Beatles’ Beginning

Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
I’ll always be true,
So please, love me do.
Whoa, love me do.…

The Beatles released their first record on this day in 1962, the single “Love Me Do,” with “P.S. I Love You” on the B-side. Both songs were included in their debut album, The Beatles, released fifty years ago this year.

In one of his last interviews before his 1980 death, John described “Love Me Do” and most of the other early hits as pop songs written “with no more thought [than] to create a sound … the words were almost irrelevant.” When his guardian, Aunt Mimi, heard “Love Me Do” she was even more dismissive: “Well, if you think you’re going to make a fortune with that, you’ve got another thing coming.” Larry Kane’s When They Were Boys (2013) disagrees: “Before the world noticed, before the glare overwhelmed them, it all came together in the period from 1957 through 1963, when they were boys.”


Daybook is contributed by Steve King, who teaches in the English Department of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His literary daybook began as a radio series syndicated nationally in Canada. He can be found online at todayinliterature.com.