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At the risk of talking about The Beatles way too much in my TGI Friday music history posts, I’m going to go ahead and do it again. I mean, what better way is there to kick off the weekend really? Today, in 1962, The Beatles first single on the Parlophone label “Love Me Do”, backed by “P.S. I Love You”, was released in the U.K. It also received its first spin on Radio Luxembourg, peaking at seventeen in the U.K. charts. In 1982, the single was re-issued and reached number four and in the U.S. the track hit number one in 1964.The band first recorded the track with Pete Best on drums in 1962 as part of their audition at EMI Studios. By September, Best had been replaced by Ringo and another version of the song was recorded at EMI. A week later on September 11th, the band recorded the track yet again with Andy White on drums because producer George Martin was unhappy with Ringo’s previous performance. Ringo was switched over to tambourine, and another version of the song was made including the tambourine making this the easiest distinction between these two early recordings. The Pete Best version was originally thought to be lost, but can be heard on Anthology 1.
Also in 1999, just so we stick to a consistent theme here, Paul McCartney released his first album since the death of his wife, Linda the year before. Run Devil Run was McCartney’s eleventh studio album and featured some lesser known rock oldies as well as some originals in the same 1950s rock style. After the death of his wife, McCartney wanted to get back to some of the music he loved as a teenager.
Finally, today celebrates the birthday of Bob Geldof, leader of the Boomtown Rats. He co-wrote the benefit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to raise money to combat starvation in Ethiopia and also later organized the Live Aid benefit concerts in 1985 and the Live 8 concerts in 2005 to raise money to fight poverty. He turns 61 today.
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