My Bonnie • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single My Bonnie b/w The Saints

‘My Bonnie’ USA single – front cover
Front cover
‘My Bonnie’ USA single – Decca record label
Record label
  • Label: Decca 31382 MONO
  • Released: 11th April 1962
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – Didn’t enter;
    Cashbox – Didn’t enter;
    Record World – Didn’t enter
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USA vinyl single (Re-release) My Bonnie b/w The Saints

‘My Bonnie’ USA single – front cover
Front cover
‘My Bonnie’ USA single – back cover
Back cover
‘My Bonnie’ USA single – MGM record label
Record label
  • Label: MGM K 13213 MONO
  • Released: 27th January 1964
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #26;
    Cashbox – #29;
    Record World – #31
  • Weeks in chart: 6 – from 15th February 1964

MGM snapped up the rights to the Tony Sheridan session as soon as Beatlemania started sweeping the States. This meant that they could re-release the Decca record from 1962. Unfortunately, they also decided to cheat Tony out of his credit, because instead of using ‘Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers’ like they should do (like Decca did on the original release) MGM used the more commercial ‘Beatles with Tony Sheridan’.

Most of the Beatles’ Hamburg cuts suffered from over-dubbing in the States because the execs wanted to make them sound ‘punchier’. And this single was no exception. The session drummer, Bernard Purdie, has since claimed that “Ringo’s original drum track wasn’t good enough.” But as every Beatles fan will know, the drummer on the Tony Sheridan set was Pete …

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