January 4, 2017
Things He Said Today 
By Joe Johnson, Beatle Brunch Host  
 "Happy New Year Beatle peetles", he said in his most sarcastic John Lennon voice. I think you can lump me into the huge mass of people, many rock and roll Beatle fans, who were happy to see 2016 slide down the pole to the swamp.

Can you believe how many rock & pop superstars we lost in 2016? Bad enough that some of our heroes like John Glenn and Mohammed Ali left us, but a full orchestra of musical brilliance was silenced too. The architect of The Beatles sound and often called "the true Fifth Beatle", George Martin admitted that he'd lived a good life, then folded up his sheet music to spend more time with his family. He died in March. 

I was lucky enough to photograph him pulling out of Abbey Road Studios in 1995. 

But the band played on. It then summoned David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Leon Russell, Paul Kantner, Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, Bobby Vee, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen and Maurice White, then called upon George Michael to lead a Christmas hymn, and this past week, two men instrumental in The Beatles' early success, Sam Leach and Allan Williams were also called home.

The Great loss of musical life gives off a bit of a glow from the goodness that brushed by it last year. The first U.S. artist signed to The Beatles' Apple Records label in 1968, James Taylor, was awarded The Kennedy Center Honors in December. James admitted lifting the line "I feel fine anytime she's around me now" for his song "Something in the way she moves", while trade-about is fair play, he was honored to look the other way when he heard George Harrison sing that song's opening line, "something in the way she moves" in his new song from Abbey Road. "After all," James told CBS last month, "I wanted to be George Harrison".  
My Sweet Lord, let's all try to be Fab in 2017.

Hear Joe's 2000 interview with Sam Leach and hear how Paul and George Michael "Healed the Pain" in 2006. Click on the Brunch Bytes section @ BrunchRadio.com, and see CBS Sunday Morning's stellar video tribute to those we lost. Farewell 2016, and to 2017 we offer up this closing quote.

Thirsty for First Thursday! Happy New Fab-Gear!

It's ok to sip and surf, that's what we do when get together to chat with our Beatle pals on the first Thursday of every month. Ok, so last month we were doing more shopping and less sipping, but we think 2017 is a fine vintage, so we'd love for you to join us, it's certainly a thrill, so come together this Thursday @ 8 eastern in the BBC.

Whether you're a member of The Beatle Brunch Club or just a huge fan of The Beatles and rock and roll, click on the red banner on our home page at 8 pm Thursday and join us for some rousing Beatles chatter, and because we can't see you, we won't even know if you're lip syncing.  

This Club is Truly Your Ticket to Hear!

Start the new year off Fab by becoming a member of The Beatle Brunch Club. Fans all over the world get to hear every week's Brunch on demand, with bonus tracks! This past week's show is on demand, and members can hear an exclusive interview with Kennedy Center Honoree James Taylor, talking about which Beatles song he borrowed for one of his earliest songs. He even plays a big of it on guitar! Plus we've got other interviews and bits in there.  If you want a sample of the kinds of things we play today, check out Brunch Bytes on the left side of our home page.

Membership in the BBC certainly has its benefits and it costs only pennies a day. That's the deal we're gonna strike with you. Join Up Here!

THIS Band's STILL on the Run:
Paul Adds Touring Dates for 2017

(from paulmccartney.com)

A bit of Say Say Say from Paul's website has him getting ONE ON ONE with Japan as the first 2017 McCartney tour dates have been confirmed.

27th April: The Dome, TOKYO
29th April: The Dome, TOKYO
30th April: The Dome, TOKYO

More Macca concert dates will be announced soon and look for Paul's newest remaster due out in March 24th, "Flowers in the Dirt".

Meanwhile, Paul has been in touch to send everyone a New Year's greeting: "Happy New Year's Day. May this year be a happy and peaceful one for you and your family and everyone around the world.   Love Paul" 

Cruising to Flower Power, The 70s & On The River      

In just over a month, Brunch host Joe Johnson will be on board The Flower Power Cruise, sailing for 5 nights with some real rock royalty, like Micky Dolenz, The Yardbirds, Rare Earth, Spencer Davis, The Zombies, Chad & Jeremy and dozens more. Thanks to all of you who made this a Fab gift for someone this past holiday, because it's just about sold out!   

Book Your Trip Here!  

Here's an idea:  Why not board the The 70's Rock & Romance Cruise March 11th? This cruise stars Peter Frampton, America, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop, Orleans and even Brady Buncher Barry Williams, plus many others. This will be our first 70's themed cruise and we're heading to Cozumel and Key West. This is not your father's cruise (though he'd certainly love it), because the ship will be rockin' from bow to stern with concerts, celebrity guest panels, meet and greets and so much more. Book today with a special code BeatleBrunch to get your best cabin price.

And MAY we suggest one more to kick off the summer? Join Brunch host Joe Johnson at Abbey Road on the River, Memorial weekend, May 25-29 in Jeffersonville, IN. We've joined forces with StarVista Live, who are presenting the two cruises posted above, so you KNOW this event will be even MORE star studded, though it's hard to beat the likes of Peter Noone, Peter Asher, The Family Stone, Laurence Juber and Steve Holly from Wings, The Grass Roots, Ambrosia plus dozens of the best Beatle bands in the world rocking 10 stages!  Join us please!

The Beatles Are Coming!    Original Air Date Jan 11, 2004
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2016: A Look Back

January 1
Number One Hits

January 8
Musical Memories of Martin

January 15
Just Januarys 

January 22
Up on the Roof

January 29

Congrats to Our Monthly Winner!

Our monthly BBC winner, Joseph Palaganas from Alexandria VA's favorite quote is from John, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans".

Well this month, Joe will be busy wearing his new Post Fab Tee from Dan, at www.postfab.com. Joe's our monthly Beatle Brunch Club winner, and got his choice of one of Dan's works of art featured
in our spotlight page.

Congrats Joe and Happy New Year. As Rod once said, "You wear it well".

A Few Closing Words from Tom Frangione:  

Friends -

As we close out a pretty rough year in terms of losing folks from the Beatles story, the latest being their early manager Allan Williams, I thought I'd share this picture from when I first met him at the Liverpool convention back in 1983, on my first ever trip to the mother-land.  Time it was, and what a time it was, it was...  RIP Allan.
Wishing you all good health and much happiness in the new year....

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