Issue Date: 04/04/2014
Issue Name: 50 Years of Beatlemania - The Top 5
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2014 saw us celebrate 50 years since the Beatles first hit America. In all they had 12 places on the US chart! Now that could possibly be known as Beatlemania-MANIA! To celebrate this incredible accomplishment we have created a special cover to mark the occasion. Our cover features a black and white image of the Beatles and features two USA Apple stamps and a New York CDS postmark (4th April, 2014).
On February 9th 1964, when the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show there were more than 50,000 requests for its 728 seats, which is even more than there were for Elvis Presley's appearance in 1956. Songs played on the show were: All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I saw Her Standing There, I Want to Hold Your Hand.
On April 4, 1964, the Beatles had the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, an achievement never equalled.
Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude for Julian Lennon, John's son.
After Paul's song, Penny Lane, became a Beatles hit, the street signs for the actual Penny Lane in Liverpool disappeared with such regularity (as they did on the real Abbey Road), the town reverted to simply painting 'Penny Lane' on the buildings, rather than have street signs.
Strawberry Fields was named from a real place, Strawberry Field, a children's home run by the Salvation Army in Liverpool. It was near John's childhood home. The original Victorian building was too old and was demolished in the late 1960s and some land at the back was sold off to help pay for the new buildings. It's still called Strawberry Field and the original walls and gates are there, and it's still a Salvation Army children's home. John sent Strawberry Field a large donation before his death and so Strawberry Field named one of it's buildings 'Lennon Hall'.
Among the people on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are Stuart Sutcliffe (one of the Beatles's early band members), Laurel and Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, Karl Marx, boxer Sonny Liston, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce and Shirley Temple. Shirley had visited the Beatles in their dressing room backstage at a San Francisco concert in 1964. It is said when the Beatles requested her permission to use her image on the cover of the album, she was the only celebrity who insisted upon hearing the disc before granting permission.
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