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Oops! Beatles release collector’s 50th anniversary Love Me Do single… but wrong version!


As a longtime Beatles fan, it’s been hard to keep track of the different versions of The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do”– specifically, which released versions of “Love Me Do” did Ringo play drums on and which he did not. As historians explain, the original 45 single release of “Love Me Do” is the one with Ringo as drummer, while the album version (on Please Please Me) has Andy White as the drummer.

Well, apparently Ringo and EMI get confused on this issue as well. For the 50th anniversary special 45 release of “Love Me Do”, EMI released the version with Andy White playing drums and not Beatle Ringo! As a result, those copies are being recalled and another 45 release will replace it, making this a true collector’s item!

The Beatles single “Love Me Do” reached number 17 on the British charts after its initial release in the UK on October 5, 1962. Why there are different versions of the song on the album versus the single is explained in an article by Beatles expert, Bruce Spizer.

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3 thoughts on “Oops! Beatles release collector’s 50th anniversary Love Me Do single… but wrong version!

  1. They did the same thing the last time it was re-released but corrected it by releasing a 12″ single with BOTH versions. Funny how Ringo always has it backwards on which version he played on too!

  2. HMV Record Shop in Liverpool put the withdrawn/defective single on sale in their branch this morning.

    A limit of 3 per customer was imposed and they had hundreds on the shelf for sale.

    Not sure if they were on sale in the other branches across the UK but no doubt others can let us know.

    Are they on public sale anywhere else?

    Regards to all


  3. Whatever truly motivated you to post “Oops! Beatles release collectors 50th anniversary
    Love Me Do single but wrong version! Daytrippin’ Beatles Magazine”? I reallygenuinely appreciated it! Thanks a lot ,Elke

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