The Beatles, Love Me Do

po_Beatles2“Love Me Do” is the Beatles’ first single, backed by B-Side “P.S. I Love You”.

When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom on October 5, 1962, it peaked at No. 17; in 1982 it was re-promoted (not re-issued, retaining the same catalogue number) and reached No. 4. In the United States the single was a No. 1 hit in 1964. In 2013, recordings of the song that were published in 1962 entered the public domain in Europe.

The song was written several years before it was recorded, and prior to the existence of the group named the Beatles. The single features John Lennon’s prominent harmonica playing and duet vocals by him and Paul McCartney. Three different recorded versions of the song by the Beatles have been released, each with a different drummer.