It wasn't so much what I had seen, it's what I had heard. They had a scene where they played a clip of "She Loves You" and I thought it was a great song I wrote that I thought the Beatles would be really popular here, and if [ deejay Carroll James] could get one of their records, that would really be great. Eventually he decided to pursue Albert's suggestion to him and asked the station's promotion director to get British Overseas Airways Corporation to ship in a copy of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" from Britain.
Albert related what happened next: "Carroll James called me up the day he got the record and said 'If you can get down here by 5 o'clock, we'll let you introduce it.
The song proved to be a huge hit, a surprise for the station since they catered mainly to a more staid audience, which would normally be expecting songs from singers such as Andy Williams or Bobby Vinton instead of rock and roll. James took to playing the song repeatedly on the station, often turning down the song in the middle to make the declaration, "This is a Carroll James exclusive",  to avoid theft of the song by other stations.
James and WWDC ignored the threat, and Capitol came to the conclusion that they could well take advantage of the publicity, releasing the single two weeks ahead of schedule on 26 December. The demand was insatiable; in the first three days alone, a quarter of a million copies had already been sold 10, copies In New York City every hour.
Capitol was so overloaded by the demand, it contracted part of the job of pressing copies off to Columbia Records and RCA. By 18 January, the song had started its week chart run, and on 1 February, the Beatles finally achieved their first number 1 in Billboard LP),  emulating the success of another British group, the Tornados with " Telstar ", which topped the Billboard chart for three weeks in December With that, the " British Invasion " of America had been launched.
ThroughoutBritish pop and rock artists enjoyed unprecedented success on the American charts. The American single's front and back sleeves featured a photograph of the Beatles with Paul McCartney holding a cigarette, I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles - 20 Greatest Hits (Vinyl. InCapitol Records airbrushed out the cigarette for the re-release of the single. Beforehand, the American markets LP) more in favour of hit singles instead of whole albums; however, two months after the album's release, it had shipped 3, copies, overahead of the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single at 3, The November stereo remix appeared I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles - 20 Greatest Hits (Vinyl 's A Collection of Beatles Oldiesand on several later Beatles compilation albums, including 's —'s 20 Greatest Hitsand 's 1.
The song was greeted by raving fans on both sides of the Atlantic but was dismissed by some critics as nothing more than another fad song that would not hold up to the test of time. Cynthia Lowery of the Associated Press expressed her exasperation with Beatlemania by saying of the Beatles: "Heaven knows we've heard them enough. It has been impossible to get a radio weather bulletin or time signal without running into 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'.
In his book Revolution in the HeadIan MacDonald wrote that the song "electrified American pop", adding: "every American artist, black or white, asked about 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' has said much the same: it altered everything, ushering in a new era and changing their lives.
Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid. He was surprised when he met them and found out that none of them had actually smoked marijuana. It was like a shock went through my system I immediately knew that everything had changed"; he said that he and Mike Love had a meeting to discuss the challenge presented by the Beatles, as "For a while there, we felt really threatened.
It got us off our asses in the studio The Beatles left behind more great music than anybody can process in a lifetime It's the most joyous three minutes in the history of human noise. However, inthe song won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Starting at the song's final week at the top of the American charts, the Beatles have the all-time record of seven number 1 songs in a one-year period.
It was also the first of seven songs written by Lennon—McCartney to top the US charts in — an all-time record for writing the most songs to hit number 1 on the US charts in the same calendar year. According to Ian MacDonald: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved 6 August Archived from the I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles - 20 Greatest Hits (Vinyl on 2 November Revolution in the Head.
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