Volume I

The FIRST commercial record to feature The Beatles' name:
My Bonnie, released January 1962 in Great Britain

My Bonnie / The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) Polydor NH 66833

The FIRST commercial record released that the Beatles played on was Tony Sheridan's My Bonnie (Mein Hertz ist bei dir Nur)/The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In) (Polydor NH24673), released in Germany in the fall of 1961.

The FIRST commercial release of a record bearing The Beatles' name was My Bonnie/The Saints, released as a single in the U.K. on January 5, 1962 (shown above). Just 4 days earlier the Beatles had auditioned for Decca Records. This release also featured for the first time the slow English introduction for My Bonnie. First pressings of this disc are very difficult to find. It was reissued in Britain in June of 1963 with a slightly different typeface. The second issues are not as uncommon. A scarce third variation, with a small center hole, was also released sometime later in the 60s.

The FIRST commercial LP to feature the Beatles' name was the Tony Sheridan album My Bonnie (Polydor LPHM 46 612/SLPHM 237112), released in Germany in June of 1962. This album is all but impossible to find, especially in upper grade condition. In small print on the back of the album cover are the words "*Accompanied by The Beatles".

Decca records issued My Bonnie/The Saints in the U.S. in April of 1962, first as a promotional copy (Decca 31382, pink label) and then as a commercial release. The original commercial releases are among the rarest and most valuable of all Beatles records. Three variations exist, an all-black label, a color band label and a label with crossbars (the scarcest). These Decca singles have all been counterfeited over the years, starting in the late 1970s. Copies on colored vinyl and copies with My Bonnie on both sides are among the counterfeit variations.

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