The Beatles’ first single ‘Love Me Do’ is 50

The Fab Four's debut was released 50 years ago today

The Beatles‘ debut single ‘Love Me Do’ is 50 today – have a listen to it above.

The single was released on October 5, 1962 alongside releases from James Brown, King Brothers, Shane Fenton and the Fentones and Matt Monro.

Put out on Parlophone, the single had a slow rise up the charts – eventually peaking at number 17 in the last week of December. It gave little indication of the explosion of Beatlemania that would follow a year later – by which time the band had already bagged two Number One singles, a Number One album and been on three headline-making UK tours.

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Two versions of the track exist – one with Ringo Starr on drums, and another with session drummer Andy White instead, after Starr was relegated to tambourine after doubts about his performance. The track was first recorded on September 4, 1962.

To celebrate 50 years of The Beatles, a newly restored version of the band’s 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour is set for release.

Originally aired in the wake of the release of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Magical Mystery Tour was The Beatles’ third film and documents a trippy coach trip to the seaside.

The re-mastered and re-edited version of the film will be shown alongside a new documentary – featuring stacks of previously unseen footage and outtakes – this Saturday (October 6) on BBC2.

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