Monday, December 22, 2008

Let It Be (The Final Album)

The last new material LP released by The Beatles was Let It Be which was released on May 18, 1970 and knocked Paul's debut album from the top spot and stayed #1 for four weeks and dropped to #2 by The Woodstock LP.

Two Of Us


Dig A Pony


One After 909

The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue (The last single)

The final 45 by The Beatles, The Long And Winding Road, was released on May 11, 1970 and spent two weeks at #1. This was their 20th number one, not bad considering they only recorded together for 6 years.

The Long And Winding Road (Paul gets a little emotional)


For You blue

In The Beginning (The Album)

In The Beginning was released on May 4, 1970 which consisted mostly of songs recorded around 1961 during the Tony Sheridan sessions peaked at #117. This is the only "Beatles" album I don't own


Nobody's Child



Ain't She Sweet


Ya Ya/Why

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hey Jude (The Album)

Hey Jude (The LP) was released February 36, 1970

From Beatles-Discography.com:

Allen Klein convinced them to put this out in to raise a bit of money for the dwindling Apple empire (and to bump up his fat bank account). They briefly considered calling it The Beatles Again, but changed the name at the last minute. It looks a little bit like a ‘Greatest Hits’ package, but a quick gander at the tracks reveals that that’s not the case. It’s just a collection of songs that had never been released on a Capitol LP.

Although it sold by the bucket-load, it never reached the top-spot – it got stuck at number two behind Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. It then fell further behind when Paul released his debut LP.

Can't Buy Me Love


Revolution

Let It Be/ You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Let It Be and You Know My Name (Look Up My Number) was released on March 11, 1970 and went to #1 for two weeks and knocked Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Waters to runner up

Let It Be


You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Abbey Road (The Album)

Abbey Road was released on October 1, 1969 and stayed on top for a total of 11 weeks.

From Wekipedia.org:

Abbey Road is the eleventh official album released by The Beatles. Though work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the twelfth and final album recorded by the band, Let It Be was the last album released before the Beatles' dissolution in 1970. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator. It is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stonemagazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time.

After the near-disastrous sessions for the proposed Get Back album (later retitled Let It Be) Paul McCartney suggested to George Martin the group get together and make an album "the way we used to" free of the conflict that began with the sessions for The White Album. Martin agreed, stipulating that he must be allowed to do the album his way. In their interviews for the Beatles Anthology series the surviving band members stated they knew at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles' product and therefore agreed to set aside their differences and 'go out on a high note'.

Come Together


Something


Octopus's Garden


Here Comes The Sun


Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

The Ballad Of John And Joko/Old Brown Shoe

The Ballad Of John And Yoko which reached #8 and Old Brown Shoe (did not chart) was released on June 4, 1969.

From Beatles-Discography.com:

This was released less than a month after Get Back came out, and part of the reason it did so badly (it only reached number eight) was because Get Back was still riding high at number one. There was also the predictable outcry over the usage of the word Christ in the chorus, coming so soon as it did after John’s Jesus comment. Apple came under considerable pressure to bleep it out, but steadfastly refused. Various radio stations up and down the country then banned it, or resorted to playing the B-side instead, denting sales.

The Ballad Of John And Joko





Old Brown Shoe

Arguements get more and more common

The boys working together was becomming more and more difficult.

Paul and George riff:


The arguements continue, this time with The Beatles and George Martin

Get Back/Don't Let me Down

Released on May 5, 1969, Get Back went to #1 for five weeks, Don't Let Me Down peaked at #35. Besides the Loretta Martin and Jo-jo verse there was actually a third verse but Paul didn't like the quality so it was deleted. It was actually a protest verse:

"Meanwhile back at home there's nineteen Pakistanis,
Living in a council flat
Candidate for Labour tells them what the plan is,
Then he tells them where its at"

This live version was filmed on the rooftop of the Apples Studio in London.




Get Back


Don't Let Me Down

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Beatles Covers

This guy is absolutley incredible. I'm not sure of his name but I think it's Billy Vander but he goes by the name Jun626 on YouTube. He nails every song!!! I only wish George was around to hear him.

Early Beatles


Abbey Road Medley

Yellow Submarine (The Album)

The album Yellow Submarine was released on January 13, 1969 and peaked at #2, just behind The Beatles (White Album). Certified Platinum on December 26, 1991.

Hey Bulldog


Only A Northern Song


All Together Now

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Beatles (The White Album)

The Beatles was released on November 25, 1968.

The album was Certified Diamond on July 25, 2000

From Wikiki.org

Despite the album's official title, which emphasized group identity, studio efforts on The Beatles captured the work of four increasingly individualized artists who frequently found themselves at odds. The band's work pattern changed dramatically with this project, and by most accounts the extraordinary synergy of The Beatles' previous studio sessions was harder to come by during this period. Sometimes McCartney would record in one studio for prolonged periods of time, while Lennon would record in another, each man using different engineers. At one point in the sessions, George Martin, whose authority over the band in the studio had waned, spontaneously left to go on holiday, leaving Chris Thomas in charge of producing. During one of these sessions, while recording "Helter Skelter" Harrison reportedly ran around the studio while holding a flaming ashtray above his head.
Long after the recording of The Beatles was complete, Sir George Martin mentioned in interviews that his working relationship with The Beatles changed during this period, and that many of the band's efforts seemed unfocused, often yielding prolonged jam sessions that sounded uninspired. On 16 July recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who had worked with the group since Revolver, announced he was no longer willing to work with the group out of disgust with the deteriorating work environment. The sudden departures were not limited to EMI personnel. On 22 August, drummer Ringo Starr abruptly left the studio, explaining later that he felt his role was minimized compared to that of the other members, and that he was tired of waiting through the long and contentious recording sessions. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison pleaded with Starr to return, and after two weeks he did. According to Mark Lewisohn's book The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Paul McCartney played drums on "Back in the U.S.S.R." However, according to Lewisohn, in the case of "Dear Prudence" the three remaining Beatles each took a shot at bass and drums, with the result that those parts may be composite tracks played by Lennon, McCartney and/or Harrison. As of 2008, the actual musician/instrument lineup is still undetermined. Upon Starr's return, he found his drum kit decorated with red, white and blue flowers, a welcome-back gesture from Harrison. The reconciliation was, however, only temporary, and Starr's exit served as a precursor of future "months and years of misery," in Starr's words. Indeed, after The Beatles was completed, both Harrison and Lennon would stage similar unpublicized departures from the band. McCartney, whose public departure in 1970 would mark the formal end of the band's ensemble, described the sessions for The Beatles as a turning point for the group. Up to this point, he observed, "the world was a problem, but we weren't. You know, that was the best thing about The Beatles, until we started to break up, like during the White Album and stuff. Even the studio got a bit tense then."


Although most of the songs on any given Beatles album are usually credited to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, that description is often misleading, and rarely more so than on The Beatles. With this album, each of the four band members began to showcase the range and depth of his individual songwriting talents, and to display styles that would be carried over to his eventual solo career. Indeed, some songs that the individual Beatles were working on during this period eventually were released on solo albums.

The album is the first by the group not to feature any genuine Lennon-McCartney collaborations - in fact there would only be one more co-write from the pair in the remainder of the band's career ("I've Got a Feeling" from the Let It Be album). This new lack of co-operation and focus is reflected in several fragmental, incomplete song ideas that were recorded and released on the album ("Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", "Wild Honey Pie", and an officially untitled McCartney snippet at the end of "Cry Baby Cry" often referred to as "Can You Take Me Back"). On previous albums, such undertakings might have been either abandoned or collaboratively developed before release, but here again, The Beatles represented a change of course for the band. The trend continued for the rest of the band's recording career: such song fragments were presented by joining them together as a long suite of songs on side two of Abbey Road.

As the song "Sgt. Pepper" goes......."It's getting very near the end."


Back In The U.S.S.R


Glass Onion


While My Guitar Gently Weeps


Piggies Don't let the video freak you out, it has a good ending


Don't Pass Me By


Birthday


Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey


Helter Skelter


Good Night

Hey Jude/Revolution

Hey Jude and Revolution was released on August 26, 1968

Hey Jude was the Beatles’ first single to be released on their new Apple label, and stayed on top for nine weeks (which set a new American record). It also became the longest-ever song to make it to number one (at 7:11). But US radio was adverse to playing anything over three minutes, and Capitol had to press up a special edit for radio play. During the recording of the master take, Lennon shouted "Oh!" followed by "Fucking hell!" at 2:56 and 2:58, respectively, into the song. This occurs after he sings "let her into your skin" under McCartney's "let her under your skin." Revolution peaked at #12.
It also kept Apple’s second single - Mary Hopkins’ Those Were The Days stuck at number two, before finally succumbing to Diana Ross and the Supremes.


The model Twiggy saw Mary Hopkin winning the British ITV television talent show Opportunity Knocks and recommended her to Paul McCartney. She became one of the first artists to record on the Beatles' Apple record label.
Her debut single, "Those Were the Days", was produced by Paul McCartney.



Hey Jude (The rehearsal)


Hey Jude


Mary Hopkin "Those Were The Days"

Lady Madonna/The Inner Light

Lady Madonna and The Inner Light was released on March 18, 1968. Lady Madonna only reached #4 and The Inner Light peaked at #97. Even though this failed to reach number one, it still sold well over a million copies in it’s first week.

Lady Madonna


The Inner Light

Hello Goodbye/I Am The Walrus

Hello Goodbye/I Am The Walrus was released on November 27, 1967. Hello Goodbye went on to be #1 for three weeks starting December 30. I Am The Walrus peaked at #56.

Hello Goodbye (Two Videos)


Hello Goodbye (2nd Video)


I Am The Walrus

The Magical Mystery Tour (Album and Film)

The Magical Mystery Tour (Soundtrack/Album) was released on November 27, 1967 where it went to #1 for 8 weeks and knocked off The Monkees debut album. The film is an hour-long television film starring The Beatles that initially aired on BBC1 on December 26, 1967. Upon its initial showing, the film was poorly received by critics and audiences.


Magical Mystery Tour


The Fool On The Hill


Flying (Instrumental)/ Blue Jay Way


Your Mother Should Know

All You Need Is Love/ Baby You're A Rich Man

Released on July 17, 1967, All You Need Is Love spent one week at #1 on August 17 where it knocked off Light My Fire by The Doors, the same day Ringo and Maurene had their son Jason. Baby You're A Rich Man peaked at #34. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 400 million, the program was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967.



All You Need Is Love


Baby You're A Rich Man

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band

Sgt. Pepper was released on June 2, 1967 and went to #1 for a mind boggling 15 weeks. Many people claim is the best album from any artist ever, I tend to believe that but The White Album comes a close 2nd. To date it has sold close to 25 million copies. Here are
several clips:


Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


With A Little Help From My Friends


Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds


Getting Better


She's Leaving Home


When I'm 64 (Duet with Paul and Julian Lennon)


Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (Reprise)/The End


A Day In The Life

Strawberry Fields Forever/ Penny Lane

The first record released by The Beatles for 1967 was Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane. Both songs were recorded during The Sgt. Pepper recording sessions. Strawberry Fields peaked at #8 while Penny Lane went on to #1 for one week on March 18.

Strawberry Fields Forever


Penny Lane

Revolver (The Album)

It was on this album that The Beatles mersybeat style of music had begun to change. Released on August 8, 1966 Revolver went on to be the #1 album for 6 weeks and remained on the charts for the next 77 weeks. Here are some selected clips:

Taxman


Here, There and Everywhere


Good Day Sunshine


Got To Get You Into My Life


Tomorrow Never Knows

Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Ridgy (The single)

Released August 8, 1966 Yellow Submarine only went to #2 partly because the southern states banned the song off their radio stations because of some statement John had made about religion that was stupidly taken way out of context. Eleanor Rigby peaked at #11. Two years later Yellow Submarine was made into a well received animated film, the album was released in 1969. The song also became The Beatles 21st gold record, breaking the record set by Elvis Presley.

Yellow Submarine


Eleanor Rigby

Yesterday and Today Album




This is the album cover that caused such controversy. Originally featured with The Fab Four with chunks of meat and beheaded dolls but was later changed to them just sitting on a trunk. I saw on one website that someone actually paid $47,800 for the original sealed album. Ridiculous!! Here are some selected songs from the album:







Drive My Car


I'm Only Sleeping


If I Needed Someone

Paperback Writer/Rain

Paperback Writer and Rain was released on May 30, 1966. Paperback Writer went to #1 on June 25, fell to #2 by Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night then reclaimed top position on July 8 finally taken over by The Troggs "Wild Thing". Rain reached as high as #23.

Paperback Writer/Rain

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Who

One of my favorite British Groups were The Who. One of their first U.S. hits was a song called My Generation and when you watch this clip from The Smothers Brothers Show remember that lead guitarist Pete Townsend lost 90% of his hearing in his right ear from the not very well planned explosion at the end of the song.

The last three clips were from the Concert For America from 2003 where they honored the families of the police and firemen lost in the 9/11 attack on America. They were tight and never sounded as good, GREAT concert!! Listen for the "F" word Roger Daltry blurts out at 3:05 into the song Who Are You?. They stole the show that night.

My Generation


Who Are You?


Baba O'Reily


We Won't Get Fooled Again

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones went on to become the second most successful group from England and still sell out concerts today. One of the first and biggest selling singles was (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction released June, 1965. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as number 2 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time while VH1 placed it at number 1 on its "100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll" list. In 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction


(One of my favorites) 2000 light years from home

Rubber Soul (The Album)

Rubber Soul was the last album released in 1965 (December 6, 1965) Some of the songs include:

I've Just Seen A face


Norwegian Wood


It's only Love

The Beatles VI (The Album)

Released June 14, 1965 The Beatles VI went to #1 for 6 weeks. Here are some selected songs:

You Like Me Too Much


Bad Boy


Words Of Love


Dizzy Miss Lizzie

Saturday, December 13, 2008

We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

From Beatles-Discography.com:

Marketed as a double A-side, Paul’s We Can Work It Out just edged out John’s Day Tripper from the top of the tree, spending a combined total of three weeks at No.1. It swapped places with Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound Of Silence for a while, before finally succumbing to Petula Clark’s My Love and the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann. Released on December 6, 1965.

We Can Work It Out


Day Tripper

Tom Jones

Sir Thomas John Woodward (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice and wide vocal range. Tom had several hits starting in 1965 the first being It's Not Unusual.

It's Not Unusual


What's New Pussycat?

Yesterday/ Act Naturally

Yesterday was released one day after performing it on The Ed Sullivan Show (September 13, 1965). It stayed top for 4 weeks (from 9th October 1965). It became the most played song on American radio for the next 8 years. Act Naturally peaked at #45.


Yesterday


Act Naturally

Have I The Right?

Have I The Right? was The Honeycombs' debut single and biggest hit. It was the last Top 10 UK hit produced by Joe Meek, who composed and produced "Telstar" for The Tornados, and reached #5 in the U.S. Very unique in those days to have a female drummer.

Game Of Love

Game of Love is a song by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders that reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.



Friday, December 12, 2008

Help, the film

From Wikipedia.org:

The Beatles did not particularly enjoy the filming of the movie, nor were they pleased with the end product. Lennon said in 1970 that they felt like extras in their own movie.

“ "The movie was out of our control. With A Hard Day's Night, we had a lot of input, and it was semi-realistic. But with Help!, Dick Lester didn't tell us what it was all about. I realize, looking back, how advanced it was. It was a precursor for the Batman 'Pow! Wow!' on TV -- that kind of stuff. But he never explained it to us. Partly, maybe, because we hadn't spent a lot of time together between A Hard Day's Night and Help!, and partly because we were smoking marijuana for breakfast during that period. Nobody could communicate with us, it was all glazed eyes and giggling all the time. In our own world. It's like doing nothing most of the time, but still having to rise at 7AM, so we became bored." ”
—John Lennon on filming Help!



A few songs from the film:

You Gonna Lose That Girl


The Night Before


You've Got To Hide Your Love Away


I Need You


Another Girl

Help/I'm Down

Help and I'm Down came out (July 19, 1965) two weeks before the movie, and took a month to reach the top spot. It had trouble getting past Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe and the Beach Boys’ California Girls. When it finally reached the summit it had to do battle with Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone and Barry McGuire’s Eve Of Destruction. Tough competition.


Help



I'm Down

Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is

The original label for this Ticket To Ride carried the line: ‘From the United Artists release Eight Arms To Hold You’. (They changed the name to Help! soon after.) Released April 19, 1965 reached #1 for one week. The B-Side Yes It Is peaked at #46.

Ticket To Ride


Yes It Is

Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw's There's Always Something There To Remind Me was released in late 1964 and only reached #52 on Billboard but is still a dynamic song. Her follow up record was Girl Don't Come. The second video is the 1964 version and also 1996

There's Always Something There To Remind Me


Girl Don't Come 1964/1998

The Early Beatles

The Early Beatles LP was on released March 22, 1965

From Beatles-discography.com:

Capitol’s settlement with Vee-Jay in January ‘64 gave them the right to re-release their back catalogue, so they wasted no time in putting out a straight copy of Introducing The Beatles (minus a couple of the songs and with a rearranged song-set). To their credit, they felt a (small) pang of guilt about fleecing the kids (again) so didn’t bother running any trade-ads – perhaps realising that a fifth copy of their debut LP was beyond even the craziest of kids’ budget.
The songs they dumped were I Saw Her Standing There and Thank You Girl (which had both appeared on a Capitol LP), Misery, There’s A Place and From Me To You. These last three songs eventually came out as B-sides on Capitol’s budget label – Starline.
The front cover used the same Robert Freeman pic as the back of Beatles For Sale. Some selected videos:


A Taste Of Honey


Anna


Chains

I Don't Want To Soil The Party

B-Side of "Eight Days A Week" was I Don't Want To Spoil The Party which peaked at #39 on BillBoard.

I Don't Want To Spoil The Party

Eight Day A Week

Eight Days A Week was released February 15, 1965 it knocked off The Temptations "My Girl" from the top spot and was bumped 2 weeks later by The Supremes "Stop In The Name Of Love".

Eight Days A Week

Beatles 65 (Album)

Released only 11 days after "Beatles For Sale" December 15, 1965. Beatles '65 is the The Beatles' fourth Capitol release, but sixth American album. Beatles '65 includes most of the songs from Beatles for Sale, but deleting "Eight Days a Week", "Words of Love", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", "What You're Doing", and the "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" medley, which would show up later in Beatles VI. It picked up "I'll Be Back" from A Hard Day's Night and includes the single "I Feel Fine" / "She's A Woman". Here are some selected songs:

Rock And Roll Music


I'll Follow The Sun (extended version lol)


Mr. Moonlight

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's Alright

Although Adam Faith's "It's Alright" was not a big hit, it's always been one of my favorites from the 60's. Don't let the slow bluesy beginning fool you lol

It's Alright

Gerry and The Pacemakers

Although they never had a #1 in the U.S. Gerry and the Pacemakers did have several top 10 hits including "Ferry Across The Mersey" which made it to #6.

Ferry Across The Mersey

Downtown

Petula Clark, now 76 years old has been a huge star in her native England for decades and has stared in over 30 films. Her first smash hit in the U.S., Downtown was released in November, 1964 and soared to #1 on Billboard.

Downtown

Beatles For Sale (The Album)

Released on December 4, 1964.

From Wikiki.com:

Beatles for Sale is The Beatles fourth album, released in late 1964 and produced by George Martin for Parlophone. The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of Lennon and McCartney as lyricists, Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. "I'm a Loser" shows Lennon for the first time seemingly coming under the influence of Bob Dylanhaving met him for the first time in New York while on tour on August 28, 1964. In the Unied States, the tracks on Beatles for Sale were first released on the Capitol albums Beatles '65 and Beatles VI. Here are a few clips. Watch the first clip of I'm A Loser and at 33 seconds into the song you will notice Paul forgot the next line and John thought it was funny

I'm A Loser


No Reply


Honey Don't


Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby


Baby's In Black

She's A Woman

B-Side of "I Feel Fine" was "She's A Woman" which reached #4.

I Feel Fine

Released on November 23, 1964 I Feel Fine went to #1 for 3 weeks on Billboard's Top 100.


Time Is On My Side

One on the first Rolling Stones records released in the U.S. was Time Is On Side peaked at #6 in October, 1964

We Love You Beatles

"We Love You Beatles" is a song by The Carefrees. It was a 1964 novelty record about The Bearles. The song peaked at #39 on the Billboard Top 100 and was the only Beatles novelty record to reach the Top 40.
The song was based on "We Love You Conrad" from the musical Bye Bye Birdie and has simple lyrics ("We love you Beatles, oh yes we do!"). Individual verses also have "We love you _____ (replace with "Ringo", "John", "Paul", and "George", in that order) along with reasons why the group loves that particular Beatle. It also includes "Woos", mymicing the Beatles themselves (as on "She Loves You").


We Love You Beatles

Dame Shirley Bassey

Goldfinger, from the James Bond film of the same name was Shirley Bassey's top selling single released in 1964 and reached #8 on Billboard's Hot 100. Ms. Bassey is The United Kingdom's most successful female singer in history, even knighted by the Queen. Recently Dame Shirley had even a higher charted single in the U.S. with Get The Party Started, reaching #3 on the Dance/Club chart at the age of 71.

Goldfinger


Get The Party Started

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Kinks.....You Really Got Me

The Kinks You Really Got Me was released on August 26, 1964 and peaked at #7 on Billboards Hot 100


You Really Got Me

The Animals....House of The Rising Sun

Released in August of 1964, House Of The Rising Sun became the first British Invasion number one unconnected with The Beatles.


Something New (The Album)

From Wikiki.com:


Something New


Released July 20, 1964

Something New is the The Beatles' third Capitol release, but fifth American album following the United Artists release of A Hard Day's Night. This album includes eight songs from the original British release of A Hard Day's Night, as well as the remaining tracks "Slow Down" and "Matchbox" from the Long Tall Sally EP and the German release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand". The mono release contains alternate versions of "Any Time At All", "I'll Cry Instead" [the "missing" third verse], "When I Get Home", and "And I Love Her" [McCartney's single vocal track].

This album was also released on the Parlophone label for sale only on American Armed Forces bases in Europe. These copies have great collector value.


A few selections from the album:




If I Fell/And I Love Her

If I fell and And I Love Her, both from the motion picture were released on July 20, 1964. If I Fell reached #15 and And I Love Her peaked at #12.


A Hard Day's Night (The single)

A Hard Day's Night was released July 13, 1964 going to #1 on Billboard for two weeks. The B-Side, I'll Cry Instead peaked at #53.

A Hard Day's Night (The film)

From Wikiki.com:


The A Hard Day’s Night movie was a bit of an embarrassment for Capitol because when the film contract was originally drawn up in 1963, they still couldn’t give a toss about the Beatles’ product. Vee-Jay had just seen their first two singles flop out of sight, and the idea of wasting a load of money on some shit-arse British band made the Capitol big-wigs laugh out loud. So EMI signed the rights over to the film’s distributors – United Artists. By the time the movie came out in ‘64, however, the picture had changed dramatically. The Beatles were now the hottest property in showbiz, and United Artists had the rights to the soundtrack.

Fortunately, Capitol still had a get-out-of-jail-free card because UA could only market the songs as a soundtrack; and seeing as Capitol had sole distribution rights in the US, there was nothing to stop them releasing the songs in other formats (i.e. single and album tracks) – hence the head-butting battle between two of the biggest labels in the States.

Capitol’s plan was two-fold, 1) they would release six of the seven soundtrack songs on singles, and 2) they would include all of the movie songs on their forthcoming Something New LP. The first of these to go out was A Hard Day’s Night b/w I Should Have Known Better (which differed from the British release, because they had Things We Said Today on the back).

Here are a few video's from the film, you might watch at at 1:30 into If I Fell, George nearly falls into a speaker:





The Dave Clark Five

They were the second group of the "British Invasion", after The Beatles, to have a chart hit in United States ("Glad All Over" #6, February 1964). Here is a clip when they appeared on "Shindig" in 1964 performing "Because" and "Glad All Over"



Dusty Springfield

By this time other musical acts followed (or copied) The Beatles success and thus was born the "British Invasion". Dusty Springfield was one of the first British artists to have significant success in the U.S., with her hit single "I Only Want To Be With You," released in November 1963, though it technically did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 until January 11, 1964 and eventually went to #12. Dusty was still a member of The Springfields which had a hit in the U.S. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."


Ain't She Sweet/Nobody's Child

Ain't She Sweet recorded during the Tony Sheridan sessions was released on July, 6, 1964 reached #19 on Billboard.

The Beatles Second Album (actually their 3rd)

Released April 10, 1964, was #1 for 5 weeks. Here are some selected cuts:





Sweet Georgia Brown with Tony Sheridan

Released on June 1, 1964 but didn't make the charts.

Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand/ Sie Liebt Dich

Although The Beatles weren't too pleased about it they were convinced to record two of their past hits in German in order to sell more records in Germany. Kobb, Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand) and Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You) which made it to the American chart at #97.






The Lyrics To Sie Liebt Dich, if you wanna sing along:

Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeah Du glaubst sie liebt nur mich Gestern had ich sie gesehen Sie denkt ja nur an dich Und du solltest zu ihr gehen Oh, ja sie liebt dich Schöner kann es garnicht sein Ja, sie liebt dich Und da solltest du dich freuen Du hast ihr weh getan Sie wusste nicht warum Du warst nicht schuld daran Und drehtest dich nich um Oh, ja sie liebt dich Schöner kann es garnicht sein Ja, sie liebt dich Und da solltest du dich freuen, ooo Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Denn mit dir allein Kann sir nur glücklich sein Du musst jetzt zu ihr gehen Entschukdige dich bei ihr Ja das wird sie verstehen Und dann verzeit sie dir Oh, ja sie liebt dich Schöner kann es garnicht sein Ja, sie liebt dich Und da solltest du dich freuen, ooo Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Sie liebt dich, yeh, yeh, yeh Denn mit dir allein Kann sir nur glücklich sein Denn mit dir allein Kann sir nur glücklich sein Denn mit dir allein Kann sir nur glücklich sein Sein Yeh, yeh, yeh Yeh, yeh, yeh, yeah

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Meet The Beatles LP

Released on January 20, 1964 Meet The Beatles went to #1 of course. To date has sold over 7 million copies. Here are a few clips from the album.








P,S. I Love You

The B-side of Love Me Do was P.S. I Love You which reached #10 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Love Me Do

Love Me Do was written way back in 1958 during The Quarrymen days. This was a copy of their debut British single, and did a lot better in the States – climbing all the way to number one. It was Tollie’s second (and last) hit; the label folded soon after. Vee-Jay didn’t have a copy of Ringo’s Love Me Do master tape, and had to use Andy White’s instead with Ringo playing tambourine. The version with Ringo playing drums wasn’t released in America until the Rarities album came out in 1980. Released on April 27, 1964. One of my personal favorites