USA Reference and Price Guide
By Mitch McGeary    ©1996-2010

Beatles USA sheet music Beatles USA songbooks Solo USA sheet music & books
Beatles Australia sheet music Beatles U.K. &Other Beatles Japan sheet music

Collecting Beatles sheet music has become very popular in the past few years, and to some collectors, original sheets are as desirable (and perhaps similar to) acquiring original picture sleeves. Many of the sheets contain photos exclusive to that particular release, further enhancing their desirability. Like picture sleeves and other collectibles, original near-mint/mint copies are always more in demand. It is also desirable to find sheets without price stickers, store stamps or written notations by musicians!

The following is a history and list of the 150+ known original titles of Beatles sheet music issued in the U.S., starting in 1963. Two other sub-sections feature Beatles songbooks as well as solo Beatles sheets and songbooks. A complete U.S. sheet music/songbook collection would comprise over 500 pieces, not including countless variations and reissues. There are well over 400 examples pictured on these pages. Our eventual goal is to have every known U.S. sheet and songbook illustrated, including all variations and reissues. Images, values and other details will be added and updated regularly, including information never before published. We also have a section on sheet music from the U.K. as well as some examples from Australia, Japan and other countries.

Original Beatles Sheet Music

Early sheet music titles were printed in a larger 9"x12" format (noted with an asterisk after the title in the chart below). Publishing companies include: Gil Music Inc., Concertone Songs Inc., Duchess Music Co. and Jobete Music Inc. to name a few. When Charles Hansen Publishing began printing all Beatles sheet music in the US beginning in 1964, they used the more common 8-1/2" x 11" format. Some specialty sheets were also printed in a 7" x 10-1/2" format. These include "Choral" arrangements and a series of 6 sheets published in 1969 by Hansen called the "5-Way Hansenork" editions - in which the photos were printed sideways, wrapping from front to back. Many more variations of sheet music exist, including issues with different photos, different release dates, different catalog numbers, on coated and uncoated paper, and even song credit variations.

Charles Hansen Publishing released the sheet music under three different nameplates: Charles Hansen Publications, Keys, and Sheet Music Institute. Sheets printed between March of 1964 and August 1967 have the Keys logo, some sheets printed between October 1965 and May 1970 have the Charles Hansen Publishing wordmark or logo, and some sheets printed between October 1967 and September 1969 have the Sheet Music Institute logo.

All but a few original Hansen sheets have a print code, date code and stock number printed on the sheet. The stock number from 1964 to late 1966 appeared on the front and the print and date code on the back page. The stock number was sequential by release and the print code such as F3M indicated a print run of 3,000 ("3M" means 3,000 to a printing company). The stock number and print code after 1966 were both printed on the back page with the date first, followed by a letter code (meaning not determined at this time) and sequential stock number. An original sheet would typically have a date code that is close to the original release date of the song title. However, there are some instances of original sheets having dates much later. We have seen an All My Loving sheet (orig. 4/64) with a date of 3/65 and even a Something (orig. 9/69) with a print date of 10/74!! There are also instances where later reprints of a number of original sheets all have a '9999' stock number.

Sheet music reprints



The Beatles USA Sheet Music
Title Year Publisher NM value
A Hard Day's Night 07/64 Hansen $ 30.00
A Hard Day's Night (alternate) 08/64 Keys $ 30.00
A Hard Day's Night (1968 reprint) 1968 SMI $ 10.00
All I've Got to Do 04/64 Hansen $ 40.00
All My Loving 04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
All You Need is Love 08/67 Hansen $ 20.00
And I Love Her 07/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Another Girl 08/65   $ 30.00
Ask Me Why 04/64 Keys $ 40.00
A Taste of Honey04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
A Taste of Honey (alternate version, 10-1/2" x 7", titled "Choral Sound of The Beatles!") 03/64 Hansen $ 35.00
Baby You're a Rich Man 08/67 Hansen $ 20.00
Back in The U.S.S.R. 12/68 Hansen $ 30.00
Bad Boy 06/65 Keys $ 40.00
Ballad of John & Yoko, The 06/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Because 10/69 Hansen $ 30.00
Birthday 01/69 Hansen $ 25.00
Blackbird 01/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Blue Jay Way      
Boys 11/65 Hansen $ 35.00
Can't Buy Me Love 04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Can't Buy Me Love (1967 reprint) 07/67 Hansen $ 25.00
Can't Buy Me Love (1967 reprint) 1968 SMI $ 10.00
Carry That Weight 1969    
Chains 04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Come Together 1969 Hansen $ 20.00
Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, The 01/69 Hansen $ 75.00
Cry Baby Cry 01/69 Hansen $ 25.00
Cry For A Shadow      
Day In The Life, A 08/67 Keys $ 60.00
Day Tripper 01/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Day Tripper 01/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Dear Prudence 01/69 Hansen $ 30.00
Dig It *   Warner Bros. $ 5.00
Dizzy Miss Lizzie (ads for other sheets on back; no date listed) 1965 Hansen $ 40.00
Do You Want to Know a Secret 1964 Metric Music Inc. $ 60.00
Do You Want to Know a Secret N/L Hansen $ 40.00
Don't Bother Me 1964 Hansen $ 75.00
Don't Let Me Down 05/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Don't Pass Me By 12/68 Hansen $ 30.00
Don't Pass Me By ("5-way Hansenork", 7" x 10-1/2") 1969 Hansen  
Drive My Car 08/66 Keys $ 40.00
Eight Days a Week 02/65 Hansen $ 30.00
Eleanor Rigby 09/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Everybody's Got Something to Hide... 01/69 Hansen $ 50.00
Fabulous Favorites Guitar Solos No. 1 02/64 Hansen $ 20.00
Fabulous Favorites Trumpet, Clarinet and Sax No. 2 02/64 Hansen $ 20.00
Flying 1967 SMI $ 75.00
Fool On The Hill, The     
Fool On The Hill, The ("5-way Hansenork", 7" x 10-1/2") 1969    
For You Blue 04/70 Hansen $ 20.00
Free As A Bird
(Piano / Vocal)
10/96 Hal Leonard Publishing $ 10.00
Free As A Bird
(Guitar Recorded Version. Transcribed for Lead and Rhythm Guitars plus all the Vocals (lead and background). Like the piano/vocal version the ukulele part is not transcribed. 6 pages)
10/96 Hal Leonard Publishing $ 10.00
From A Window (rarest sheet music issue, incorrectly states "Recorded By The Beatles".) 03/68 Hansen $ 200.00
From Me to You *   Gil Music Corp. $ 40.00
From Me to You (reissue, nearly identical to original) 1981    
Get Back 05/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Glass Onion 12/68 Hansen $ 20.00
Glass Onion ("5-way Hansenork" issue, 7" x 10-1/2") 1969 Hansen  
Good Night 01/69 Hansen $ 30.00
Got To Get You Into My Life  1976    
Happiness is a Warm Gun 01/69 Hansen $ 75.00
Hello, Goodbye 12/67 Hansen $ 20.00
Hello, Goodbye (reprint) 1968 SMI $ 10.00
Help! 09/65 Hansen $ 25.00
Helter Skelter 01/69 Hansen $ 40.00
Here Comes the Sun 10/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Here, There and Everywhere       
Here, There and Everywhere (reissue) 01/68 Hansen $ 10.00
Hey Jude (first issue, uses Pepper era photos) 09/68 Hansen $ 30.00
Hey Jude (with white album photos) 08/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Hey Jude ("5-way Hansenork", 7" x 10-1/2") 08/69 Hansen $ 12.00
Hold Me Tight 1964 Keys $ 60.00
Honey Pie 02/70 Hansen $30.00
I Am the Walrus12/67 Hansen $ 20.00
I Dig A Pony *   Warner Bros.  
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party 02/65 Hansen $ 30.00
I Feel Fine 01/65 Hansen $ 30.00
I Feel Fine (alternate) 12/66 Hansen $ 25.00
If I Fell      
I'll Cry Instead 08/64 Hansen $ 30.00
I'll Follow the Sun      
I'll Get You   Keys  
I'm a Loser      
I'm Down 07/65 Hansen $ 40.00
I Me Mine 05/70 Hansen $ 20.00
I'm Happy Just to Dance with You      
I'm So Tired 01/69 Hansen $ 50.00
I Need You 08/65 Hansen $ 40.00
Inner Light, The 04/68 Hansen $ 40.00
I Saw Her Standing There * 1964 Gil Music $ 40.00
I Should Have Known Better 07/64 Keys $ 40.00
I Should Have Known Better (reissue) 02/68 SMI $ 20.00
It Won't Be Long      
I've Got A Feeling *   Warner Bros. $ 5.00
I Wanna Be Your Man 04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
I Want to Hold Your Hand * 1964 Leeds Music Corp. $ 50.00
I Want to Hold Your Hand (Artist Copy) * 1964 Duchess $ 80.00
I Will 12/68 Hansen $ 25.00
Julia 12/68 Hansen $ 20.00
Kansas City 03/65 Hansen $ 30.00
Kansas City (reissue) 08/74 Hansen $ 30.00
Lady Madonna 03/68 Hansen $ 20.00
Let It Be (first issue, large photos) 03/70 Hansen $ 20.00
Let It Be (2nd issue, smaller photos) 04 /70 Hansen $ 20.00
Let It Be (Choral) 04/70 Hansen $ 25.00
Let It Be (Stageband)   Hansen $ 15.00
Little Child 04/64 Keys $ 60.00
Long and Winding Road, The *   Warner Bros. $ 5.00
Long, Long, Long 01/69 Hansen $ 40.00
Long Tall Sally 09/67 Keys  
Long Tall Sally 09/67 Keys $ 60.00
Lovely Rita 08/67 Keys $ 25.00
Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds 08/67 Keys $ 60.00
Magical Mystery Tour 01/68 Hansen $ 20.00
Martha My Dear 01/69 Hansen $ 50.00
Maxwell's Silver Hammer 10/69 Hansen $ 25.00
Michelle 01/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Misery 04/64 Keys $ 40.00
Money *   Cimino Publications $ 50.00
Mother Nature's Son 01/69 Hansen $ 25.00
Movie Medley 1982 ATV $ 10.00
Mr. Moonlight 04/70 Hansen $ 30.00
Mr. Moonlight (1976 reprint, black & white) 06/76 Hansen $ 20.00
My Bonnie 03/64 Keys $ 40.00
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean * 1964 Oahu Publishing $ 65.00
Night Before, The 08/65 Keys $ 30.00
Not A Second Time      
Nowhere Man 03/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Nowhere Man (reissue) 11/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 12/68 Hansen $ 20.00
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (reissue) 1973 Shawnee Press, Inc. $ 8.00
Octopus's Garden 10/69 Hansen  
Oh! Darling 10/69 Hansen  
Old Brown Shoe 06/69 Hansen $ 20.00
One After 909 *   Warner Bros. $ 5.00
Paperback Writer06/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Penny Lane (uses outdated photo) 02/67 Hansen $ 20.00
Penny Lane (reissue) 02/69 Hansen $ 10.00
Piggies 12/68 Hansen $ 40.00
Please Mr. Postman04/64 Keys $ 40.00
Please Please Me * 1964 Concertone Songs $ 60.00
P.S. I Love You 05/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Rain 06/66 Hansen $ 20.00
Real Love 1996 Hal Leonard Publishing $ 10.00
Revolution (first issue, with Pepper era photos) 10/68 Hansen $ 30.00
Revolution (2nd issue, white album photos)     $ 10.00
Ringo's Theme (This Boy) 07/64 Keys  
Rock & Roll Music   Keys $ 80.00
Rocky Racoon 01/69 Hansen $ 20.00
Roll Over Beethoven1963 ARC Music Corp $ 80.00
Savoy Truffle      
Sexy Sadie      
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 07/67 Hansen $ 20.00
She Came in through the Bathroom Window 12/69 Hansen $ 20.00
She Loves You * (first issue) 1964 Gil Music Corp. $ 40.00
She Loves You (studio series) 196? Keys $ 60.00
She Loves You * (reissue, nearly identical to original) 1981    
She's a Woman 12/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Slow Down      
Something 11/69 Hansen $ 25.00
Something (Stage Band) 10/72 Hansen (Hansenork series) $ 20.00
Something (S-A-T-B arrangement)   Hansen $ 10.00
Strawberry Fields Forever (uses outdated photos) 03/67 Hansen $ 30.00
Take out Some Insurance on Me Baby 06/64 Keys $ 50.00
Taxman 10/66 Keys $ 40.00
Tell Me What You See 08/65 Keys $ 30.00
Tell Me Why 1968 Hansen $ 20.00
Thank You Girl 04/64 Hansen $ 40.00
There's A Devil In Her Heart      
There's A Place03/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Things We Said Today     
This Boy03/64 Keys  
Ticket to Ride 1965 (no date listed, 1st issue) Keys  
Ticket to Ride 05/65 Keys $ 40.00
Twist And Shout02/64 Keys $ 50.00
Twist And Shout04/64 Hansen $ 30.00
Two of Us *   Warner Bros. $ 5.00
We Can Work It Out 01/66 Hansen $ 20.00
We Can Work It Out 02/66 Hansen $ 20.00
What Goes On 03/66 Hansen $ 20.00
When I'm Sixty-Four 08/67 Hansen $ 40.00
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 12/68 Hansen $ 60.00
While My Guitar Gently Weeps ("5-way Hansenork", 7" x 10-1/2") 1969    
Yellow Submarine 08/66 Hansen $ 25.00
Yer Blues 01/69 Hansen $ 30.00
Yes It Is 04/65 Hansen $ 30.00
Yesterday (first issue, very common) 11/65 Hansen $ 15.00
Yesterday ("5-way Hansenork", 7" x 10-1/2") 1969 Hansen $ 8.00
You Can't Do That 03/64 Hansen $ 30.00
You Know My Name (Look up the Number) 05/70 Hansen $ 40.00
You Really Got A Hold On Me      
You're Going To Lose That Girl 08/65 Keys $ 30.00
Your Mother Should Know      
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 08/65 Hansen $ 25.00
Miscellaneous
Extra! Beatle Hits (8-page sales sheet listing sheets and books) 04/64 Hansen $ 20.00

Sheet Music reprints

1966 Reprints

Sometime in late 1966 Hansen Publishers, the main publisher of Beatles sheet music, must have relocated from Florida to Chicago. This is evident with pre-1966 sheets that have a publishing date of late 1966. An example of this is the I Feel Fine sheet originally released in 2/65 that was rereleased with a different photo, a complete Chicago address on the back and dated 12/66. These sheets, while not the first printings, can still be considered original for the purposes of authenticity and value.

1968 Reprints

The entire pre-1968 catalog was reissued in 1968 with a generic line drawing of the Beatles which was first used on the Hello, Goodbye (12/67) sheet. In fact, there are a few late 1967 sheets that have this line drawing but are not considered reprints. It was at this time that Hansen appears to have made a mistake and released the sheet From A Window crediting it as "Recorded by The Beatles". While it was written by Lennon/McCartney, The Beatles did not ever record or release it. This is the rarest sheet with less than six known copies documented.

1970s Warner reissues

When the rights to print Beatles sheet music was transferred to Warner Brothers in the mid-seventies (Hansen continued to print solo Beatles sheets up until sometime in 1976) they not only took the fun out of checking the dates, they took the fun out of collecting the sheets. All the Warner sheets were released with plain color covers and no date information. Colors range from a brownish-red to purple to bright red and even blue. All have the title in 'Cooper' typeface printed in white across the top of the page. These sheets are of little or no value to collectors.

1980s Hal Leonard Corporation reissues

HL reissued some of the Beatles' more popular sheets, often with plain or very boring graphics with lines and gradients of color. The date codes on these sheets can be found in various places and are stated as a "range". That is, the date might say 1083-984 meaning it was first printed in October 1983 but may have been printed as late as September 1984.



Summary of Sheet Music listings and scans
As of  8-06-2001
Category Listings Scans
Beatles Sheet Music 190 161
Beatles Songbooks 151 130
Solo Sheet Music 112 109
Solo Songbooks 56 43
Overseas Sheet Music 113 110
Overseas Songbooks 36 30
Total 667 583

© 1996-2010 Mitch McGeary. Title graphic by Robert York
Additional scans and information provided by Perry Cox, William McCoy, Robert York and others.


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