Jolly What The Beatles And Frank Ifield • Beatles US album

USA vinyl album Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage

‘Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage’ USA album – front cover
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‘Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage’ USA album – back cover
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‘Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage’ USA album – Vee Jay record label
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  • Label: Vee Jay VJLP 1085 MONO / S 1085 STEREO
  • Released: 20th February 1964
  • Sales figures: 28,000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #104;
    Cashbox – #73;
    Record World – Didn’t enter
  • Weeks in chart: 6 – from 4th April 1964

Side A: Please Please Me / Any Time / Lovesick Blues / I’m Smiling Now / Nobody’s Darling / From Me To You
Side B: I Remember You / Ask Me Why / Thank You Girl / The Wayward Wind / Unchained Melody / I Listen To My Heart

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (2) Lawson, (3) Friend/Mills, (4,12) Ifield, (5) Davis, (7) Mercer/Schertzinger, (10) Newman/Lebowsky and (11) North/Zaret

By early 1964 the only songs that Vee-Jay knew they had the rights to were the four songs on the singles (‘Please Please Me’ and ‘From Me To You’). The other ones were still bogged down in legal chit-chat. So the race was on to sell them again before The Beatles’ bubble burst. But the only way that they could think of doing it (other than by re-releasing the singles – which they also did) was to combine them with another British act and pad out an album. And thus was born the strange musical pairing of The Beatles and Frank Ifield.

In order to spruce it up a bit more they decided to say that it was live “on stage” – implying that they’d once done a gig together. The concert that it was supposed to refer to was held in Peterborough on the 2nd December 1962, when The Beatles …

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