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“Love Me Do”

  • Published on 1962 – 1965
  • Author: Lennon/McCartney
  • Track 8 on “Please Please me
  • Track 1 on “Past Masters Volume 1”

What the Beatles said about “Love Me Do”

JOHN 1963: “It came to the charts in two days. And everybody thought it was a ‘fiddle’ because our manager’s stores send in these… what is it… record returns. And everybody down south thought, ‘Aha! He’s just fiddling the charts.’ But he wasn’t.”

JOHN 1972: “Paul wrote the main structure of this when he was sixteen, or even earlier. I think I had something to do with the middle.”

RINGO 1976: “The first record, ‘Love Me Do,’ for me that was more important than anything else. That first piece of plastic. You can’t believe how great that was. It was so wonderful. We were on a record!”

JOHN 1980: “‘Love Me Do’ is Paul’s song. He had the song around in Hamburg even, way, way before we were songwriters.”

PAUL 1982: “In Hamburg we clicked… At the Cavern we clicked.. but if you want to know when we ‘knew’ we’d arrived, it was getting in the charts with ‘Love Me Do.’ That was the one. It gave us somewhere to go.”

PAUL 1984: “‘Love Me Do’ …the first song we recorded, like, for real. First serious audition. I was very nervous, I remember. John was supposed to sing the lead, but they changed their minds and asked me to sing lead at the last minute, because they wanted John to play harmonica. Until then, we hadn’t rehearsed with a harmonica; George Martin started arranging it on the spot. It was very nerve-wracking.”

PAUL 1988: “‘Love Me Do’ was us trying to do the blues. It came out whiter because it always does. We’re white, and we were just young Liverpool musicians. We didn’t have the finesse to be able to actually sound black. But ‘Love Me Do’ was probably the first bluesy thing we tried to do.”

PAUL circa-1994: “George Martin said, ‘Can anyone play a harmonica? It would be rather nice. Couldn’t think of some sort of bluesy thing, could you John?’ John played a chromatic harmonica… I actually had one too but he’d been clever– he learned to play it. John expected to be in jail one day and he’d be the guy who played the harmonica. The lyric crossed over the harmonica solo, so I suddenly got thrown the big open line, ‘Love me do,’ where everything stopped. Until that session John had always done it. I didn’t even know how to sing it… I can still hear the nervousness in my voice.”

Info about “Love Me Do”

“Love Me Do” is the official debut single by the English rock band the Beatles, backed by “P.S. I Love You”. When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom on 5 October 1962, it peaked at number 17. It was released in the United States in 1964, where it became a number one hit. Re-released in 1982 as part of EMI’s Beatles 20th anniversary, it re-entered the UK charts and peaked at number 4.

The song was written several years before it was recorded, and prior to the existence of the Beatles. The single features John Lennon’s prominent harmonica playing and duet vocals by him and Paul McCartney. Three recorded versions of the song by the Beatles have been released, each with a different drummer. The first attempted recording from June 1962 featured Pete Best on drums, but was not officially released until the Anthology 1 compilation in 1995.

A second version was recorded three months later with Best’s replacement Ringo Starr, and this was used for the original Parlophone single. A third version, featuring session drummer Andy White in place of Starr, was included on the band’s Please Please me album and on the 1964 Tollie single that hit in the US; it was also included on the American LPs Introducing… The Beatles and The Early Beatles.

Personnel

On the version released on Please Please me, The Beatles’ Hits, the US single, and compilation albums including 1962–1966 (“The Red Album”) and 1:

  • Paul McCartney – vocals, bass
  • John Lennon – vocals, harmonica
  • George Harrison – acoustic guitar
  • Ringo Starr – tambourine
  • Andy White – drums

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