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28 February 2013
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If you analyse the Beatles history time-wise you'd no doubt find a ton of inaccuracies (that looks wrong spellingwise) when lined up with the Beatles own memories. Events and time shifts when you reminisce. I find it a hoot that in all the stories of the Beatles Please Please Me is referred to as their first number 1 single yet its not on the album 1 - takes an essay to explain why both premises are true (well in 1963 there were 4 sperately charts...).

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28 February 2013
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parlance said
I'm reading Ian MacDonald's book where he mentions this, and I don't think Paul exactly misremembered it. According to MacDonald, they set up the America trip once I Wanna Hold Your Hand was written though not yet released, so it sounds like they were banking on that finally being the one.

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But there was no certainty to suggest in October or even November that IWTHYH was going to be a hit, never mind a number 1, in the US, they might be have been hoping it happened but they couldnt predict whats going to happen. Confidence might have been up due to success in a few countries but America was still the promised land unbroken by nearly all of the BIG UK artists and She Loves You had been another flop following on from both Please Please Me and From Me To You. The Beatles themselves were amazed when they arrived to see the mania going on. It wouldnt surprise me if the four had said to themselves, Brian and a handful of others about not wanting to go to America and be another band playing 19th on the bill next to nobodies, but it wouldnt have been a strict command upheld by Brian. I think it was one of the big factors in the Beatles story playing a major role - timing.

(I know Gould goes into the circumstances of the American music scene and culture leading upto the UK Invasion but i forget them all. Good book.)

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