A Letter to The Beatles
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|"A Letter To The Beatles"|
|Song by The Four Preps|
|Released||9 March 1964|
|Recorded||10 February 1964|
|Writer||Ulz, Larsen, Bellard|
A Letter To The Beatles is a song by The Four Preps. It was released on March 9, 1964 by Capitol Records. The song is about a boy whose girlfriend declares her undying love for the Beatles in a series of letters -- however, the Beatles reply that her undying love is not enough, and that they require "25 cents for an autographed picture" and "one dollar bill for a fan club card". The track was co-written by two of The Four Preps, Glen Larson and Bruce Ballard.
"A Letter To The Beatles" rose to number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it seemed the song would be a hit. However, the single was pulled from shelves a few days after it was released. There are two main theories behind the reason for the single's withdrawal. The first is that Beatles management, primarily Brian Epstein, requested the song be withdrawn, stating it labeled The Beatles as "blatantly commercial". (Capitol Records was the US label for both The Beatles and The Four Preps, and presumably would have been anxious to keep both Epstein and The Beatles happy.) Another theory is that the song interpolates several bars of music and lyrics from The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand without attribution, and that the Beatles' music publishers similarly wanted the song removed from circulation.
The recording is still not sold in stores as a single, but it is included in a CD by the Four Preps.
- "BEATLES NOVELTIES - SINGLES. THE FOUR PREPS. A LETTER TO THE BEATLES.". Archived from the original on 2009-10-23.
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