- Souvenir of Their Visit to America
Infobox Album | Name = Souvenir of Their Visit to America
Type = EP
March 23, 1964
Recorded = Abbey Road 1963
Rock and roll
Length = ?
Label = Vee-Jay VJEP 1-903
Last album = "
The Beatles' Second Album"
This album = "Souvenir of Their Visit to America" (EP)
(1964) | Next album = "
Four by the Beatles" (EP)
"Souvenir of Their Visit to America" was the first of three Beatles EPs released in the
United Statesand the only one released by Vee-Jay Records. The EP featured four songs that had previously been released by Vee-Jay on the Introducing... The Beatlesalbum. This EP did not chart.
Capitol Records, a unit of EMIand sister label to The Beatles' record label Parlophone, had first refusal rights to any material released by an EMI label. Capitol in the USA repeatedly turned down The Beatles for most of 1963. So The Beatles' first two 1963 singles and an altered version of their first album were released by Vee-Jay Records. Vee-Jay Records was a small company with few resources. As a result of little publicity or promotion, the records sold poorly. Vee-Jay lost the rights to The Beatles for nonpayment of royalites. The smaller Swan Recordsreceived the rights to the She Loves Yousingle. When The Beatles were booked to perform on the popular Ed SullivanShow in February, 1964, Capitol finally exercised its option and said yes to The Beatles in November, 1963. In a legal settlement with Capitol Records, Vee-Jay received rights to market the Beatle recordings they possessed until October 10, 1964 at which point all rights to all EMI Beatle recordings in the United States were assigned to Capitol Records. Vee-Jay's offering, an EP entitled "Souvenir of Their Visit to America", was a great success. It is by far the most common Beatles EP of all the US releases. However, because part of the EP's sales were through mail-order offers, the trade magazines refused to chart the EP
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