Thursday, February 7, 2013

Still Loving Leather?

February 7, 1963

Today, the Beatles single "Please Please Me" is released in the USA on the VeeJay label.  Columbia, the parent company of EMI, doesn't see what all the fuss is about and passes on it so George Martin finds an alternate.  With the limited support that can be given by a small label, the record will do nothing there.  But they are knocking on the door.  And since VeeJay is a Chicago label, the record does get played on WLS, almost as an experiment.  Nothing.

And tomorrow in England, the Beatles, Helen Shapiro and Kenny Lynch are all ejected from the Carlisle Golf Club dance after the Beatles have the temerity to enter the ballroom at the Crown and Mitre Hotel wearing leather jackets!

Really looking forward to this Monday, the 11th, when they return to London to record for their first album.

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