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A Little Known Fact About Lennon & McCartney. . .

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Del Shannon

The first Lennon & McCartney song to make the Billboard charts was Del Shannon’s From Me To You (it made No.77) on 29 June 1963. It was nearly seven months later, on 18 January 1964, that the Beatles, I Want To Hold You Hand first charted in the US.

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  1. Scott

    August 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

    “From Me to You” is an original Lennon & McCartney composition, so this can’t be a “little known fact” because it is not really a fact at all.

  2. Steve

    June 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I remember it like it was yesterday,,,Me and my pal Ron were trying to get this car (34 Buick??) started. We had put new plugs and wires into it but the bloody heap just would not start…After cussing and throwing various wrenches in disgust ..we decided what the problem was ….we didn’t have the radio on , could not rock out …and that was a serious no=-no.The Dirty Old Mike Western show was on and he wasn’t drunk as yet so maybe the guy would play some rock and roll…It was the first time I heard “From Me To You” and I and Ron were hooked on this great new sound..(after hearing Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell and Fabian anything was better…as I recall Ron called the radio show and Western answered but was pissed because it was Saturday in 1963 and his gal that answered the phones was off….and he was ranting because the phone was ringing of the hook wanting him to play that song again…..Well he did as a matter of fact he played it 4 more times that afternoon and finally revealed it was from a group called The Beatles….By that time a week later the record had sold out at Rexall….and in 4 months we would see this group of guys who were from Liverpool, England…..wonder what ever became of them…..?

    • carol

      August 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      answer to your questions about Beatles listed below….

    • Kathryn

      August 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Where was that? Portland Or KISN radio?
      We had a Mike Western in ’63. Maybe it was Dave Western. He got in a fight with cops who came to the stdio when he was on air. never heard from him again.

  3. Chuck

    August 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Beatles wrote the song and sang it. If Del ever recorded it then it’s news to me.

    • Ron Mejka

      August 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Chuck, Del appeared in London with the Beatles in April 1963. He heard them play “From Me to You”. They agreed to let him cover it for release in the ‘States. Del’s recording made the Billboard chart.

      • Joe

        August 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Actually, after thinking about it, Lennon asked Del *not* to record the song. But aftyer a song is published, another artist does not need permission to record that song

  4. carol dodds

    August 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Steve fabby time in the 60s…the Beatles made Millions…John Lennon shot in New York in the 80s just after recording” Imagine”, Paul MacCartney still doinhg stuff, not too keen on him, thinking George Harrison passed, and Ringo still on the go….

    • Joe F

      August 27, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      And Charlie Westover (Del Shannon) shot himself on February 8, 1990, on my birthday, one week I saw him perform! RIP Charlie.

  5. Robert Grant

    August 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    WOW…I remember 1st. hearing the song by Del & then it got bumped off the local station’s playlist & replaced by the Beatles version…written by Lennon/McCartney…

  6. Denny Pewsey

    August 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Del Shannon had six top 40 hits in the two years previous and was big when touring England. The Beatles let him record their song, but the new Beatles sound was not popular so Del singing “From Me, To You” only got to 77 on Billboard charts in July 1963, six months before anyone ever heard of The Beatles in the States!

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