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Beatles to Release 50th Anniversary Single of ‘Love Me Do’

Parlophone Records

While the Rolling Stones have spent much of 2012 promoting their intentions to honor their 50th anniversary next year, the Beatles have allowed theirs to mostly fly under the radar. Until now, that is.

On Friday, the group will put out a limited-edition 45 of their first single, ‘Love Me Do,’on the 50th anniversary of the song’s release. The special 45 rpm features ‘Love Me Do’ with ‘P.S. I Love You’ as the B-side. The packaging is a replica of the original, with a multi-colored sleeve, and a red Parlophone label in the center of the vinyl.

‘Love Me Do’ was one of three songs recorded during the Beatles’ first recording session on Sept. 4, 1962. However, producer George Martin was unhappy with the drumming of Ringo Starr, who had recently replaced Pete Best, and had the band re-cut the song a week later with session drummer Andy White and Starr on tambourine. However, the version with Ringo on drums was chosen for the single, which reached No. 17 on the British charts.

You can pre-order the single, which sells for $12.99, on the Beatles’ website.

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