US EP release: The Beatles

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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