The Beatles’ diary -- 9th May 1962

Wednesday, 9th 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 had his first meeting with George Martin. By early ’63 EMI had swollen to four home-grown labels and numerous foreign subsidiaries (including Capitol in America) and Parlophone was just the piddly little one that no one liked. The previous six years had yielded them just ‘one’ Top Ten hit – Temperance Seven’s ‘Stop You’re Driving Me Crazy’. Martin’s main mass of money was coming from novelty/comedy records, aged crooners and Scottish pop stars. As such, he was about as desperate for a band as Brian was for a record deal. “Everybody seemed to have a group or a singer except us,” he lamented. “And I was frankly jealous of the seemingly never-ending success that other people were having with such acts, in particular Norrie Paramor, my opposite number at Columbia, whose artist …

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