The Beatles’ diary -- 3rd January 1964

Friday, 3rd January 1964

UK singles chart
  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  2. She Loves You – The Beatles
  3. You Were Made For Me – Freddie & The Dreamers
  4. Secret Love – Kathy Kirby
  5. I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. Born Free – Frank Ifield
  5. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers

‘Please Please Me’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Please Please Me Peak position: Billboard – #3; Cashbox – #3; Record World – #3

Performance at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, as part of their Christmas Show. They played Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, I Wanna Be Your Man, She Loves You, Till There Was You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

The American TV show, ‘The Jack Paar Show’, played a short clip of the Beatles doing ‘She Loves You’, and thus became the first major American telly show to broadcast one of their performances. But he marred the event with silly insults and stupid comments like: “I understand scientists are working on a cure for this.”

This was also the day that Vee-Jay re-released their debut single, but with a different B-side: ‘Please Please Me / From Me To You’. As soon as Capitol’s massive marketing campaign got underway, Vee-Jay renewed their interest in the Beatles’ discs and rush-released a quick single and LP off the back of Capitol’s ads. A flurry of lawsuits immediately followed, with both Capitol and Vee-Jay both claiming sole rights on the Beatles’ product. Vee-Jay knew straight away …

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