The Beatles’ diary -- 10th January 1963

Thursday, 10th January 1963

UK singles chart
  1. The Next Time / Bachelor Boy – Cliff Richard
  2. Return To Sender – Elvis Presley
  3. Lovesick Blues – Frank Ifield
  4. Sun Arise – Rolf Harris
  5. Dance With The Guitar Man – Duane Eddy
UK albums chart
  1. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  2. Out Of The Shadows – The Shadows
  3. Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets – Bobby Vee & The Crickets
  4. On Stage With The George Mitchell Minstrels – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  5. Rock N’ Roll No 2 – Elvis Presley

Performance at the Grafton Rooms in Liverpool.

Brian signed a deal with Vee-Jay to start releasing Beatles singles in the States. This only happened because EMI’s sister-company in the States – Capitol – failed to see the potential that was staring them in the face. They had first refusal on all of EMI’s stock, but Alan Livingston said selling ‘British Beat’ in the early sixties was like selling ants to a zoo – a complete waste of time. “Out of courtesy,” he said, “I would occasionally take an EMI record, English in particular, and release it in the States with no success whatsoever. There was just no interest in English artists here. And they would pressure me somewhat, but not too bad, and I’d keep trying them every now and then. We had no success at all, but because of the relationship, I felt we had to screen everything …

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