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The Beatles week ahead: 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' tops Billboard chart

Your Beatles calendar for the week:

The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport in New York.
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Special events this week:

  • Late Night With David Letterman Feb. 3-7, a week of Beatles tributes each night. The show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the show and the Beatles performed. A Letterman interview with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr is also scheduled, though the date hasn't been announced.
  • British Invasion 2014, Feb. 5-10, 2014, Hard Rock Rivera Maya Hotel, Cancun, Mexico, with Joe Johnson, Pete Best, Denny Seiwell, Laurence Juber, Jim Berkenstadt and Tim Piper. Information.
  • Altoona Beatles Conference, with authors Mark Lewisohn, Andy Babiuk, Jude Southerland Kessler, Walter Everett, Feb. 6-9, Penn State’s Altoona College. Conference home page.
  • "Twist & Shout: New York Celebrates the Beatles,": with Dionne Warwick, Mary Wilson, Lulu, Lloyd Price, Bettye LaVette, Gary U.S. Bonds, actor Melvin Van Peebles; actor Danny Aiello, actress/singer Leslie Uggams & more, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Apollo Theater, N.Y. Tickets at TICKETMASTER. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Info: Discounted hotels info:
  • February '64: Feb. 7-9, Louisville, KY, sponsored by Abbey Road on the River. Tribute to the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" headlined by BritBeat. Information: http:'//
  • "Across the Universe: Beatles Music Festival" with headliners the Spin Doctors, 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Hudson Theatre, New York. Website link: . Tickets at Ticketleap: 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the The Autism Think Tank & The Children's Music Fund. Info:
  • "America Celebrates the Beatles," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, with Tommy James, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), Gene Cornish (Rascals), Fred Schneider (B-52s), Marshall Crenshaw and more. Website link: . Tickets at Ticketmaster. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the The Autism Think Tank & The Children's Music Fund. Info:
  • "Across the Universe Beatles Music Festival" grand finale with international bands including Sons Of Origin, Jukebox Beatles, Two Of Us, The Clover and more. 7 p.m. Feb. 9, The Bitter End, Greenwich Village. Website link: $19.64 at the door. Bring a non-perishable food item for Food Bank for New York City. Info:
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Feb. 7-9, 2014, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, with guests Donovan, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Cousin Brucie and more. Information:

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. 7: Washington, D.C. Feb. 8: Brookshire, Texas. Feb. 11: Vienna, VA. Feb. 12: Battle Creek, Mich. Feb. 15: Miami Beach. Info:
  • The Fab Four: Feb, 6: Lynn, Mass. Feb. 7: Englewood, N.J. Feb. 8: Huntington, N.Y. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Feb. 4-5: 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: Feb. 21: Issaquah, 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:


Beatles history:

  • Feb. 2, 1963: Beatles begin UK tour with Helen Shapiro.
  • Feb. 2, 1963: “Please Please Me” enters the UK Music World chart.
  • Feb. 5, 1962: Beatles perform at the Cavern with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Ringo Starr subs with the Beatles for the ill Pete Best.
  • Feb. 6, 1988: George Harrison's last chart single, “When We Was Fab,” debuts on the top 100.
  • Feb. 7, 1964: The Beatles land in New York for their first U.S. tour and an apperance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Over 5,000 fans and 200 reporters greet them.
  • Feb. 8, 1964: The Beatles are interviewed from New York by Brian Matthew on “Saturday Club.”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts, Beatles “U.S. Albums” box debuted at #48. Many other albums on the chart again. Details here.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #3 to #6 for week of 2-1-64. “She Loves You” drops #16 from #8. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops to #17 from #15. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost goes from #21 to #20.“All My Loving” by the Dowlands drops to #35 from #33.
  • 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” jumps from #1 from #3 on Billboard. “She Loves You” jumps from #69 to #21. “Please Please Me” debuts at #68. Bubbling under: “I Saw Her Standing There” at #117.
  • LPs: “The Singing Nun” still #1. “Meet the Beatles!” debuts at #92.

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 an interview with author Larry Kane about his book "When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top." There's also an additional show this week on The Grammy Awards. “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 show, hosted by Ken Michaels, airs 8 to 10 p.m. EST Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, can be streamed at Ken is also giving away the Capitol CD Library of all 13 titles. Details at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Part 1”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Feb. 1: The activities before the Beatles Invasion. 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. 2: The story of the unauthorized release of material from the “Let It Be” sessions to radio stations in 1969. Rare audio will include the late B. Mitchell Reed reading the cease and desist order from Capitol. Also, “Meet The Beatles” and “With The Beatles” and the songs Paul and Ringo performed at last Sunday’s Grammy Awards. . 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”: “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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