Matt Dolloff, CBS Radio Boston

On this day in 1964, Capitol Records released a single by The Four Preps called “Letter to the Beatles.” The song was on its way to becoming a hit, but unfortunately had to be pulled from circulation because it completely ripped off a Beatles song.

The song is about a man who lost his girlfriend to the Beatles, who by that time had exploded in popularity worldwide.

While most of the single is innocent enough, for some reason the Preps decided to directly rip off The Beatles for part of the song.You can distinctly hear the hook to the classic “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” just before the song’s chorus, and repeated a few times. It’s literally the exact same part, like they copied & pasted it in.

Lost in all the rip-offs is the fact that the song is actually pretty good and a nice tribute to the Fab Four. And it probably would have been a hit if the Four Preps didn’t inexplicably decide to rip off the biggest band in the world at the time.


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