A seven-inch Parlophone demo recording of the Beatles’ “Love Me Do” just made history on the vinyl marketplace Discogs by becoming the most expensive single ever sold on the database. This piece of history sold for a whopping $14,757 just a few days ago.
Third Time’s the Charm
Although the songwriting credits for “Love Me Do” are given to both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the single was primarily written by McCartney some time between 1958-1959. Lennon remembers contributing to the song’s bridge, but gives the original credit to his songwriting partner. The song starts off with Lennon playing a bluesy dry harmonica riff, then both of them sharing lead vocals and Everly Brothers-style harmonizing.
Three versions of “Love Me Do” was recorded at EMI Studios in London with three different drummers; the first with the Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best for an EMI Artist Test in June 1962, succeeded by their first proper recording session in September with Ringo Starr, then the final version a week later with Andy White on drums. Andy White’s version made it on their debut album “Please Please Me”, although the first issues of the single was Ringo Starr’s version.
One of 250
They released the promo record on October 5, 1962. A total of 250 copies were made and they were only given music journalists, DJs, and friends. The unobtrusive hint that differentiates Starr and White’s versions is the absence of a tambourine; during the second recording session, Starr was downgraded to playing the tambourine. McCartney’s name is also misspelled on both sides of the record—the song title credits him as Paul McArtney.
The success of “Love Me Do” permitted the Beatles to record “Please Please Me” and the album of the same name. If you think you’ve got a copy hidden somewhere, don’t sell it because it’s a piece of history!
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