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 Tony Sheridan & The Beatles

(Update: 15th. September 2014)
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#1-1 My Bonnie / The Saints (1st. Press "German Intro": NH 24 673)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
My Bonnie (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur) Rock (trad./Sheridan-Bertie)    (German intro.)
SIDE 2 The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) Rock (trad./Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
23th. October 1961? /First Press
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jacket The frontside doesn't have the text "TWIST".
2nd. press has the text "TWIST" in the white box,
jacket sleeve The backside of the picture cover has the text "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur".
2nd. press was removed the text.
Polydor logomark was printed at the upper right corner of the front cover.
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label Polydor Orange Scroll logomark was printed at the top of the label. label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label.
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label The A-side of the label has the text "(Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)", and the text "Rock" under the title "My Bonnie". label label
"GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box. Press comany's name "DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor orange scroll label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 24 673
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 2 K1  H / S  D   24673-2 A    Made in Germany
Side2 2 K1  H / S  D   24673-2 B    Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Unknown
PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
The single with the slow German introduction to "My Bonnie" is the Beatles' first commercial record release ever.
The Beatles met Tony Sheridan during their first Hamburg trip in 1960, though they didn't perform together. The next year, however, saw them alternating with Sheridan's band, and occasionally backing him. Following one of these performances, a friend of orchestral leader Bert Kaempfert - also an agent for the Polydor label - recommended them for a recording session.
The sessions probably took place on 22th. and 23th. June 1961, on a school stage at Hamburg's Friedrich-Ebert-Halle school. The Beatles' fee was 300 marks. A number of songs were recorded, including My Bonnie, which Polydor chose to release as a single in Germany. The B-side was The Saints, a beat version of When The Saints Go Marching In.
The single, credited to Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, was released on 23th.October 1961*, and reached number five in the German charts.
With The Beatles' fanbase growing in Liverpool, demand grew for imported copies of My Bonnie. The buzz around the single inspired Brian Epstein to seek out the group, which he went on to manage.

"GEMA**/BIEM***" :a marking that indicates what company is responsible for the copyright payments for the material released on the record to the proper publishers. It is important to remember that a record with the above-mentioned marking isn't necessarily made in Germany but which was intended for sale in Germany.

*23th. October 1961=According to information in Polygram, Hamburg document, the single was officially released in Germany on 23th. October 1961. However, as has been pointed out earlier, there are information that indicates that here were copies of this single available as early as in August 1961.
**GEMA=German music authors' society
***BIEM=Bureau International de l'Edition Mécanique



#1-2 My Bonnie / The Saints (2nd. Press "English Intro / Error Label": NH 24 673)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
My Bonnie (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur) Rock (trad./Sheridan-Bertie)    (English intro.)
SIDE 2 The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) Rock (trad./Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
January 1962? /Second Press
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jacket jacket label
Polydor logomark was printed at the upper left corner of the front sleeve. Polydor Orange Scroll logomark was printed at the top of the label.
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label Press comany's name "DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT" was printed at the perimeter. label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label.
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label The A-side of the label has the text "(Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)", and the text "Rock" under the title "My Bonnie". label label label
"GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix No.:
Side-1: 24673 - 4 A
Side-2: 24673 - 2 B
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor orange scroll label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 24 673
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 2 M 1  H / W + A D   24673-4 A    Made in Germany
Side2 K1  H / S  Z(?)             24673-2 B    Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Polydor Original Company Sleeve
PRINTER CREDIT
-
PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
The label side “A” has the text "(Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)" under the title "My Bonnie".
But, this one is a rare error mislabeled pressing. You can hear the English introduction.

The recording of "My Bonnie / The Saints" was released in three official versions, plus an erroneous version.
  • 1st. Press: NH 24 673 / Oct. 1961: German Intro / A side has the text: "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur / Rock"
  • 2nd. Press: NH 24 673 / Jan. 1962: English Intro / A side has the text: "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur / Rock" (Error label)
  • 3rd. Press: NH 24 673 / Feb. 1962: English Intro / A side has the text: "Twist"
  • 4th. Press: NH 52 273 / Mar. 1964: Without Intro
The edition with the German label but English intro. can only be seen as a mistake in production.
Records with different introductions have different matrix number stamped on the A-side. The B-side has the same matrix number on all editions.
Side-1: 24673 - 4 A
Side-2: 24673 - 2 B

"GEMA**/BIEM***" :a marking that indicates what company is responsible for the copyright payments for the material released on the record to the proper publishers. It is important to remember that a record with the above-mentioned marking isn't necessarily made in Germany but which was intended for sale in Germany.



#1-3 My Bonnie / The Saints (3rd. Press "English Intro / 'TWIST' Sleeve": NH 24 673)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
My Bonnie Twist (trad./Sheridan/Bertie)    (English intro.)
SIDE 2 The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) Rock (trad./Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
February 1962 /Third Press
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jacket jacket label label disk
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jacket The frontside have the text "TWIST" in the white box,
jacket sleeve The backside of the picture cover removed the text "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur".
Polydor logomark was printed at the upper right corner of the front cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Polydor Orange Scroll logomark was printed at the top of the label. label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The A-side of the label removed the text "(Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)", and have the text "Twist" under the title "My Bonnie". label label
"GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box. Press comany's name "DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor orange scroll label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 24 673
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 2 M 1  H / W + F (?)   24673-4 A    Made in Germany
Side2 2 K1  H / S  H   24673-2 B    Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCAFT
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Unknown
PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
The singles with the slow English introduction have the text "TWIST" under the title of the song on the label's A-side, and on the front side of the picture sleeve.
the back side doesn't have the text "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur".

Records with different introductions have different matrix numbers  stamped on the A-side. The B-side has the same matrix number on all the editions.

The recording of "My Bonnie / The Saints" was released in three official versions, plus an erroneous version.
  • 1st. Press: NH 24 673 / Oct. 1961: German Intro / A side has the text: "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur / Rock"
  • 2nd. Press: NH 24 673 / Jan. 1962: English Intro / A side has the text: "Mein Herz ist bei dir nur / Rock" (Error label)
  • 3rd. Press: NH 24 673 / Feb. 1962: English Intro / A side has the text: "Twist"
  • 4th. Press: NH 52 273 / Mar. 1964: Without Intro



#2 My Bonnie / The Saints (1st. Press "without Intro": NH 52 273)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
My Bonnie (Trad.-Sheridan)
SIDE 2 The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) (Trad.-Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
March 1964 /First Press
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jacket jacket label label disk
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label Polydor logomark and catalog No. were printed at the upper of the front cover. label label
label Polydor logomark was printed at the top of the red label. "GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box.
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label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label. label label
Song writer's credit is "Harrison- Lennon". Press comany's name "MADE IN GERMANY DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor Red label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 52 273
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 A4 - V  K    52273  A     Made in Germany
Side2 A4 - V  K    52273   B     Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
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PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
The edition is the first single of "My Bonnie" released in Europe without a slow introduction.
This German single edition has a red label instead of the original orange label.
From this time on The Beatles get credit for their participation, both on the label and the cover where the artists are listed as "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan".

The cover of the this release is almost identical to the cover of the record "Cry For Shadow/Why (NH 52 275)". Only the titles and the color of the covers differ.
This single has a red and white cover while the "Cry For A Shadow" single has a blue and white cover. Because of their layouts, these two covers are also known as the Mushroom Covers.



#3 Cry For A Shadow / Why (1st. Press: NH 52 275)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Cry For A Shadow (Harrison-Lennon)
SIDE 2 Why (Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
March 1964 /First Press
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jacket jacket label label disk
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LABEL CLOSE UP
jacket Polydor logomark and catalog No. were printed at the upper of the front cover. label label
Polydor logomark was printed at the top of the red label. "GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label. label label
Song writer's credit is "Harrison- Lennon". Press comany's name "MADE IN GERMANY DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor Red label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 52 275
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 A4 - V  D    52275  A     Made in Germany
Side2 A4 - V  C    52275   B     Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
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PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
This single came out in Germany at the same time as the single: "My Bonnie/The Saints (NH 52 273)".
Both editions have almost identical covers.
"Cry For A Shadow" also came out in England and France with the same record Number (NH 52 275).
The artists on the A-side are "The Beatles", on the B-side it says "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan".



#4-1 Ain't She Sweet / If You Love Me, Baby (1st. Press: NH 52 317)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Ain't She Sweet (Ager-Yellen)
SIDE 2 If You Love Me, Baby (Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby) (Trad./ arr. Sheridan)
RELEASE DATE
15th.April 1964? /First Press
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jacket Polydor logomark and catalog No. "52 317" were printed at the right side of the front cover. label label
Polydor logomark was printed at the top of the red label. "GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box.
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label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label. label label
The main song title "If You Love Me, Baby" was credited on the label. Press company's name "MADE IN GERMANY DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor Red label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 52 317
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 04 - V  2E    52317  A     Made in Germany
Side2 04 - V  2E    52317  B     Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
-
PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
According to the release protocol in Polydor's archives, the editions with the title "If You Love Me, Baby (Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby)" came out a few months before those which say only "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby". The reason for this use of two different titles is unclear and open to speculation.
The artist, accordint to the A-side of the label are "The Beatles, vocal: John Lennon".
The B-side says "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan, vocal".



#4-2 Ain't She Sweet / Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby (2nd. Press: NH 52 317)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Ain't She Sweet (Ager-Yellen)
SIDE 2 Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby (Singleton-Hall)
RELEASE DATE
June 1964 /Second Press
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jacket Polydor logomark and catalog No. "52 317" were printed at the right side of the front cover. sleeve
Even though #4-1 and #4-2 have different titles, these two records contain the same songs. The songs on the B-sides are the same but the labels and covers have different titles.
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label label label
Polydor logomark was printed at the top of the red label. "GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box. Press company's name "MADE IN GERMANY DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH" was printed at the perimeter.
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label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle and "Recorded in Hamburg 1961" were printed on the right of the label. label The song title of the B-side was changed to "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby" from "If You Love Me, Baby".
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor Red label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 52 317
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 04 - V      52317  A     Made in Germany
Side2 04 - V      52317  B     Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
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PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS
Even though #4-1 and #4-2 have different titles, these two records contain the same songs. The songs on the B-sides are the same but the labels and covers have different titles.
According to the release protocol in Polydor's archives, the editions with the title "If You Love Me, Baby (Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby)" came out a few months before those which say only "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby". The reason for this use of two different titles is unclear and open to speculation.
The artist, accordint to the A-side of the label are "The Beatles, vocal: John Lennon".
The B-side says "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan, vocal".

The songs "Ain't She Sweet" and "If You Love Me, Baby / Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby" were later released on single with the same record number in Great Britain, Sweden and possibly also France. In these countries, however, it only was released in one edition with the title "Ain't She Sweet / If You Love Me, Baby".



#5 Skinny Minny / Sweet Georgia Brown (1st. Press: NH 24 673)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Skinny Minny (Haley-Keefer-Gabler-Dafra)
SIDE 2 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey)
RELEASE DATE
April 1964 /First Press
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jacket jacket label label disk
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jacket jacket Polydor logomark and catalog No. were printed at the upper right corner of the back cover. label
Catalog No. "52 324" was printed at the top of the front cover, Polydor logomark was printed at the top of the red label.
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label The letters "M 45" (Mono 45 R.P.M.)  in the triangle was printed on the right of the label. label label
"GEMA/BIEM" was printed in the box. Press comany's name "MADE IN GERMANY DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH" was printed at the perimeter.
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RECORD LABEL
Polydor Red label
CATALOG NUMBER
NH 52 324
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. Side1 404 - V  A0    52324  A     Made in Germany
Side2 304 - V  AR   52324   B     Made in Germany
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
CENTER Full size center hole
PRESS COMPANY'S NAME
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GES. MBH
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
-
PRINTER CREDIT
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PRODUCER
Paul Murphy?
COMMENTS
This version of "Skinny Minny" came out for the first time in any country on this single. At that time it came out in mono.
This recording was done by Tony Sheridan without The Beatles.
The Beatles don't play on this recording of "Skinny Minny". The version of the melody on this single is a new recording made by Tony Sheridan together with Bobby Patrick Big Six under the direction of prducer Paul Murphy in Studio Hamburg (Rahlstedt) in 1964, and not the original which was recorded in December 1961 (The Beatles don't play on the recording of "Skinny Minny" recorded in December 1961 either).
A and B-sides of the label list the artists as "Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers", even though it is The Beatles who play on this version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and Bobby Patrick Big Six who accompany Tony Sheridan on this recording of "Skinny Minny".



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