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    Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers "My Bonnie" / "The Saints" German 45 Records ("Rock" and "Twist" Versions), the Record That Started it All (Polydor NH 24 673, 1961/1962). Two different pressings of the Beatles' first appearance on a commercial record release. Based on our research on the labels and matrix numbers, we are offering copies of the second and third pressings, one each of the two different labels. (1) Rock: The label adds "(Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)/ Rock" under the title of the A side. This is a rare mislabeled pressing as the introduction to the song is actually in English. Identical to the first pressing except that the matrix number on the A side is "4 A". Condition is VG-EX 6 with an "x" lightly written on the label. (2) Twist: The label has dropped the German subtitle and changed the "Rock" to "Twist", English introduction with matrix number "4 A". Condition is VG EX 6. Large center holes on both. A great opportunity to own a very important part of Beatle recording history.

    During their second trip to Hamburg in 1961, they were often on the same bill as Tony Sheridan, sometimes playing as his backup group. They were signed by Bert Kaempfert for a recording session in June 1961 where they recorded these tracks with Sheridan for a fee of 300 marks. This record was released in October 1961 and became a hit in Germany. As the story goes, this record led directly to future manager Brian Epstein becoming aware and interested in the Beatles. Paul McCartney explains: "A kid had gone into Brian's record store and asked for My Bonnie by The Beatles. Brian had said, 'No it's not, it's by Tony Sheridan,' and he ordered it. Then Brian heard that we were playing 200 yards away. So he came to the Cavern and the news got to us: 'Brian Epstein is in the audience - he might be a manager or a promoter. He is a grown-up, anyway.' It was Us and Grown-ups then." (The Beatles Anthology, page 65).

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    April, 2015
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