"Love Me Do" is a original song by The Beatles. It has been released in various forms of media.
"Love Me Do" is written by Paul McCartney in 1958-1959. 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 1962. "Love Me Do" was recorded by the Beatles on three different occasions with three different drummers:
- The Beatles first recorded it on 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums, as part of their audition at EMI Studios. This version (previously thought to be lost) is available on Anthology 1.
- By 4 September, Best had been replaced with Ringo Starr 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, as Martin was unhappy with Starr's performance on 4 September and he was relegated to playing 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.
- Please Please Me - Andy White version; 22 March 1962
- Single - A-side b/w "P.S. I Love You"; Andy White version; 5 October 1962, 27 April 1964 (US)
- The Beatles' Hits - Andy White version; 6 September 1963
- Rarities - Ringo version; 24 March 1980
- Past Masters, Volume One - Ringo version; March 1988
- Live at the BBC - Ringo version; 30 November 1994
- Anthology 1 - Pete Best version; 20 November 1995
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