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Beatles Records Covers

Part of the fun of collecting Beatles records is keeping an eye open for Beatles-related items. Many Beatles songs have been re-recorded by others artists over the years. These are called "covers". Pictured here are a few of the more interesting Beatles covers released during the Beatles years that have found their way into my collection.

    Del Shannon had his first Top 40 number 1 hit in 1961 with Runaway. He met the Beatles during his second tour of England in 1962, and his recording of From Me To You was the first ever cover of a Beatles record in the United States.

In another Beatles related note, Del Shannon wrote Peter and Gordon's 1965 hit I Go To Pieces.

Although Billy J. Kramer was performing professionally before the Beatles, he nevertheless owes his success to them. It was the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, who brought Billy J. and his group The Dakotas, at that time called The Coasters, to producer George Martin.

In 1963 Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas recorded Do You Want To Know A Secret from a crudely recorded demo made by John Lennon. It went to number 9 in the U.S., and is pictured here on its rarer demo label.

The small Philadelphia label Swan Records released She Loves You/I'll Get You by the Beatles in 1963. It was not a big seller at the time.

However, when the Beatles finally hit it big in America in January, 1964, Swan attempted to cash in by releasing this single of She Loves You/Do You Want To Know A Secret by another of their artists, Roger Webb. It did not chart.

Dave Appell was a record producer who produced hits on Cameo Parkway records in the 60's for such artists as Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell. He later persuaded Tony Orlando to sing on a demo record, and Tony Orlando and Dawn was born.

This version of She Loves You, recorded with his group the Applejacks in 1964 did not chart.

The Beatlemania craze was generally misunderstood and disliked by all adults at the time, making it natural for comedians to step in and make fun of them.

This is the hillbilly parody of She Loves You/I Want To Hold Your Hand by the comedic musical team Homer and Jethro, who were pictured wearing corny Beatle wigs on the picture sleeve of this record.

This is the Hit Records release of Please Please Me/My Bonny (Lies Over The Ocean). It was recorded by unknown group the Boll Weevils and released simply to try to cash in on the success of the Beatles in 1964. These records with no virtue other than their relationship to the bigger star's version were called "ghost records", and were very common in the 50's and 60's.
David Cassidy became a big star with his appearance as Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family and the record he made with them, I Think I Love You, sold six million copies. He began his solo career in 1971, and recorded Please Please Me in 1974, which didn't chart in the Top 40. Pictured here is the rare mono/stereo demo single.
    In 1978, UK artists Thereza Bazar and David Van Day formed a group called Dollar, and their first single Shooting Star went to number 14 in the UK.

In 1979, Dollar released their version of I Want To Hold Your Hand and it went to number 9 on the UK charts. Pictured here is a Promotional copy made in the US.

Thingumybob by John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band, a brass marching band, was the second ever single on the Apple label in 1968. Thingumybob was a TV series theme song written by Paul, and the marching band did this very Pepperlandish rendition of Yellow Submarine for the flip side.

This 45 is very rare, and one early Apple catalogue incorrectly listed this Thingumybob/Yellow Submarine single as being by the Beatles.

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Some of the historical info on this page is from the books The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll and The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn.

This page was updated January 5, 2002.



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