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The Beatles week ahead: In 1964, Beatles take over Billboard charts

The picture sleeve for the single for "Can't Buy Me Love."
The picture sleeve for the single for "Can't Buy Me Love."
Capitol Records

Your Beatles calendar for the week:Regular events:


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: April 5: Carmel, CA. April 12: Fitchburg, MA. Info:
  • The Fab Four: April 5: Anaheim, CA. April 11: Wendover, NV. April 12: Harrah's Lake Tahoe. More info:
  • Denny Laine: April 12, Reggie's Music Joint, Chicago.
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: March 31, South Bend, IN.; April 1: Evansville, IN. April 2: Blacksburg, VA. April 3: Toledo, OH. April 4: Columbus, OH. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: April 3: San Jose, CA. April 4: Felton, CA. April 5: Palo Alto, CA. April 6: Redwood City, CA. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: April 5: Ann Arbor, MI. April 26: Northampton, MA. More info:
  • Forever Fab, Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki Beach. 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: April 4: Granite Falls, WA. April 18: Bellevue, WA. .
  • 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:

  • Abbey Road on the River, May 26-29, Louisville, KY, with the Beach Boys, John Sebastian, Laurence Juber, Ambrosia, Beatle tribute bands, Information:
  • 50th anniversary screening of “A Hard Day's Night” with Pattie Boyd, July 6, Catalina Island Museum, CA. Info:
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 15-17, 2014, Chicago. Information:
  • Beatles Tribute Festival: July 4 – 5, 2014 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada. Event website.
  • Magical History Tour toLiverpool and London Aug. 17-24, 2014. Information:
  • Bestfest: Aug. 23, Casbah Club, Liverpool. Info:
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Airport Marriott, Los Angeles. Information:


Beatles history:

  • April 1, 1961: The Beatles return to Hamburg for a 13-week gig at the Top Ten Club.
  • April 3, 1976: The Beatlles' “Yesterday” is released as a single for the first time in the UK.
  • April 4, 1964: Five Beatles singles occupy the top five spots of the Billboard chart in the Billboard Hot 100 for the week. At the top spot is “Can't Buy Me Love,' followed by “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”
  • April 4, 1967: Paul McCartney meets with the Jefferson Airplane in San Francisco.

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: As we reported in our weekly chart update, for the issue of April 5, on the Catalog chart, the “1” album was at #9, down from #6 in the previous issue, and “Abbey Road” was at #50, down from #43..

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 3-28-64, The Beatles' “Can't Buy Me Love” debuted at #8. “World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon and written by Lennon-McCartney, shoots up from #36 to #16. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #25 to #32. The top four are “Little Children,” “Just One Look” “Not Fade Away” (Rolling Stones) and “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (Cilla Black) respectively.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” still #1. “Please Please Me” drops to #3.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles: One the March 28, 1964 chart, Beatles songs occupied the top four places in the Billboard chart: “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Twist and Shout” (Tollie) (up from #7 the previous week) and “Please Please Me” (Vee Jay) down one spot from #3. “I Saw Her Standing There” drops from #14 to #26. “Can't Buy Me Love” debuts at #27. “From Me To You” jumps from #58 to #50. “We Love the Beatles” by the Carefrees moves from #73 to #57. “All My Loving” (Capitol of Canada) debuts at #71. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Capitol of Canada) moves up to #75 from #79. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (Vee Jay) debuts at #78. “A Letter to the Beatles” by the Four Preps sits at #86 from #87. “You Can't Do That” is “Bubbling Under the Hot 100” at #115. In the next chart, the Beatles would have the top five singles.
  • LPs: From 3-28-64: “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” still #1 and #2. “The Beatles” (on MGM) is at #87, up from #103.

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. On the latest show on this weekend and on iTunes and, we talk with Robert Rodriguez, author of “Solo in the '70s.” (Ken also has an additional interview at “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 midnight ET/9 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: This Wednesday, a thematic set of acoustic McCartney plus more of Ken's interview with Beatles author Allan Kozinn ("Got That Something - How 'I Want To Hold Your Hand Changed Everything'") The show airs Wednesday, 8-10pm (est) on WNHU, West Haven, CT and can be streamed at More information at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “John Lennon: 'Plastic Ono Band': I Don't Believe in Reviews.” Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: March 30: The Beatles in India. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: March 30: Gary Van Scyoc of Elephant's Memory. 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”: March 30: Author Chuck Gunderson “Some Fun Tonight!” which chronicles The Beatles’ three major North American tours. Also, Paul and John’s public feud in 1971, and the story behind the 1964 novelty hit “We Love You Beatles.”. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': March 30: A birthday salute to Eric Clapton with some Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Blues Band, Cream, & Domino’s plus sets of American & Aussie bands who wish they were British. April 6: British Invaders who made the scene on this week in 1965’s Billboard’s HOT 100 Singles Chart, a salute to the anniversary’s of both the Beatles & The Rolling Stones very own record labels, plus hits and non-hits from Badfinger, The Clash, Pretty Things, The Strypes, Donovan, Mott the Hoople, more. Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday. Feb. 9 show includes appearance by John Lennon impersonator Tim Piper.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: March 30: Denny Laine. On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “Beatles Brunch” with Geoff Lloyd: Weekly Beatles show on Absolute Radio in the UK . Airs at 2200 GMT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT). You can listen live here (only in UK).
  • “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”: “Apple Scruffs, Vol. 1: Badfinger.” 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”: Excellent 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": Latest show: Former U.S. Apple Records head Ken Mansfield. 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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