The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons
Although the Beatles had a (suspicious) top 20 hit in the UK with "Love Me Do," EMI affiliates outside England were reluctant to pick up the single. The US affiliate, Capitol records, declined to issue the single. When it came time for the Beatles second single to be issued, Capitol again passed on their opportunity to issue Beatles records. Vee Jay Records, a Chicago-based record label known mainly for gospel and R&B (and the Four Seasons), picked up the Beatles US contract. Record released Feb 25, 1963.
On Oct. 1, 1964, Vee Jay packaged its Introducing the Beatles album together with The Golden Hits of the Four Seasons. It called the collection "The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons." The front cover featured new drawings of the Beatles and the Four Seasons, plus listings of all the songs. The back cover featured a 'scorecard'. The album was issued with a poster which featured the drawings of the Beatles from the VJ 587 picture sleeve.
I had no idea! Just happened to be looking around for more info on the band The 4 Seasons and ran across this!
Not that I don't like The 4 Seasons, after all they do have a number of hits and just happen to be from my home state of New Jersey, HOWEVER there is obviously no comparison between the two groups!
I guess maybe because The Beatles had not really made a name for themselves at this point in the states and The 4 Seasons had they thought maybe this was a good way to market and get The Beatles name out there?
I just thought I would share this, not sure if it's been discussed before or not.