Beatles (U.S.A.) Ltd
Original Wraps. New York: Souvenir Publishing & Distributing Co., 1964. First Edition. Very Good.
Designed and photographed by Robert Freeman. First edition. Signed on front wrapper by Les Paul in gold marker. Publisher's wrappers with purple and black photo of The Beatles members to front wrapper, title lettered in green, in-concert photo to rear wrapper, illustrated with black and white photos throughout. Very good or better copy with light edgewear and a few light nicks and scratches to wrappers. Overall, an excellent copy with clean pages. This concert tour program was released during the Beatles' 1964 North American Tour. After first coming to the US in February of 1964 and making their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the group returned to the US in August for a 25-city tour. The tour spawned a lot of significant events in the Beatles' storied history, including the recording of what would later be released as The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, and their legendary encounter with Bob Dylan and marijuana. This tour program includes a section of photos taken during the E.M.I. recording sessions for "With the Beatles," and various other photos of the quartet taken in hotels, dressing rooms, and concerts. This copy is signed by the legendary guitar player and inventor, Les Paul. Notably, George Harrison was gifted a Les Paul guitar by Eric Clapton during the 1968 White Album sessions, and it can be heard on the Beatles' recording of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." This guitar, nicknamed "Lucy" and previously owned by John Sebastian and Rick Derringer, is one of the most famous electric guitars in the history of rock and roll.