US single release: I Want To Hold Your Hand

The single with which The Beatles arrived in America, I Want To Hold Your Hand was released on Boxing Day 1963 by Capitol Records.

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Capitol Records had previously been unconvinced by The Beatles' prospects in America, and it took all Brian Epstein's persuasive powers to convince EMI's Stateside counterpart that the group could be a hit. The Beatles' previous singles had been issued by the relatively minor labels Vee-Jay and Swan.

The single had the serial number Capitol 5112, and the b-side was I Saw Her Standing There.

With a promotional budget of $40,000, Capitol originally intended to release the single in January 1964. However, airplay by Carroll James, a DJ on Washington, DC station WWDC, led to the release date being brought forward to cope with public demand.

In the first three days after its release, 250,000 copies had been sold; 10,000 were reportedly sold every hour in New York City.

I Want To Hold Your Hand single artwork - USA

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