The Beatles’ diary -- 22nd February 1963

Friday, 22nd February 1963

UK singles chart
  1. Diamonds – Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
  2. Wayward Wind – Frank Ifield
  3. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  4. Little Town Flirt – Del Shannon
  5. The Next Time / Bachelor Boy – Cliff Richard
UK albums chart
  1. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard
  2. Girls Girls Girls – Elvis Presley
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. Out Of The Shadows – The Shadows
  5. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack

Performance at the Oasis Club in Manchester.

Dick James suggested to Brian that John and Paul should start up their own publishing company so they could share in all the radio play and cover version profits. He duly agreed and Northern Songs was born. John and Paul initially assumed that they’d own the whole company, but they were only given 49 shares between them. Brian took ten of them, and the rest went to Dick James and his accountant. This deal would come to haunt them in 1969, because James sold off his shares behind their back, but back in 1963 it seemed like a very good deal indeed. After all, James could have simply signed them up to Dick James Music Ltd., which would have netted him far more money in the long run, but by giving them their own publishing deal he earned a bit of respect. George Martin said: “His idea …

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