Love Me Do (Beatles)

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The song is an early Lennon_McCartney composition, principally written by Paul McCartney in 1958_1959 while playing truant from school at age 16. John Lennon wrote the middle eight. Lennon: “Paul wrote the main structure of this when he was 16, or even earlier. I think I had something to do with the middle… Love Me Do is Paul’s song. He wrote it when he was a teenager. Let me think. I might have helped on the middle eight, but I couldn’t swear to it. I do know he had the song around, in Hamburg, even, way, way before we were songwriters”. (David Sheff. John Lennon: All We Are Saying).

McCartney: “Love Me Do was completely co-written. It might have been my original idea but some of them really were 50-50s, and I think that one was. It was just Lennon and McCartney sitting down without either of us having a particularly original idea. We loved doing it, it was a very interesting thing to try and learn to do, to become songwriters. I think why we eventually got so strong was we wrote so much through our formative period. Love Me Do was our first hit, which ironically is one of the two songs that we control, because when we first signed to EMI they had a publishing company called Ardmore and Beechwood which took the two songs, Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You, and in doing a deal somewhere along the way we were able to get them back”. (Barry Miles. Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now).Their practice at the time was to scribble songs in a school notebook, dreaming of stardom, always writing “Another Lennon-McCartney Original” at the top of the page. “Love Me Do” is intrinsically a song based around two simple chords: G7 and C, before moving to D for its middle eight. It first profiles Lennon playing a bluesy dry “dockside harmonica” riff, then features Lennon and McCartney on joint lead vocals, including Everly Brothers -style harmonising during the beseeching ” please ” before McCartney sings the unaccompanied vocal line on the song’s title phrase. Lennon had previously sung the title sections, but this change in arrangement was made in the studio under the direction of producer George Martin when he realised that the harmonica part encroached on the vocal (Lennon needed to begin playing the harmonica again on the same beat as the “do” of “love me do”. Although when a similar situation later occurred on the ” Please Please Me ” single session, the harmonica was superimposed afterwards using tape-to-tape overdubbing). Described by Ian MacDonald as “standing out like a bare brick wall in a suburban sitting-room, ‘Love Me Do’, [with its] blunt working class northerness, rang the first faint chime of a revolutionary bell” compared to the standard tin pan alley productions occupying the charts at the time.Love Me Do” was recorded by the Beatles on three different occasions with three different drummers at EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road in London;EMI Artist Test on 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums.

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