The Beatles’ diary -- 11th April 1962

Wednesday, 11th April 1962

UK singles chart
  1. Wonderful Land – The Shadows
  2. Tell Me What He Said – Helen Shapiro
  3. Dream Baby – Roy Orbison
  4. Can’t Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby – Elvis Presley
  5. Wimoweh – Karl Denver
UK albums chart
  1. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  2. The Young Ones – Cliff Richard
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. Tops With Me – Helen Shapiro
  5. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels

‘My Bonnie’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. My Bonnie Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

The Beatles flew to Hamburg for a two-month stint at The Star-Club (minus George, who flew out on the 12th). They had to go, because it was the only way that Brian could release them from the short-term contract that they’d signed with Berthold back in June 1961. The contract was due to expire on the 30th June anyway, but Brian was impatient to wait, because he wanted to free them up for their impending date with Parlophone.

You may be wondering why Berthold gave them up, if he already had them under contract. But the fact is that he was more than happy to let them go. The ‘My Bonnie’ single had sold relatively well in Germany (reaching number five) but that was more to do with the popularity of Tony Sheridan, rather than his backing-band. The intended follow-up with the Beatles …

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