UK single release: Please Please Me

The Beatles’ second single was their first to reach number one. That is, according to some charts.

Please Please Me single - United KingdomBack in the day there was no single official source for chart placings. On some, including New Musical Express and Melody Maker, Please Please Me made the top spot; in others it only managed number two.

Regardless of the true chart placing, the release of Please Please Me had a key effect on The Beatles’ career. It put them firmly in the big league. Although Beatlemania was some way away, it established them as a household name and ensured they would record a long player for EMI.

The b-side of Please Please Me was Ask Me Why. The single was released in mono as Parlophone 45-R 4983.

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