Did you know that a Michigan town is responsible for the very FIRST pressings of a Beatles record in America?

Not Detroit, as one may think...but Owosso. That's right...OWOSSO.

Owosso was home of the American Record Pressing Company, who cranked out millions of vinyl albums and 45's...including many early Motown hits and the very first American record release from the Beatles, "Please, Please Me."

Courtesy of VeeJay Records

Some Beatle aficionados may be familiar with an early pressing of "Please, Please Me" where the label mistakenly spelled the Beatles' name as "Beattles"......well, THIS was the plant that did that...and today it is a highly sought after, expensive collector's item.

ORIGINAL ARP SITE, Courtesy of Google Maps

The original ARP building was located in downtown Owosso at 1011 E. Main Street; it has since been torn down and is now a parking lot for Walgreen's and O'Reilly's Auto Parts.

 

 

SECOND ARP SITE, Courtesy of Google Maps

ARP was moved to 1810 W. King Street, where it burned down in 1972, destroying everything...supposedly, if you go to that empty field nowadays, you can find pieces of old vinyl records scattered and buried among the weeds and bushes. 1810 W. King Street is currently an address that no longer exists, but was located somewhere behind the homes in this picture. It was at this second location where ARP cranked out the very first American release by the Beatles in 1963.

To read much, much more about this fascinating Michigan/Beatles connection and history, CLICK HERE.

Another reason to be proud of our state! Put these locations on your Michigan roadtrip list!