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This Beatles album featuring music by the Beatles and Tony Sheridan, entered the charts on this week 50 years ago.

Your Beatles calendar for the week:

Special 50th anniversary events this week:

  • Feb. 16: Harrifest, tribute to George Harrison, featuring screening of “The Beatles in Boston.” Information:
  • 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 annivesary, 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. 16: Miami Beach. Feb. 21: Cleveland, Ohio. Info:
  • The Fab Four: Feb. 21: Agoura Hills, CA. Feb. 22: Beverly Hills, CA. Feb. 27: Lemoore, CA. March 1: Denver, Colo. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Feb. 16: Red Bank, N.J. Feb. 18: Elmira, N.Y. Feb. 19: Buffalo, N.Y. Feb. 21-22: Boston. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: March 1: Autism benefit, Los Angeles. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: Feb. 22: Fort. Lauderdale, Fla. March 1: Easton, PA. 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:

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: On Billboard 200, “1” at #37, up from #74; “Abbey Road” #119. “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” #132. “Rubber Soul” #134. “The Beatles (White Album)” #159. “A Hard Day's Night” #189. “Love” #191. “Meet the Beatles” #192. Catalog Albums: “1” at #2.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #7 to #15 for week of 2-15-64. “She Loves You” drops from #19 to #21. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops from #24 to #27. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost goes from #17 to #18.“All My Loving” by the Dowlands still at #39.

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

American charts 50 years ago:

  • Singles: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” stays at #1 on Billboard. “She Loves You” jumps from #7 to #3. “Please Please Me” jumps to #45 from #57. “I Saw Her Standing There” jumps to #54 from #68. “My Bonnie” jumps to #67 (debut in Hot 100) from #107.
  • LPs: “Meet the Beatles!” finally pushes “The Singing Nun” out of #1 (to #3), jumping from #92 to #3 to #1 in three weeks. “Introducing the Beatles” jumps to #22 from #59. “The Beatles” (on MGM) debuts at #147.

Last week's Beatles headlines:

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 discuss CBS' “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.” “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 live broadcast of ELT will be a 2-hour George Harrison Birthday Special. Feb. 19, 8-10 p.m. ET on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven,CT, which can be streamed at Contest to win David Bedford's new book begins Tuesday. More information at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Part 2”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Feb. 16: The Beatles in Miami in 1964. 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. 16: Marty Allen on the second “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance, plus an interview with the late Sid Bernstein. 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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