UK single release: Love Me Do

The Beatles’ debut single was released on 5 October 1962. ‘Love Me Do’ reached number 17 in the charts, which was a strong showing for a band’s first release.

Love Me Do single – United KingdomAlthough they re-recorded the single with session drummer Andy White on 11 September, initial copies of the single carried the recording of Love Me Do from their early 4 September session. When EMI came to release the 1963 EP The Beatles’ Hits, it was decided that the version featuring White was best, and the master recording featuring Ringo’s drumming was destroyed.

Sales of Love Me Do/‘PS I Love You’ were strongest in the Liverpool area. There were strong rumours that Brian Epstein bought 10,000 copies of the single to improve its chart ranking. While quite possibly true, these were never proven to be true.

Last updated: 28 September 2016
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