The Beatles’ diary -- 8th August 1963

Thursday, 8th August 1963

UK singles chart
  1. Devil In Disguise – Elvis Presley
  2. Confessin’ – Frank Ifield
  3. Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers
  4. Twist And Shout – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
  5. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
UK albums chart
  1. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  2. Greatest Hits – The Shadows
  3. Cliff’s Hit Album – Cliff Richard
  4. It Happened At The World’s Fair – Elvis Presley
  5. Reminiscing – Buddy Holly

Performance at the Candie Gardens in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

The Beatles label in the States, Vee-Jay, started having money troubles in the summer and failed to pay their royalties on time. This led to Transglobal (who licensed their songs in the States) to send them a threatening letter, but they didn’t reply. So they ordered them to “cease manufacture and distribution of any and all records containing performances by The Beatles with immediate effect.” This didn’t bother Vee-Jay too much, because their first two singles had flopped. So they decided to bin the Beatles completely, and plans for their debut LP were put on the back-burner. (They didn’t get warmed up again until Capitol had a hit with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ in December ’63.)

The cancellation of their contract naturally meant that Vee-Jay lost their first refusal on …

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