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The Beatles week ahead: In 1964, two covers of same Lennon-McCartney song chart

Paul McCartney's Out There! tour resumes this week.
Paul McCartney's Out There! tour resumes this week.
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It was 50 years ago this week that two different versions of a Lennon-McCartney song both made the Billboard singles chart the same week. (See chart section below.)

Your Beatles calendar for the week:

  • Paul McCartney Out There! Tour: The tour resumes May 17 at National Stadium in Tokyo for the first of two shows. (Tickets for U.S. shows available here and here.)


Beatles tours:


Future events:


Beatles history:

  • May 12, 1965: Filming ends for “Help!”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: On the Billboard charts for the issue of May 17 and made public May 9, the Beatles “1” album is at #36 on the Catalog Album chart, down from #29 last week. On the Billboard 200, “1” is at #181, down from #177. And on the Social 50, the Beatles re-entered the chart at #46.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 5-9-64: “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon drops from #1 to #4. “Can't Buy Me Love” drops from #4 to #7.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” at #2. “Please Please Me” drops from #4 to #5.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles from 5-9-64: On the chart of 5-9-64: “Do You Want to Know a Secret” moves up one spot to #2. “Twist and Shout” drops to #11 from #7. “Love Me Do” jumps from #32 to #12. “She Loves You” drops from #19 to #36. “Thank You Girl” jumps from #40 to #35. “P.S. I Love You” debuts at #63. “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon debuts at #76, while Bobby Rydell's version sits at #100. Bubbling Under the Hot 100: “World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon at #105.

  • LPs: “The Beatles Second Album” remains at #1. “Meet the Beatles!” stays at #2. “Introducing the Beatles” drop from #3 to #7. “The Beatles” (on MGM) drops to #106 from #83. “Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield” drops from #113 to #119.

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 "The Beatles Bibliography" with co-author Melissa Davis. “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”: A thematic set of Beatles covers, and a chance to win Robert Rodriguez' "Solo In The 70's" book. The show airs Wednesday on WNHU, West Haven, CT, 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at More information at
  • “Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “George Harrison's Harrisongs, Part 2.” Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: This week: Mother's Day special. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: 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”: This week's guest is Tony Bramwell, author of “Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles.” Also, a spotlight on John and Yoko’s second album together, and the new single from Badfinger’s Joey Molland. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': 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”: 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”: “John Lennon's 'Walls and Bridges.'” 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
  • “Here There and Everywhere”: 6 to 9 a.m. PT Thursdays, KZSC-FM. Hosted by Michael Bryant. You can listen here.
  • “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
  • “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).
  • "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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