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’.

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.

Young George Harrison with GuitarGeorge Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, on February 25, 1943, to Louise (née French), a Liverpool shop assistant, and Harold Hargreaves Harrison, a bus conductor. George was the last of four children, and he was born in the house where he lived for his first six years: 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool.