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Photos

Click on thumbnails below to see full size versions.

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

The Fab Four play tourists in DC on February 11, 1964.
The snowstorm forced them to take the train down from New York.

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

 

With Good Guy Dean Griffith #1 (Dean Anthony).

 

Beatlemania invades the DC Coliseum!

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

© 02/11/64, Daily Mail

 

After 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 WMCA / New York Murray the K Submarine Race Watchers sweatshirts.

 

© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

 

© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

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© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

 

These low resolution images from the same photo session were from trading cards.

© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

© 02/17/64, Daily Mail

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Print Materials

Playlists

01/03/64
The Beatles debut in the WPGC Top Ten for the first time at #10 with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.
01/10/64
The Beatles hit #1 for the first time with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.
01/17/64
The Lovable Lads from Liverpool claim spots #1 & #2 with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You'.
01/24/64
Both 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.
02/07/64
The 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.
02/21/64
The 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.
03/13/64
Fab 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 Shout'.
06/20/64
For 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 Hand'.
10/17/64
As 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.
12/26/64
By 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!


Sales Kit One Sheet


 

101 Questions About the Beatles

(The station handed these out at remote broadcasts & appearances).

#1 - #54


#55 - #101


 

Miscellaneous

Radio Response Rating

© Billboard - February 1964

D.J. of the Month

© Billboard - February 1964

(Special thanks to Dean Griffith (Dean Anthony) for the above)

 


Sound Files

(Click on the image below to hear audio).

 

Harv Moore's 1964 Novelty 45, 'Interview of the Fab Four' - 1:59

 

Harv Moore writes:

Dean 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)?"

Re: 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.

What 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.

On his novelty 45, 'Interview of the Fab Four':

'Interview 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 The One'.

I had written a song called, 'Breaking Hearts To Him Is Just A Game',
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.

Bobby 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.

I 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.

Misc. Audio

02/15/79 Beatles 15th Anniversary - 1:09 (produced by Dave Foxx)
1994 Harv Moore from WXTR on:
His records - :49
1994 Harv Moore & Jack Fisher of WEAM from WXTR on:
The Beatles -
:54
1994 Bobby Poe from WXTR on:
The 'Interview with The Fab Four' record - :22
1994 Harv Moore & Marv Brooks from WXTR on:
Obscure local records (including Harv's!) - :18
April 2002 Dean Griffith (#1 Dean Anthony) on:
The Beatles DC Arena show in Feb. 1964 - 3:32
April 2002 Dean Griffith (#1 Dean Anthony) on:
The Beatles wearing WPGC sweatshirts - 1:29
08/28/06

 


Video Files

Beatles Fan Club Christmas Messages


10/20/63 : 'The Beatles Christmas Record'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


10/26-28/64 : 'Another Beatles Christmas Record'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


10/19/65 : 'The Beatles Third Christmas Record'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


11/25/66 : 'Pantomime - Everywhere It's Christmas'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


11/28/67 : 'Christmas Time (Is Here Again)'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


Fall 1968 : 'Christmas 1968'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 


Fall 1969 : 'Happy Christmas 1969'

Released to members of the Beatles Fan Club and radio only.

 

Novelty Records About The Beatles


'All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle' - Dora Lynn

Issued by Parlophone in the U.K. for Christmas, 1963.

 


'My Boyfriend Got A Beatle Haircut' - Donna Lynn

Issued by Capitol Records, the song peaked nationally at #83 on 02/22/64.

 


'I Had A Dream I Was A Beatle' - Donna Lynn

Issued by Capitol Records in 1964, the song did not chart nationally.

 


'The Boy With The Beatle Hair' - The Swans


Issued by Cameo Records, the song peaked nationally at #85 on 02/29/64.

 


'We Love You Beatles' - The Carefrees

Issued by London Int., the song peaked nationally at #39 on 03/21/64.

 


'Ringo, I Love You' - Bonnie Jo Mason (Cher)

Recorded by Phil Spector, this was 16 year old Cher's first record.

 


'Pop Hates The Beatles' - Allan Sherman

Comedian, Allan Sherman's parody of Beatlemania in 1964.

 


'Letter From Elaina' - Casey Kasem

Issued on 10/03/64 while Casey was working on the air at
KEWB in Oakland, CA, the song did not chart nationally.
The background music is by George Martin & His Orchestra.

 

Unusual Cover Versions Of Beatles Songs


'She Loves You (German Version)' - Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers was a Fab Four favorite. Fittingly, Beatles producer, George Martin who had produced Mr. S's albums in his pre-Fab Four days did the honors here in what must be the oddest cover version of any of their songs.

 


'She Loves You (Irish Version)-
Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers' comedic genius was undoubtedly an influencing factor in the Beatles' own witty one liners. Here is the second of two of his cover versions of the same song, again produced by Sir George Martin.

 


'A Hard Day's Night' -
Peter Sellers

Delivered in his best 'Richard III' persona, this soliloquy brings a unique interpretation to a Beatles classic and was featured in the 1965 Grenada TV special in the U.K., 'The Music Of Lennon & McCartney' which also featured other well known artists, all of whom had recorded songs by L&M as well as cameo appearances & performances by the Beatles themselves.

 


'Help' -
Peter Sellers

Recorded in 1965 and released by Parlophone in the U.K., this Sellers' sermonette put Beatles lyrics in a church-like setting to great effect.

 

 




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