It was fifty years ago today…

Feb. 11, 1963. The Beatles were playing at the bottom of a list of English acts headlined by teen sensation Helen Shapiro. They took the day off and huddled in a recording studio to dash off their first album, Please Please Me (UK Parlophone), which was released in the US as Introducing the Beatles (VeeJay Records), and later on in Canada as Twist and Shout (Capitol Records). Here’s the lads with Helen, who’s cozying up to Ringo Starr,¬†and Dusty Springfield. Note the beehive–Adele and Amy Winehouse apparently did.

Beatles 1963

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