Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How Capitol Got the Beatles: And Then What Happened

by Charles Tillinghast

How was the seemingly ridiculous decision by Capitol made to reject the Beatles? Which of three possible Capitol executives successfully managed to reverse that decision, bringing the fame and fortune of these artists to the Capitol label?

Many were the bumps in the ride taken by Capitol and the Beatles during the years of their greatest productivity, none totally lacking in humorous aspects as related by the author, a Capitol "insider."

Tillinghast, a lawyer, spent almost twenty years in the record business, mostly at Capitol Records where he headed the Law Department and was point man for day-to-day relations with the Beatles.

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