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"LOVE ME DO" B/W "P.S. I LOVE YOU"|
PARLOPHONE 45-R 4949
RELEASED OCTOBER 5, 1962
EARLIEST POSSIBLE FIRST ISSUE STOCK COPY WITH 'JR' DEMO STAMPER
Fully-Signed "LOVE ME DO" A-SIDE LABEL From The BEATLES' Dawson's Music Shop SIGNING session of October 6, 1962
for only thirty minutes beginning at 4pm on the afternoon of saturday, october 6, 1962 - the day following the release of their debut single - the beatles stepped nervously into a new world, giving them the briefest taste of just how the world had changed for them, and how it would never be the same again. it was a small-scale, relatively inauspicious signing session at dawson's music store at 29 Albert Road in Widnes, Cheshire, a satellite town, 15 miles southeast of liverpool.
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES IS MOST PROUD TO OFFER a sensational EARLY first pressing of The Beatles' DEBUT single, signed at Dawson's, obtained by a local Liverpool fan named robert Edwards, WHO HAD ATTENDED THE SIGNING. All four Beatles have signed their full names beautifully in ballpoint pen on the a-side "Love Me Do" label.
due to the fact that the signing session lasted just over thirty minutes, to own a copy of the silver and red label "love me do" single bearing all four signatures of the beatles is very valuable property.
this small scale, relatively trivial event on church street in widnes
at dawson's on october 6, 1962 was a fleeting glimpse of the madness which awaited the
"MEET THE BEATLES"|
CAPITOL T-2047 MONO
RELEASED: 1/20/64, EAST COAST, #3 COVER
SIGNED ON THE BACK COVER BY
FEBRUARY 9, 1964
The Beatles' rise to prominence in the United States on February 7, 1964 was a significant development in the history of the band's commercial Success. In addition to establishing the Beatles' international stature, it changed attitudes to popular music in the United States.
ON SUNDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1964, THE BEATLES PERFORMED ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW BEFORE A THEN-RECORD AMERICAN TELEVISION AUDIENCE OF OVER 73 MILLION PEOPLE. THE SOUND AND IMAGES OF THE GROUP'S PERFORMANCE WAS FOREVER EMBEDDED IN THEIR MINDS, ALONG WITH MEMORIES OF WHERE THEY WERE WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED AND WHEN MAN FIRST WALKED ON THE MOON.
THIS MONAURAL ISSUE OF THE GROUP'S CAPITOL DEBUT ALBUM "MEET THE BEATLES" WAS AUTOGRAPHED BEAUTIFULLY IN BLUE BALLPOINT ON THE BACK COVER FOR THE LIGHTING TECHNICIAN OF "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW" ON THE DAY OF THE INFAMOUS PROGRAM, SUNDAY, THE 9TH OF FEBRUARY, 1964.
PRESENTED PROFESSIONALLY MATTED AND FRAMED.
ACCOMPANIED BY LETTERS OF AUTHENTICITY FROM FRANK CAIAZZO AND PERRY COX. ALSO INCLUDES LETTER OF PROVENANCE FROM A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE CBS LIGHTING TECHNICIAN WHO HAD ACQUIRED THE SIGNATURES.
LIMITED EDITION "BUTCHER COVER" PHOTO SESSION|
ARCHIVAL 17" X 15" DIGITAL CONTACT SHEET
SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT WHITAKER
ISSUED EXCLUSIVELY BY MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY, 2007
ONLY 25 PRODUCED. THIS IS NUMBER 6/25.
Robert Whitaker happened to meet the Beatles on their 1964 Australian tour when he accompanied one of his journalist friends to an interview with the band’s manager, Brian Epstein. The photo he took during that meeting resulted in Epstein offering him the position of staff photographer at NEMS, where he worked with all of the artists. During his time working with the Beatles, Whitaker became extremely close with the band, photographing them onstage, as well as in quiet moments at homE.
Whitaker's most celebrated work is the 1966 photo which was appropriated for The Beatles' infamous "Yesterday and Today" album cover, which was briefly released in the U.S. in JUNE 1966 but hastily PULLED OFF THE SHELVES AND RECALLED BY CAPITOL RECORDS.
On March 25, 1966, The Beatles went to Whitaker's Chelsea studio for a photo session, intending to take photos for the cover of (and/or to promote) their forthcoming single "Paperback Writer". The band and their photographer were determined to create something more than the run-of-the-mill publicity shots, and among the resulting images was one which has since become known as the "butcher" photo, in which The Beatles are depicted wearing white coats, draped with dismembered doll parts, AND slabs of meat.
WITH ONLY 25 PRODUCED IN 2007, AND SIGNED BY THE LATE ROBERT WHITAKER (1939-2011) IN BRIGHT WHITE THIN MARKER, IS AN EIGHT FRAME DIGITAL 17" X 15" CONTACT SHEET. THESE ORIGINAL NEGATIVES FROM THE "BUTCHER" PHOTO SESSION WERE EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED AND ISSUED BY MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME. THIS ONE IS NUMBER 6 OF 25.
PRESENTED PROFESSIONALLY MATTED AND FRAMED, THIS RARE ITEM HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER "BUTCHER" RELATED COLLECTIBLES.
ORIGINAL COMPOSITE INK SKETCH SELF-PORTRAIT DRAWING
BY STUART SUTCLIFFE
on the reverse of an off-white 8" x 4" sheet of imprinted
Bruno Koschmider Betriebe Kaiserkeller stationery.
the private collection of
STUART SUTCLIFFE, The bEATLES' original bassist still holds a spot as the “fifth Beatle” and, in his own right, has secured acclaim as an artist and poet before his untimely passing - he was only 21 when he died in 1962 from bleeding in the brain.
THIS Amazing and MOST heartfelt original drawing by Sutcliffe IS on the reverse of an off-white 8" x 4" sheet of imprinted Bruno Koschmider Betriebe Kaiserkeller stationery. The composite ink sketch shows a self-portrait of Sutcliffe and a portrait of his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr inside a heart, with a silhouette of the couple walking hand in hand apparently on a beach, with Sutcliffe writing at the top, “I love you Astrid, with all my heart and soul. Stuart.” On the reverse of the sketch, Sutcliffe has written, “Melancholy me.”
THIS PRESENTATION IS Archivally double glass matted and framed (both sides visible) with a signed photo of Kirchherr, as well as a portrait of Sutcliffe, taken and printed by Kirchherr from her original circa 1960-61 negative, and signed on the reverse in pencil by KirchherR.
AND ROY ORBISON'|
ORIGINAL 16 PAGE TOUR PROGRAMME
AUTOGRAPHED ON PHOTO SPREAD BIO PAGE BY
SIGNED DURING THE DURATION OF THE TOUR
MAY 18 TO JUNE 9, 1963
SATURDAY MAY 18, 1963 WAS THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE BEATLES' THIRD NATIONWIDE PACKAGE TOUR IN AS MANY MONTHS. THIS TIME IT WAS WITH AMERICAN SENSATION ROY ORBISON, WHOM THE BEATLES MUCH ADMIRED. ROY INITIALLY BEGAN AS THE BILL-TOPPER, BUT THE BEATLES VERY QUICKLY, BY AUDIENCE DEMAND, ASSUMED THAT POSITION THROUGHOUT THE TOUR WHICH CONCLUDED ON JUNE 9.
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES PROUDLY OFFERS THIS SPECTACULAR AND COMPLETE 7¾" X 10¼" PROGRAMME FROM THIS TOUR, AUTOGRAPHED BY THE BEATLES. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST QUALITY CONDITIONED EXAMPLES OF THIS PARTICULAR TOUR PROGRAMME, WITH MAJESTIC AND CRISP SIGNATURES, WHICH WERE ACQUIRED DURING THE DURATION OF THE TOUR.
ACCOMPANIED BY LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM FRANK CAIAZZO.
RARE 1963 DEZO HOFFMAN 6" X 8"
AUTOGRAPHED ON PHOTO BY THE BEATLES.
SIGNED IN BLUE BALLPOINT CIRCA LATE 1963.
During their meteoric rise in popularity, THE BEATLES hired Dezo Hoffman to be their first professional photographer.
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES OFFERS HERE A RARELY SEEN DEZO HOFFMANN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BEATLES. THIS 6" X 8" EXAMPLE HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE GROUP CIRCA LATE 1963, and is considered rarer than an authentically signed collarless suit session "fan club card", also shot by dezo hoffman.
the photo was snapped at russell square, bloomsbury, london on july 2, 1963. this location was one of many that day, as dezo had named the day's shoot as "a day in the life of the beatles".
WHEN THESE PUBLICITY PHOTOS DO SURFACE AND ARE SIGNED, THE SIGNATURES ARE USUALLY THOSE OF EITHER BEATLES ROAD MANAGER NEIL ASPINALL OR BEATLES ASSISTANT MAL EVANS.
THE BEATLES HAVE SIGNED IN BLUE BALLPOINT NEAR THEIR RESPECTIVE IMAGE, AND ARE EXCELLENT EXAMPLES FROM THIS PERIOD.
2 St. George's Parade, Wolverhampton, ENGLAND
COMPLETE LEATHER BOUND PERFORMERS
GUEST LOG AUTOGRAPH BOOK
SIGNATURES DATE FROM 1948 THROUGH OCTOBER 1971
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES IS MOST PROUD TO OFFER THIS ASTOUNDING 14" x 9" COMPLETE LEATHER BOUND PERFORMERS GUEST LOG AUTOGRAPH BOOK, REPRESENTING NEARLY EVERY SINGLE ACT AND PERFORMER THAT CAME THROUGH THE GAUMONT CINEMA WOLVERHAMPTON - FROM THE EARLY BOOKINGS OF ACTORS, RADIO AND TELEVISION CELEBRITIES and crooners IN THE LATE 1940'S - then transforming INTO A Rock and Roll Time Capsule.
all the British tour PACKAGES PLAYED THE GAUMONT before they hit the USA - making THIS TRULY a magnificent History book of Rock AUTOGRAPHS from a famous English Venue with so many of the greatest performers of all time - including of course - the beatles, who played the gaumont wolverhampton twice in 1963.
EACH OF THESE LARGE 174 AUTOGRAPHED PAGES is a HISTORICAL COMPILATION - HUNDREDS OF ACTS AND THEIR autographs ALL in one place AND MOSTLY in chronological order. EVERY PAGE IS WELL PRESERVED AND THE MAJORITY of the signatures are ball point AND APPEAR AS THOUGH THEY were signed yesterday.
It's so very hard to fathom all THEse EARLY STARS AND THEN Rock luminaries who all stood in the same place signing the same book, playing the same stage, for 23 years. The CRINKLY ALLIGATOR SKIN LEATHER Book HAS THE SCENT OF ANTIQUITY FROM A vintage BRITISH theater. It is QUITE an impressive thing to behold.
SOME OF OF THE MOST NOTABLE AUTOGRAPHS INCLUDE:
THE BEATLES - BOTH DATES OF THE GROUP'S APPEARANCES
THE GAUMONT CINEMA AUTOGRAPH LOG BOOK IS ACCOMPANIED BY 174 INDIVIDUAL LETTERS OF AUTHENTICITY
FROM RENOWNED BEATLES AND ROCK AND ROLL AUTOGRAPH EXPERT PAUL WANE, OF TRACKS,
GREEN COLORED AUTOGRAPH ALBUM PAGE|
AUTOGRAPHED BY THE BEATLES
SIGNED MAY 24, 1963, GRANADA CINEMA, WALTHAMSTOW.
signed BEAUTIFULLY AND BOLDLY in blue ballpoint pen, WITH RINGO ADDING "THE BEATLES" AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.
THE BEATLES PLAYED "TWO HOUSES THAT EVENING AS THEY CONTINUED THE PACKAGE TOUR WITH AMERICAN sensation ROY ORBISON.
ACCOMPANIED BY LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM FRANK CAIAZZO.
PAYMENT METHOD BY WIRE TRANSFER OR
BANK CHECK ONLY.
CASH BOX MAGAZINE
RARE ORIGINAL PAGE FROM APRIL 25, 1964 ISSUE
VEE-JAY RECORDS "SON OF A GUN !" ADVERTISEMENT
"9 OUT OF THE TOP 100 BEST SELLING SINGLES"
INCLUDING THREE BEATLES SINGLES
AND THE BRAND NEW "LOVE ME DO" b/w "P.S. I LOVE YOU" RELEASE SPLASH
PRESENTED PROFESSIONALLY MATTED AND FRAMED
HERE IS AN ORIGINAL AND RARE 13½" X 9½" FULL PAGE VEE-JAY RECORDS ADVERTISEMENT "SON OF A GUN !", FROM THE APRIL 25, 1964 ISSUE (ON PAGE 25) OF CASH BOX MAGAZINE. IT FEATURES THE RECORD LABEL'S SPLASH TOUTING "WHO'D EVER THINK THAT LITTLE VEE JAY RECORDS WOULD HAVE 9 OUT OF THE TOP 100 BEST SELLING SINGLES?" YET, AT THE FINISH OF THE AD THE LABEL COMPANY ASKS " AND WITH ALL THIS WE'RE STILL ONLY #8 IN RECORD SALES?"
THE HIGHLIGHT HERE BEING THAT THREE OF THE NINE SINGLES BELONG THOSE RELEASES OF THE BEATLES. THERE IS ALSO THE DEBUT INFORMATION FOR THE BRAND NEW TOLLIE RELEASE OF THE BEATLES "LOVE ME DO" B/W "P.S. I LOVE YOU" (T-9008).
"YESTERDAY AND TODAY"
CAPITOL ST-2553 STEREO, RELEASED: 6/15/66
FIRST STATE BUTCHER COVER
FACTORY #2 COVER - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES IS EXTREMELY PROUD TO OFFER THIS MOST STUNNING STEREO FIRST STATE BUTCHER COVER, WHICH REMAINS IN ITS ORIGINAL FACTORY SHRINKWRAP. WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT IS ONE OF THE FINEST SURVIVING EXAMPLES KNOWN TO EXIST AND RIVALS SEALED EXAMPLES THAT HAVE AN ISSUE OR TWO. THIS ONE IS A GEM.
THIS FIRST STATE STEREO SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA #2 COVER IS ACCOMPANIED BY ITS
MATCHING EAST COAST RECORD, GRADED IN SPARKLING MINT MINUS UNPLAYED CONDITION,
ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL CAPITOL '66 ORANGE INNER SLEEVE.
SEPTEMBER 1963 UK "THE Official Beatles Fan Club" Promotional Photo CARD
AUTOGRAPHED ON THE PHOTO SIDE BY THE BEATLES
CIRCA LATE 1963
measuring 5½" X 4¼", THE CARD features THE fabulous black and white Dezo Hoffmann shot from that infamous JULY 1963 photo session, SIGNED BEAUTIFULLY BY ALL FOUR BEATLES IN BLUE BALLPOINT PEN CIRCA LATE 1963.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE CARDS FEATURING the classic "seated collarless suit pose" were signed by the fan club secretaries and sent through the mail to members. The Beatles' road manager Neil Aspinall ALSO signed a good number of these cards while the band was on tour in late 1963 and throughout 1964. However, some cards have turned up which have been authentically signed by John, Paul George and Ringo - but they are quite rare.
ThE 'FAN CLUB' PHOTOCARD was the final promotional card issued AND AUTHENTICALLY Signed EXAMPLES are VERY desirable. THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY INDEED.
ACCOMPANIED BY LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM RENOWNED BEATLES AUTOGRAPH EXPERT FRANK CAIAZZO.
SET OF BOTH CAPITOL EXTENDED PLAY
HARDCOVER PICTURE SLEEVES WITH EP RECORDS
"FOUR BY THE BEATLES",
CAPITOL EAP 1-2121, EAST COAST ISSUE, RELEASED: 5/11/64
"4 BY 4 : 4 BY THE BEATLES",
CAPITOL R-5365, WEST COAST ISSUE, RELEASED: 2/1/65
BOTH COVERS REMAIN IN ORIGINAL SHRINKWRAP
NONE BETTER OUT THERE THAN THESE TWO CAPITOL EXTENDED PLAY EXAMPLES AND THE ONLY UPGRADE WOULD BE SEALED COPIES! SO VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND THESE WITH THE SHRINKWRAP STILL RETAINED. THE RECORDS ARE UNPLAYED "AS NEW" GLISTENING BEAUTIES.
MOST MAGNIFICENT EAST AND WEST COAST SET OF THE TWO CAPITOL EXTENDED PLAYS.
"INTRODUCING THE BEATLES"
VEE-JAY, VJLP SR1062 STEREO, RELEASED: 1/10/64
VERSION 1 - WITH "LOVE ME DO" & "P.S. I LOVE YOU"
MEGA-RARE STEREOPHONIC "TITLES ON BACK" COVER
WITHOUT QUESTION, THIS IS THE LP THAT IS AMONG THE RAREST OF ALL COMMERCIALLY ISSUED U.S. BEATLES ALBUMS - THE FIRST NEAR MINT EXAMPLE TO HAVE SURFACED - MAKING IT ONE OF, IF NOT, THE VERY BEST CONDITION EXAMPLE KNOWN TO EXIST.
OF ALL THE BEATLES VEE-JAY ALBUMS AND ANY OTHER U.S. COMMERCIAL ISSUED ALBUM, THIS PARTICULAR VERSION OF "INTRODUCING THE BEATLES" IS THE RAREST VARIATION. IT IS THE EARLY 1964 VERSION ONE STEREOPHONIC PRESSING FEATURING THE "TITLES ON BACK" COVER.
WITH APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN TO TWENTY OF THIS COVER VARIATION HAVING BEEN VERIFIED TO EXIST AT ALL - IT MAKES IT MUCH RARER AND SCARCER THAN BOTH THE VEE-JAY "AD BACK" STEREO ALBUM, AND "THE BEATLES AND FRANK IFIELD" STEREO "PORTRAIT COVER" ALBUM.
THE COVER HAS THE "SEARS & ROEBUCK" LOOSE STYLE BAGGY- WRAPPING STILL RETAINED. THE BAGGY HAS DONE ITS JOB IN PRESERVING THE COVER IN ITS 'AS NEW' NEW NEAR MINT CONDITION. THE RECORD IS THE VERY FIRST LABEL VERSION ONE STEREO VARIATION - AND IS AMONG THE BEST EXAMPLES OF THIS DISC WE HAVE SEEN. THE VINYL IS TRULY 'AS NEW' NEAR MINT WITH NEAR MINT LABELS. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF BEING PLAYED.
THIS IS INDEED A WORLD CLASS EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE ALL TIME RAREST BEATLES ALBUMS IN THE WORLD. THIS IS OUR FIRST OFFERING OF THIS MEGA-RARITY, AND UNLESS SEALED PERFECT, IT CANNOT BE UPGRADED.
"YESTERDAY AND TODAY"|
CAPITOL T-2553 MONO, RELEASED: 6/15/66,
FACTORY #6 - LOS ANGELES, CA.
SECOND STATE (PASTE OVER)
COVER REMAINS IN THE ORIGINAL FACTORY SHRINKWRAP
THE ACCOMPANYING WEST COAST RECORD IS REMARKABLE TO SAY THE LEAST, AND IS A
JEWEL MINT UNPLAYED EXAMPLE. THE LOS ANGELES CAPITOL '66 ORANGE INNER DUST
SLEEVE IS INCLUDED AS WELL.
COLLECTION OF EIGHT VINTAGE U.S. BEATLES
45 RPM PICTURE SLEEVES
1964 (5) / 1965 (3)
CAPITOL 5112, MGM K-13213, VEE-JAY 587, SWAN 4152, CAPITOL 5235, CAPITOL 5407, CAPITOL 5476, CAPITOL 5498
UNCIRCULATED "AS NEW" PICTURE SLEEVES EMANATING FROM
'KONDOFF'S RECORDS' STORE 2006 LIQUIDATION, MIAMISBURG, OHIO
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE SLEEVES ARE OUTSTANDING WORLD CLASS EXAMPLES AND AMONG THE BEST WE HAVE SEEN - EXTREMELY HIGH-END - AND REMAIN IN THEIR ORIGINALLY PRODUCED CONDITION. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE AMONG THE VERY BEST EXAMPLES FOR THESE TITLES THAT EXIST. IT IS APPARENT THAT A RECORD WAS NEVER INSERTED IN ANY OF THEM.
THE HISTORY OF THESE UNCIRCULATED PICTURE SLEEVES EMANATE FROM WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE GREAT "OHIO FIND", WHICH TOOK PLACE AT A STORE CALLED 'KONDOFF'S RECORDS' IN MIAMISBURG, OHIO IN 2006.
THESE EIGHT OLD STORE STOCK "MINTY" SLEEVES COME FROM A TREASURE TROVE OF THE OLD STORE BACK ROOM STOCK. THE STORE WAS IN OPERATION FROM THE EARLY 1950'S AND CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 1970. THE CONTENTS OF THIS STORE WERE FROZEN IN TIME.
ACCOMPANIED BY LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM PERRY COX, BEATLES U.S. RECORDS EXPERT, AUTHOR OF "THE BEATLES RECORD PRICE GUIDE" SERIES OF BOOKS.
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