Twist And Shout • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Twist And Shout b/w There’s A Place

‘Twist And Shout’ USA single – front cover
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  • Label: Tollie 9001 MONO
  • Released: 20th February 1964
  • Sales figures: 1¼ million
  • Peak position for ‘Twist And Shout’:
    Billboard – #2;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – from 14th March 1964
  • Peak position for ‘There’s A Place’:
    Billboard – #74
  • Weeks in chart: 1 – from 11th April 1964

After the successful re-release of ‘Please Please Me’ one month before, Vee-Jay wasted no time in getting as many album tracks into the shops as possible. This one was farmed out to their brand-new subsidiary label, Tollie.

The single managed to get all the way to No.2 before stalling behind a log-jam of Beatles’ releases. Capitol’s ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ was sitting pretty at the top, whilst ’She Loves You’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Please Please Me’ filled out the Top 5.

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USA vinyl single (Re-release) Twist And Shout b/w There’s A Place

‘Twist And Shout’ USA single – Oldies record label
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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 singles 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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‘Twist And Shout’ USA single – Capitol Starline record label
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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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‘Twist And Shout’ USA single – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol B 5624
  • Released: 23rd July 1986
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #23
  • Weeks in chart: 15 – from 9th August 1986

This was released to cash-in on the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, which used ‘Twist And Shout’ in the soundtrack.

Unlike the previous three issues, this release contained stereo mixes of both songs.

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