Friday, February 8, 1963: The Beatles on U.S. radio

This is the most likely date of the first airplay of a Beatles song in the United States (that according to Beatles historian Bruce Spizer; his website is beatle.net). The single, "Please Please Me," was released on the Vee-Jay label and played by disc jockey Dick Biondi on WLS in Chicago. The band's name was misspelled as "The Beattles" on the earliest Vee-Jay pressings, also appearing that way on WLS' "Silver Dollar Survey." ("Please Please Me" would peak at No. 35 in mid-March on WLS, having made no national impact, though by that time it had reached No. 1 in Britain. "Silver Dollar Survey" sheet: @)
* "Who Played The Very First Beatles Record in America?" (from forgottenhits.com): @
* Excerpt from "The British Invasion" (Barry Miles, 209): @
* Portion of Dick Biondi show, February 23: @
* Entry from The Beatles Rarity: @
* Entry from The Beatles Collection: @
* Entry from Goldmine magazine: @
* "The Vee-Jay Story" (from www.bsnpubs.com): @ 

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