Helen Shapiro and The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TPGlBpvFj8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5vDXULfWY Helen Shapiro’s music career was from 1961-63 though she was in two music films and headlined for the Beatles in early 1963. “Before she was sixteen years old, Shapiro had been voted Britain’s “Top Female Singer” and was featured Ready Steady Go! She also headlined the Beatles’ first national tour of England and Shapiro and the group enjoyed each other’s company. At 16, she was much more the seasoned professional than the older Liverpool quartet, who loved her voice and her unassuming manner. She sang with them on the bus, advised them to make “From Me to You” their next record after “Please Please Me,” and they, in turn, wrote “Misery” for her. Astonishingly, EMI — not yet sensing the golden touch that the Beatles (who had yet to cut their first LP) would soon reveal — declined to give Shapiro the chance to record a Lennon-McCartney tune, costing her the chance to become the first artist to cover a Lennon-McCartney song just at the point when the Beatles were about to sweep all before them in the pop charts. Note: When The Beatles performed in Scotland in June, they were touring with Roy Orbison and sang: Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout. http://www.beatlesbible.com/1963/06/07/live-odeon-cinema-glasgow/http://www.billboard.com/artist/303417/helen-shapiro/biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Shapiro

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