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The Beatles week ahead: Beatles albums make big jumps on Billboard 200

Beatles albums, led by "1", made a big showing on the Billboard 200 this week.
Beatles albums, led by "1", made a big showing on the Billboard 200 this week.
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Your Beatles calendar for the week:

Special events this week:

  • Feb. 25: Second annual George Harrison birthday celebration, Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, N.Y. 8 p.m. No cover.
  • Feb. 25: George Harrison birthday celebration: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Hollywood Walk of Fame, North Vine Street, Hollywood. Cake cutting ceremony by Chris Carter of “Breakfast With the Beatles.” Free. Facebook page.
  • Feb. 28 – March 1: “Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image”: University of Pennsylvania symposium with authors Larry Kane, Walter Everett, Gordon Thompson, Al Sussman, Donna Parsons, Jude Southerland Kessler, Eugene Halas and Anthony DeCurtis, plus exhibit of memorabilia from David McKnight. To register for the symposium and to learn more about these events and other related programming, visit
  • Through Feb. 28: Unseen photos from the Beatles 1964 U.S. Tour by photographers Curt Gunther, Ken Regan, Robert Whitaker, Charles Trainor, Terry O'Neil and Rowland Scherman, Sunset Marquis Hotel, W. Hollywood, CA.
  • Exhibit: “50 Years of Beatlemania”: Rock Paper Photo is featuring pictures by Henry Grossman, Astrid Kirchherr and Tom Murray.

(For more information on the Beatles 50th anniversary, see the story list of our complete story coverage.)

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: Feb. 28: Victoria, Texas. March 1: Las Vegas. Info:
  • The Fab Four: Feb. 27: Lemoore, CA. March 1: Denver, Colo. March 3: Aspen, Colo. March 8: New Albandy, OH. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Feb. 23: Long Island, N.Y. March 4: Akron, OH. March 5: Scranton, PA. March 6: Erie, PA. March 7: Rochester, N.Y. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: March 1: Autism benefit, Los Angeles. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: March 1: Easton, PA. More info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: March-April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: March 8: Seattle, Wash. .
  • 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:

  • Feb. 24, 1962: The Beatles are booed off the stage at a show in Wirral.

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: On Billboard 200, Beatles albums take big jumps. “1” moves from #37 to #20; “Love” jumps from #191 to #62; “Abbey Road” from #119 to #82. “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” #132 to #98. “Rubber Soul” #134 to #103. “The Beatles (White Album)” from #159 to #119. “1967-1970” at #137. “On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol 2” at #145. “A Hard Day's Night” jumps from #189 to #150. “1962 to 1966” at #155. “Revolver” at #156. “Meet the Beatles” at #170 from #192. “Hey Jude” at #186. Catalog Albums: “1” at #2.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” remains at #15 for week of 2-22-64. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost drops from #18 to #20. “She Loves You” drops from #21 to #23. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops from #27 to #31.
  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stay at #1 and #2. “Listen to Billy J. Kramer” at #19.

American charts:

  • Singles: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” stays at #1 on Billboard. “She Loves You” moves from #3 to #2. “Please Please Me” jumps from #45 to #29. “I Saw Her Standing There” jumps from #54 to #35. “My Bonnie” jumps to #54 from #67. “My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut” by Donna Lynn debuts at #97.

  • LPs: “Meet the Beatles!” still #1. “Introducing the Beatles” still #3. “The Beatles” (on MGM) sits at #147 for a second week.

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 interview David Bedford, author of “The Fab Hundred and Four.” “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”: The next broadcast of ELT will include a Denny Laine/Wings set. The show airs Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8-10pm (est) on WNHU, West Haven, CT, which can be streamed at Contest to win David Bedford's new book "The Fab One Hundred And Four" runs through Feb. 24. Info:
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “With Beatles Animator Ron Campbell”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Feb. 23: Wrapping up the Beatles first U.S. visit. 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”: Feb. 23: A George Harrison birthday feature with music and interviews, plus the third Ed Sullivan show appearance. 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”: “George's 'Dark Horse.” 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": 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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