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‘Please Please Me’ UK single – front cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK single – back cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK single – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone 45 R 4983 MONO
  • Released: 11th January 1963
  • Peak position:
    BBC – #1;
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Mirror – #1;
    Record Retailer – #2
  • Weeks in chart: 18 – from 19th January 1963
  • Label: Parlophone 45 R 4983 MONO
  • Released: 8th March 1976
‘Please Please Me’ UK single – front cover
Front cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK single – back cover
Back cover
  • Label: Parlophone R 4983
  • Released: 6th December 1982
‘Please Please Me’ UK single – front cover
Front cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK single – back cover
Back cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK single – Parlophone record label
Picture disc
  • Label: Parlophone RP 4983
  • Released: 10th January 1983
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #29
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 22nd January 1983
  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 4983
  • Released: 28th November 1988
  • Label: Parlophone CDR 4983
  • Released: 2nd November 1992
Average rating   from 2 reviews
4-star review  from  Chris Strafford

This single started beatlemaina. In the history of the Beatles this is the Beatles number 1.

5-star review  from  John Muir

I don’t give everything 5 stars, but this is one of the most important singles in pop history. The Beatles had a minor British hit in 1962 with Love Me Do, but although #17 on the British singles chart was a good accomplishment, it didn’t rock (pun intended) the world. A poor follow-up would have meant the group remained in obscurity, perhaps forever. Enter Please Please Me, a joyful explosion of rock, with wailing harmonica, falsetto harmonies and the loudest drum sound ever encountered. It shook the pop establishment to its foundations, raced up the charts, justified an album which stayed at #1 for 30 weeks and began the Liverpool sound which later became the British Invasion. It is a song which has, as George Martin put it, a great atmosphere. It also happens to be the first pop single I ever bought.
The Beatles went on to make history both musical and cultural and this single started it all. There should be a 6-star category for songs like this, which are not only darned good but changed the pop music world.

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