‘Love Me Do’: The Beatles’ Lengthy Climb To The Prime


On the night of September 3, 1962, The Beatles have been enjoying within the industrial north of England, on the Queens Corridor in Widnes. The next morning John, Paul, George, and Ringo flew to London; the previous drummer with Rory Storm and the Hurricane had solely been with the opposite three Beatles for 2 weeks, having changed Pete Greatest. From Heathrow Airport the band was pushed to northwest London, to EMI’s Abbey Street Studios, the place, well wearing shirts and ties, they have been to report what was deliberate to be their first single for the Parlophone label.

They recorded “Love Me Do” and “How Do You Do It?,” the latter written by Mitch Murray and likewise briefly in rivalry for launch. Per week later, having performed the Cavern Membership and different gigs in and round Liverpool, The Beatles have been again at Abbey Street to re-record “Love Me Do.” This time, George Martin had introduced in Andy White, a session drummer; Ringo performed tambourine.

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The three-hour session on September 11 proved successful and in addition to “Love Me Do” they recorded “P.S. I Love You.” Slightly below a month later, on October 5, The Beatles’ first single was launched. This model of “Love Me Do” was the one from September 4, that includes Ringo on drums, and it ended up making No. 17 on the UK charts.

Capitol Data of Canada issued the identical model in February 1963, however it didn’t excite too many patrons. In line with Paul White, the Capitol Data Canada govt in command of promoting The Beatles, it was an inauspicious begin. “For my efforts, ‘Love Me Do’ sold 170 copies,” he remembered. “I tried for another record, ‘Please Please Me,’ and that sold about 280. The third record, ‘From Me to You,’ sold 300, and then ‘She Loves You’ was released and went berserk. ‘Love Me Do’ ended up selling close to 100,000 copies.”

Following The Beatles’ success on The Ed Sullivan Present in February 1964, the Capitol Canada single made the Billboard chart at No.81 on April 11, 1964. Within the aftermath of the recognition of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in early 1964, Tollie, a subsidiary of Vee Jay (the corporate that issued the primary American singles by The Beatles after EMI’s subsidiary capital declined to launch them), put out “Love Me Do” on April 27, 1964.

Per week later, the Billboard chart listed each the Capitol Canada and Tollie singles collectively at No. 31; a month after that, beginning on Might 31, “Love Me Do” spent its solitary week on the high of the Billboard bestseller listing. Mockingly, this was the recording with Andy White on drums, as Tollie had dubbed their single from the primary model on the album, Introducing The Beatles, which had been issued in January 1964.

It’s this one week at No.1 which qualifies “Love Me Do” for The Beatles 1 album and the video that seems on that launch is taken from a efficiency on the Little Theatre, Southport for a BBC TV documentary, The Mersey Sound. Whereas “Love Me Do” wasn’t broadcast in its entirety, further footage was added to create a brand new clip featured on the DVD and Blu-ray releases; it’s the one which has Ringo enjoying drums.

“Love Me Do” is on the Please Please Me album, which will be purchased right here.

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