On October 5th 1962, fifty years ago, The Beatles released their first single Love Me Do.
It was backed by “P.S. I Love You”. It reached number seventeen when was originally released in the United Kingdom.
The first recording of the Lennon-McCartney composition is on 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums. It can be heard on Anthology 1.
The second recording, with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best is of 4 September. This is the versione used for the single and in several reissues (Rarities (American version) and Past Masters, Volume One).
The song was recorded again on 11 September, with Andy White (a session drummer hired by George Martin) with Ringo Starr playing tambourine. This version was included on the Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me (UK), The Beatles’ Hits EP, and all subsequent album releases on which “Love Me Do” was included. It was used also for the 1976 single re-issue and the 1982 “20th Anniversary” re-issue.