Beatles discography: United States of America (USA)


My Bonnie (Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers)
23 April 1962
Decca 31 382
My Bonnie single - USA
Please Please Me
25 February 1963
Vee-Jay VJ 498
Please Please Me single artwork (Vee Jay) - USA
From Me To You
27 May 1963
Vee-Jay VJ 522
From Me To You single - USA
She Loves You
16 September 1963
Swan 4152
She Loves You single artwork - USA
I Want To Hold Your Hand
26 December 1963
Capitol 5112
I Want To Hold Your Hand single artwork - USA
My Bonnie (The Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
27 January 1964
MGM K 13 213
My Bonnie/The Saints single artwork - USA
Please Please Me
30 January 1964
Vee-Jay VJ 581
Please Please Me single artwork - USA
Twist And Shout
2 March 1964
Tollie 9001
Twist And Shout single artwork - USA
Can't Buy Me Love
16 March 1964
Capitol 5150
Can't Buy Me Love single artwork - USA
Do You Want To Know A Secret
23 March 1964
Vee-Jay VJ 587
Do You Want To Know A Secret single artwork - USA
Love Me Do
27 April 1964
Tollie 9008
Love Me Do single artwork - USA
Sie Liebt Dich
21 May 1964
Swan 4182
Sie Liebt Dich single artwork - USA
Sweet Georgia Brown (The Beatles with Tony Sheridan)
1 June 1964
Swan 4182
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby
Sweet Georgia Brown single artwork - USA
Ain't She Sweet
6 July 1964
ATCO 45-6308
Ain't She Sweet
Nobody's Child
Ain't She Sweet single artwork - USA
A Hard Day's Night
13 July 1964
Capitol 5222
A Hard Day's Night single artwork - USA
I'll Cry Instead
20 July 1964
Capitol 5234
I'll Cry Instead single artwork - USA
And I Love Her
20 July 1964
Capitol 5235
And I Love Her single artwork - USA
24 August 1964
Capitol 5255
Matchbox single artwork - USA
I Feel Fine
23 November 1964
Capitol 5327
I Feel Fine single artwork - USA
Eight Days A Week
15 February 1965
Capitol 5371
Eight Days A Week single artwork - USA
Ticket To Ride
19 April 1965
Capitol 5407
Ticket To Ride single artwork - USA
19 July 1965
Capitol 5476
Help! single artwork - USA
13 September 1965
Capitol 5498
Yesterday single artwork - USA
We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper
6 December 1965
Capitol 5555
We Can Work It Out single artwork - USA
Nowhere Man
21 February 1966
Capitol 5587
Nowhere Man single artwork - USA
Paperback Writer
30 May 1966
Capitol 5651
Paperback Writer single artwork - USA
Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby
8 August 1966
Capitol 5715
Yellow Submarine single artwork - USA
Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
13 February 1967
Capitol 5810
Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever single artwork - United Kingdom
All You Need Is Love
17 July 1967
Capitol 5964
All You Need Is Love single artwork - USA
Hello, Goodbye
27 November 1967
Capitol 2056
Hello, Goodbye single artwork - USA
Lady Madonna
18 March 1968
Capitol 2138
Lady Madonna single artwork - USA
Hey Jude
26 August 1968
Apple 2276
Hey Jude single - United Kingdom
Get Back
5 May 1969
Apple 2490
Get Back single - United Kingdom
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
4 June 1969
Apple 2531
The Ballad Of John And Yoko single artwork - USA
Come Together/Something
6 October 1969
Apple 2654
Come Together single - United Kingdom
Let It Be
11 March 1970
Apple 2764
Let It Be single artwork - United Kingdom
The Long And Winding Road
11 May 1970
Apple 2832
The Long And Winding Road single artwork - USA

46 responses on “Beatles discography: United States of America (USA)

    1. Joe Post author

      I missed out some of the minor, unofficial singles – there were loads released in the US, particularly in 1964 and 65. I’ll take another look and see if I can source some better info though, as I’d like the discography to be reasonably comprehensive.

      1. Joe Post author

        OK, the Hamburg-era singles have now been added, along with artwork for all.

        The Hamburg recordings were reissued a number of times in various guises throughout the 60s, so I haven’t included absolutely everything, but these are all the key works. I don’t think anything important is missed out.

  1. Ken Sall

    Any news on a Capitol Albums, Vol 3 release with Yesterday and Today, Revolver, Hey Jude, and The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, perhaps? Maybe The Beatles Story?
    PS – Your website is a goldmine!!

        1. Bill

          Having grown up with the Capitol versions, and being used to them, it was a real blessing when the CDs were issued with original, intended British versions. However, I do like the Yesterday…And Today album as a kind of “bridge” between Rubber Soul and Revolver. And I also like I’ve Just Seen A Face starting RS on the US version. RS in fact plays as an accoustic record in the US, missing Nowhere Man and If I needed Someone. But you are correct; Capitol put less songs on more albums to fill their coffers, and depite a few interesting accidents like noted above, it was criminal.

          1. Michael Kelly Schurman

            I was very lucky to come across imported British versions about the time Help came out here in the U.S. I was in high school at the time and it took the rest of my teens to get them all but it was worth the work of searching, not at all easy in those days. Almost fifty years later I still have all of those wonderful records. Better albums, better vinyl.

          2. J Nagarya

            Yet again selective attention to facts rationalizes knee-jerk bashings of Capitol Records —

            Not only was it not “criminal,” it was contributed to by The Beatles themselves.

            Moreover, there was an issue in differences in UK and US laws which essentially REQUIRED what Capitol did.

    1. J Nagarya

      This ignores well-known facts in order to snobbily bash Capitol Records.

      In fact, The Beatles themselves contributed to Capitol’s way of marketing their records. As result, a number of tracks, provided to Capitol to “fill out” another LP, were only later released in England.

      As for the so-called “butcher” cover and the fantasy that has been imputed to it: according to John, it was an anti-war statement.

  2. Beatle Fan Brian

    I was late getting to the party that was The Beatle years. I was 11 in 1975 when I was introduced to their music. The first album I bought was Introducing The Beatles on Vee-Jay. I built my collection with the US releases and eventually acquired the UK releases(LP’s and EP’s). I guess you have to take the US releases for what they were and enjoy them on that level. After all, Capitol was almost forced to release their records by the parent company, EMI. Once they saw what they had they made sure that they played it for all it was worth.

    Mr.Mustard has it right. They slaughtered Revolver. The UK version has 5 sung by John, 5 by Paul, 3 by George and Ringo’s 1 vocal. The US version has 3 Lennon songs missing and it sounds more like a McCartney album. Was Capitol bowing to the “bigger than Jesus hysteria”?

    I do enjoy the more acoustic feel of the US Rubber Soul. Too bad they felt compelled to give us only 11 or 12 songs per disc.

    Anyone know if the Live at the Star Club in Hamburg can be found on CD?

    1. c64wood

      I actually have it someplace. I was sold as seperate discs, Vol 1 and Vol 2. with 11 tracks each. Doing some research, it looks like there were multiple releases of this. The one I have has this running order:

      I Saw Her Standing There/Hippy Hippy Shake/Sweet Little Sixteen/Mr. Moonlight/Hully Gully/Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees)/Little Queenie/Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby/I Remember You/Reminiscing/Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey/Roll Over Beethoven/Ask Me Why/Lend Me Your Comb/Where Have You Been All My Life/A Taste of Honey/I’m Talking About You/Twist and Shout/Red Sails in the Sunset/I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)/Matchbox/Long Tall Sally

    2. s van kirk

      I grew up with the Capitol releases, so i am still leaning to them in my Beatles listening, just a personal preference. “Beatles ’65” is a wonderful album, as is “The Beatles yesterday and Today”. Back when these albums were being released, and aside from Capitol’s clever marketing strategy, the capitol releases reflect the fast pace of the early Beatles era. All of the songs contained are short, usually less than 3 minutes each, and so are the capitol albums fast and furious, and perhaps faster paced as per life with the Beatles.

      Honestly, listening to a Beatles Capitol release is an awe-inspiring experience, and never not quite enough, so you want to listen to more! The folks at Capitol actually had the right idea in a sense. One album wasn’t enough, the length wasn’t enough. People couldn’t wait to buy their next Beatle album, and it was common to listen to them over and over again.

      1. Joshua Adams

        To any american: the capitol releases were the only beatles records that mattered, but ONLY the official albums that were released worldwide: meet, hard days night, help, rubber soul, revolver, sgt peppers, white album and abbey rd. Those were the only essentials, pleasepleaseme (aka introducing aka the early)and for sale (beatles 65) were half cover albums and let it be was posthumous, not essential for the purist, only the collector.

    3. J Nagarya

      Capitol was working with what they were provided by The Beatles themselves — including earlier release in the US than in the UK of tracks needed to fill out those so-called “butchered” LPs.

      The Beatles were foremost about selling records — and they didn’t object when that happened.

  3. Adrian Everett

    Hey Beatles Fan, If you want all the American Albums in digital form just go to YouTube and check out YouTube Accounts TheMusicalSteve and LennMcHarriStar. They are have a majority of the albums. You will have to search around though for Abbey Road and The Yellow Submarine Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Use and you will have the complete collection. Make sure you set mp3 conversion rate to Highest Quality. All the albums are the infamous “Ebbetts” Soundboard Bootleg Recordings. Both YouTube account holders have taken the liberty of further digitally enhancing Ebbets’s clean vinyl transfers. All the mp3 transfers will show and play as 1 very long mp3 track. You can put them in a playlist on your Windows Media Player or whatever you use to play mp3’s. If you use Itunes you can load them to your Ipod.

  4. poeticliaisons

    So “From Me To You” and “I’m Down” (along with You Know My Name and Inner Light) never made it onto ANY U.S. LPs or EPs, only 45s??? Any others I’ve forgotten? Weird.

  5. Chris Schneider

    I couldn’t disagree more strongly about the comparison between the Beatles EMI and Capitol Product. Sure, EMI’s Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Yellow Submarine, were the better buy. compared to Capitols inclusion of George Martin’s singing strings. But the first four Beatles albums on Capitol are downright phenomenal; with great singles like She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand included, we didn’t have to wait for greatest hits product like Past Masters. And speaking as a person who owned their Capitol records, I prefer listening to the albums that I, like many other Americans of a previous generation, grew up with, including Beatles Yesterday and Today and Hey Jude. I would be happy, as someone previously stated, that Capitol released a Beatles Vol. III including those albums.

  6. Shane Swaggin Williams

    The Beatles early capitol albums were murder!! Meet the Beatles was a lousy knockoff of With the Beatles. Capitol butchered Rubber Soul and Revolver. However, Sgt. Pepper was synchronised well with the UK albums as well as the following ones. I do like how Capitol modified the U.S. Magical Mystery Tour album.

      1. Bongo

        One thing Capitol did better than the Parlophone LPs was adding all those great singles that never made it to an LP in the UK, such as She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, etc… I’ll even give them credit for making MMT an LP instead of an EP. But other than that, they ruined the original recordings with the dexterized fake sound. And now with the new 2014 US CD set, they even rip you off by using the 2009 UK CD recordings, not even using the dexterized recordings. WTF!! Your better off getting the Capitol Vol.1 & 2 CD sets from 2004-06 if your intent on the true Capitol sound.

  7. kookadams

    The official beatles albums (not including the packaged albums capitol put out or the ones only issues in the UK): meet the beatles, hard days night, help, rubber soul, revolver, sgt pepper, white album and abbey rd. the US versions if youre american the UK if youre english.

  8. Sumcensuvitt

    I cannot complain much about how Capital released the albums, as we in the U.S. were very excited to get each and every Beatles album and by the time The Beatles last album was released in 1970, we could have 20 albums, while the Brits only had 13 albums. At the time, more albums was better. It is all good.

    1. Bongo

      Sure, but the US “A Hard Days Night” album was only half an album. You actually had to buy the “Something New” Album to get the rest of the songs from the UK version. Same with the US Help! album, again half the songs were missing, hence you also had to buy another album or 2 to get the rest of the songs from the UK version. Same issue with Yesterday & Today was released because of the songs omitted from the UK Rubber Soul & Revolver albums. You got fleeced by buying 20 albums.

      1. J Nagarya


        “Yesterday . . . and Today” was released on Capitol BEFORE “Revolver” was released on Capitol. And “Yesterday . . . and Today” on it had tracks from “Revolver” which had been provided to Capitol by The Beatles themselves. And there are other instances (“Bad Boy”) of them providing Capitol with tracks not released in the UK until later.

  9. Michael Fontana

    You must realize the business and legal reasons why the American records were so different – In the UK, artist royalties were paid on a per track basis, so the more songs on an album, the more money for the artists and the business. In the USA, royalties were paid per album, and the tradition was to include no more than 12 tracks. Also, Capital only got rights to certain early songs, sometimes having to piece an album together from dribs and drabs that hadn’t already been acquired by VeeJay, Swan and other small labels. All of this was more because the Beatles became popular here later than in Europe, not so much because of some tacit plan to maximize profit!

    1. J Nagarya


      Facts are said to be “stubborn things”. But, there are times when unfounded fantasies (which serve as excuse to bash Capitol) are more stubborn than facts.

      The Beatles themselves knew of and contributed to the “butchering” of their LPs.

  10. J Nagarya

    There were actually two releases of VeeJay’s “Introducing the Beatles” (they each differed from the other by two tracks, which were released as singles).

    The first was released on July 27, 1963. I heard the tracks from this on a Chicago radio station during October, 1963.

    The second version was released on the 1964 date you provide.

    And, through most of December, 1963, I heard “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (and then, also, and increasingly, “I Saw Her Standing There”) on a Boston radio show.

    The DJ indicated that “I Saw Her Standing There” was the B-side to “I Want to Hold your Hand”. But the version he played began, “1-2-3-FAH!”.

  11. Jel

    Can someone give me some information on the Hey Jude Album? Did it ever get released on a CD? And why is it not part of the official Beatles’ Albums, for example – I have the box-set that was re-released in Australia about six years ago and this album was not included. Is this because it was never an Australian release? I have this album on vinyl and I have had dispute the fact that it even exists. I would love more information if anyone can help, I would so appreciate it as I have asked for information on this album for years, and no one could give me any answers.

    Thanks, Jel from Australia.

  12. Mike

    I thought the US Capitol releases were unique.There were some tracks that were not on UK releases.Some US tracks had different mixes.UA A hard Day’s Night Soundtrack and Capitol Help Soundtrack included George Martin Instrumentals.

  13. robert markoe

    undoubtedly, the Greatest Rock Band Of All Time, nothing can touch them, maybe Jimi Hendrix, Dylan. Growing up with them was like a dream; they just got better, and better, than it all ended.

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