Today in Beatles History: Beatles hold Top Five Spots on the Charts


On today’s date in 1964, The Beatles made Billboard history, when their songs held the top five spots on the charts. It looked like this:
 
No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”
 
No. 2: “Twist and Shout”
 
No. 3: “She Loves You”
 
No. 4: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
 
No. 5: “Please Please Me”
 
The Beatles had seven other songs in the Top 100 that week and also had the top two Albums in the United States: Meet The Beatles and Introducing The Beatles.
 
As Fest founder Mark Lapidos points out:
 
“The Beatles had total airwave saturation in the spring of 1964, with about every other song a Beatles song on the ‘Top 40′ radio stations. For those of us baby boomers who lived through that most exciting time in music history, we will never forget it. It is life affirming to know the music is as vital today as it was 50 years ago and that new generations of fans are still discovering their magical music.”
 
While remembering just how remarkable the Beatles’ accomplishments were in 1964, let’s take a look at videos of some of the best live versions of the five songs that made history.
 
Can’t Buy Me Love:
 

 
Twist and Shout:
 

 
She Loves You:
 

 
I Want To Hold Your Hand:
 

 
Please Please Me:
 

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Today In Beatles History: “Can’t Buy Me Love/You Can’t Do That” Certified Gold

On today’s date in 1964, with Beatlemania in full swing, the Beatles released “Can’t Buy Me Love” as a single with “You Can’t Do That” as the B side.
 
In an example of how hot the Beatles were at the time, the single was certified gold the same day it was released after advance sales in the United States exceeded 2.1 million.
 
A few weeks later, the Beatles made Billboard history, when their songs held the top 5 slots on the charts. It looked like this:
 
No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”

No. 2: “Twist and Shout”

No. 3: “She Loves You”

No. 4: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

No. 5: “Please Please Me”
 
While remembering just how remarkable the Beatles’ accomplishments were in 1964, let’s take a look at videos of some of the best live versions of the five songs that made history.
 
Can’t Buy Me Love:
 

 
Twist and Shout:
 

 
She Loves You:
 

 
I Want To Hold Your Hand:
 

 
Please Please Me:
 

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The Beatles Perform All You Need Is Love Live to 400 Million, 6/25/67

June 25, 1967 – This is one of those few seminal days in world history. We all take it for granted now that watching news or events live from any corner of the planet is not an issue. We can even Skype to anyone, anywhere! But on this date in 1967, the first ever live TV show, called Our World, beamed around the globe. Dozens of countries were invited to feature something from their culture to share. The U.K., of course, asked The Beatles to represent their country. Now this was only three weeks after Sgt. Pepper was released, so they had many new songs to choose from. But that wasn’t The Beatles style. They wanted to perform something BRAND NEW. So John either had just written this song or wrote it for the occasion, but it became an anthem for that summer and an anthem for all time – All You Need Is Love. Sitting in the studio were Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton, Mike McCartney, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Marianne Faithfull, and others mostly visible to the camera and with a full orchestra. Even though every one was dressed in bright colors, the show was broadcast in black and white. In The Beatles Anthology DVD Set, the full color version is shown in its entirety. Go watch it today. It was very special, indeed!

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