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Beatles Records Typos

You Know My Name... Maybe


You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) was issued as the flip side of Let It Be on March 11, 1970.

As can be seen from these three examples, for some unknown reason, every copy of the 45 made in the US by Capitol for Apple lists the song as You Know My Name (Look Up My Number).

The equivalent of this 45 made for Apple by EMI in the UK listed the name of this song correctly.

The error was even repeated in the US ten years later in March 1980 with the release of the Rarities album.

There is evidence, however, that Capitol records actually knew the proper title of the song all along, as can be seen on the original 1970 US picture sleeve, the only proper US listing of the title of the song until the release of Past Masters in 1988.

Dyslexia at Capitol Records and other Brain Lapses


As was the case with all of the Capitol Beatles 45s made in the 60's, most copies of this record included the text "Recorded In England".

I discovered this copy of I Feel Fine/She's A Woman in my personal collection while doing research for this page. Notice the label says "In England Recorded".

I recently acquired for my collection this copy of the Uncle Albert Admiral Halsey/Too Many People 45. Notice that it credits the Producer as "PUAL". While all the copies of this 45 manufactured by Capitol at their Scranton, PA, Los Angeles and Winchester, VA, pressing plants were printed correctly, every copy made at Capitol's plant in Jacksonville, IL, included this typo.

Typos are not limited to Capitol in the US, however.

This is the Canadian Apple release of The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue. It credits the publishing of George's song to "Harrison Songs Inc.". The name of George's company is "Harrisongs Music Inc."

A Note About The Value Of Record Misprints

Many fans assume that records with manufacturing misprints like the ones pictured above are worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, this is not so.

This mistaken impression probably comes from the fact that manufacturing mistakes in postage stamps and coins are very valuable. However, this is due to the fact that stamps and coins undergo very stringent quality control, and any defects that are produced are usually caught and destroyed, so when one does make it out to the public, it is extremely rare.

Records and CDs do not have anywhere near the quality control that stamps and coins are subjected to, and manufacturing defects in records were frequently released to the public, so although you might only notice defects occasionally, none are particularly rare. They are, nonetheless, still fun for collectors to find.

Some of the graphics on this page were made with the kind assistance of John Hazelton.

The graphics of labels on this page depict labels of real records and have not been retouched or recreated.

This page was added March 1, 1999.
Updated June 3, 2009.

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