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    The Beatles-Carroll James Personal Archive (First Deejay to Play the Fabs in America) with Memos, Notes & Correspondence from Brian Epstein, Tony Barrow, Ed Sullivan, Paul McCartney autograph, A Treasure Trove of Goodies (1963,1964). All we can say is Wow! This is a true snapshot of Beatles history and how the beginning of Beatlemania originally unfolded in the U.S.A. Carroll James was a young disc jockey at radio station WWDC-Washington D.C. in December 1963. When reports of Beatlemania in England began to reach the United States. He received a letter from a young teenage girl named Marsha Albert asking him to play a song by an English group called the Beatles. It was entitled "I Want To Hold Your Hand." He asked his girlfriend, a stewardess with British Airways, to bring him the record from England. When it arrived, Mr. James also brought into the studio Marsha Albert to introduce the record. He played the single Dec. 17th 1963. After the song played, the switchboard lit up which he later described it as "Spontaneous Combustion". The tremendous response helped persuade Capitol Records to release the disk in the United States earlier than it had planned.

    This archive represents in detail with documentation an insider's look at the behind the scenes process including: Signed letters from Tony Barrow, Brian Epstein, and two 7" vinyl interview 45's with picture sleeves. One is signed by
    Paul McCartney, correspondence letters including the Ed Sullivan show, promo photographs, magazines, hand written letter from Louise Harrison Caldwell, too many to mention. Another nice coincidence, about this time Olive Johnson joined the WWDC staff. A friend of McCartney's since he was eight, her previous job had been as personal assistant to Brian Epstein. In a trans-Atlantic phone call Brian, she and Carroll made arrangements for him to emcee their first concert as well as interview the Fab's. Sink your teeth into these historical documents to see how it all really unfolded. A few major pieces include:

    1) Included are two copies of the 7" picture sleeve record. Side One features: Marsha Alberts original introduction, George at the Sullivan Show, Beatles news conference, Paul and Ringo in Baltimore. Side Two: The Carroll James Interview with the Beatles Washington, D.C. Feb 11th, 1964. One of the picture sleeves is signed by Paul McCartney. Cool fact: Mr. James also played the German release of "I Want To Hold You Hand" sung in German.
    2) Handwritten letter from Louise Caldwell (George's sister) dated January 3, 1964 thanking James for his efforts in getting a Beatles record played and her frustration and lack of success in getting any radio station to play their record. George stayed with Louise in the summer of 1963 and ran into the same non interest attitude about the Beatles at that time. Also-Carroll James response letter to Louise.
    3) Carroll James letter to Marsha Albert dated: Jan, 8th 1964. Original poster of Marsha with the newspaper copy. A photograph of Carroll and Marsha for the 20th anniversary of the Beatles in the U.S.A. Rolling Stone photo.
    4) Ed Sullivan letters from Carroll and response letter from Ed's assistant on Ed Sullivan letterhead.
    5) Five black and white original photos including the Beatles and Carroll plus Carroll wearing his Beatles wig which he gave to Dizzy Gillespie. Assorted programs from the time.
    6) Flight pin from the BOAC Stewardess who brought the copy of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and gave it to Carroll James.
    7) Letters of correspondence from Beatles representatives including: Brain Sommerville, Tony Barrow and Brian Epstein.
    8) Washington D.C. Coliseum concert related material including the letter stating "You will be taking part in the presentation of the Beatles."
    9) Legendary music critic Al Aronowitz's full unedited draft of his article for the Saturday Evening Post: "Traveling with the Beatles on their first American tour." Plus letter to him from Carroll James. Note: Al Aronowitz is the first person who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles August 28th, 1964. According to Al's personal journal entries, brought a joint of marijuana which was purportedly the first time the Beatles smoked pot.

    This type of insight is unprecedented and could only come from someone that was inside the loop. Finally knowing the ends and outs of how Beatlemania virtually began in the U.S and the role deejay Carroll James played is very important. After all, He was there and his thinking outside of the corporate radio box helped to expose a musical revolution that still echoes today. For the first time you have the chance to own this archive. We are so grate full that Carroll James saved these historical documents (That does not normally happen) and are very excited to be able to offer this important piece Beatles history for the first time. Do not miss out on this one off archive collection. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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