December 2, 2014


A Very Happy Crimble 2014 To You And Yours

First Thursday December 4th @ 8pm ET

A BIG Thumbs Up from Mark Hudson who recently directed a holiday music vid, "FA LA LA" by pop a capella group, Gentlemen's Rule. Marky Magic strikes again reminding all Beatle Brunch Fans that First Thursday's comin' up.

The OPEN CHAT is FREE to All Guests.
Please drop by at 8 PM Eastern Time - chat with Joe J and the Beatle Brunch Scruffs.

BTW - Remember to treat your friends kindly by sending them a personal invitation to a BBC Chat this Thursday, December 4th.

Go to and click on the HOME PAGE Live Chat Banner - Enter your nickname and the door will open to The BBC Chat Room. Live The Culture!   

12 Days of a BBC-hristmas
with Sounds and Hardware

Joe J and Beatle Brunch Club Members want you to WIN a Special Holiday Prize, courtesy UME - a Vintage Suitcase Record Player, the full box set of The Beatles on Vinyl - 14 FAB LPs and a beautiful 108-page hardbound book. Just register on from the RED Home Page Banner, then follow the prompts to Enter The BBC. All current Members may LOGIN to The BBC or simply enter your email (username) and password from the RED Banner. BUT The Goodies Don't Stop There -

FREE FOR ALL - and to ALL - 12 Days of The Beatle Brunch Club. The Clubsite will be open, FREE for 12 days starting December 20th at Midnight thru December 31st, 2014.

Get Beatle Brunch ON DEMAND, catch up on a few episodes you missed, especially the BBC Bonus Tracks. You'll love Old Brown Shows, Classic Beatle Brunch from our first days on Radio. BBC Downloads Audio & Video will keep you entertained with hundreds of rare clips. We lead you to our door of peace and love - a community of Beatles fans spreading Beatle kindness to everyone everywhere.  Joe J. says, "For only pennies a day" your membership dollars help to power the coolest community on The Net and all together now there's a place where you can go for a Fab Beatle Brunch lifestyle.

Just a simple registration will qualify you to WIN the UME Suitcase Record Player with The Beatles Vinyl LP Set, then enjoy a little quality time, hangin' out during the 12 Days of a BBChristmas, a special gift to you.  All New registered Beatle Brunch Club Members and Beatle Brunch Family Members are eligible. Now isn't it about time to Join The BBC?


Things He Said Today
By Joe Johnson

Happy Thanksgiving Beatle Birds And A Merry Crimble To All. Of course I was reminded this past Friday that it was 40 years ago to the day that John Lennon appeared live on stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden to sing two Beatle's songs and his and Elton's duet, "Whatever Gets You Through The Night".  Elton has recently come across the super-8 movie footage of that performance from an audience recording and uses it in the background during his live shows. Wish I had been there!  It turned out to be John's last live concert performance.  Come on Elton, picture yourself in a shirt.

Speaking of anniversaries: We are about to wrap up the year of The 50th of The Beatles first U.S. visit, but don't despair, it starts all over again next year with more Fab 50's, like Shea Stadium, Rubber Soul, Help! And many others. You can be sure we'll be celebrating them all, but first, here are some special Brunch happenings we want you to know about right now.

Above: Joe J, Gary Wright and Tom Frangione in 2010

I just interviewed musician Gary Wright, who was one of George's closest friends.  Gary has a new book out called "Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation and My Friendship with George Harrison." You can get it at and many other outlets.  Hear my complete 30 minute interview with Gary on the Beatle Brunch Home Page @ - Click the VOX amp in the upper left to start the player.

Do you still have your Beatle albums? Well if you don't, you can win the entire Mono Remastered Vinyl Box Set from The Brunch and UME, plus win a vintage-style turntable to play them on. Read the story in this Newsletter how to win.  It's so easy. You don't have to be a BBC Member, but we'd sure like you to try some - buy some during "The 12 Days of The BBC-hristmas", happening from December 20th to 31st.  Drool over it below!  Win it from Beatle Brunch! 

Now if you'd like to hear me blog on about Beatles vinyl and lots more, join me with esteemed author Jude Southerland Kessler (below) on BlogTalkRadio, Thursday night, 9 to 10 PM, December 18th. Jude and I will talk about all things Beatles. Pick up her newest offering, "She Loves You", available at You can follow her on Twitter @beatlesjudekesller and follow me @beatlebrunch.

Just a bit more before I say Hello Goodbye. I had a Fab time on The Queen Mary 2 last month on a transatlantic journey from New York to Southampton. On board, I gave three lectures, "The Beatles Ed Sullivan Shows", "A Hard Day's Night", and "The Beatles From Sgt Pepper to Abbey Road".  To got to meet and hang out with Author Ivor Davis who was on The Beatles first U.S. Tour, and I met The Beatles Experience tribute band.  Check out Ivor's new book, "Ivor Davis: The Beatles and Me" and read my account of the cruise visit - In Your Face - Joe's Beat.

Special thanks on the cruise go to my gal Coop who saved the day, literally, by having my back(up) to my first lecture on her computer. When my video went kerplunk, she plugged in hers and I didn't miss a Beat(le). While the banker never wears a mac, I'm sure glad Coop had hers fully charged. So thanks Coop!

And how about joining me on our next Beatles adventure on the high seas? It's "The Allure of Beatle Brunch Live" on board The Allure of the Seas, sailing out of sunny Ft. Lauderdale, February 1st for 7 glorious Fab-filled nights. Musician Tim Piper will join me and we'll be creating a live episode of Beatle Brunch on board, plus Tim will play his "Just Imagine" John Lennon show for us and Beatlemania Live will provide the Rock'N'Roll in true Beatles style. Book by calling Angela at 877-291-1952 OR Visit to book now!

Until then, "SEA" you on Beatle Brunch this weekend.

Sunday Mornings Go for a Ride

If you're going to try a FREE Ride in The BBC during 12 Days of The BBC-hristmas, why not join us in The BBC Live Chat Room on Sunday from 9-10 AM as we stream the current week's show commercial free and chat about it as it plays. It's way cool and so much fun to be kibitzing with your Beatle Buds. BTW - BBC members can hear the show ON DEMAND with tons of bonus content each week, plus Old Brown Shows, Beatle Brunch Classics from 20 years ago today.

The Gift That Cruises

We're waiting to take you away on The Beatle Brunch Cruise on The Allure of the Seas, February 1-8, 2015. See it Recorded LIVE, Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch with Tim Piper and Beatlemania Live. Allure's itinerary features the best of the Eastern Caribbean, Nassau Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands and Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten. Angela from Cruise Planners and Music In M'Ocean will help you with reservations.

Experience the solo stage performance of Just Imagine starring Tim Piper as John Lennon. You've heard him on The Brunch, now see him in action during Cruise Week with Beatle Brunch Host, Joe J.  

Beatlemania Live are playing 2 special VIP Parties featuring all their Beatles favorites that they don't perform regularly on stage. Get up-close and personal with 'The Boys' and witness their craft first hand.
Call Angela - Make your reservations Today! 877-291-1952 OR send an email to
and order your VIP Pass to a special, live edition of The Beatle Brunch Show hosted by Joe J. with Tim Piper and the incomparable Beatlemania LIVE.

The Allure of Beatle Brunch is a FABulous cruise and treat yourself to a little luxury. Haven't you deserved it?


* 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

* Cruise Accommodations as Selected

* Port Charges

* VIP Event Pas


Visit to book now!

Then Again, Maybe Just a Socks Fetish
An Article by Jeff Walker Author of Sex and The Beatles   BUY NOW
Rory Storm (Alan Caldwell) wouldn't let George Harrison join his Hurricanes band so George had to settle for kissing his sister. How's that? Rory had announced over a club P.A system that his flat-chested 13-year-old sister was stuffing socks in her bra. A mortified and tearful Iris Caldwell fled down the street but George caught up with her, whirled her about and kissed her full on the lips. George's sensitivity to her hurt feelings, his determination to re-affirm her worth and his exquisite timing combined for the kiss Iris Caldwell would most treasure her whole life.

RAM: Most Significant Album

By Luca Perasi, author of the book  

Paul McCartney Recording Sessions (1969-2013) - BUY NOW 


Both musically and from a psychological point of view, RAM represents something unique into McCartney's path as a solo artist.
He broke the ice with McCartney, true. But RAM was the first album he recorded after the Beatles. This is a key aspect to be taken in consideration when we try to understand the music and the meaning of this LP for Paul.
When Paul and Linda took over for New York City in early October 1970, McCartney was slowly recovering from a state of depression. He stated that after the split up of the Beatles, he felt like an unemployed. He started drinking heavily, and Linda saved him from hell, as Paul himself revealed.
He recruited two musicians from the New York scene, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Dave Spinozza. Tensions aroused after just one week, when Spinozza left the sessions. Paul was clear: do not book any other session. Spinozza did, and they fell apart. CONTINUE READING

And In The End
An Article by Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two - BUY NOW

When did John and Paul end their partnership? Not when they fought over Allen Klein. That played out for several years. Not when John told Paul he was leaving the band, in September of 1969, because the following February, John said the interruption could be a rebirth or a death. We'll see what it is. It'll probably be a rebirth.

The usual end given in Beatles narratives is when Paul released an album in April 1970 with a self-authored Q&A that included the question: Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles? and the answer: No. This led the Daily Mirror to scream on its front page PAUL IS QUITTING THE BEATLES, and, in smaller type, Lennon-McCartney Song Team Splits Up.

When John saw the papers, he fumed that he should have announced the split. But Paul didn't quit either. The very next question in his self-interview was: Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career? The answer: Time will tell. Being a solo album means it's the start of a solo career and not being done with the Beatles means it's just a rest. So it's both.

Even Paul's lawsuit against John, George, and Ringo, filed on December 31, 1970, can't be given as the end, because it was so clearly a struggle over the business ties that the relationships had been enveloped.

No, the reason we can't assign a date to when John and Paul definitively split is that it never definitively happened. It's tempting to think about the end of a partnership as being like the end of an opera, where two people come to dramatic conflict, sing in each other's faces, and decide to separate, weeping. But more often, the end of a partnership is like one of those country songs where the character leaves home and never comes back, and no one, not the one who left, not the one who was left, not the one who's listening to the song really knows why.


Beatles Anthology Preview     Original Air Date November 12, 1995       

LISTEN TO OBS ON DEMAND - BUT only if you Join The Beatle Brunch Club - Worth the price of admission.


The Great BBC Member Drive has ended and we have a winner!  Roger Rushing from the great state of Virginia WINS, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 Box Set. We hope you will enjoy all 6 remastered CDs from Universal Music Group and the Harrison family - this is a great collection you will really love, Roger, so celebrate like we see you already started! Beatle Brunch Rewards those who participate and we thank you for your rockin' support.

They're Gonna Put Me In a T-Shirt
December BBC Winner - Michael Franchi - his favorite Beatles tune is "A Day In The Life"and Michael, your day has arrived. Follow this SPOTLIGHT
and select your new Beatle Brunch T-shirt from our cool collection provided by -
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Did you miss Black Friday? Try a special Beatles gift for someone in your life - a PostFab Tee. See Dan's FAB Collection of unique Beatles togs at!

GET THE PICTURE - That's all it takes to WIN - Post Your Photo in your BBC Profile. BBC Members - upload your pic today!
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Joe Johnson's
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Beatles For Sale

Dec 7
Rubber Soul

Dec 14
A Beatles Christmas

Dec 21
The Decca Audition

Dec 28