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Letter: ‘Twist and Shout’ – in Italy

I was a college student in Florence, Italy, in the spring and summer of 1963. We listened to music on Italian radio. Pop records were mostly in Italian, but some were in French and in English. In the summer of 1963 the Beatles were getting radio play time in Italy with “Please Please Me,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” Italian students asked for translations. When I returned to campus at Stanford in September of ’63, I told my friends about this new British group. That was a few months before the January ’64 U.S. release of their Meet the Beatles album, which my roommate and I immediately bought and played almost continuously to the detriment of study time in the dorm.



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