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.
Capitol 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.