On This Day in 1962… The Music World was forever changed by a very simple song. It was just a bass & acoustic guitar, 2-beat drum line, tambourine, harmonica and two singers harmonizing.
The Beatles’ released their debut single… “Love Me Do”…
Quite different than the coming classics “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)”… but this little ditty, written by Paul McCartney when he was only 15, was the harbinger of what was to be a global phenomenon. (See: Beatlemania)
In The studio, it was recorded several times with 3 different drummers… The original drummer, Pete Best was replaced during the recordings by Ringo Starr, and even HE couldn’t get it just right, so temporary drummer Andy White stepped in with Ringo sadly picking up the tambourine.
It took a long time to finish such a simple song… but what an impact!!
CLICK HERE to check out the UK version that the producer didn’t quite care for featuring Ringo on drums!