Please Please Me – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on January 12th, 1963 The Beatles released “Please Please Me”, which would be their first number one single in the UK. Written mostly by John Lennon, the song made it to the top in just three weeks and would sell over 1.5 million copies world wide. Despite this success, the record wouldn’t appear on the US charts for another year. Although in the UK this was officially a #2 record, three of the four charts used at the time – Melody Maker, NME and Disc – listed it #1. Only the Record Retailer chart had it at #2. John Lennon, who was a big Roy Orbison fan, wrote this in the style of Orbison’s overly-dramatic singing. This was the second Beatles single released in England, the first being “Love Me Do”. John Lennon was partly inspired by a line from a Bing Crosby song that read, “Please lend a little ear to my pleas.” He recalled: “I remember the day I wrote it, I heard Roy Orbison doing “Only The Lonely”, or something. And I was also always intrigued by the words to a Bing Crosby song that went, ‘Please lend a little ear to my pleas’. The double use of the word ‘please’. So it was a combination of Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby.” The song went on the reach #3 in the US about a year after its original release in the UK.