Is Owosso Partially Responsible for the Beatles’ Success?
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album, released on June 1, 1967. Capitol Records has released a huge box set, complete with stereo & mono versions of the album, along with 2 extra discs of unreleased tracks, studio rehearsals and more. PLUS 2 DVD's with a documentary of the making of the album and a huge book with tons of info & photos...and a couple of posters to boot!
But did you know that the Michigan town of Owosso is responsible for the very FIRST pressings of a Beatles record in America? That's right...in the entire COUNTRY! Not Detroit, as one may think…but Owosso. Yup…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.”
See the photo gallery above for a dozen Beatle releases on the VeeJay label.
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.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.
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 in the block between Delaney Rd and Cleveland Avenue (does anyone from Owosso know the exact location? Let me know). It was at this second location where ARP cranked out the very first American release by the Beatles in 1963.
So I ask: did Owosso contribute to the Beatles' success here in America?
I would say...undoubtedly, a big YES.
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!