Friday, October 06, 2017

October 1962: The Beatles and their first recording in the UK!




We recall The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.   As we know now, the US and the USSR came close to a nuclear war over Cuba that autumn!

Over in the UK, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and new drummer Ringo Starr released their first 45 rpm single.

According to news reports, The Beatles recorded the song in the summer.   It was followed by Brian Epstein's aggressive marketing campaign in Liverpool.    He promoted the 45 at his store and with the group's fans.

It got to #17 in the UK.....not bad for a group's first recording!

Two years later, it hit # 1 hit in the US when it was released as part of The Beatles' pop chart avalanche of 1964.

The B-side was "P.S. I love you", a much better tune in my opinion.    I'm really surprised that they didn't promote this one rather than "Love me do".     It is clearly a much better song!    

The songs were included in The Beatles' first UK album.   They were subsequently released in the 1964 US "The Early Beatles" album!   

How do these Lennon-McCartney songs compare with others?   My guess is that they were early signs of the duo's songwriting talent.





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