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    The Beatles - Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers "My Bonnie"/ "The Saints" 45 w/Polydor Sleeve (Germany - Polydor 24673, 1961). It all started with this 45. Tony Sheridan was playing clubs in Hamburg alongside the Beatles. Producer Bert Kaempfert visited the Top Ten club and subsequently signed Sheridan and the Beatles to his company Bert Kaempfert Productions.

    A recording date was set for June 22, 1961 in Hamburg. Sheridan and the Beatles performed "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "The Saints," "Why," "Nobody's Child," and "Take Out Some Insurance." The Beatles performed "Ain't She Sweet" and an original song, "Beatle Bop," later titled, "Cry for a Shadow."

    "My Bonnie" was released as a single with "The Saints" as the B-side and released in Germany through Polydor Records on October 23rd 1961. This version released was unique to Germany, as it featured a "slow introduction" to the song "My Bonnie" sung entirely in German. It was credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. The Beat Brothers consisted of guitarists John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney, bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, and drummer Pete Best. Stuart did not play on the recordings. This single, marketed as being a "ROCK" release (as indicated on both disc labels), was the first record ever released by the future Fabs.

    On January 5, 1962, Polydor "re-released" the "My Bonnie" single worldwide, but this time "replacing" the German "slow introduction" with instead an all English "slow introduction." This new REMIXED release became the "standard" Polydor issue from this point forward, and was marketed as a "TWIST" song to cash-in on the popularity of the current "Twist" dance craze at the time. This is indicated by the word change from (ROCK) to (TWIST) and the "removal" of the German phrase "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur" underneath the title "My Bonnie" on ALL later pressings of the A-side labels.

    This very rare and short-lived October 23, 1961, example: The vinyl is EX-7 with some ink marks on side B of the label. The sleeve is EX 7 with some minor tears, ring wear and ink marking at the top left corner of one side of the sleeve. We have only offered a few of these gems. Be sure and add this piece of Beatles history to the collection. COAs from Hein's Rare Collectibles and Heritage Auctions.

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