US album release: Meet The Beatles!

9.00am, Monday 20 January 1964 (50 years ago)

The Beatles’ first LP on Capitol Records was released while the group were in Paris, just three days after they were told I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached number one in America.

Meet The Beatles! album artwork - USACapitol had been slow to pick up on The Beatles’ potential, and the smaller Vee-Jay label had issued the Introducing The Beatles album 10 days before Meet The Beatles!. Capitol was a sister company to Parlophone, and both were subsidiaries of EMI.

Meet The Beatles! was a huge success, capitalising on the public’s growing demand for the group’s music. The Beatles themselves arrived in America on 7 February 1964, two days before their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

2 Responses to “US album release: Meet The Beatles!”

  1. Sue Lambert

    I do not see anything on this site about an album released by vee-jay records called Songs,pictures and stories of the fabulous BEATLES. There is a sticker that says “Souvenir of their appearance at the Boston Gardens, Boston Sept 12 1964. Is this not considered an Album of theirs?

  2. irwinmainway

    “Huge success” – try frantically trying to meet demand – pasting ‘Meet the Beatles’ covers over other LP covers, pressing LPs without the required publishing rights (ASCAP, BMI). They even failed to note who produced the record!


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