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Beatles Records Typos

Over the years, Beatles records have been issued and re-issued many times. Because of these numerous re-issues, some editions of Beatles records can be found with some curious and interesting information on their labels.

Early Transgressions

    The first Beatles record, Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You was released in England on October 5, 1962, and the typos were off and running.

The advance DJ copies of this record misspelled Paul's last name as McArtney instead of McCartney. They got Paul's name right on the regular copies.

Please Please Me/Ask Me Why was the first official Beatles record in the United States. It was released by Chicago R&B label, Vee-Jay records, on February 20, 1963.

Although it was corrected in March and April 1963, at first Vee-Jay thought Beatles was spelled with two T's. They even spelled it wrong in their ads announcing the record.

A Hard Day's Labels

    On most of the United Artists releases of the A Hard Day's Night album, both the LP label and the back of the LP cover incorrectly listed the song I'll Cry Instead as I Cry Instead.

United Artists repeated the I Cry Instead mistake on several re-releases of the LP.

But on the final UA re-release, to add insult to injury, they fixed I'll Cry Instead but changed Tell Me Why to Tell Me Who. Confusingly, the reverse cover for this new typo remained unchanged, listing Tell Me Why and I Cry Instead.

The A Hard Day's Night LP was not released totally corrected, both LP and reverse cover, until it was re-released by Capitol Records in 1979.

You Know My Name... or Do You? ...and other various Beatles records brain lapses on the next page...

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Some historical info from the book The Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn. The graphics of labels on this page depict labels of real records and have not been retouched or recreated.

This page was created February 1, 1999.

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