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Love Me Do
« on: June 24, 2012, 02:29:24 PM »

What's the consensus on who wrote "Love Me Do"?

Based on what I've read in the past, I believed it was written by John. Going by the general rule of "whoever sang it, wrote it," John said the only reason he didn't sing it was because he couldn't sing and play harmonica simultaneously. Yes, I know he could have overdubbed the harmonica on the record, but he wouldn't be able to do both on stage. So he turned the lead vocal over to Paul.

However, I recently read that Paul wrote the verses and John contributed the middle eight.

Anyone have the definitive answer?
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 08:43:16 AM »

I have always considered it a joint effort - I think many of the earlier songs were true joint compositions, where they sat together and wrote.

It is, of course, 50 years this week since it was released ...
I found this on the BBC website which I think is great. They ask today's teenagers what they think of Love Me Do. Quite a few didn't know it was The Beatles, but most of them end up enjoying the song anyway.
Considering LMD isn't even one of the Beatles' stronger songs, I think it's a fairly positive view.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19807418
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 10:09:43 AM »

joint songwriting I think

dont like the song, never have, Please Please Me is 20 times better imo ;)
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 10:31:09 AM »

joint songwriting I think

dont like the song, never have, Please Please Me is 20 times better imo ;)

And the British charts would validate that statement-Love Me Do was no higher than 17, Please Please Me was number 1.
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 12:25:40 PM »

Yeah, it would be cool to repeat the exercise, but using PPM or She Loves or IWTHYH - one of the early classics rather than their very first single.
But the fact that some of those young people even like Love Me Do is testament to how good the Beatles were - even the "average" songs are better than most.
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 06:26:41 PM »

John said that it was a Paul's song and he helped a little:

"Paul wrote the main structure of this when he was sixteen, or even earlier. I think I had something to do with the middle." (1972)

"'Love Me Do' is Paul's song. He had the song around in Hamburg even, way, way before we were songwriters." (1980)

By the way, tomorrow is October 5, 2012: 50 years after the release of the "Love Me Do" single.
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 07:32:21 PM »

By the way, tomorrow is October 5, 2012: 50 years after the release of the "Love Me Do" single.


It feels like it was just yesterday...


Love me Do-The Beatles ' 62
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 06:47:00 AM »

5th Oct 1962, The Beatles debut single 'Love Me Do' was released in the UK. It spent 26 week's on the chart peaking at No.17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when 'Love Me Do' was released, it was the day the world changed.

Read the full story: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/love_me_do
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 12:40:14 PM »

It feels like it was just yesterday...


Love me Do-The Beatles ' 62
My mind says yesterday but... my achin' behind says yup, 50 years!
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 04:44:40 PM »

My mind says yesterday but... my achin' behind says yup, 50 years!


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The Beatles - Love Me Do + PS I Love You - 1962 45rpm
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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2012, 09:23:52 PM »

I've just realised that I think I prefer the Andy White version !

It's taken me fifty years to come to this conclusion.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2012, 09:55:52 PM »

I've just realised that I think I prefer the Andy White version !

It's taken me fifty years to come to this conclusion.


You have a choice of three versions, Dave...

1. 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums, as part of their audition at EMI Studios (Anthology)

The Beatles Love Me Do Anthology 1 version



2. 4 September 1962, with Ringo Starr (Past Masters)

The Beatles - Love Me Do (Past Masters, Vol. 1)



3. 11 September 1962, with Andy White (Please Please Me)

The Beatles - Love Me Do


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Re: Love Me Do
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2012, 10:09:44 PM »

I think I'll start a poll.
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