Cautious Capitol Records
Looking back at the story of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein and his mostly thwarted efforts to secure a recording deal via EMI in England with their counter part in the U.S. – Capitol Records, it is amazing that the company eventually released a tidal wave of Invasion Groups. But not until the Beatles were turned down a total of five times by Capitol. The record giant also passed on Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Hollies and the Yardbirds. (Ouuuuch!)
The villan was Capitol staffer David Dexter who turned away the group on four occasions starting with “Love Me Do” then “Please Please Me” next “She Loves You” and finally “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. Brian eventually went over Dexter’s head going straight to Capitol’s president Alan Livingston. Alan released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and that was that!
Later, many obscure Invaders would be released on Capitol Records without much fanfare (or success) but I guess they just weren’t taking any more chances. Below are just a few of the many acts signed to the label during the invasion. The Twilights were from Australia and the Staccatos from Canada.
The British Invasion Top of the Charts – March 27th, 1965
Number 4 – Eight Days a Week – The Beatles (down from number 1)
Number 2 – Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat – Herman’s Hermits (up from number 8)
Number 6 – Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & the Pacemakers (second week at number 6)
Number 17 – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals (up from number 22)
Number 18 – Come Home – The Dave Clark Five (down from number 14)
Number 20 – I’m Telling You Now – Freddie & the Dreamers (up from number 42)
Number 79 – The Last Time – The Rolling Stones