Guide to the discography

In this section, which is the discography itself, we systematically review the "Belgian" Beatles and solo-Beatles singles, as they are presently known to us.

Title

For singles, both A-side and B-side song titles are given, separated by a "/" , the A-title first.
For Long Playing records, we only give the title of the LP.

Label name

In the 1960s, all Beatles singles in Belgium, except two, were issued on Parlophone.
During the first half of the seventies John, Paul, George and Ringo operated on their own Apple label. After 1975 only Paul McCartney remained with EMI and issued records on Capitol and Parlophone. .

Catalogue number

The catalogue number consists of a prefix and a number. In Belgium the UK system is followed, with the standard prefix "R" and the same catalogue number as the UK singles.

Two Belgian Beatles pressings, "Yesterday" / "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Michelle" / "Drive My Car" carry the "DP" prefix. This was used exclusively for records destined for export. They were sometimes actually pressed in the UK on the English Parlophone label and then sold in another country. Sometimes they were pressed abroad with the DP prefix on the country's own Parlophone label.
During the pre-Apple period, three such Beatles singles were released:

"If I Fell" / "Tell Me Why" DP 562
"Yesterday" / "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" DP 563
"Michelle" / "Drive My Car" DP 564

We found no evidence that "If I Fell" was ever made in Belgium.
According to the matrix cards kept in Hayes, all three DP-singles were deleted in March 1969.

On 1 January 1969 a new international system was introduced for EMI catalogue numbers. A new, five-digit prefix was created, separated from the five-digit record number by "-".
The prefix for singles was "xC006", "xE006" or "xJ006", x being a numerical code for the country the single was made in or for.

The following "country codes" were used :

0C UK


1C Germany 1E UK 1J Spain
2C France
2J Greece
3C Italy

4C Belgium 4E Sweden
5C Holland 5E Norway
6C Denmark

7C Sweden

8C Norway 8E Portugal
9C Finland
10C Spain

11C Portugal

12C Austria
13C Switzerland
14C Greece
31C Brasil


These same codes were used for Long Playing records. For "Music for Pleasure" LPs the letter "M" replaces "C". Hence the code 4M for a Belgian MFP pressing.

Release date

No exact Belgian release dates could be found. For each record we mention the month of release as mentioned on the matrix cards to which we had access. In the instances when no matrix card was available to us, the month of release in the UK is mentioned

Matrix numbers

For each side we mention the matrix number. This is the serial number that can be found on the original metal stamp with which the vinyl record was manufactured. It can be found in the run-off groove, i.e. the part of the groove between the last note of the song and the record label. On most singles this number is also mentioned on the record label.
The matrix number in the run-off groove is usually machine-stamped in the UK, whereas in Belgium it is handwritten most of the time.
This is a strong indication that the locally pressed records were indeed "dubbed" from imported records.

Chart action

When applicable, we list the highest position reached in the Belgian charts by each record and the month or week this position was reached for the first time. We also indicate the total period for which the record was featured in the charts. This information is based on the monthly hit parade from Juke Box for 1964 and 1965 and on the weekly charts from Humo for the following years.

Remarks

Wherever relevant, additional information is given about a record or picture sleeve, e.g. about the origins of the illustration(s) used for the sleeve.