“Love Me Do” was recorded by the Beatles on three events with three drummers at EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Highway in London:
The Beatles’ first recording session, on 6 June 1962, with Pete Greatest on drums. This model (beforehand considered misplaced) is out there on Anthology 1.
Second recording session, 4 September 1962. In August, Greatest had been changed with Ringo Starr.
Producer George Martin didn’t approve of Greatest’s drumming for studio work. It was the norm at the moment to have a specialist studio drummer who knew the methods of studio work. The choice to fireplace Greatest was not Martin’s. The Beatles with Starr recorded a model at EMI Studios. They recorded “Love Me Do” in 15 takes. This model with Starr is out there on Previous Masters.
Third recording session, 11 September 1962. Every week later, The Beatles returned to the identical studio they usually made a recording of “Love Me Do” with session drummer Andy White on drums. Starr was relegated to taking part in tambourine. As tambourine shouldn’t be current on the 4 September recording, that is the simplest approach to distinguish between the Starr and White recordings.
The Andy White model is out there on Please Please Me.
First problems with the only, launched on Parlophone within the UK on 5 October 1962, featured the Ringo Starr model, prompting Mark Lewisohn to later write: “Clearly, the 11 September model was not thought to be having been a big enchancment in any case”.
The Andy White model of the monitor was included on The Beatles’ debut UK album, Please Please Me, The Beatles’ Hits EP, and subsequent album releases on which “Love Me Do” was included (besides as famous beneath), in addition to on the primary US single launch in April 1964. For the 1976 single re-issue and the 1982 “twentieth Anniversary” re-issue, the Andy White model was once more used.
The Ringo Starr model was included on the albums Rarities (US model), Previous Masters, and Mono Masters. It was additionally included on File 1 of The Beatles Field. The CD single issued on 2 October 1992 comprises each variations. The Pete Greatest model remained unreleased till 1995, when it was included on the Anthology 1 album.
Capitol Information Canada pressed 170 singles which had been launched on 4 February 1963 with catalogue quantity 72076. This urgent was dubbed from the unique UK single and featured Ringo Starr on drums.
“Love Me Do”, that includes Starr drumming, was additionally recorded eight occasions on the BBC and performed on the BBC radio programmes Right here We Go, Expertise Spot, Saturday Membership, Facet By Facet, Pop Go The Beatles and Straightforward Beat between October 1962 and October 1963.
The model of “Love Me Do” recorded on 10 July 1963 on the BBC and broadcast on the 23 July 1963 Pop Go the Beatles programme may be heard on The Beatles’ album Stay on the BBC. The Beatles additionally carried out the track reside on the 20 February 1963 Parade of the Pops BBC radio broadcast.
In 1969, through the Get Again classes, The Beatles performed the track in a slower, extra bluesy type than that they had in earlier recordings. This model of “Love Me Do” is one in every of many recordings made throughout these classes and subsequently appeared on some bootlegs.
The track featured no harmonica by Lennon, and McCartney sang nearly all of the track in the identical vocal model he used for “Woman Madonna”.