The Beatles’ diary -- 8th May 1962

Tuesday, 8th May 1962

UK singles chart
  1. Wonderful Land – The Shadows
  2. Hey Little Girl – Del Shannon
  3. Hey Baby – Bruce Channel
  4. Nut Rocker – B Bumble & The Stingers
  5. Dream Baby – Roy Orbison
UK albums chart
  1. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  2. The Young Ones – Cliff Richard
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  5. Tops With Me – Helen Shapiro

Performance at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Star-Club residency.

Brian visited the HMV shop at 363 Oxford Street to have the Decca audition tapes turned into acetates, and got chatting with Jim Foy. Foy was suitably impressed with the Lennon/McCartney originals, and suggested that he give Syd Coleman, the head of Ardmore & Beechwood (EMI’s music publishers), a visit on the top floor. Coleman then went on to arrange a meeting with the A&R man at Parlophone – George Martin.

[N.B.: This friendly favour earned Coleman the publishing rights to ‘Love Me Do’ in October ’62.]


 
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