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    The Beatles (as Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers) - My Bonnie/The Saints Promo 45 RPM Decca 31382 (1962) Condition: MT 9 Here's the platter that helped changed the world! Every Beatles collector wants a nice copy of this scarce item. Before America had ever heard of the Beatles, they were performing many miles from their home base in Liverpool, in the dingy nightclubs of Hamburg, Germany. Also appearing at these same venues was Elvis emulator Tony Sheridan. German label Polydor signed Sheridan, and picked the future Fab Four to back him on a single, under the name "Beat Brothers" to avoid tricky translation problems. The two Tin Pan Alley standards recorded were released to some success -- but only in Germany. An American branch of Polydor, Decca issued pink label promo copies and black label commercial copies in the States, resulting in a total flop -- no distribution, and no sales, for this unknown group. Later in 1964, after the Beatles were well established in America, MGM reissued the single, which reached the chart position of #26. So here then is the very first American release by the Beatles, which doesn't even carry their correct name on the label! This early record is extremely rare as a commercial release, with only a few dozen known to exist; the promo copies are almost as rare. This copy is a virtually perfect mint example, with sparkling black vinyl and a bright, crisp pink label; it certainly qualifies as one of the finest copies known to exist.

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