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The Beatles: “Love Me Do”

The Hook: John said that Paul wrote it before they were even songwriters.

Album: Please, Please Me in the U.K.; Introducing…The Beatles and then The Early Beatles in the U.S.

Year: 1963

Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1964, more than a year and a half after it was first released in the U.K.

Background: “Love Me Do” was the A-side of the first Beatles single released in the U.K. In an archival interview, John Lennon talked about its origins.

John Lennon on “Love Me Do.” OC:…were songwriters. :09

”It was Paul’s song. He wrote it when he was a teenager. I know he had the song around in Hamburg even. Way, way before we were songwriters.”

Love Me Do ( Live )

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