"Please Please Me
" is the second single
released by The Beatles
in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP
, which was recorded to capitalise on the success of the single. It was originally a John Lennon
composition, although its ultimate form was significantly influenced by George Martin
It is a common belief that "Please Please Me" was never a Number 1 single in Britain but on 22 February 1963 the song reached number one on the singles charts compiled by the New Musical Express
(the most recognised chart at the time) and the Melody Maker
where it was Number 1 for two weeks. It only reached number two on the Record Retailer
chart, which subsequently evolved into the UK Singles Chart
and is the most widely quoted today.
The single, as initially released with "Ask Me Why
" on the B-side
, failed to make much impact in the US
, but when re-released there on 3 January 1964 (this time with "From Me to You
" on the B-side) it reached number three in the US Hot 100.
The Beatles had accomplished a modest debut success with "Love Me Do
", but outside of Liverpool
they were still practically unknown. Part of the problem was that the group were committed to begin what was to be their final Hamburg season just as "Love Me Do" entered the British charts, and so were unable to actively promote it on their home soil. Nonetheless, their......