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The Beatles week ahead: '64 Billboard ad introduces Beatles to America

Capitol Records ran a two-page ad in Billboard 50 years ago to introduce the Beatles.
Capitol Records ran a two-page ad in Billboard 50 years ago to introduce the Beatles.
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Your Beatles calendar for the week:



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. 11: New York City. Info:

  • The Fab Four: Jan. 10-11: Temecula, CA. Jan. 16: Santa Ynez, CA. More info:

  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Jan. 13: Clearwater FL. Jan. 14: Gainesville, FL. Jan. 15: Melbourne, FL. Jan. 17: New Orleans. Feb. 4: Des Moines, IA. 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: Jan. 16-17: The Philippines.

  • 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:

  • British Invasion 2014, Feb. 5-10, 2014, Hard Rock Rivera Maya Hotel, Cancun, Mexico.

  • NYC Fab 50, Feb. 6-9, 2014, various locations, New York City. Website:

  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Feb. 7-9, 2014, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Information:

  • Magical History Tour toLiverpool and London Aug. 17-24, 2014. Information:

  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 15-17, 2014, Chicago. Information:

  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Airport Marriott, Los Angeles. Information:



  • The Art of John Lennon: Website:

  • The Artwork of John Lennon: Website:

  • Beatles history:
  • Jan. 4, 1964: Though no Beatles records are on the charts, Capitol Records runs a two-page ad in Billboard headlined “Meet the Beatles.” It says “Britian's Beatlemania has spread to America” and warns record dealers to “be prepared for the kind of sales epidemic that made the Beatles the biggest selling vocal group in British history.”

  • Jan. 8, 1966: The “Rubber Soul” album and single “We Can Work It Out” simultaneously hit #1 on the Billboard charts.

    Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts, “1” returns to chart. More info here. On the Official Charts top 100 albums for the chart dated Jan. 4 in the UK, “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2” is at #75 down from #60 last week.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is still #1 but “She Loves You” drops one to #3 for the week of 1-4-64. “I'll Keep You Satisfied” by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas drops from #13 to #21. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops from #14 to #15. “All I Want For Christmas Is a Beatle” by Dora Bryan moves from #20 to #24. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost debuts at #32.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stays at #1 and #2.

American charts:

  • Singles: “There I've Said It Again” #1.

  • Albums: “The Singing Nun” still #1. No Beatles yet on chart, but the Jan. 4 Billboard has a two-page ad for the Beatles from Capitol Records and an ad for the Dave Clark Five headlined “Epic Introduces the Mersey Sound With the Liverpool Beat.”

Last week's top 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 review of 2013. “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: An 88th birthday salute to George Martin, with Beatles/solo music produced by George. The show airs this Wednesday, Jan. 8 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, and can be streamed at

    More info at

  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “John in Bermuda Makes Us 'Appy”. Available on iTunes and at

  • “Beatle Brunch”: Jan. 5: The Beatle year in review. 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. 5: Your Beatles Examiner will be guesting on the show, along with musician Jeff Slate, talking about his Dylan tribute. Show website.

  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': 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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