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This was a mild hit in Germany and England in late 1961 / early 1962, when POLYDOR RECORDS enlisted their U.S. affiliate DECCA RECORDS, to give this record a chance in the America. It went nowhere - and the result is one of the rarest Beatles 45S to acquire.
Not convinced the  name "Beatles" was marketable, DECCA complied with POLYDOR's suggestion to change their name to "THE BEAT BROTHERS" on the label. Primarily  A backing  to Tony Sheridan, this record totally bombed on the U.S. market and gave no Indication of things to come for the BEATLES.  soundtrack albums.
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  • My Bonnie/The Saints



  • #1My Bonnie / The Saints (Promotional Record: Gloversville Press: 31382)
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    SIDE 1
    My Bonnie (Arr. Tony Sheridan)
    SIDE 2
    The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) (Arr. Tony Sheridan)
    RELEASE DATE
    Promotional Record (First Press: 11th April 1962)
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    decca These labels have the classic Decca design from the fifties.
    "MFCD. BY DECCA RECORDS. INC., NEW YORK. U. S. A." was printed at the rim.
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    In March of 1962, Decca cut an acetate of the single at its factory in Gloversville, New York. "My Bonnie" was assigned file No.DGG (Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft) 66833 (the record number of the British single).
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    iwant iwant The song titles appear in black uppercase letters below the center hole. Both are credited as "Arr: Tony Sheridan". The bottom lists the artists as "Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers" and has "Recorded in Europe by Deutsche Grammophon/Polydor (R) Series" in uppercase letters. iwant
    In keeping with a practice dating back to Decca's early days, the songs are described as "Vocal With Instrumental Accompaniment".
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    iwant iwant Decca's Gloversville factory pressed promotional copies. (identified by an "1" in the trail off area)
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    RECORD LABEL
    Classic Decca Pink Label with black text
    CATALOG NUMBER
    31382
    VINYL COLOR
    BLACK
    PRESS FACTORY
    Gloversville, New York
    MATRIX No.
    SIDE 1 45   DGG66833A   1          1
    SIDE 2 45   DGG24673B    1          1
    SLEEVE STYLE
    Decca Company Sleeve
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    MONO
    PUBLISHER'S NAME
    SIDE 1
    Gema (AMRA)
    SIDE 2
    Gema (AMRA)
    COMMENTS
    In March of 1962, Decca cut an acetate of the single at its factory in Gloversville, New York. "My Bonnie" was assigned file No.DGG (Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft) 66833 (the record number of the British single) and "The Saints" was given file number DGG 24673 (the record number of the German single). A test pressing of the single (record number 31382) was made shortly thereafter at the Gloversville plant.
    The stock copies of the record were pressed with Decca's newly-designed 1960's colorbar label, which has "DECCA" printed vertically in multiple colors over a white background on the left side center and a vertical colorbar on the right side center.
    The upper and lower portions of the labels are solid black to allow for the overlay of silver text.
    The song titles appear in large silver uppercase letters at the top. Both are credited as "Arr: Tony Sheridan". The bottom lists the artists as "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers" and has "Recorded in Europe by Deutsche Grammophon/Polydor (R) Series" in uppercase letters.  In keeping with a practice dating back to Decca's early days, the songs are described as "Vocal With Instrumental Accompaniment".

    The singles were pressed by Decca's factories;
    (1) Gloversville, New York (identified by an "1" in the trail off area)
    (2) Pickneyville, Illinois (identified by a "2" in the trail off area)

    Decca's Gloversville factory pressed promotional copies of the single on pink labels with black text. These labels have the classic Decca design from the fifties. The pink promo discs are also rare, but not as scarce as the stock copies.

    One of the Rarest Beatles Records - "My Bonnie"/ "The Saints" 45 Single (Decca 31382, 1962). Both Tony Sheridan and The Beatles were British acts imported to play long hours for the raucous crowds at the Kaiserkeller and The Star-Club in Hamburg's seedy late-night district. The Beatles at that time included Stu Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums. German bandleader Bert Kaempert saw Sheridan as a rising star and arranged a recording contract with the Beatles as his backup band. The nine songs that have surfaced from those sessions feature Sheridan singing lead on seven, Lennon on "Ain't She Sweet", and one instrumental, "Cry for a Shadow". The biggest hit from the session was "My Bonnie", which peaked at #5 in the UK, credited to Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers.

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    Gema (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte.) was started in 1915 and handles the copyright in Germany.
     AMRA  (American Mechanical Rights Agency, Inc.) was originally set up in the mid 60’s to ensure the the moral interests of authors and composers in the  United States.  AMRA also gives publishers, authors and composers “equal status” in terms of protection and defense of their copyrights.



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