The Beatles’ diary -- 11th January 1963

Friday, 11th 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

‘Please Please Me’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Please Please Me Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Mirror – #1; Record Retailer – #2

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Plaza Ballroom in Old Hill, Dudley later in the day.

EMI released their second UK single: ‘Please Please Me’. Their first single had been promoted by EMI’s in-house company, Ardmore & Beechwood, but Brian was unhappy about how little work they’d done to plug it, so he set about looking for another publisher. His first idea was to use an American company, but George Martin suggested trying a couple of British companies instead – one of them being Dick James Music. (Martin actually owed Dick James a favour, because James had offered him first dibs on ‘How Do You Do It’ – the song that The Beatles turned down in favour of ‘Love Me Do’.) Brian went ahead and set up a couple of appointments with other companies too, but the first one turned up late, so he packed his bags and left. James, however, turned up bright and breezy half an hour …

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