Wonderful and quite rare first UK pressing of the band’s debut EP, Twist and Shout, signed and inscribed in fountain pen on the back cover of the sleeve, “To Christine, love, John Lennon xxx,” “Ringo Starr xxx,” “love from Paul McCartney xxx,” and “George Harrison xxx.” Signatures were obtained in between August 19–24, 1963, in Bournemouth, Hampshire, for a young female fan who was invited to meet the group back stage after winning a Disc magazine contest, during their six-day engagement at the Gaumont Cinema. In fine condition, with a bit of slight contrast to Starr’s signature over text, and a brush to Paul’s “xxx.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo.
Disc Magazine ran several contests during 1963, with the grand prize being front row seats to a Beatles show, and a chance to meet the group backstage. Released in mid-July of 1963, the band’s first official EP contained four tracks from their Please Please Me album. The sleeve featured a Fiona Adams photo of the band taken at a former bomb site at the rear of Euston Station, with the Beatles tunes on the back cover credited to “McCartney–Lennon.” This EP stayed on the charts for an incredible 64 weeks, selling over 800,000 copies, despite the fact that their full-length album had been number one on the charts for 10 weeks. According to expert Frank Caiazzo, to date, there have been less than ten authentically signed Beatles EPs brought to light. A super-scarce fully-signed offering of a rare Beatles title. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.