DescriptionBeatles Autographed First Pressing Of "P.S. I Love You/Love Me Do" 45 (Parlophone, 1962). Extremely Rare. Signed on the "B" side (P.S. I Love You) label in black ballpoint "John Lennon xxx/ Paul McCartney/George Harrison/Ringo Starr xx". Disc MT-9; sleeve VG-Ex 6 with tear at label hole. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner for whom the signatures were obtained. Two COAs from Tracks and Heritage.
According to the letter of provenance "The record was purchased and autographed... on October 6th at Dawson's Record Shop, Widnes...My cousin worked in a Liverpool City Centre typing pool and was already a fan of the group and a regular visitor to lunchtime sessions at the Cavern with her work colleagues - I, being somewhat younger, had not yet become aware of them, but she offered to buy me a copy of the record and have it signed as a birthday gift...I'm unable to remember too much about the occasion, other than there was a small queue - perhaps two dozen and that I had difficulty differentiating one group member from another, except for the short one, who seemed very jovial and laughed a lot - I assumed at the time he must be the leader!"
According to the excellent reference book Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records by Bruce Spizer and Frank Daniels (New Orleans: 498 Productions, 2011), this is one of the "few thousand" pressed for the October 5th release with the very first version of the record label, referenced in the book as PAR 4949.01A(i). The main indication is that "the initial labels, 01A(i), have the Ardmore & Beechwood publishing credit left-aligned and slightly indented so that the 'B' is above the 'XC' in the matrix number prefix 7XCE." All the other "tells" match including the tax code pressed into the trail off area being "ZT".
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