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Lennon and McCartney Spread the Songs Around

Q: How many songs did the Lennon-McCartney song writing team give away?

A: A short list of early Lennon-McCartney songs boosted the careers of British Invasion artists such as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Peter and Gordon, The Fourmost and Cilla Black.

Most of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s tunes went to talent represented by their manager, Brian Epstein.

From 1963 to 1964, the list of these songs is recounted in detail online, each available in a posted YouTube video. The writers of Slate.com are following the Beatles in real time, though some 50 year later! The feature is called “Blogging The Beatles” and aims to recap the Fab Four’s career through to 1970.

Answer: 16 tunes went to other artists including the Rolling Stones! UK: two hit #1 and ten more in the Top 40. US: one #1 and five others in the Top 40. Mighty successful start to the British Invasion!




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Retired rocket scientist and part-time brain surgeon. Ok, I also took some time out (four years!) to serve in the US Navy as a journalist. Continued a radio career in Seattle and southern California. Streaming radio and assorted podcasting keeps me busy. What a strange trip it’s been and continues to be!