Matchbox • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Matchbox b/w Slow Down

‘Matchbox’ USA single – front cover
Front cover
‘Matchbox’ USA single – back cover
Back cover
‘Matchbox’ USA single – Capitol record label
Record label
  • Label: Capitol 5255 MONO
  • Released: 24th August 1964
  • Peak position for ‘Matchbox’:
    Billboard – #17;
    Cashbox – #17;
    Record World – #22
  • Weeks in chart: 8 – from 5th September 1964
  • Peak position for ‘Slow Down’:
    Billboard – #25;
    Cashbox – #34;
    Record World – #23
  • Weeks in chart: 7 – from 5th September 1964

With no new songs in the vault Capitol decided to pull something old off ‘Something New’.

Ringo was far-and-away the most popular Beatle in the States, so he was treated to his first-ever A-side. He got one more A and a couple of B’s as well before the decade was out – imagine how George must have felt.

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