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The Beatles week ahead: John Lennon became an author 50 years ago this week

John Lennon's first book was published 50 years ago this week.
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Your Beatles calendar for the week:

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Beatles tours:


Future events:


Beatles history:

  • April 27, 1964: “John Lennon: In His Own Write” published in America.
  • April 28, 1965: Beatles receive Grammy Award for “A Hard Day's Night” for Best Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo.
  • May 2, 1964: Disc Weekly reports the Beatles will receive roughly $20,000, plus 60 percent of the box office receipts and a cut of the program sales per show on their American tour.

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: In the latest Billboard charts for the issue dated May 3, the Beatles 1” album, in its 170th week on the Billboard 200 chart, sits at #185, down from #151 the previous week. And on the Catalog Albums chart, it's at #38, down from #35 in its 438th week. That's just short of 8½ years.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 4-25-64, “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon moves from #2 to #1. The Beatles' “Can't Buy Me Love” drops from #1 to #2. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” returns to the chart at #40.
  • Albums: “With the Beatles” still #1. “Please Please Me” drops from #3 to #4.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles from 4-25-64: “Can't Buy Me Love” and “Twist and Shout” stay at #1 and #2. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” moves from #5 to #3. “She Loves You” drops from #8 to #19. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #19 to #24. “Please Please Me” drops from #16 to #29. “Thank You Girl” goes from #47 to #39. All My Loving” moves from #48 to #45. “Love Me Do” moves from #73 to #67. Bubbling Under the Hot 100: “All My Loving” by Jimmy Griffin at #120, “Beatle Mania Blues” by the Roaches at #117 and “Why” by the Beatles and Tony Sheridan at #131.
  • LPs: From 4-5-64: “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” still #1 and #2. “The Beatles Second Album” debuts at #16. “The Beatles” (on MGM) moves holds at #68.

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 is a repeat of our interview with author Chuck Gunderson. “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”: The show airs Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT and can be streamed at More info at
  • “Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “Beatle George's Harrisongs.” Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: This week: Beatles mono mixes. 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”: April 27: Fun with fans, “Beatles in Space.” 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”: “Reverse Covers: Vol. 1.” 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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