How Capitol Records blew it with A Hard Days Night
Today’s Fab 4 @ 4 features tracks from A Hard Day’s Night
Ever notice how many different record labels released Beatle records in 1964? Wonder why?
Capitol Records (America’s counterpart to Britain’s EMI label for which The Beatles recorded) constantly refused to release their product in the states, so during 1963 they were offered to other labels: Tollie, Vee Jay, and Swan to mention a few. When ‘A Hard Day’s Night‘ was proposed in October 1963, Capitol passed again. By the time the film was shot and released in June 1964, [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm] were the biggest thing in show biz, United Artists, who produced the film, had the soundtrack album, and Capitol only had more egg to wipe off of their face. Even though it was only half a Beatles album (the other half being [lastfm]George Martin[/lastfm]‘s instrumental music from the movie) it still spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard album chart. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what Capitol did with their next Beatle release. It’s a hell of a story.