On this day Capitol Records in America issued a documentary album, The Beatles’ Story.
The double album featured interviews, press conferences and extracts of songs by The Beatles. It entered the Billboard Top LPs chart on 12 December at number 97, and on 2 January 1965 peaked at number seven, a position it held for four weeks.
The album was essentially an attempt to capitalise on public demand for The Beatles. Although it sold more modestly than their other Capitol releases, in its first week of release it was certified gold, signifying sales of more than $1 million.
The Beatles’ Story contained a 48-second extract of ‘Twist And Shout’, recorded on 23 August 1964 at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles. It was the only part of the recording made commercially available until The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl was issued in May 1977.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Paul McCartney live at Estádio Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil
- 1967: Tape copying: Yellow Submarine soundtrack songs
- 1965: Filming: promos for We Can Work It Out, Day Tripper, Help!, Ticket To Ride, I Feel Fine
- 1964: Television: Ready, Steady, Go!
- 1964: US single release: I Feel Fine
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Television audition: St James’s Church Hall, London
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1957: Live: New Clubmoor Hall, Liverpool
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