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Artist:Tony Sheridan And The Beatles
Label:  Polydor
Country:UK
Catalogue:NH 66833
Date:5 Jan 1962
Format:7"
Chart Position:48
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Community:16 Own, 7 Want
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TrackArtistTitleComposerProducerArrangerRating
ATony Sheridan And The BeatlesMy BonnieTraditionalSheridan7.1  Rate
BTony Sheridan And The BeatlesThe Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In)TraditionalSheridan6.2  Rate


Notes

Melody Maker review Jan 27, 1962.
NME review Feb 21, 1964.
The only other earlier recording to include The Beatles was the German pressing on the same label which listed the Fab-4 as "The Beat Brothers". This German record was released on Oct. 23, 1961 and sold more than 200K copies, which put this as high as #5 on the German Charts. The reason for their name being changed is that Tony Sheridan didn't want to associated with a name like "The Beatles", which sounded too similar to "Peedles" which was German slang for "Penises"... Great Britian pressed the labels with their true name for the first time.


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pinio65
7th Feb 2013
  The first commercial record released that the Beatles played on was Tony Sheridan's My Bonnie /The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In) (Polydor NH24673), released in Germany in the fall of 1961.
The first commercial release of a record bearing The Beatles' name was My Bonnie / The Saints, released as a single in the U.K. on 5 January, 1962. This release also featured for the first time the slow English introduction for My Bonnie. First pressings of this disk are very difficult to find (A.K.A. 'broad' title). It was reissued in Britain in 25 May 1963 with a slightly different typeface (A.K.A. 'narrow' title).
1st. and 2nd. pressing of the single differ from each other, since 1st. press of the label, has a different typeface in the text of the record's label compared with 2nd. ptess. The difference is most obvious in the letters 'M' and '&'.
2nd.pressing was manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.

The stamping "DELETED" was added when the single was removed from the catalog. True originals from 5. January, 1962, don't have that stamp. The single was deleted some time in 1962

There were two versions of "My Bonnie" released, one with the slow German spoken intro "Mein Herz ist bei dir nür", and another only in English. This version is slow English spoken introduction: "My Bonnie lies over the ocean".

 

 
anonymia
24th Mar 2011
 I have what I think is a first pressing and I will try and upload an image in the near future. I don't have a scanner right now as my old one will only work with XP and I have upgraded my OS.

Mine has the wide font and it is quite easy to tell them apart especially the '6' in the cat number. On the uploaded scans you will see that the 6 has a tail and is almost an 8. On mine the tail of the 6 is much shorter and stops at the top. Sadly the centre has been pushed out and the vinyl has seen better days. 50p in a boot sale ;)
 

 
Maxonian
15th Feb 2011
 Not as a recording star as such but I remember Sheridan being mentioned in pop papers and on the radio during 1961, probably covering other beat records of the era.
 

 
recordman46
11th Feb 2011
 In 1959 Tony Sheridan was very nearly signed by Top Rank. In 2002 he told the writer how close he got to a deal, but in the end he was deemed a bit “too wild” and Dick Rowe, who had joined Top Rank as the highest paid A'n'R man at the time, plumped for Craig Douglas instead.
 

 
stiffone
11th Feb 2011
 The release date of the original German pressing with German intro is August 1961.
English intro version January 1962.

The single was a fine hit in Germany 1962 and sold at least 20.000 copies. The English intro version is also found in Denmark sometimes.

For thoroughly examination of Beatles before EMI check H O Gottfridssons From Cavern to Star Club. 460 pages of info on all early releasesre EMI worldwide, Star club tapes, Tony sheridan and Polydor recording It has an EP of new mixes of the 4 polydor trax as well
 

 
carryonsidney
11th Feb 2011
 According to Sheridans website http://www.tony-sheridan.de/ he has a german released single that doesnt feature the beatles.

The Beat brothers are the beatles, theres a rhyming german slang word PEEDLES (plural of penises!) so polydor didnt want a band so closely named!


 

 
stiffone
11th Feb 2011
 The Beat Brothers was Tony Sheridans backing since early 1961 in different setups. Being a popular live act on the Hamburg scene it made sense promoting the single as TS and the Beat Brothers.
The original contract from june 1961 between Beatles and the producer Bert Kaempfert from Polydor states the Beatles as under contract not the Beat Brothers.
The Uk release being issued much later had no reason to release it under the "popular" name from Germany.
Other countries problaly issued the single not knowing anything of The Beatles and thereforre took the original group mentioning TS and Beat Bros. as original issued late 1961
 

 
JPGR&B
11th Feb 2011
 I agree with BEATLEJOHN. While I too don't know if Tony Sheridan had any releases before this, the release that started everything off was the original Polydor release in Germany in late 1961 of My Bonnie/The Saints that was accredited to Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers. The original release made no mention of The Beatles as Tony Sheridan's backing band, but instead mentioned the Beat Brothers, a name the group (and other musicians, who also participated in the Sheridan sessions at the time) collectively used. Later re-releases in Germany featured The Beatles with Tony Sheridan.
 

 
BEATLEJOHN
10th Feb 2011
 .....ummmm...errr...did Tony have any British singles before this release?...also only the UK issue of this release is credited to The Beatles,...the initial German, Japanese, and USA releases are credited to the Beat Brothers, I'm sure Polydor recognised at the time that the Beatles had some pull in the UK. (if not at least in Liverpool)....comment JPGR&B?
 

 
Maxonian
10th Feb 2011
 I am proud to say it is the only Beatles record I own (and of course it is really a Tony Sheridan disc who I think was the popular one at the time (1961-2).
 

 
stiffone
10th Feb 2011
 According to primo Beatles man Mark Lewisohn The Beatles played Cavern 9.2.61 but unadvertised. The 21.3.61 date is the nighttime debut. He displays numerous clippings showing Beatles mentioned in Februar and March lunchtime sessions.
 

 
JPGR&B
10th Feb 2011
 Okay, I hope everyone will excuse me using this release as a vehicle to talk about tonight's British TV's [ITV] programme I Was There...When The Beatles Played The Cavern.

According to the programme, on 9 February 1961, The Beatles returned from Hamburg and played at The Cavern for the first time.

I have to admit I am not certain about that date, as the various reference books I have suggest that The Beatles first played at The Cavern on 21 March 1961.

Whatever the date was, tonight's documentary was quite interesting.


 

 
pinio65
5th Mar 2010
 The first commercial record released that the Beatles played on was Tony Sheridan's My Bonnie /The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In) (Polydor NH24673), released in Germany in the fall of 1961.
The first commercial release of a record bearing The Beatles' name was My Bonnie / The Saints, released as a single in the U.K. on 5 January, 1962. This release also featured for the first time the slow English introduction for My Bonnie. First pressings of this disk are very difficult to find (A.K.A. 'broad' title). It was reissued in Britain in June of 1963 with a slightly different typeface (A.K.A. 'narrow' title).
1st. and 2nd. pressing of the single differ from each other, since 1st. press of the label, has a different typeface in the text of the record's label compared with 2nd. ptess. The difference is most obvious in the letters 'M' and '&'.
2nd.pressing was manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.

There were two versions of "My Bonnie" released, one with the slow German spoken intro "Mein Herz ist bei dir nür", and another only in English. This version is slow English spoken introduction: "My Bonnie lies over the ocean".
 


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