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On This Day, October 5, 1962: The Beatles release their first single “Love Me Do”

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On This Day, October 5, 1962…

The Beatles launched their career with the U.K. release of their debut single, “Love Me Do,” which peaked at #17 on the U.K. charts. A 1984 re-release of the track later peaked at #4. 

The song, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, wasn’t released in the United States until April, 1963, but became an instant hit, landing at #1, the first of The Beatles’ 20 #1 songs. 

The Beatles actually recorded the tune more than once, using different drummers. The U.K. version of the song featured Ringo Starr on drums, while the U.S. single featured Alan White.

A version featuring original Beatles drummer Pete Best was included in the group’s 1995 compilation album Anthology 1.

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