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The Beatles - Love Me Do [HD]
July 5, 2010
"Love Me Do" is an early Lennon/McCartney song, principally written by Paul McCartney in 1,958/59 while playing truant from school.
John Lennon wrote the middle eight.
The song was The Beatles' first single, backed by "P.S. I Love You" and released on 5 October 1,962.
When the single was originally released in the UK, it peaked at number seventeen; in 1,982 it was re-issued and reached number four. In the U.S. the single was a number one hit in 1,964.
"Love Me Do" begins with bluesy harmonica played by Lennon, then features Lennon and McCartney on joint lead vocals. McCartney sings the solo vocal line on the song's title phrase and also its middle eight.
Lennon had previously sung the title sections, but this change in arrangement was made in the studio under the direction of producer George Martin when he realised that the harmonica part encroached on the vocal (Lennon needed to begin playing the harmonica again on the same beat as the "do" of "love me do").
This is illustrative of the live characteristics of this particular session - as, when a similar situation later occurred on the "Please Please Me" single session, the harmonica was superimposed afterwards using tape-to-tape overdubbing.
"Love Me Do" was recorded by The Beatles on different occasions with three different drummers:
The Beatles first recorded it on 6 June 1,962 with Pete Best on drums, as part of their audition at EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road, London. This version (previously thought to be lost) is available on Anthology 1.
By 4 September, Best had been replaced with Ringo Starr (producer George Martin did not approve of Best's drumming), and on that day The Beatles with Starr recorded a version again at EMI Studios.
One week later, on 11 September, The Beatles returned to the same studio and they made a recording of "Love Me Do" with session drummer Andy White on drums while Starr played tambourine. As the tambourine was not included on the 4 September recording, this is the easiest way to distinguish between the Starr and White recordings.