White Album Cover with The Beatles Embossed and Serial NumberThe double album released on November 22, 1968, though more commonly known as “The White Album”, is actually eponymously titled The Beatles. There are no photos on the plain white cover of the album, and the only text is the band’s name (and a serial number on the early LP and CD releases). Earlier pressings of the album had the band’s name embossed, and others have it printed in gray.

Originally the album was titled A Doll’s House. That name was given up when it was discovered that British progressive rock band Family released an album with the similar title of Music in a Doll’s House.

The Beatles was the first album to be released by the band’s own record label, Apple.

Get Your Beatles Buttons Here!Seltaeb was set up in 1963 by Nicky Byrne to look after the Beatles merchandising. The name Seltaeb was derived from spelling “Beatles” backwards.

Brian Epstein needed to find someone who could manage the overwhelming volume of merchandising requests on behalf of The Beatles. Epstein’s lawyer, David Jacobs, suggested Nicky Byrne. Byrne asked for, and received, a whopping 90% of the cut, which left only 10% for The Beatles, Brian Epstein and NEMS to split. Jacob’s told Epstein: “10% is better than nothing”.

Brian would later regret agreeing to such a lopsided deal. He was initially unaware of the potential merchandising market that existed, particularly in America, and subsequently lost The Beatles an estimated $100,000,000 in possible earnings. Epstein later renegotiated a more reasonable commission of 49% in August 1964.

Brian worried that if The Beatles discovered the truth about Seltaeb they wouldn’t renew their contracts with him – which were due to expire in the Autumn of 1967. He decided he could not tell them about the original bad deal that potentially lost them many millions of dollars, so he never told them. His troubles with Seltaeb would remain with him until his death on August 27, 1967.

With The Beatles 1963 UK albumWith the Beatles‘ was released on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On the same date, The Beatles performed a concert at the Globe Theatre in Stockton on Tees, England. ‘With the Beatles’ was the band’s second UK album and it was recorded four months after their first album, ‘Please Please Me’.

Here’s a gazettelive.co.uk article about that date: The Beatles and a night to remember. Friday November 22, 1963

Help! The Beatles - working title Eight Arms to Hold YouEight Arms to Hold You was one of the working titles for the Beatles’ 1965 film, Help!. It was suggested by film producer Walter Shenson. Copies of the single “Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is” and early copies of the US-released 45 single “Help!/I’m Down” are actually printed with Eight Arms to Hold You as the movie title instead of Help!.

Another working title of the Beatles’ second film was Beatles Phase II.