My Bonnie b/w The Saints
Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
|Country of Origin
|Probably around the 22nd June 1961
|5th January 1962
|U.K. Chart Detail :
|Entry Date :
|6th June 1963
|Highest Position :
|Weeks in Chart :
|Polydor "scroll" type label.
Both sides credited to, "Tony Sheridan & The Beatles"
During the Beatles second stint in Hamburg (April to July 1961) they regularly backed English singer/guitarist Tony Sheridan.
It was during one of these performances that a friend of Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert saw them and recommended them to
Bert for recording. The sessions took place, not in a recording studio, but on a school stage at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
school in Hamburg. The Beatles backed Sheridan on five or six numbers, including "My Bonnie", which was chosen by Polydor in
Germany for single release. On this German issue the group were credited as "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers", but as
you can see above, for the U.K. release the label was correctly attributed to "Tony Sheridan and the Beatles".
Either way, this was The Beatles first appearance on a commercial disc.
It created a stir in the Beatles home town where it sold quite well locally and was instrumental in bringing the band to the
attention of Brian Epstein. Nationally, it didn't reach the chart until after the Beatles had reached number 1 and were
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