Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Controversial Release of INTRODUCING THE BEATLES (Vee-Jay Records) in 1964

During the first half of January, 1964, approximately 82,000 copies of Introducing the Beatles were shipped to record distributors. Sales were halted by a temporary injunction, stopping Vee-Jay from selling Beatles products. The album eventually was released and sold well since the Beatles would shortly tour the United States for the first time. Because of a dispute with Beechwood Music Publishers, “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” were removed from the track list and substituted with “Please Please Me” and “Ask Me Why” in an alternate version of the album. The dropped songs would later be included on Capitol’s The Early Beatles.

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