Love Me Do • Beatles UK single

UK vinyl single Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

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  • Label: Parlophone 45 R 4949 MONO
  • Released: 5th October 1962
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #24;
    Melody Maker – #21;
    NME – #27;
    Record Mirror – #17;
    Record Retailer – #17
  • Weeks in chart: 18 – from 13th October 1962

When The Beatles recorded ‘Love Me Do’ Ringo had only been a Beatle for a month. When George Martin first met The Beatles at their audition Pete Best was still banging the drums, and being rather unimpressed with his drumming skills, he went ahead and booked a session musician to replace him. So when their first session came round he was surprised to find a new guy behind the seat. After listening to Ringo for a bit, Martin took the decision to stick with Andy White.

The single that eventually went out was an early version (with Ringo on the drums) but later pressings had Martin’s preferred option, with Andy White. This is generally considered the superior version by all concerned, because it features an extra tambourine which is missing when Ringo sits behind the …

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

  • Label: Parlophone 45 R 4949 MONO
  • Released: 8th March 1976

On the 6th February 1976 The Beatles contract with EMI expired, freeing up the company to do whatever they liked with their back catalogue. And they didn’t waste any time… their first move was to re-release EVERY single that they’d ever ever made.

Technically speaking they weren’t re-releases at all, because they had never been deleted and still had the same catalogue numbers as the originals. They were more like re-issues.

The entire set of 22 singles was augmented by one brand-new one (‘Yesterday’) and released on the same day, so at one point all 23 of them were in the top 100 at the same time – in the top fifty!

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UK vinyl picture disc single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

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  • Label: Parlophone RP 4949
  • Released: 4th October 1982
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #4
  • Weeks in chart: 7 – from 16th October 1982

As the 20th anniversary of each of The Beatles’ original singles came around, EMI released them with a colourful new sleeve and picture disc.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the picture on the back cover is a mirror image of the one on the front of the Beatles’ first American LP – ‘Introducing The Beatles’.

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UK 12-inch vinyl single Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You b/w Love Me Do

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  • Label: Parlophone 12R 4949
  • Released: 1st November 1982

As well as the 20th anniversary re-release, EMI also put out a special 12-inch version containing one extra song – the Ringo version of ‘Love Me Do’.

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

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  • Label: Parlophone R 4949
  • Released: 6th December 1982

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ vinyl box-set.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 4949
  • Released: 28th November 1988

Between November ’88 and September ’89 EMI re-released every single in CD format.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You / Love Me Do

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  • Label: Parlophone CDRX 4949
  • Released: 5th October 1992
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #53
  • Weeks in chart: 1 – from 17th October 1992

This is the CD version of the 12-inch single, containing one extra song. It was released to mark the 30th anniversary.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You

  • Label: Parlophone CDR 4949
  • Released: 2nd November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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