My Bonnie • Beatles UK single

UK vinyl single My Bonnie b/w The Saints

‘My Bonnie’ UK single – front cover
Front cover
‘My Bonnie’ UK single – back cover
Back cover
‘My Bonnie’ UK single – Polydor record label
Record label
  • Label: Polydor NH 66833 MONO
  • Released: 5th January 1962
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #48
  • Weeks in chart: 1 – from 8th June 1963

This was the first release anywhere in the world to carry the Beatles’ name. Because Tony was big in the Fatherland the German version actually came out first, but they had stuck with the more familiar ‘Beat Brothers’ moniker for Tony Sheridan’s backing-band. And it was in this format that it first came to the attention of a certain Mr B. Epstein, who stocked a couple in his shop after some girls came asking for it. When he took the band over a couple of weeks later, he persuaded German Polydor to release it in England with a proper Beatles credit.

After it charted in 1963 John was rather embarassed by it. “It’s just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They’re flogging it but I wish they’d just shut up. It’s terrible! It could be …

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