Yesterday, Sunday, September 4th, was the 60th anniversary of The Beatles' first official recording session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
The Beatles did 15 takes of “Love Me Do” at Martin’s direction, but none of them were considered adequate. They were asked to return a week later for another try. One of the versions from this particular session, featuring Ringo Starr on drums, was released back in 1988 on the Past Masters collection.
Later, with session drummer Andy White, and Ringo playing tambourine, they returned to the Abbey Road studio on September 11th, 1962 and recorded the recognized version of "Love Me Do" featured on their first album, Please Please Me. It went on to become their first single. Issues of the U.K. single in October 1962 did have the version with Ringo on drums.
Late Beatles producer George Martin said initially he was more impressed by The Beatles’ personalities than with their actual music: [AUDIO]
He said, "What set The Beatles apart for me, what turned me onto them, wasn't their music. Because they didn't show any evidence, when I first met them, of being able to write truly great songs. The best they could give me was 'One After 909' or 'PS I Love You' or 'Love Me Do,' but that was it. No, it was their sense of humor. It was their charm, their... they had a kind of charisma that you felt good being with them. And I thought, 'Well, if they have this effect on me, they're going to have that effect on the rest of the world."
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[Source: Classic Hits Today]