The first of three Beatles EPs was released on this day. Simply titled The Beatles, it was issued in mono by the Vee-Jay label as VJEP 1-903.
The EP contained four songs: Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Ask Me Why and Anna (Go To Him). Each of the songs, apart from Ask Me Why, had previously appeared on the Vee-Jay LP Introducing The Beatles, which was released on 10 January 1964.
Vee-Jay had the right to issue only a limited number of Beatles songs before Capitol Records began releasing the group’s music. As such, once their popularity was established, the songs were repackaged a number of times in various formats.
Also on this day...
- 1970: Tape copying: McCartney by Paul McCartney
- 1970: Mixing, editing: I’ve Got A Feeling, Dig A Pony, One After 909, I Me Mine, Across The Universe – Phil Spector’s first Let It Be session
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Getting Better
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1964: John Lennon’s In His Own Write is published
- 1964: US single release: Do You Want To Know A Secret
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club. Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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