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From NPR: The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

"She Loves You" wound up being released by the tiny Swan label out of Philadelphia in September, 1963. Bruce Spizer says the label tried to get Dick Clark to spin it. "American Bandstand" was broadcast nationally out of Philadelphia.

"She loves you" is a song of The Beatles.

What's the meaning of "spin" here? I even cannot find a proper meaning in the dictionary.

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In the 60s, CDs didn't exist and we only had vinyls that used to turn on a turntable. The records spun* on the turntables. DJs spun the records.

The sentence means that Swan, the label that had produced the Beatles'single, tried to have Dick Clark play (spin on his turntable) She loves you on his radio show "American Bandstand".

She loves you was first recorded an a single (noun 1) with a different B side in the US and in Britain.


* Past tense of spin. Although I've heard spinned used for vinyl records.

  • yes, you got it right. I misunderstood it with 'spin' as in my answer. Nevertheless, that too can go if Dick Clark was asked to smartly present a low-ranked track. – Maulik V Feb 10 '14 at 7:33
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    @Maulik: it's just we're probably from a different generation and some things are obvious to those who have lived them! – Laure Feb 10 '14 at 7:41
  • That's so kind way to inform me. Kudos! Upvoting your answer. – Maulik V Feb 10 '14 at 7:42

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