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Fab Four play tourists in DC on February 11, 1964.
The snowstorm forced them to take the train down from New York.
invades the DC Coliseum!
their shows and the snow in DC they vacationed in Miami for a
few days. John
is wearing his WPGC Good Guys sweatshirt in these shots. Ringo
& George are wearing their WINS / New York Murray the K
Submarine Race Watchers sweatshirts.
low resolution images from the same photo session were from trading
Beatles debut in the WPGC Top Ten for the first time at #10
with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.
Beatles hit #1 for the first time with 'I Want To Hold
Lovable Lads from Liverpool claim spots #1 & #2 with 'I
Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You'.
songs remain at #1 & #2 and are joined at #4 by 'Please
Please Me'. All three songs remain in their respective
positions the following week.
triple crown belongs to John, Paul, George & Ringo as
'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You' and 'Please
Please Me' occupy #1, #2 & #3. Each song remains there
the next week.
Beatles hold all five of the Top Five positions with 'I
Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You', 'Please Please Me',
'All My Lovin'' and 'Till There Was You' in spots
#1 - #5. All five songs remain in the same slots the following
week and are joined by 'Twist And Shout' at #9.
Four dominance of the Top Ten continues with an even half
dozen songs in positions #1- #6 with 'I
Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You', 'Please Please Me',
'All My Lovin'', 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'Twist And
the first time in 24 consecutive weeks, the Beatles
do not have a song in the WPGC Top Ten. Three weeks later
however they hit #1 again with 'A Hard Day's Night'.
The following week it remains at #1 while the Boston Pops
hits #10 with their cover of 'I Want To Hold Your
new music is released, another Trifecta is reached by The
Beatles with 'I'll Be Back', 'I'm A Loser' and
'Kansas City' hitting #1 - #3, in order. The following
week these songs remain in their exact positions.
year's end, The Beatles have placed an unprecedented 21 different
songs in the WPGC Top Ten with 'I Want To Hold Your
Hand', 'She Loves You', ,'Please Please Me', 'All My Lovin',
'Till There Was You', 'Twist And Shout', 'Can't Buy Me Love',
'Do You Want To Know A Secret', 'Love Me Do', 'Roll Over Beethoven',
'P.S. I Love You', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Ask Me Why', 'And
I Love Her', 'Matchbox', 'Things We Said Today', 'Anytime
At All', 'I'll Be Back', 'I'm A Loser', 'Kansas City', and
'I Feel Fine'. All told, The Beatles have at least one
song in the WPGC Top Ten for 41 weeks of the year!
Kit One Sheet
Questions About the Beatles
station handed these out at remote broadcasts & appearances).
thanks to Dean Griffith (Dean
Anthony) for the above)
on the image below to hear audio).
Griffith (Dean Anthony) was very highly regarded by record
company representatives. He was first to play new releases, and
he broke a lot of records out of D.C. He had an amazing ear. Consequently
he received a lot of "special attention" from the record
companies, and was able to procure a lot of "unavailable"
material. I'm sure the Program Directors and Music Directors from
the other D.C. stations were scratching their heads when they
saw the Evening
Star Top Ten, wondering "how in the heck did he
get those (Beatles
songs ahead of everyone else)?"
the Beatles, I
have read in several books the account of their first U.S. concert
at the Washington Coliseum as to who was on the bill with
them. They listed The Chiffons and Tommy Roe. A
fellow DJ friend (and Beatlemaniac) had given me an "original"
poster from the show, with The Chiffons and Tommy Roe
listed as the opening acts. I knew this was wrong because the
opening acts were Jay & The Americans and The Righteous
Brothers and The Caravelles. I know, because I talked
to them in the stands on the afternoon of the show.
happened was: as we all know, there was a blizzard on the east
coast, and the Beatles
had to take the train from NYC to DC, instead of flying. The
Chiffons and Tommy Roe couldn't make it in, so they
had to get some last-minute opening acts. Several years ago on
the anniversary of the Beatles
show, I had Kenny Vance of Jay & The Americans on the
air with me by phone, and he verified this.
his novelty 45, 'Interview of the Fab Four':
of The Fab Four' was Bobby Poe's idea. He recalled the
Buchanan & Goodman hits of the late 50's where they
took excerpts of hit songs to tell a story. I met Bobby in the
Spring of '64. He had a hit with The Chartbusters', 'She's
had written a song called, 'Breaking Hearts To Him Is Just
co-written with Don "Pee Wee"
Reese (Riis). Don was working with me at 'PGC at the time.
I had found a couple of girls who called themselves, The Delights.
They were from Hyattsville, MD. We recorded a demo at the station,
and I took it to Bobby. He loved it. He placed it with Arlen Records
out of Philadelphia.
and I wrote the script to 'Interview', and we recorded
it at Edgewood Studios in DC. Ed Greene was the engineer. He went
on to become the chief recording engineer for The Cowsills. The
Chartbusters were in the studio at the same time, working on a
followup to 'She's The One'. Bobby knew that I had written
several songs, and he asked if I could write something really
quick so that The Chartbusters could back me up.
wrote 'I Feel So Fine' (flip side
of 'Interview') in about 20 minutes, and it sounds like
it! Bobby placed the record with World Artists Records out of
NYC. They were hot with Chad & Jeremy, and Reparata &
The Delrons. They released it on American Arts Records. 'Interview'
was out about 2 weeks, and we got a "Cease & Desist"
order from Brian Epstein.
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