• Jon Heatherly

The Beatles First Charm UK Charts

October 11th, 1962

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On this day fifty-nine years ago, The Beatles first appeared on the UK singles chart with “Love Me Do.” As John Lennon recalls, “Paul wrote the main structure of this when he was 16.” Paul prefers to split the credit.


Paul McCartney and John liked to skipped school to make time for music-writing (1). That’s how this song came along. Paul wrote it for his girlfriend; at the time, he dated Iris Caldwell.


While John originally sang lead, Paul took over when they added the harmonica part — which Lennon played. Lennon stole the harmonica from Arnhem in the Netherlands on their way to Hamburg, Germany. They regularly performed at the Star-Club before striking it big.



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