US EP release: The Beatles

9.00am, Monday 23 March 1964 (50 years ago)

The first of three Beatles EPs was released on this day. Simply titled The Beatles, it was issued in mono by the Vee-Jay label as VJEP 1-903.

The Beatles EP (Vee Jay) artwork - USAThe EP contained four songs: Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Ask Me Why and Anna (Go To Him). Each of the songs, apart from Ask Me Why, had previously appeared on the Vee-Jay LP Introducing The Beatles, which was released on 10 January 1964.

Vee-Jay had the right to issue only a limited number of Beatles songs before Capitol Records began releasing the group’s music. As such, once their popularity was established, the songs were repackaged a number of times in various formats.

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