Love Me Do

It’s a milestone for every band: to file and launch a single for the primary time. The Beatles already launched a few songs with Tony Sheridan in Germany, however this was the true factor for them, as a result of it occurred for the primary time below their very own identify. Love Me Do grew to become a modest hit within the UK, despite the fact that there have been persistent rumors that Brian Epstein had purchased about ten thousand singles by himself, with a view to get the music hit the charts. However these rumors have by no means been confirmed:

There have been sufficient followers of The Beatles round as a result of we had been enjoying everywhere in the Wirral, Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool. We had been fairly standard, so the gross sales had been actual. (…) First listening to Love Me Do on the radio despatched me shivery throughout. It was the most effective buzz of all time. We knew it was going to be on Radio Luxembourg at one thing like 7.30 on Thursday night time. I used to be in my home in Speke and all of us listened in.

George Harrison




Particular about Love Me Do was that the music was written by themself, at the moment very uncommon. Producer George Martin initially had “How Do You Do It” in thoughts (which later grew to become successful single by Gerry and the Pacemakers), however the quirky band persevered to make use of an personal composition. Love Me Do dates from the early years of collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was written round 1958, though Lennon and McCartney have totally different recollections about one another’s contribution:

Love Me Do is Paul’s music. He wrote it when he was a youngster. Let me assume. I might need helped on the center eight, however I could not swear to it. I do know he had the music round, in Hamburg, even, method, method earlier than we had been songwriters. 

John Lennon


Love Me Do was utterly co-written. It might need been my authentic concept however a few of them actually had been 50-50s, and I believe that one was. It was simply Lennon and McCartney sitting down with out both of us having a very authentic concept.

Paul McCartney


The observe has been recorded 3 times in whole. At first throughout their EMI audition on June 6, 1962, with Pete Finest on drums. However George Martin was not impressed with Finest’s drumming. The audition led to a recording deal, however Martin informed supervisor Brian Epstein that he would use an expert drummer in the course of the subsequent recording periods. For Lennon and McCartney, this was the rationale to exchange Finest by Ringo Starr, who subsequently performs on a model recorded on September four, a recording session the place George Martin was not current. The producer was due to this fact not conscious that Ringo had changed Pete Finest and Martin had booked Andy White for the following recording periods on September 11th.

The man was beforehand booked, anyway, due to Pete Finest. George did not need to take any extra probabilities and I used to be caught within the center. I used to be devastated that George Martin had his doubts about me. I got here down able to roll and heard, ‘We have got an expert drummer.’ He has apologised a number of occasions since, has outdated George, however it was devastating – I hated the bugger for years.

Ringo Starr

Ultimately, Ringo joins in on a tambourine and it’s this recording that finally is launched because the band’s first single and can seem on their first LP Please Please Me. The presence of the tambourine is the best strategy to distinguish the 2 variations. 
Solely loads later, the 2 different recordings shall be launched: The one with seems in 1988 on the compilation album Previous Masters 1 and Pete Finest’s model finally on Anthology 1 in 1995.


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