4-by the Beatles

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For the similarly titled EP, see Four by the Beatles.
4-by the Beatles
EP by The Beatles
Released 1 February 1965
Recorded 1964, EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 10:26
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin
The Beatles EP chronology
Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night
4-By the Beatles
Beatles for Sale
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[citation needed]

4-By the Beatles was the third of three EPs released in United States, but second of two Beatles' EPs released by Capitol Records (catalogue number R-5365) in the US.


Though the first Beatles' EP released by Capitol did not succeed as much as the label would have hoped, it did well on the singles chart, which enabled Capitol to create a new series called the "4-By" series, which acted like a "super single." The idea was to market a set of four songs to "complement the artist's singles and albums and not compete with the performer's current hit single."[1] Accordingly, the series name is a reference to the limited success of that first EP by the Beatles that Capitol had released: Four by the Beatles.

Although initially intended to appear as a single by releasing the "4-By" in a soft sleeve and thus "distinguish the '4-By' product from EP's," the Beatles "4-By" was released in a hard cardboard sleeve, similar to regular EP releases.[1] Billboard did not chart this "4-By" as a single either, instead as an EP, with it charting as high as 68 on the Hot 100, the highest it reached in the Cash Box chart as well.[1]

Capitol deleted this release from its catalog on 31 December 1965, less than a year after it was released.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • The "4-By" featured four songs that were previously released on Beatles '65 in December 1964.
Side one
  1. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins) - 2:56
  2. "I'm a Loser" (Lennon–McCartney) - 2:30
Side two
  1. "Mr. Moonlight" (Johnson) - 2:39
  2. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Perkins) - 2:25

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Spizer, Bruce (2000). The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, Part One: Beatlemania and the Singles, p.65-6. New Orleans, Louisiana: 498 Productions. ISBN 0-9662649-1-6

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