The Beatles released their second single “Please Please Me” in the UK on Jan. 11…

Written by on January 11, 2018


The Beatles released their second single “Please Please Me” in the UK on Jan. 11, 1963. It would be the first single released by them in the US when it came out on Feb. 25 of that year. It was originally a John Lennon composition, although its ultimate form was significantly influenced by George Martin. John Lennon has said about the song: “Please Please Me is my song completely. It was my attempt at writing a Roy Orbison song, would you believe it? I wrote it in the bedroom in my house at Menlove Avenue, which was my auntie’s place”.

The single reached No. 1 on the New Musical Express and Melody Maker charts. However, it only reached No. 2 on the Record Retailer chart, which subsequently evolved into the UK Singles Chart. Because of this it was not included on the multi-million selling Beatles compilation, “1”.

The single, as initially released with “Ask Me Why” on the B-side, failed to make much impact in the US in February of 1963, but when re-released there on 3 January 1964 (this time with “From Me to You” on the B-side), it reached number three on the Hot 100.

How many of you still have the original single of this song that you bought back then?

Happy 55th UK Birthday to “Please Please Me”!!




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