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How a couple turned $500 into a major Chicago record label

by: Tonya Francisco Posted: WGN9, Feb 27, 2020  CHICAGO — It was the sound heard around the world — a little mom and pop record label out of Chicago called Vee Jay Records. It got its start in Gary, Indiana, by a woman with a vision named Vivian Bracken. She had a radio show called, “Livin’…

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles

Published in Parade Magazine, Feb. 9, 2014 by Bruce Spizer with reporting by Bill Hewitt Everyone knows what happened to the four lads from Liverpool after they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9,  1964, in front of a live TV audience of 74 million. But the three days leading up to the…

The Beatles Take America

Published in American History Magazine, April 2004 by Bruce Spizer FEBRUARY 2004 MARKS the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America. Nearly two centuries after the British “invasion” of 1776, the battle cry was changed from “The British are coming!” to “The Beatles are coming!” And while television had not even been dreamed of…

The Beatles: The Singles Collection [Review]

By Bruce Spizer Another first class project from Apple and Universal First things first, this is not what I would have done for a vinyl collection of the Beatles British singles. I would have presented the U.K. singles as they appeared back in the sixties, with British Parlophone labels for the first 17 singles and…

Jefferson Parish, LA E.B. Library 10/3/19

Bruce will be appearing at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Library on Thursday evening 10/3/19  at 7:00 PM. He will give an audio/visual presentation on his latest book, “The Beatles Get Back to Abbey Road.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Additions and Corrections to The Beatles Get Back To Abbey Road

The Beatles Get Back to Abbey Road went to press prior to the release of the Anniversary Edition of Abbey Road. Kevin Howett, who wrote the notes included in the book of the super deluxe edition of the Anniversary Edition, had the benefit of listening to all of the tapes from the Abbey Road sessions….

Univ. of Rochester, NY 9/28/19

Bruce will be delivering his multimedia presentation on “The Beatles Get Back to Abbey Road” this Saturday evening, September 28, at 9:00 PM at the Abbey Road Conference sponsored by the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

I had a blast at Beatles at the Ridge

A quiet night in 1964 was interrupted by the unusual sound of an airliner approaching Walnut Ridge Airport. Its arrival sparked enough interest that three local teens went to investigate, only to discover John, Paul, Ringo, and George walking from the plane. The Beatles, the biggest rock band in the world, had arrived at Walnut…

Review: The Abbey Road Anniversary Edition

The super deluxe anniversary edition of Abbey Road is a solid “A” and another necessary purchase for Beatles fans and music scholars. The first question Beatles fans will probably ask about the 50th anniversary remix of Abbey Road is whether it is worth buying if you have the 09-09-09 remaster. After all, that was only…

Abbey Road Books are shipping soon!!

Great news! The Abbey Road books are in and I’m signing them this week so my team can get them ready for shipping. We plan to send them out on September 24 and 25. The digital version will be available for download on the 26th. We will send out an email when the books go…

Beatles at the Ridge – 9/20/19

I will be the featured speaker at Beatles at the Ridge on September 20, 2019. Headlining the weekend will be Featured Author Jim Berkenstadt (“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Detective”) whose book about fill-in drummer Jimmie Nicol, The Beatle Who Vanished, is being turned into a feature film. Jim will be talking about some of the…

50 YEARS AGO: The Beatles Do Not Play Woodstock

August 15, 1969 While the Beatles were putting finishing touches on their Abbey Road album, an ambitious music festival was scheduled to take place on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY, the weekend of August 15-17, 1969. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition—3 Days of Peace and Music.” It…

Bruce featured in NBC News story about Abbey Road anniversary

Beatles fans recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover 50 years on Half a century since their final album, the public’s love of The Beatles is undimmed. Aug. 8, 2019, 9:01 AM CDT By Patrick Smith and Yuka Tachibana   [Bruce appears at :30 in the video (click on link to go to NBC News to watch)]…

50 Years Ago: Moon Landing

July 20, 1969 While the Beatles were at Abbey Road Studios recording their Abbey Road LP, Apollo 11 headed towards the moon. On the day of the July 16 liftoff, the Beatles were adding overdubs to “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun.” On July 20, 1969, while in lunar orbit, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin…

April 1969 – The Beatles Get Back To The Basics

The Beatles waited nearly eight months after the release of “Hey Jude” to take any action towards issuing a follow-up single. As was often the case after the death of Brian Epstein, Paul took control. Two weeks after his marriage to Linda Eastman, McCartney arranged for a mono mix of “Get Back” on March 26,…

August 9-11, 2019: Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans

Bruce will be a featured guest and speaker at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans,  August 9-11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Bruce will be selling and signing copies of his books and will give two presentations and be on multiple panels. Stop by his table and say hello!

The Beatles Get Back To Abbey Road nearing completion!

New Orleans, LA (May 27, 2019) 498 Productions, LLC is pleased to announce that Bruce Spizer’s latest book, THE BEATLES GET BACK TO ABBEY ROAD, is nearing completion. According to Spizer, layouts are finished and the text is being proofed. The book’s publication date is set for September 26, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the…