The Beatles -- ‘Please Please Me’

Please Please Me (2.04)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

John remembered writing this round Aunt Mimi’s house whilst listening to Roy Orbison’s ‘Only The Lonely’. The title line is supposed to have come from an old Bing Crosby song called ‘Please’, in which he mixes up the words “please” and “pleas” saying “Oh please lend your little ear to my pleas/Lend a ray of cheer to my pleas/Tell me that you love me too”.

The earliest version was done at the same session as ‘Love Me Do’, but they were playing it slow and George Martin remembered it being a “very dreary kind of song”.

“If you imagine it much slower, which is how John wrote it,” said Paul, “it’s got everything, the big high notes, all the hallmarks of an Orbison song. But in the session George Martin suggested we lifted the tempo and suddenly there was that fast …

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John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Drums: Andy White

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