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How Beatles for Sale got its name
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18 June 2013
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From WogBlog:

In 1963, Margaret Gordon won a competition to name the next Beatles LP. Her winning suggestion of "Beatles For Sale" earned her a meeting with the group in Carlisle in November 1963. She brought with her some Beatles albums from a couple of friends who wanted them signed.

Have you guys heard this story before? That really surprised me. What a coup.

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24 June 2013
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Perhaps she suggested a name, they gave her a prize, then forgot all about the name and dredged it up again at the end of 1964 through their subconsciousness without making the connection. Who knows? The article doesn't actually say they committed to naming the album with whatever was selected (and AHDN followed next anyway). I bet there were loads of competitions at that time (Suggest a name for Ringo's baby! What car should John get after passing his test?) that didn't go anywhere.

It's a great story though.

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Meet the Beatles for Real investigated further into the matter.

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{new forum member here} oh this stuff gets me.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

I concur, I once read or heard the very same thing: some girl had won a contest to name "an album" and got to meet them as a prize.  I cannot recall if it was a blog, an article, a book...  If it was a blog in recent times, the web has tons of BS plastered all over it.  In 50 years of no one knowing this tale, it sounds iffy.

@parlance, great link.  Nowhere do the Disc letters specifically note the contest and prize although that's pretty stock.  But according to the article, all she did was pick 6 songs, not a title.  If she decided to write, "Dear Beatles, I choose these 6 songs and I hereby name this EP 'Beatles For Sale'" and the contest didn't ask for a title (would the group even have seen/heard this letter??), or if she told them her idea when she met them, well, The Beatles could have later decided, "yeah, great, what a laugh, let's nick that title."  Technically, she freely gave them the name and with it the rights... 

Would this girl have gone around saying, "That's my title! I named it!" when the album came out??  Who would've believed her?  She would've had to have made a copy of the letter she sent to make something big of it.  So maybe she saw it as a battle she could never win.  Maybe she saved up her tale inside herself for decades.  Maybe, in this instant-media age, she thought it was a good time to get her story out.  People do that when they get old -- better tell their tale before they die!  She's not seeking compensation, right?  If the band used her title, well, perhaps it's one of those surreal stories that just happen in life and around The Beatles. 

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