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Friday, May 1, 2015

3 labels, 2 singles & 1 EP

You may recall that in January of 1964 Vee-Jay Records was forced to scrap its initial release of the album Introducing...the Beatles when it was sued by Capitol Records, whose publishing company Beechwood Music owned the rights to the songs Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You.  Now that the two companies had finally settled, Vee-Jay was free to release the songs, and it did so as a single on April 27th on its subsidiary label Tollie Records.  In fact, the A-side had already made an appearance on the Billboard chart as a Capitol of Canada import featuring Ringo on drums - the September 4th, 1962 version.  This new single used the more common September 11th, 1962 version with Andy White on drums and Ringo on tambourine.

The Beatles' sound had quickly become more sophisticated in the studio in only a year and a half, yet American audiences gobbled up this relatively primitive early recording and pushed it all the way to the top of the chart, making it the group's fourth number one single in the US. 
Capitol Records made an unusual move on May 11th by issuing an EP comprised of the four other songs that had appeared on Capitol of Canada singles on the US charts a month earlier.  Perhaps the feeling was that the demand for Roll Over Beethoven and All My Loving was still strong, but this new release only managed to hit number ninety-two on the Billboard Hot 100.  Unlike the sleeve printed above, the running order was:

SIDE A

Roll Over Beethoven
All My Loving

SIDE B

This Boy
Please Mister Postman
   
The strangest new release was surely this one.  Swan Records only held the rights to two songs - She Loves You and I'll Get You - and could only issue them as a single (which was why Capitol was allowed to include both of them as album tracks on The Beatles' Second Album).  Upon learning that the group had recorded a German-language version of She Loves You for EMI's Odeon label, Swan somehow got its hands on the recording, believing that it had exclusive rights to it in the US market.  Once again, I'll Get You served as the B-side and the single was issued on May 21st, 1964.  It met with little success, however, peaking at number ninety-seven, partly because Capitol sued the smaller label, which did not actually have the rights to this particular recording.

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