Saturday, February 15, 2014

Episode 1400: The Beatles - Till There Was You

Today, we celebrate the 1,400th post on “Reading Between The Grooves,” but before we analyze what’s happened during the last 100 posts, we’ll also finish off our Second Week Special: “It was 50 Years ago Today.” This week in 1964, The Beatles’ first album on Capitol Records became the #1 album in the US.

“Meet The Beatles!” would stay at this slot for 11 weeks until it was unseated by “The Beatles’ Second Album.”  The titles of Capitol’s first two albums were misnomers, as they discounted Vee Jay’s release, “Introducing . . . The Beatles,” which predated “Meet The Beatles!” by ten days.

While “Meet The Beatles!” had a similar cover to the second UK release, the two albums only shared nine songs. While “With The Beatles” had six songs not penned by the band, “Meet The Beatles!” featured only one tune not written by John, Paul, or George – “Till There was You.”

Written by Meredith Wilson for “The Music Man” in 1958, Paul McCartney learned the song through Peggy Lee’s recording, and it became part of the band’s set list as early as 1962. Their version of “Till There was You” features an impressive acoustic guitar lead by George Harrison.

McCartney sang lead on the tune and had an interesting pronunciation of the word “saw,” which comes across as “sarw.” In addition, the song was the second tune played by The Beatles on their Ed Sullivan Show debut on February 9, 1964.

RBTG’s 1,400th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 76 declared followers of the blog – up from 70 in September 2013. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. Since our last evaluation, Google+ has become a major source of new visitors.

The cumulative statistics for the blog are listed below:

Unique Visitors137,223
Times Visited153,177
Number of Pages Viewed221,404
People Visiting 200+ Times2,161
People Visiting 101-200 Times1,083
People Visiting 51-100 Times989
People Visiting 26-50 Times963
Number of Visitor Countries Represented182

The Top Ten Visitor Countries

Since our 1,300th post, three new countries were added to the list: two from the Caribbean (Sint Maarten and Curaçao) and one from Africa (Somalia).

1United States74,412
2United Kingdom12,774

As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.

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