Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beatles History: MGM Releases Tony Sheridan LP

On February 3, 1964, MGM Records, capitalizing on the Beatles' growing fame, released The Beatles with Tony Sheridan LP. In the list of Beatles facts is that the title is a bit presumptuous and exactly backwards. Tony Sheridan was the singer, with the Beatles backing him. No Beatle sang on the record , and the album was recorded during one of the Beatles' trips to Hamburg. The LP was an opportunistic release that caused many Beatles fans to purchase the record, thinking they were going to hear more of the singles that were bombarding the airwaves in early 1964. Two of the LP's songs, "My Bonnie" and "The Saints" had been released a few days earlier, on January 27, 1964. Ironically, Brian Epstein first heard of the Beatles when someone asked for a copy of "My Bonnie" at his record store.

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