SINGLES
"The thing is, we’re all really the same person. We’re just four parts of the one."
- Paul McCartney

Released in Germany in October 1961, the single My Bonnie backed with The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In) (Polydor 24 673) was the first ever commercial "Beatles" record. These songs were two of eight recordings the Beatles, with Pete Best as drummer, made with Tony Sheridan for Bert Kaempfert Produktion in Germany.

Tony Sheridan dubbed in two different introductions to My Bonnie - one in German (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur) and one in English. The record was released with both versions and each had its own picture sleeve shown at left (the bottom sleeve contained the record with the English intro).

In Britain EMI (and therefore Parlophone) rarely used picture sleeves to promote the singles of its artists, doing so on only two original Beatle singles. By contrast, picture sleeves were common in the United States.

There were a few German Polydor singles released as imports in Britain. The Polydor records shown here were issued in the U.K. and have U.K. catalog numbers.

To view the label styles used on Beatle singles click here or go to the "Disc Labels & Company 45 Sleeves" section in the main menu.

U.K. chart positions are from "Record Retailer"; "Billboard" for U.S. records (unless otherwise noted).

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