• Real Name: John Lennon
  • Birth Date: 9th October 1940
  • Birth Place: Liverpool
  • Paul McCartney
  • 18th June 1942
  • Liverpool 
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  • George Harrison
  • 25th February 1943
  • Liverpool
  • Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr)
  • 7th July 1940
  • Dingle, Liverpool 
  • Biographies of the Beatles can be found all over the place. So much information is available that I have not felt it necessary to write more than the barest facts, so that I can make some claim to have covered the subject. However, you can find much more information on the Internet- try 'Beatles' in the search engine of your choice to see what I mean.

    The group that was first called the Beatles consisted of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe (born Edinburgh, 1940) and Pete Best (born Liverpool, 1941). During the early 1960s the group performed regularly in Hamburg, with trips back to Liverpool where they would make their legendary appearances at 'The Cavern'. During 1961 they drew the attention of Brian Epstein who at that time managed a Liverpool music shop. He had noticed the Beatles because customers were asking for a record called 'My Bonnie' by a singer called Tony Sheridan that the group had backed. At about this time Sutcliffe left the group to find full time work in Germany. He was to die suddenly a few months later..

    This is one of a pair of EPs that the Beatles had released during 1964 which related to their new movie, "A Hard Day's Night". It's very easy to become confused, because the first is called 'Extracts From the Film "A Hard Day's Night"' and the second one 'Extracts From the Album "A Hard Day's Night"'. The one shown here is the latter and is a lot harder to find than the former. In any event, in common with everything the Beatles ever put down on vinyl, the four tracks that it contains are all excellent.

    Epstein became sufficiently impressed with the group to spend time promoting them, becoming their manager, and securing them a recording contract through producer George Martin of EMI. Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr, previously drummer with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, before their first recording for the Parlophone label.

    The Beatles first single was the Lennon and McCartney penned 'Love Me Do' which reached a lowly #17 in the UK chart. However, the release of their second single 'Please Please Me' set the trend that launched Merseybeat, the 'British Invasion of the US' and the greatest musical legend of them all.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • Collector's Items generally apply to the first pressing only

    Parlophone R4949 1962 Love Me Do/ P.S. I Love You #17
    Parlophone R4983 1963 Please Please Me/ Ask Me Why #2
    Parlophone R5015 1963 From Me To You/ Thank You Girl #1
    Parlophone R5055 1963 She Loves You/ I'll Get You #1
    Parlophone R5084 1963 I Want To Hold Your Hand/ This Boy #1
    Parlophone R5114 1964 Can't Buy Me Love/ You Can't Do That #1
    Parlophone R5160  1964 A Hard Day's Night/ Things We Said Today #1
    Parlophone R5200 1964 I Feel Fine/ She's A Woman #1
    Parlophone R5265 1965 Ticket To Ride/ Yes It Is #1
    Parlophone R5305 1965 Help!/ I'm Down #1
    Parlophone R5389 1965 We Can Work It Out/ Day Tripper #1
    Parlophone R5452 1966 Paperback Writer/ Rain #1
    Parlophone R5493 1966 Yellow Submarine/ Eleanor Rigby #1
    Parlophone R5570 1967 Penny Lane/ Strawberry Fields Forever #2
    Parlophone R5620 1967 All You Need Is Love/ Baby You're A Rich Man #1
    Parlophone R5655 1967 Hello Goodbye/ I Am The Walrus #1
    Parlophone R5675 1968 Lady Madonna/ The Inner Light #1
    Apple R5722 1968 Hey Jude/ Revolution (Also on Parlophone R5722) #1
    Apple R5777 1969 Get Back/ Don't Let Me Down #1
    Apple R5786 1969 Ballad Of John And Yoko/ Old Brown Shoe #1
    Apple R5814 1969 Something/ Come Together #1
    Polydor NH66833 1962 My Bonnie/ The Saints (Tony Sheridan & the Beatles)  
    Polydor NH52275 1964 Cry For A Shadow/ Why (Can't You Love Me Again)  
    Polydor NH52317 1964 Ain't She Sweet/ If You Love Me Baby #29

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