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Beatles week ahead: '64 Billboard calls new disc 'hottest Capitol singles ever'

Your Beatles calendar for the week: Featured: 50 years ago: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” debuts on Billboard chart of 1-18-64. Headline on Billboard reads “British Beatles hottest Capitol singles ever.” Story says record had hit the market only 10 days earlier.

The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" debuts in the Billboard Hot 100.
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As a side note, The Dowlands' (see their bio) version of “All My Loving” makes its debut in the British charts in 1964. It stayed in the charts for nearly two months. (See video spot.)


Jan. 21 (in the U.S.): “The U.S. Albums” box set and the individual U.S. albums, available separately. (Out Jan. 20 in the UK and elsewhere.)



Beatles tours:


  • The Beatles LOVE, Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. Performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. No performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets:
  • 1964: The Tribute: Jan. 19: Manchester, N.H. Info:
  • The Fab Four: Jan. 23: Fargo, N.D. Jan. 24: Bemidji, MN. Jan. 25: Minneapolis, Minn. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Feb. 4: Des Moines, IA. Feb. 6: Sioux Falls, S.D. Feb. 7: Overland Park, KS. Feb. 9: Cedar Falls, IA. Feb. 11: Concord, N.H. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: Feb. 5-9: Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun, Mexico. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: Feb. 15: Albany, N.Y. More info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: March-April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: Jan. 25: Sixth Annual Seattle Beatles Rooftop Day. .
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information:
  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.

Future events:



Beatles history:

  • Jan. 20, 1964: “Meet the Beatles!” released in the U.S., two days after “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hits the charts.
  • Jan. 21, 1966: George Harrison marries Patti Boyd.
  • Jan. 22, 1969: In three days, the Beatles work on 11 songs, including “Dig a Pony,” “I've Got a Feeling,” “Get Back” and “Let It Be.”
  • Jan. 24, 1962: The Beatles sign a management contract with Brian Epstein.
  • Jan. 26, 1970: John Lennon and Phil Spector write and record “Instant Karma.”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts, "On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2" is now at #123, from #104 last week. "NEW" is at #170, down from #163. "1" is at #135 up from #174, while "Abbey Road" popped in at #199.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops to #2 for week of 1-18-64, replaced by Dave Clark Five's “Glad All Over.” “She Loves You” stays at #5. “I'll Keep You Satisfied” by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas drops from #22 to #31. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost at #33, from #31 last week. “All My Loving” by the Dowlands debuts at #39.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stay at #1 and #2. “Listen to Billy J. Kramer” at #12.

American charts:

  • Singles: “There I've Said It Again” still #1. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” debuts at #48 on Billboard.

  • Albums: "The Singing Nun" #1.

Last week's best Beatles stories:

On radio:

  • “Things We Said Today”: Each week, myself and Ken Michaels of “Every Little Thing” discuss the latest Beatles news topics. The latest show on this weekend and on iTunes and, is a look at the new "U.S. Albums" box set. “Things We Said Today” is available on iTunes (where you can subscribe to us) and, and can be heard at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Saturday and noon ET/9 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: This week's show will include of Beatles/solo songs whose titles begin with "A." The show airs Wednesday, Jan. 22 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, can be streamed at Ken is also giving away the Capitol CD Library of all 13 titles with a special contest that starts Jan. 23 and has an interview with Chad Stuart on his site. Details at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “Good Ol' Freda follow-up”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Jan. 19: Meet the Beatles again, celebrating the “Meet the Beatles” album and the new “U.S. Albums” set. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: Weekly hour of John Lennon music and history hosted by Jude Southerland Kessler. 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Beatles-A-Rama. Available through iTunes. Website:
  • "Magical Mystery Tour": Two-hour weekly show hosted by James D. Jones with Beatles and solo music. Saturdays at 3 p.m. CST on WKCC-FM (91.1), Kankakee Community College, Kanakee, Ill. Website: or
  • “Recipe Records”: Weekly podcast by Lanea Stagg that features food and music discussion, and often Beatles discussion. Episodes have featured Jim Berkenstadt, author of “The Beatle Who Vanished”; David Bedford, author of “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”; Al Sussman of Beatlefan; Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci (aka me); John Lennon Series author Jude Southerland Kessler, and Pat Matthews of Beatles-a-Rama. All shows are here:
  • “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles”: Jan. 19: This week, a look back at the filming and recording of “Let It Be” in London with outtakes and completed versions of songs from a number of different sources. Plus, an advance track from the “U.S. Albums” box set and a mix-and-match session with “Bootleg Recordings 1963” and Paul’s “Back In the USSR”album. . Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': Jan. 19: Salute to British bass players. Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: The show, hosted by Edd Raineri, airs live each Friday, 7-8 PM EDT, on WRKC-FM in Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can listen live online at: The program’s Facebook page can be found at: .
  • “I've Got a Beatles Podcast”: Review of “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2.” Information:
  • Breakfast With The Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete: 8 a.m. ET Sundays, WZLX-FM (100.7 FM) in Boston or streaming at (Click on Listen Live).
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” KCSN, 88.5 FM Northridge, CA at 10 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern, and 6 p.m. London time.
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles": 8 to 10 a.m. CT Sundays, WXRT in Chicago. Also streamed at
  • Now and Then": An hour of the Beatles at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The station's frequency is 88.9 FM and is located in the Philadelphia, PA/Southern NJ market. Available online at
  • “On the Beat”: Wonderful show hosted by Beatles author Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside. Not primarily a Beatles show, but a lot of the discussion focuses on the Liverpool music scene in the '60s, often with those who were there. Airs Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) in the UK and archived online for a week after at
  • "Sounds of the Sixties": Brian Matthews, who interviewed the Beatles on the BBC in the '60s, hosts this weekly show featuring music by the Beatles and others from that decade. Programs air Saturdays and stay online for a week at
  • "Beatlesongs": Hosted by Rob Leonard airs 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Friday on 90.3 FM WHPC and streaming at
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles With Andre Gardner”: The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET Sundays on WMGK-FM 102.9 and 7-9 a.m. PT on KSLX-FM 100.7 in Phoenix.
  • “The Beatles Complete on Ukelele”: Weekly show featuring new version of Beatle song played on ukelele. Information:
  • “Just Four Guys”: New shows available at 4 p.m. ET Tuesdays at
  • "Dinner Specials With May Pang and Cynthia Nielsen": More info:
  • “Mid-Evening With the Beatles,” from the Philippines, 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time, at their website
  • “Across the Universe,” hosted by Glenn Calderone from 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on
  • “Beatles and Beyond”: Hosted by Pete Dicks. Available at

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