Meet The Beatles!, the band’s first LP on Capitol Records, was released in America on 20 January 1964.
Capitol had been slow to pick up on The Beatles’ potential, and the smaller Vee-Jay label had issued the Introducing The Beatles album 10 days before Meet The Beatles!. Capitol was a sister company to Parlophone, and both were subsidiaries of EMI.
Meet The Beatles! was a huge success, capitalising on the public’s growing demand for the group’s music. The Beatles themselves arrived in America on 7 February 1964, two days before their famous first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The album entered the Billboard Top LPs chart at number 92 on 1 February 1964. Two weeks later it topped the chart, where it remained for eleven consecutive weeks until it was replaced by The Beatles’ Second Album.
Also on this day...
- 2014: UK release: The US Albums
- 2013: McCartney demo of A World Without Love is unveiled
- 1988: The Beatles are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
- 1982: Paul McCartney appears on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs
- 1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cropped in Denmark
- 1969: The Beatles meet at Apple’s basement studio
- 1967: Recording: A Day In The Life
- 1965: Ringo Starr proposes to Maureen Cox
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1963: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Stuart Sutcliffe leaves Hamburg
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