The Beatles Releases From 1961-1965

  • MY BONNIE / THE SAINTS

    August
    MY BONNIE / THE SAINTS (WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN) (single) is released in Germany (Decca Records)
  • LOVE ME DO / P.S. I LOVE YOU

    LOVE ME DO / P.S. I LOVE YOU
    October 5
    LOVE ME DO / P.S. I LOVE YOU (single) is released (Parlophone Records).
  • LOVE ME DO @ 48TH

    October 27
    LOVE ME DO (Parlophone single) enters at 48th spot on Melody Maker hit parade
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    PLEASE PLEASE ME

    February 20
    PLEASE PLEASE ME / ASK ME WHY (single) is released in USA (Vee-Jay Records) March 22
    PLEASE PLEASE ME - their first album, is released in England, on Parlophone Records
  • FROM ME TO YOU / THANK YOU GIRL

    FROM ME TO YOU / THANK YOU GIRL
    May 6
    FROM ME TO YOU / THANK YOU GIRL (single) is released (Vee-Jay Records) This single peaked at No. 116 on the Billboard music chart in August.
  • SHE LOVES YOU / I'LL GET YOU

    SHE LOVES YOU / I'LL GET YOU
    July 22
    SHE LOVES YOU / I'LL GET YOU (single) is released (Swan Records)
  • 700,000!!!!

    November 29
    700,000 advance orders for "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by British fans
  • I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND/I SAW HER STANDING THERE

    I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND/I SAW HER STANDING THERE
    December 26
    I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol Records) is released
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    January 1-15 Introducing the Beatles (lp) (version #1 - Vee-Jay) is released

    Track Listing, Side One: 1) I Saw Her Standing There 2) Misery 3) Anna 4) Chains 5) Boys 6) Love Me Do
    Side Two: 1) P.S. I Love You 2) Baby It's You 3) Do You Want To Know A Secret 4) A Taste of Honey 5) There's A Place 6) Twist and Shout
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    FROM 45 TO #1!!

    January 18
    "I Want To Hold Your Hand" enters at No. 45 on the American Billboard music charts.
    February 1
    "I Want To Hold Your Hand" reaches No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard music charts, selling 2,000,000 units ("She Loves You" sells 1,000,000 units in the U.S.)
  • TWIST AND SHOUT / THERE'S A PLACE

    TWIST AND SHOUT / THERE'S A PLACE
    TWIST AND SHOUT / THERE'S A PLACE (single) is released (Tollie Records)
  • CASHBOX CHARTS&''MEET THE BEATLES-CAN'T BUY ME LOVE''

    March 13
    CASHBOX CHARTS - Places Beatles songs in top four slots:
    1) SHE LOVES YOU
    2) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
    3) PLEASE PLEASE ME
    4) TWIST AND SHOUT
    "MEET THE BEATLES" (lp) is reported by this date to have sold 3,600,000 copies "CAN'T BUY ME LOVE," their next single, has advanced order sales of 1,700,000 copies in the USA (Britain would have, by March 17th, advanced sales of 1,000,000 copies)
  • DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? / THANK YOU GIRL

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? / THANK YOU GIRL
    March 23
    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?/ THANK YOU GIRL (single) is released (Vee-Jay Records)
  • WHY / CRY FOR A SHAOW

    March 27
    WHY / CRY FOR A SHADOW (single) is released (MGM Records)
  • CANT BUY ME LOVE / YOU CAN'T DO THAT

    CANT BUY ME LOVE / YOU CAN'T DO THAT
    March 30
    CAN'T BUY ME LOVE / YOU CAN'T DO THAT (single) is released (Capitol Records)
  • BILLBOARD CHARTS

    APRIL 6
    BILLBOARD CHARTS - Places Beatles songs in top five slots:
    1) CAN'T BUY ME LOVE
    2) TWIST AND SHOUT
    3) SHE LOVES YOU
    4) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
    5) PLEASE PLEASE ME
  • A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

    A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
    June 26
    A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (lp) is released (United Artists Records)
  • ''A HARD DAY'S NIGHT'' premiere

    ''A HARD DAY'S NIGHT'' premiere
    July 10
    In Liverpool, a civic reception held for the premiere of "A Hard Day's Night". About 100,000 Liverpudlians pack the streets to see John, Paul, George and Ringo.
  • In Liverpool

    July 10
    In Liverpool, a civic reception was held for the premiere of "A Hard Day's Night." About 100,000 Liverpudlians pack the streets to see John, Paul, George and Ringo.
  • ''Oldies''

    August 10
    Capitol Records issues a series of 45s on their "Oldies" label: DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/THANK YOU GIRL; PLEASE PLEASE ME/FROM ME TO YOU; LOVE ME DO/P.S. I LOVE YOU; TWIST AND SHOUT/THERE'S A PLACE
  • MOTION PICTURE!

    August 11
    MOTION PICTURE: "A Hard Day's Night" is released (running time: 85 minutes)
    Released by United Artists
    Screenplay by Alun Owen
    Produced by Walter Shenson
    Directed by Richard Lester
    Musical director and album produced by George Martin Played in 500 cinemas across the United States, the movie earns 1.3 million in the first week.
    New York's "Village Voice" proclaimed the movie as "the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals."
    Historical first in the cinema picture industry: 15,000 prints made f
  • AIN'T SHE SWEET

    AIN'T SHE SWEET
    October 5
    AIN'T SHE SWEET (lp) is released (Atco Records)
  • I FEEL FINE / SHE'S A WOMAN

    I FEEL FINE / SHE'S A WOMAN
    November 23
    THE BEATLES STORY (double lp) is released (Capitol Records)
    I FEEL FINE / SHE'S A WOMAN (single) is released (Capitol Records)
  • EIGHT DAYS A WEEK / I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY

    EIGHT DAYS A WEEK  /  I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY
    February 15
    EIGHT DAYS A WEEK / I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY (single) is released (Capitol Records)
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    HELP!!!

    February 22
    Beatles start filming (in the Bahamas for tax reasons) their second film, "Help!"
    August 23
    MOTION PICTURE: "Help!" is released (running time: 92 minutes)
  • TICKET TO RIDE / YES IT IS

    TICKET TO RIDE / YES IT IS
    April 19
    TICKET TO RIDE / YES IT IS (single) is released (Capitol Records)
  • HELP! / I'M DOWN

    HELP! / I'M DOWN
    July 19
    HELP! / I'M DOWN (single) is released (Capitol Records)
  • MOTION PICTURE 1965

    MOTION PICTURE 1965
    August 23
    MOTION PICTURE: "Help!" is released (running time: 92 minutes)
    Released through United Artists
    Screenplay by Marc Beham and Charles Wood based on a story by Marc Behm
    Produced by Walter Shenson
    Directed by Richard Lester
    Musical Score by Ken Thorne
    Album produced by George Martin
    Walter Shenson reported total cost of Help! came in at $1,250,000.00 Richard Lester: "They (the Beatles) said about Help! 'It wasn't our film. We felt like guest stars and extras in our film.' I think that wa