“Love Me Do” was released on October 5, 1962, so in honor of the Fabs’ Golden Anniversary, here’s a couple of stories on the song and its reverberations, along with one of the group’s best (unreleased) rockers from the period, “Some Other Guy.”
This is a new piece by Philip Norman, author of one of the best Beatles books, SHOUT!
Saw this story on the great Facebook page FAB FOUR FAQ 2.0 … The Beatles’ manager ran a big record store so he bought 10,000 copies of their first single “Love Me Do” to make sure they got in the Top 20. No doubt the best investment he ever made … Supposedly back in the ’40s they got Sinatra-mania started by paying some bobbysoxers to scream, so I guess you gotta spend a little cash to get the ball rolling …
For some reason the Beatles never issued their cover of “Some Other Guy” on an album, though a live version was included on their 1994 compilation LIVE AT THE BBC. That version is matched here with footage of them performing in the Cavern Club on August 22, 1962, a week after Ringo joined, and two weeks before they recorded “Love Me Do” at EMI Studios on September 4.
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (“Hound Dog,” “Jail House Rock,” “Stand By Me,” “On Broadway”) along with the original artist Richie Barrett, heavily influenced by Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”