebrated his birthday on the 25th, as the record indicated.  However, after his mother passed away and her diary, hidden in his parents’ attic, was uncovered, Harrison was surprised to learn that he was actually born at 11:50 p.m. on February 24.  It turns out that the doctor who delivered Harrison did not complete filling in his birth certificate until hours after he was born and incorrectly dated the document.

In celebration of his birthday, I am directing all Beatle Brunch Club Members to my favorite Harry-written Beatles song in BBC DOWNLOADS Video.  The performance is post-Beatles, but it's awesome so don’t hold it against me. Enjoy!

Stretch the Imagination

By Tee Eff

The Rubber Soul album cover was unique in so many ways. As many fans know, it was the group's first album sleeve which did not have the name “Beatles” on the cover (the four faces spoke quite loudly, thank you very much). The much talked about distortion or “stretching” effect was not part of the original plan for the shot.
Photographer Robert Freeman (who took the cover pictures for many other Beatle releases, including the famous “butcher cover” shot used on the US “Yesterday & Today” album) was showing the band some pictures of the group, projecting them on to a piece of cardboard to show how they would appear on an album cover. When the slide card fell slightly backwards, it distorted the projected image of the photograph and stretched it. Not unlike stumbling upon “perfect mistakes” in the recording studio, the Beatles were intrigued by the image and asked if it could be reproduced (kind of a parallel to some of those George Martin sound effects stories).
While the final album cover image is iconic, only recently was the original “raw” and un-cropped photo unearthed pictured here.
Only one question remains - Why is John the only one looking directly at the camera, while the others are looking off to the side. I asked Freeman this question at his Fest for Beatles Fans appearance. Apparently no one had ever asked him this, nor could he remember whether he asked them to look in those directions, or if John was just not following the script. Oh well, we’ll file that one under “perfect mistakes” as well.


Dear Prudence

By Margot Winick

I have always been curious about the people immortalized in Beatles songs. One of my favorites is the romantic “Dear Prudence.” The song, with its simple but endearing lyrics “the sun is up / the sky is blue / it’s beautiful / and so are you,” praises nature and beauty and this mysterious woman with a decidedly old-school name. But, was “Dear Prudence” a love letter from John to a woman who I understood to be the sister of actress Mia Farrow? Was there a love connection there? Apparently not.

The subject of the song is Prudence Farrow Bruns, who is indeed the younger sister of actress Mia Farrow. In February of 1968, she was among a group who went to Rishekesh, in the remote wilderness of north India, to undertake a course with the guru of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. There, The Beatles, along with several acquaintances (John and wife Cynthia, George and wife Pattie, Paul and girlfriend Jane Asher, Ringo and wife Maureen, Pattie’s sister Jenny Boyd, Donovan, Beatles road manager Mal Evans, Beach Boy Mike Love, jazz flautist Paul Horn, Mia Farrow, her brother John and sister Prudence) lived in an ashram with the goal of mastering the techniques of TM.

Against the Maharishi’s advice, Prudence Farrow quickly delved into deep meditation with such intensity that she was becoming a recluse from the group. When she wasn’t seen for weeks at a time, John wrote a song, urging her to socialize with the rest. “Open up your eyes” and “see the sunny skies,” he wrote, reminding her that “you are part of everything.”

Lennon later claimed that she had been “locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else.”
According to Bruns, who had already begun studying meditation years before, and seized this opportunity to perfect her techniques so she could become a teacher herself, “I knew that I must have stuck out because I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. It was all so fascinating to me. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time, and I’d be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren’t as fanatical as me. The song that John wrote was just saying, ‘Come out and play with us. Come out and have fun.’ ”

This she eventually did, and came to know the Beatles better when the Maharishi put her in the after-lecture discussion group with John and George. “We were questioning reality,” she said, “asking questions about who we were and what was going on. I liked them and I think they liked me.”

At the end of the three-month course, as the Beatles were departing, George mentioned the song John had written to Prudence, but she didn’t hear it until it was released later that year on The White Album. “I was flattered. It was a beautiful thing to have done,” she said.

Bruns went on to study South and Southeast Asian studies at UC Berkeley. She returned for further instruction from the Maharishi in 1986, and has taught TM for several decades, now based in Northwest Florida. She has written articles on healthy living, ayurveda and Asian studies. Just last year, she established the nonprofit Dear Prudence Foundation www.dearprudencefoundation.org to raise funds for educational initiatives of the Maharishi.

The Beatles were very inspired to write during that period. Another beautiful song written during that trip was “Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan for Pattie Boyd’s sister Jennifer.


Ringo Was There

Some of you may have remembered Ringo's birthday celebration at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium July 7, 2012.  The All Starr Band played featuring Steve Lukather of Toto, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Gregg Rolie from Journey and Santana, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and drummer Gregg Bissonette. A few friends also joined the party; Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh who played “Rocky Mountain Way” joined by his daughter Lucy in the encore, “With A Little Help From My Friends.”  Also on the bill was Felix Cavaliere, Richard Marx, Brendan Benson, Kix Brooks, Gary Burr, Vince Gil and Brad Paisley.  Of course, Ringo was there!

This birthday gig of fabulous Rock and Country cats and kittens ended up on film to be released in a new DVD March 19, 2013. Maybe the distributor will be kind enough to replenish our treasure-trove of Beatle Brunch Rewards with a few DVD's for our contest winners.


Jeez Louise!

By Steve Marinucci - Beatles Examiner
George’s only sister, Louie Harrison, is finally planning to pen her memoirs of George and The Beatles and will mark the 50th anniversary of the time George came to Benton, IL, September 15, 1963 with the placement of a plaque at the site. Listen for Lou's special guest appearance on Joe’s Beatle Brunch Birthday Show honoring George Harrison, February 24th, and check out my column about Louise that ran last month in "The Examiner".
Follow this link:  examiner.com/article/george-harrison-s-sister-sets-target-date-for-publication-of-her-memoirs


JJ Won The LPs

When we sent the Beatle Brunch Award notice to BBC'er John Janecek with word that he won the 14 LP Box Set, we asked him to reply. In his words he said, "I'm shocked!!! Really?   WOW !!!!!!!!"  (including all 11 exclamation points & 1 question mark)

We're glad to see they're landing on a real turntable at the Janecek home in ski country Utah. BTW - is this your photo when you first got into The Beatles?
There will be more cool prizes on the way toward another BBC Member Drive so sign up and Join The BBC today, avoid the rush later. 


Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm sixty-four?  Who would have known that Joe J was embarking upon a milestone. By now it coulda turned out to be a gall stone, but we know that's not true - it's justa good Old Brown Show.  The list of Beatle Brunch Classics are growing.  And only for the ON DEMAND ears of Beatle Brunch Club Members.  Come groovin' up slowly and Join The Beatle Brunch Club Today!   Here's The OBS line-up:

Sgt Pepper      
May 31, 1992
  Hey Jude Album  
November 21, 1993
Abbey Road   
June 14, 1992
  Paul Is Live  
December 12, 1993
Yesterday and Today  
October 11, 1992
  Beatles Acoustic  
January 3, 1993
Reel Music  
September 12, 1993
  The Year 1968  
February 23, 1993
Beatle Ballads  
October 3, 1993
This Week 42 Years Ago
WABC All American "Top 10" February 1, 1971

1. Knock Three Times - Dawn
2. Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
3. One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
4. Lonely Days - The Bee Gees
5. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
6. It's Impossible - Perry Como
7. One Less Bell to Answer - The 5th Dimension  
8. Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5
9. Remember Me - Diana Ross
10. Your Song - Elton John 


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The U.S. Invasion with Ed Rudy                    
Beatles Love Songs & Miami                        
Perfect Pairs - A Hit and Its Flip                   
George Harrison's Birthday                  

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