The Beatles - With The Beatles

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Friday, November 22, 1963, is still remembered by many who witnessed it as the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Earlier, on that eventful day, Parlophone had released the Beatles' second album.

With The Beatles picked up where Please Please Me left off, combining more Lennon-McCartney originals with other highlights from their stage program. It also included the songwriting debut of their twenty-year-old lead guitarist George Harrison.

While the majority of their debut album had been completed in one day, The Beatles had to record their second release in between other commitments which included concert tours, numerous radio and television appearances (including the prestigious Sunday Night At The London Palladium) and their first international tour to Sweden. It was at this time that the term "Beatlemania" was first coined, and this was very much in evidence when they took part in the Royal Variety Performance attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret that year. As if that wasn't enough, they also had to write, record and promote three new 45s, all of which reached number 1 in the UK charts.

None of the tracks on With The Beatles were released as singles in the UK, and Robert Freeman's distinctive black and white cover art was also groundbreaking for a pop album.