In Sincere Sympathy
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 was a sad day in the life of rock star Joey Molland. His beautiful wife of many years, Kathie, passed away in her sleep. We send condolences to Joey and his sons, Shaun and Joe and wish them peace, love and happiness in the days ahead of them. All Beatle Brunch Club fans who were looking forward to a chat with Joey on Monday, March 30th at 7:30 PM EST will be invited on-line to talk about Joey and his illustrious life in Badfinger as well as all the cool current things he’s doing today in the music business. As Beatle Brunch receives more information we will keep you posted. God bless you Kathie Molland … you’ll be sorely missed.

 



2009 marks the 45th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. And what a better way to celebrate than with a top-notch, luxury cruise by Silversea with Joe Johnson for a Beatle Brunch voyage August 26, 2009 to September 5th on board The Silver Cloud.

We hope to see our fans take advantage of an extraordinary, all inclusive cruise from London and traveling throughout the British Isles for 10 days. The intimate and elegant ship, Silver Cloud has limited availability accommodating only 296 guests. The up-scale, European service is exceptional. The suites are spacious … all with ocean views and most with private verandas. There are 3 gourmet open seating restaurants with some of the finest chefs known to mankind. Complimentary fine wines, champagne and spirits abound. Each guest will receive $500.00 ($1,000.00 per suite) on-board credits to spend in the shoppes, shore excursions or in the spa. Must we mention the excellent on-board entertainment? All transportation and transfers are included … why, the airfare from select Eastern US cities is included (see the list of 25 FREE East Zone Cities + others with small fees) ... as if that weren’t enough, the fare includes all on-board gratuities! Visit www.silversea.com for more information.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper -- and launching in December 2009, Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the U.S., Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include "World's Leading Luxury Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2007) ; "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); "Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Spain's Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2008).

 

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Some Upcoming Beatles Snacks
On The Brunch!

We hope you enjoyed our Fab Four Flip Sides show this past weekend. It’s always nice to flip the pillow over to the cool side after heating up the front for so long. That’s exactly what deejays in the 60’s did. When a new Beatles single was wearing out, or they just wanted new material, they’d flip over to the B side for songs like This Boy, I’ll Get You and I Saw Her Standing There. And as we flip the calendar over again this week, we’ve got a nice selection of up and coming Beatle Brunch programs.

The Beatles In India: In the spring of 1968, the boys went to Rishikesh to study with the Maharishi Mahesh yogi. Much to our pleasure, they returned with 40 new songs, many of which ended up on the white album.

Please Please Me: Ne’er has a more productive 10 hours of studio work been done, than what was accomplished on February 11th, 1963. The Beatles recorded 10 songs for their upcoming 14 song album in less than a day. Five weeks later it was in the stores and the boys were well on their way to Fabdom. It’s the songs and stories of the Please Please Me LP.

We’re Number One! The Beatles shouted that from the mountain top 20 times in their career. We’ll take you to the toppermost of the poppermost once again for Beatle Number Ones, including their domination of the top 5 on the chart.

Requests From The Fest: Join me in the Meadowlands for the 35th Annual Beatles Festival in the New York metro area. I’ll be hosting Beatles Trivia, Name That Beatle Tune, plus taking your Beatle Brunch requests on The Brunch microphone and on video for the AfterBrunch. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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Tony and Tom
At The Fest


Beatle Brunch listeners, come say hey at the Fest for Beatles Fans this Friday through Sunday at the Crown Plaza Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. I’ll be there with a stack of Beatle Brunch prizes, like Beatles Monopoly, the Concert for John Lennon DVDs, signed copies of Greg Hawkes’ excellent CD “The Beatles Uke” and more! Plus, make sure you come up and say hello in person so we can tape you for the “After Brunch” video download on our Beatle Brunch Club site and get your request for our “Requests from the Fest” Beatle Brunch show airing in a few weeks.

I’ll be manning the Crystal Ballroom most of the weekend with Beatles Trivia and Name That Beatle Tune competitions, joined by my buddy, former GMA Weather Anchor (now host of the morning weather on Fox 5 in Washington DC), Tony Perkins and our Trivia maven, Tom Frangione. Plus, catch our Beatles and the Media chat.

Here’s my schedule of events for the weekend! Come on by and bring the kids too! We’re family friendly!

JOE JOHNSON’S CRYSTAL BALLROOM SCHEDULE
FRIDAY 2/27
7:00 Beatles Live Trivia Game Show - Joe Johnson / Tony Perkins / Tom Frangione
8:15 Name That Tune Competition - Joe Johnson / Tony Perkins / Tom Frangione
SATURDAY 2/28
4:00 Beatles Live Trivia Game Show - Joe Johnson / Tony Perkins / Tom Frangione
6:45 Name That Tune Competition - Joe Johnson / Tony Perkins / Tom Frangione
9:45 The Beatles and the Media, moderated and hosted by Joe Johnson, Tony Perkins, & author Bruce Spizer
SUNDAY 2/28
1:00 Name That Tune Competition - Joe Johnson
1:45 Live Trivia Game Show - Joe Johnson/Tom Frangione
6:00 Which Let It Be Album is the best? Bruce Spizer, Tom Frangione
 
Beatles Chart Topping Record
“Still Standing There”

As we look back on Beatles history again in this newsletter, remember when The Beatles held the Top 5 positions on the Billboard music chart? It’s a feat not likely to be duplicated, even by the Fabs themselves.

For the week ending April 4, 1964, Beatles songs were in positions 1 through 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart (see chart*), plus the boys held 7 more spots in the hot 100 that week, “I Saw Her Standing There” (#31), “From Me to You” (#41), “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (#46), “All My Loving” (#58), “You Can’t Do That” (#65), “Roll Over Beethoven” (#68), and “Thank You Girl” (#79). The Beatles stayed at number one on the chart until May 9th, when a non-Beatles song took the number one spot for the first time since February 1st, ending The Beatles 14-week monopoly. The song that finally squeaked to the top? Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “Hello Dolly”.

Upon closer examination of the chart, you can see that the top 5 songs were on four different record labels, all competing for a slice of The Beatles honey pie: Capitol, Tollie, Swan and Vee Jay. Eventually Capitol would win the record wars and all future Beatle tunes put out in the U.S. would be released by this American label, until Apple sprung up in the spring of 1968, with the first release, “Hey Jude”, which lived at the top for 9 straight weeks.

For more on this and other chart topping information, get Bruce Spizer’s excellent book, “The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records”, both the album and singles version, plus all the rest of Bruce’s amazing works at www.beatle.net, plus meet Bruce at this weekend’s Fest for Beatles’ Fans in New Jersey.
*chart courtesy of Bruce Spizer

 

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This is a compilation of performances by an elite group of guests doing their renditions of "Imagine", "In My Life", "Revolution", "Dear Prudence", "This Boy" and others. Hosted by Kevin Spacey, this DVD pays a special concert tribute to John in the wake of 9-11. DVD courtesy Eagle Rock Entertainment.

 

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All this month on Beatle Brunch you can win Fab prizes, including the best selling Beatle item in 40 years, The Beatles Monopoly Game from USAopoly. we’re also pleased to have in our hands, signed copies of The Beatles Uke, by former Cars member Greg Hawkes. Greg’s love for the Fabs comes through in the 14 songs he’s crafted on ukelele; George’s favorite instrument. Meet Greg at the NJ Fest the weekend of March 27th. You can also enjoy a tribute to Lennon on DVD when you win Come Together: a night for John Lennon’s words and music. Hosted by Kevin Spacey, this night of live Lennon music features performances by Volanda Adams and Billy Preston, Dave Mathews, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, Lou Reed, Dave Stewart, Sean Lennon, with guest star appearances by Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Yoko Ono and others, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. This loving tribute to John and New York is interspersed with John’s wisdom.

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