Beatles Trivia

53rd anniversary of the release of PLEASE PLEASE ME

March 22, 2016

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the release of the Beatles first album, PLEASE PLEASE ME. When the LP went on sale on March 22, 1963, youth-oriented albums typically contained…

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First Magic From Apple Records

August 26, 2015

I will never forget the magic I felt when I removed my copy of Hey Jude from its black “The Beatles on Apple” sleeve for the first time.

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Beatles on Capitol Records V1

Capitol of the World Trivia

April 14, 2015

Today’s trivia questions come from the “Capitol of the World” chapter in the revised and expanded digital edition of “The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records, Part One: Beatlemania and the…

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December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays and Gold Records!

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Beatles and Beach Boys 50th Anniversaries

November 13, 2012

While the Beatles were at Hamburg’s Star-Club, the Beach Boys were on a Surfin’ Safari

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Happy Birthday John

October 9, 2012

On October 9, 1962, John Lennon celebrated his 22nd birthday.

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Happy Birthday Brian

September 19, 2012

September 19 is Brian Epstein’s birthday.

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The Beatles first U.S. concert appearance

August 23, 2012

Once upon a time rock concert tickets were affordable to all fans

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There may have been no British Invasion had the Beatles been on Decca

August 21, 2012

It’s a good thing they failed the Decca audition. Had they passed, they would have been produced by Mike Smith.

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August 14, 2012

This weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago was a true blast from the past.

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  1. Leonardo on June 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane was number two in Record Retailer, but it was number one on Melody Maker, another very important publication in the UK. So, it was a number one anyway…

  2. Bruce Spizer on June 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Although “Strawberry Fields Forever” c/w “Penny Lane” was reported at number one by “Melody Maker,” this does not reflect what comparative sales were like in the U.K. for the two singles. It was not even close. While the Beatles disc charted for 11 weeks, including five in the top five, and sold an impressive 500,000 by March 25, “Release Me” charted for an astounding 56 weeks, including six straight at number one, and sold over one million copies. The “Melody Maker” number one listing for the Beatles single appears to have been done out of sentiment and respect, not actual sales. Of course that does not mean that “Release Me” was a better single, it just sold more. It had mass appeal to all ages. Adults who weren’t attracted to the new Beatles disc were taken by “Release Me.”

    See page 68 of “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records” for the “Record Retailer” review of the Beatles single and the opinion of “Record Mirror” as to why the Beatles didn’t top the charts with “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.”

    • pc on July 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Penny Lane was number one in the U.S.A. (Billboard and Cashbox)and that’s all that matters!

  3. harold on July 5, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I did good on the quiz.
    Can’t wait for the new book!

  4. Leonardo Conde on July 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

    The Beatles were so big that when one of their records went to #2 it was considered almost a ‘flop’, when for other acts this would be a winner! There would never another band as The Beatles! I’ll sure buy the new book!

  5. Bill on July 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Your books are #1 on my chart! I own them all. I will surely buy this one as well. Hoping someday you do a book or books on the Beatles solo beyond the Apple years. Thanks for your excellent research.

  6. Howie Horowitz on July 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Hi, Bruce! If this book is anywhere near as good as your past works–and I’m sure it will be–I can’t wait to add it to my Complete Spizer Collection…books which I constantly refer to. You’re a madman, a completist and my Fave Beatle Chronicler.
    All my best wishes,

    Howard Horowitz
    Ex-Music Machine

  7. Carol on July 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Your books are fantastic, so much info and detail, it’s way more than just a discography. See you at the Chicago Fest.

  8. Bruce Spizer on July 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Pete Nash of the British Beatles Fan Club pointed out that the 20th anniversary re-issue of “Love Me Do” peaked at number 4 on the October 30, 1982 “Record Retailer” chart. Page 9 of “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records” states that the re-issue single sold an impressive 165,000 copies, which was condierably more than it sold in the U.K. in the sixties!

  9. Roger on July 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Great questions, Bruce! I did well on answering the questions…So looking forward to receiving my book.

  10. John Reeder on July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hey Bruce, I have the collectors edition #32 of all of the other great books you have written.
    I have ordered the new one as well. I can’t wait to read this one on the UK releases. I have
    met you a few times at Beatlefest in NJ. Always friendly. Hope there will be something else
    about THe Beatles to keep your creative juices flowing.

    Be Well, John Reeder

  11. Chris Petit on July 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I preordered this book awhile ago and like your other works Bruce, I am looking forward to another wealth of information!

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