Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Anniversary: The Beatles

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single Love Me Do.  The rest is history…

The song was originally released in the United Kingdom where it peaked at #17.  It was released in the U.S. in 1964 where it became a #1 hit.  The song played no role in “Beatlemania” which launched in 1963 with She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand along with several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Over in a slightly parallel universe, the Rolling Stones had released their first single (a cover of Chuck Berry’s Come On) in July of the same year. According to Keith Richards in his recent book, eventually the Stones Keith and Mick Jagger) and the Beatles (John Lennon) would discuss when to release singles so as not to compete with one another…

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