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Thursday, 6 October 2016

What was The Beatles first hit single?

 'Love Me Do' is Paul's song. He wrote it when he was a teenager. Let me think. I might have helped on the middle eight, but I couldn't swear to it. I do know he had the song around, in Hamburg, even, way, way before we were songwriters". (John Lennon in David Sheff's : All We Are Saying).[8]
For their first single, George Martin wanted The Beatles to record How Do You Do It, a Tin Pan Alley song with commercial potential. The boys stubbornly refused, 'We couldn't sing that in Liverpool,' they told him. 'We want to record one of our own songs.'

Reluctantly, Martin allowed them to record LOVE ME DO - the song he considered the best of a bad bunch.  The first (test) session took place at Abbey Road in June 1962 - and it proved a very unhappy one for then Beatle member, Pete Best. By the time of the second session, in September, Besthad been sacked and replaced by Ringo  Starrw - but again the result was not what Martin needed. A week later Ringo was relegated to playing the tambourine while session drummer Andy White played drums.

LOVE ME DO was released on October 5, 1962. It performed very modestly in the UK chart, reaching number 17. An initial US release in February 1963 also had little impact.

There were various re-releases but the first to use the Pete Best version did not appear until the release of Anthology 1 in 1995. 

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