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Please stop by to say Happy Crimble. We're looking forward to the regular BBC gang and hope to see a few new faces this evening. It's been an exciting year having to deal with many new changes including our new webhost, Peter, who promises lotsa fun on the website for the new year. Our new radio syndicate, Dial Global Networks, took over Westwood One's responsibilities and we welcome them to the forefront along with eager Beatles fans outside of the USA and Canada who may now have a chance to enjoy Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch on the radio in their country. Everything at Beatle Brunch Central is looking up. Good Karma is always on our side mainly because of your support. So we wish you and your families a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season as we spread a little Fab Four happiness to everyone everywhere!
Things He Said Today
By Joe Johnson
Living in the George World wasn’t easy, as we saw in the HBO Scorcese documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”. Though it may have seemed that George was the quiet one, in actual fact, he was just NOT the noisy one, choosing instead to live his life with his wife and son, and practice the fine art of gardening and tuning his guitars. We can all learn a thing or two from George, that is, to spend quality time with friends and family, and not be all-consumed with fame, fortune and the limelight. In one scene from the film, Olivia Harrison recalls a story in which George was asked to show up in public to collect an award, and refused. “If you want it so badly, why don’t you go down and pick it up?" he reportedly told his wife at the time. The real truth is that, more than likely, anyone reading this could not possibly know how the 365 - 24/7 attention and grappling The Beatles were exposed to in the mania days, and even years after, took its toll on the Boys. Even Ringo said in the special, “I’ll probably die a Beatle”. So take a cue from Ringo and “Stop and Smell the Roses”. Sure, enjoy your seats at Paul and Ringo’s shows, buy the books, the DVDs and CD and share them with the ones you love, remembering this holiday season, and all year long, that “The love you make, is equal to the love you take.”

Thank you for your support of Beatle Brunch and of our member site, The Beatle Brunch Club, this year and as we move into 2012, closing out our 20th year of nationwide broadcasting and now streaming online and on demand. We hope you have enjoyed the show.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Paul Mixes It Up
On a recent weekend of concerts in Bologna and Milan, Italy. Sir Paul has been pulling from The Beatle vault and delighting audiences with more Beatles and related tunes from his past. Last weekend, he did a custom, ala LOVE soundtrack mix of “The Word” and “All You Need is Love”. As you may know, “The Word” was the precursor to “All You Need is Love”, so a custom Macca blend was a great idea. Join The BBC to see the video in the Downloads section. Paul also reclaimed one of his own and treated audiences to his rendition of the Badfinger hit, “Come and Get It”. Paul’s original demo version can be found on the Anthology III CD set. You can also see the live performance of this gem in the Downloads section of The BBC.
Fetching Fab Dollars
George's amp used during recording sessions of "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" albums is expected to fetch between $80-110,000 at auction next month. The rare Vox UL730 amp will be offered at Bonhams' London entertainment memorabilia sale on Dec. 15. According to the auctioneer, the amp's connection with the "Fab Four" was only recently discovered when an engineer who had been asked to fix it noticed the name "George Harrison" scratched on the chassis. "Very few amps used by the Beatles have come to auction before, and to find one that was used on two such significant albums is truly rare and exciting," said Stephen Maycock, a consultant to Bonhams.
It Don’t Come During The Holidays
Ringo’s at it again: releasing his new CD after the holidays. Reports say Ringo Starr's new album, with the very quiet title of "Ringo 2012," will be released in the U.S. on Jan. 24 on Hip-O Select Records. The record has been in the works for some time and was first mentioned earlier this year. But this is the first mention of a possible release date. Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band just completed a 10-date tour of Mexico and South America. In September, we reported Ringo was considering another tour of the U.S. Earlier, there had been internet rumors that Ringo and Paul McCartney would unite at the 2012 Olympics, but we reported that those rumors were false. Reports say the band on the new Ringo CD will be similar to his most recent bands. Listen to Beatle Brunch for more on Ringo's new CD and to WIN yours when it comes out.
The Love We Make
It was one of the most tragic times in modern history, and Paul was there to witness it from the start. After the horrific events of 9/11/01, Paul set about to make a difference in his home away from home, New York, by spearheading a concert for the city he loves. A documentary was filmed at the time by Albert Maysles, who gave us the amazing “What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA” film after the invasion.
The mostly black and white film shows Paul preparing for the concert and watching it all come together backstage.

The Love We Make DVD is available as a pre-order at The Fest for just $12.00 and $2.00 shipping. It will be released December 6th.

Listen to win your copy of The Love We Make the weekend of December 18th on Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Stop! Wo, Yes, Wait a Minute Mr. Postman
Now you can lick Sir Paul from the privacy of your own house! Paul has been honored in PETA's new "Vegetarian Icons" U.S. Postage PhotoStamp(TM) collection. The collector's sheet honors some of the world's most dynamic vegetarians throughout history. Paul is the host of PETA's exposé inside the meat industry, called "Glass Walls" for the Beatle's celebrated statement: "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian." The iconic vegetarians featured in PETA's postage sheet also include Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo da Vinci, Natalie Portman, Albert Schweitzer, Joan Jett, Russell Simmons, Johnny Appleseed, Leo Tolstoy, Steve-O, César Chávez, Mohandas Gandhi, Pythagoras, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Barker, Bryan Adams, Woody Harrelson and Pamela Anderson.
By George
By Jeff Walker

Past newsletters featured articles by Jeff Walker, author of Let's Put The Beatles Back Together Again, and here's another as Beatle Brunch celebrates the life of Hari this weekend. Don't miss an excellent show!

Ah George. Not a natural guitar player. He had to work at it. So he never became a guitar hero. Thank heaven. George could deliver a feeling with 8 notes that other guitars couldn’t deliver with a hundred. Often it’s not what you play that counts, it’s what you don’t play. George didn’t like to be rushed to come up with a solo in the studio. He he preferred to work it out at his leisure at home. Paul occasionally lost patience in the studio and whipped off something of his own. I like the solos Paul did, such as on ‘Taxman’ and ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, or the immortal 3-note thumping riff on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise’. But I’m glad that George played his own solos 90% of the time, because they’re so distinctly Beatle-ish. Who else on the planet could have come up with the solo on ‘Something’ or the guitar break on ‘Old Brown Shoe’? And later, surely the guitar riff on ‘My Sweet Lord’ was THE guitar riff of the 1970s, and his solo on Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’ as lacerating an attack as was Lennon’s lyric. One could cite almost as many great examples as there are Harrison tracks.
I suppose it really started to get interesting when George went off on his sitar tangent. How wonderful that he brought the sitar and other Indian instruments into the Beatles’ music. And how wonderful that he finally went back to his guitar and renewed his playing with the spirit and techniques of the sitar. As Monty Python would put it: And Now For Something Completely Different. Not that sheer uniqueness was a change of pace for George. This is the guy who insisted on playing backward guitar parts on ‘I’m Only Sleeping’. In fact that’s why he brought buddy Eric Clapton in on the ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ sessions. He’d exhausted himself working out another intricate backwards guitar part for the song, but wasn’t happy with it. So he turned the lead guitar chore over to Eric, and the rest is history.
Talk about George as a team player. What other famous lead guitar player would have voluntarily stepped aside to let another famous guitar player shine, all for the sake of making the recording the best it could be? He would even step aside when John got it in his head to play a lead, as on ‘You Can’t Do That’ or ‘Get Back’. Anyways, those are just a few passing thoughts on George as a guitar player. We haven’t even touched on George the singer-songwriter. What a player and writer he was. And what a man. And what a Beatle. True, by choice he left his Beatles identity behind. But I still think of him as Beatle. In the very best sense. Right up to the end.

November BBC Winner
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Meet The Beatles Authors

We trust you loved the Beatle Brunch Radio Show Special, Meet The Beatles Authors. Bruce Spizer, Bob Gannon, Richard Courtney and George Cassidy handled it very well just like the pros they are and they would like to remind you their books make a FABulous holiday gift. It's not too late to order direct from the author and autographed especially for The Beatles fan in your life. Just tell'em Joe J. sent you.

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This Week 47 Years Ago
WABC All American Top 10 December 1, 1964

1. She's Not There - The Zombies
2. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
3. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
4. My Love, Forgive Me - Robert Goulet
5. Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
6. Come See About Me - The Supremes
7. Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony & the Imperials
8. Time Is On My Side - The Rolling Stones
9. She's a Woman - The Beatles
10. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits (MGM)
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