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ON THIS DAY: 26 DEC, 1963: ‘I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND’ US RELEASE

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Hard to imagine but Capitol Records, which is essentially synonymous with the rise of The Beatles in America, had turned down their sister U.K. label Parlophone’s efforts to release the group’s singles stateside.
That all changed with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The single was released in the U.K. on November 29, 1963, though it took two weeks to hit #1 there where the group’s “She Loves You” was ensconced.

Capitol scheduled it for a mid-January 1964 release but clever U.S. radio DJs that were privy to the song’s overseas success arranged to get copies shipped to them and began playing the import early. This forced Capitol’s hand and the single’s release date was moved up to December 26 to “Capitol”-ize on the demand. With the floodgates opened, the 45 is reported to have sold 250,000 copies within days.
The Beatles’ impact in America cannot be overstated: When “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hit #1 on February 1,1964, it became the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in a one-year period, launching both Beatlemania and the British Invasion.

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A HANDWRITTEN LETTER BY JOHN IS GOING UP FOR SALE FOR $35,000.-

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The note sees John accuse the EMI record label of blocking distribution on his 1968 experimental album ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’, because he appears nude on its cover with Yoko Ono, who became his wife in 1969.
In the letter, John angrily writes: “EMI (who have the real control) wrote warning letters to all their puppets around the world telling them not to handle it in any way.”
John’s ambition was to ensure that he would avoid a repeat of his experiences with EMI, which also distributed The Beatles’ Apple Records releases.

Of the letter, Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: “This is Lennon’s handwritten draft letter … The letter is angrily written, and this album was the very first non-Beatles album that Lennon made.”
And ultimately, ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ – which was released with brown paper-bag packaging – was distributed by another record label.

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PAUL AND NANCY SENDING CHRISTMAS WISHES TO HIS INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

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‘We love you all over the world!’

He’s just returned from his exciting Australia and New Zealand concert tour dates.
And Paul looked absolutely thrilled to be spending Christmas with his wife Nancy Shevell as he took to Instagram with a festive clip.
Embracing his wife, 58, in front of the Christmas tree, wished his 1.6 million followers a happy festive season before the couple sealed the deal with a kiss.
Clad in a casual blue sweater, Paul couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as he hugged Nancy, before looking to the camera and saying: ‘Happy Christmas everyone, all over the world!
‘We love you and a have beautiful New Year!’ he enthusiastically continued.

Proving just how happy they were, the pair, went on to lock lips.
The married couple are more loved-up than ever before and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October.

WHEN JOHN AND YOKO WISHED THE WORLD A HAPPY XMAS

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John´s seventh single outside of the Beatles was written on acoustic guitar, demoed in October 1971 and released as a single in America for that holiday season, on 1 December 1971 — but not in the UK, where a dispute between John and The Beatles‘ publishing company, Northern Songs, delayed it to the extent that it had to wait until 24 November the following year to come out in his home country.

But even in the US, ‘Happy Xmas’ emerged too close to the holidays to get substantial airplay, and barely made the top 40 of the Cashbox singles chart. Billboard, for its part, listed it on its separate Christmas countdown rather than the Hot 100, limiting its profile further even though it reached No. 3.

When the song finally saw UK release, its chart entry on 9 December 1972 was somewhat modest, at No. 23. It climbed to No. 16, but sales really took off in the last chart before the holiday, and it spent the last two weeks of the year at No. 4.

UK chart debut on 9 December 1972: ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ by (to quote the credit exactly) John & Yoko With The Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir.

Like so many Christmas songs, ‘Happy Xmas’ has made many return appearances, most notably in the sad aftermath of John’s death in 1980, when it climbed to No. 2. In its many subsequent chart runs, it last made the top 40 in 2007, at No. 40.