“Bruce Spizer is the ultimate presenter of the historical phenomenon known as the Beatles.”
—Ken Mansfield, first U.S. manager of Apple Records
Bruce Spizer is a first generation Beatles fan and a life-long native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has an extensive Beatles collection, concentrating primarily on United States, Canadian and British first issue records, record promotional items, press kits and concert posters.
A “taxman” by day, Bruce is a board-certified tax attorney and certified public accountant. A “paperback writer” by night, he is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, TheBeatles’ Story on Capitol Records Parts 1 & 2, The Beatles on Apple Records, The Beatles Solo on Apple Records, The Beatles Swan Song: “She Loves You” & Other Records, The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America, Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records, and his latest project, the Beatles album series, which includes The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective, The Beatles White Album and the Launch of Apple and The Beatles Get Back to Abbey Road.
Bruce has served as a consultant on several Beatles projects for Capitol Records, EMI, Universal Music Group and Apple Corps, Ltd., including The Capitol Albums Volumes 1 and 2, the 2009 remastered Beatles CD catalog, The U.S. Albums and the Deluxe Edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He wrote the essay contained in the 56-page booklet included with The Capitol Albums Volume 2. Bruce’s articles on the Beatles are featured regularly in magazines such as Beatlefan and Goldmine.
Bruce was eight years old when the Beatles invaded America. He began listening to the radio at age two and was a diehard fan of WTIX, a top forty station in New Orleans that played a blend of R&B music and top pop and rock hits. His first two albums were The Coasters’ Greatest Hits, which he permanently “borrowed” from his older sisters, and Meet The Beatles!, which he still plays on his vintage 1964 Beatles record player.
During his high school and college days, Bruce played guitar in various bands that primarily covered hits of the sixties, including several Beatles songs. Due to the limited range of his baritone voice, his singing was primarily restricted to Ringo songs such as With A Little Help From My Friends. He was allowed to sing Like A Rolling Stone because his band mates didn’t think Bob Dylan had a good voice. He was given the task of singing the Rolling Stones’ Get Off My Cloud because he was the only one who could remember the lyrics.
Bruce Spizer wearing a Beatle wig at the site of the Beatles first
U.S. concert, the Washington Coliseum (at the time a garbage dump).
Although Bruce was the photography editor for the Newman High School yearbook, he decided against a career in photography because he didn’t want to do weddings and bar mitzvahs. He wrote numerous album and concert reviews for his high school and college newspapers, including a review of Abbey Road that didn’t claim Paul was dead. While at Tulane University, he served on the Board of Directors of the Mushroom, which was a highly-successful student-run record store.
Bruce received his B.A. (in economics), M.B.A. (concentrating in marketing and finance) and law degree from Tulane University. Upon graduation, he clerked for a judge at the Louisiana Supreme Court. During his tenure at the Court and for the first part of his legal career, he managed the Cold, which was a pop rock band that dominated the New Orleans music scene in the early eighties. Two of the group’s singles, You and Mesmerized, received extensive airplay on New Orleans’ top rated radio stations, including B-97, WQUE-FM and his childhood favorite, WTIX.
Bruce has had his own law practice for over 30 years, specializing in tax and estate planning and administration. He has given numerous lectures on tax, retirement plans and estate planning matters. In his other life, Bruce is a frequent guest speaker at The Fest for Beatles Fans (the event formerly known as Beatlefest), Abbey Road on the River and other Beatles conventions. He has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio programs as a Beatles historian. Bruce was selected to write the questions for the Beatles edition of the Trivial Pursuit game.
Bruce’s varied interests, background and training have made him uniquely qualified to detail the history of the Beatles vinyl record releases.