I Want To Hold Your Hand • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single I Want To Hold Your Hand b/w I Saw Her Standing There

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – front cover
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‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – back cover
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‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol 5122 MONO
  • Released: 26th December 1963
  • Sales figures: after 3 days – ¼ million; after two weeks: 1 million; after 3 months – 3½ million; to date – over 5 million; Certified Gold – 3rd February 1964
  • Peak position for ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 7 – from 1st February 1964
  • Weeks in chart: 15 – from 18th January 1964
  • Peak position for ‘I Saw Her Standing There’:
    Billboard – #14;
    Cashbox – #100;
    Record World – Didn’t enter
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – from 8th February 1964

This is the single that broke The Beatles in the States. Capitol had finally cottoned onto the fact that The Beatles were something special, but getting the band onto the label was only half the battle.

Brian was mindful of the pathetic dents that other acts had made on the American charts, and insisted that Capitol spend at least $40,000 promoting the song. This was an absolutely obscene amount of money for the time – the most that they’d ever spent on a campaign up until that point was $5,000. Backed-up by the largest ad campaign in the history of pop music, the song could hardly fail.

The original plan called for the song to be released it in mid-January (just before their appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’), but radio stations up and down the country somehow got …

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USA vinyl single (Re-release) I Want To Hold Your Hand b/w I Saw Her Standing There

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – front cover
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‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol
  • Released: 10th February 1984

This was released to mark the 20th anniversay of The Beatles’ breakthrough single reaching No.1.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that they made a slight change to the cover to pander to 1980s sensibilities… Paul’s cigarette has been air-brushed out.

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USA CD single (Re-release) I Want To Hold Your Hand b/w This Boy

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  • Label: C3 44304 2
  • Released: 8th February 1989

At the end of the 1980s Capitol decided to issue all of The Beatles’ British singles in CD format, in an unusual long box design.

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USA CD single (Re-release) I Want To Hold Your Hand b/w This Boy

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  • Label: CD 15906
  • Released: 10th November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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USA vinyl single (Re-release) I Want To Hold Your Hand b/w I Saw Her Standing There

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‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ USA single – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol
  • Released: February 1994

This was a limited edition re-issue to mark the 30th anniversay – complete with Paul’s cigarette, which has miraculously re-appeared.

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