The Beatles’ diary -- 10th February 1964

Monday, 10th February 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Needles And Pins – The Searchers
  2. I’m The One – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
  4. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. As Usual – Brenda Lee
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Born Free – Frank Ifield

‘Introducing The Beatles’ album – front cover Re-releasedUSA album. Introducing The Beatles Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #2; Record World – #1

The papers next morning were full of stories about the Beatles record-breaking appearance the night before. ‘The New York Times’ said: “Multiply Elvis Presley by four, subtract six years from his age, add British accents and a sharp sense of humour. The answer: It’s the Beatles (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah).” The ‘Herald Tribune’ reported: “The Beatles are 75% publicity, 20% haircut and 5% lilting lament.” ‘Newsweek’ said miserably: “Visually they are a nightmare: tight, dandified Edwardian beatnik suits and great pudding bowls of hair. Musically they are a near disaster, guitars and drums slamming out a merciless beat that does away with secondary rhythms, harmony and melody.” They described their vocals as being “hoarsely incoherent, with the minimal enunciation necessary to communicate …

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