Beatles' First Contract Sells For $93K
It was apparently for a German recording of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2015 5:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – New York's Heritage Auctions says it just sold a 1961 Beatles recording contract—the first the band ever signed—for more than $93,000. So what's the first song the Beatles were contracted to record? Apparently, a version of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. While it obviously didn't reach the heights of Let It Be or even Revolution 9, the song—recorded in Hamburg and released only in Germany—led to the band being discovered by their future manager. The lineup for the recording was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best, who had not yet been replaced by Ringo Starr. The contract was sold by the estate of a German collector.