Please Please Me • Beatles UK single

UK vinyl single Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

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‘Please Please Me’ UK single – Parlophone record label
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  • 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

When Brian offered EMI’s publishing company Ardmore & Beechwood the opportunity to plug ‘Love Me Do’, he was rather underwhelmed by the results. So he found another publisher for this release.

His first idea was to use an American company, but George Martin suggested that he try-out a few British ones instead – one of them being Dick James Music. Brian then set up a couple of appointments and went round early next morning.

So the story goes, the first company kept him waiting past the appointed time so he packed his bags and left. But Dick James turned up bright and breezy and put the record straight on the player. Brian then asked him what he could do for The Beatles and, without missing a beat, James got straight on the blower to the producer of ITV’s ‘Thank Your …

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

  • Label: Parlophone 45 R 4983 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 single (Re-release) Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

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  • Label: Parlophone R 4983
  • Released: 6th December 1982

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

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UK vinyl picture disc single (Re-release) Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

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  • Label: Parlophone RP 4983
  • Released: 10th January 1983
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #29
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 22nd January 1983

As the 20th anniversary of each of The Beatles’ original singles came around, EMI released the colourful new sleeve from the box-set with a brand-new picture disc.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 4983
  • 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) Please Please Me b/w Ask Me Why

  • Label: Parlophone CDR 4983
  • Released: 2nd November 1992

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

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