UK EP release: All My Loving

The Beatles’ fourth EP to be released in the United Kingdom contained a mix of songs from the albums Please Please Me and With The Beatles.

The All My Loving EP was released, like all the group’s UK output so far, on the EMI subsidiary label Parlophone. It was issued only in mono, with the catalogue number GEP 8891.

Side one contained ‘All My Loving’ and ‘Ask Me Why’, while the second side featured Money (That’s What I Want) and ‘PS I Love You’.

All My Loving EP artwork - United Kingdom

Although all the songs had been available for some time, the EP sold strongly. It even peaking at number 12 in the singles chart, which in the early 1960s was based on all sales regardless of disc size.

In the EP chart it spent eight weeks at number one, and was eventually replaced by the Long Tall Sally EP.

As with their three previous EPs, All My Loving had sleeve notes penned by the group’s press officer Tony Barrow.

John… Paul… George… Ringo. Names which meant little or nothing eighteen months ago. Today there is an almost legendary magic about John and Paul and George and Ringo. The very mention of any one sends sharp shivers of excitement down the spines of young girls. The names belong to four vigorous-voiced, multi-talented artists who have the 1964 pop music world spread out about their stomping feet. The four command a kingdom of gold and silver trophies. They rule supreme from the hit parade heights. They dominate the thoughts, moods and hearts of a million devoted fans. They fascinate many more millions of longer-range admirers from every walk of life and every living generation. They have pioneered and cultivated a dozen different trends in teenage fashions and musical motions. They have altered the course of their contemporary segment of show-business history. They are, with less than eighteen months of national importance behind them, amongst the most sensational successes the entertainment world has ever known. They are, in one meaningful word, Beatles.

The Beatles abhor the contrived, venerate the unconventional. They are what every young girl would wish they boy next door to be. They have made the phrase ‘pop idol’ obsolete. John… Paul… George… Ringo. Four forceful personalities backed up by rare and genuine talent.

Tony Barrow
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