Do You Want To Know A Secret • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Do You Want To Know A Secret b/w Thank You Girl

‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ USA single – front cover
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‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ USA single – back cover
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‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ USA single – Vee Jay record label
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  • Label: Vee Jay VJ 587 MONO
  • Released: 23rd March 1964
  • Sales figures: over 1 million
  • Peak position for ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’:
    Billboard – #2;
    Cashbox – #3;
    Record World – #3
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – from 28th March 1964
  • Peak position for ‘Thank You Girl’:
    Billboard – #35;
    Record World – #39
  • Weeks in chart: 7 – from 4th April 1964

With no legal way of getting their hands on any new songs, Vee-Jay continued to pull singles off their debut album. Billy J. Kramer had recently taken this to No.2 in England so they thought they’d have a crack.

This single proved to be George’s first lead vocal on a Beatles’ A-side – pre-dating ‘Something’ by five years.

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USA vinyl single (Re-release) Do You Want To Know A Secret b/w Thank You Girl

‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ USA single – front cover
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During the summer of ’64 Vee-Jay started up yet another subsidiary label, and this time called it ‘Oldies’. Their license to release Beatles singles was due to expire in October, so they were in a race against time to re-release all of their 45s to make a bit more money. Capitol weren’t exactly over-the-moon about it, but repeated the feat themselves a year later with their budget label – ‘Capitol Starline’.

The songs and their B-sides were: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl’, ‘Please Please Me / From Me To You’, ‘Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Twist And Shout / There’s A Place’.

They also issued a special Christmas sleeve in early October to gain a slice of the Xmas market. Once again, this was not a new release, but merely a replacement slip for …

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In October 1965 Capitol re-released the four Vee-Jay singles on its budget label, ‘Capitol Starline’. This was the second time in under a year that the songs had been marketed this way. (The first time was on Vee-Jay’s own ‘Oldies’ label.)

The songs and their B-sides were: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl’, ‘Please Please Me / From Me To You’, ‘Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Twist And Shout / There’s A Place’.

They also took the opportunity to release a couple of best-selling Canadian imports: ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Boys’. The only one out of the six to chart was ‘Boys’, reaching No.102 on Billboard.

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