22 march 1963

Scan - From the back cover of the Please Please Me album (released in the UK on 22 March 1963)

Monty Lister: “What do you do in the group, John?”

John Lennon: “I play harmonica, rhythm guitar, and vocal. That’s what they call it.”

ML: “Then, there’s Paul McCartney. That’s you?”

Paul McCartney: “Yeah, that’s me. Yeah.”

ML: “And what do you do?”

PM: “Play bass guitar and uh, sing? I think! That’s what they say.”

[…] ML: “Then there’s George Harrison.”

George Harrison: “How do you do.”

ML: “How do you do. What’s your job?”

GH: “Uh, lead guitar and sort of singing.”

ML: “By playing lead guitar does that mean that you’re sort of leader of the group or are you…?”

GH: “No, no. Just… Well you see, the other guitar is the rhythm. Ching, ching, ching, you see.”

PM: “He’s solo guitar, you see. John is in fact the leader of the group.”

ML: “And over in the background, here, and also in the background of the group making alot of noise is Ringo Starr.”

[…] Ringo Starr: “I’m the drummer!”

- The Beatles’ first radio interview, for Radio Clatterbridge, recorded at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Liverpool, 27 October 1962

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March 22nd 1963: ‘Please Please Me’ released

On this day in 1963 the first album by the Beatles, ‘Please Please Me’, was released in the UK by Parlophone Records. The first singles, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’ had been very successful, with the latter topping the charts in the United Kingdom. The success of their debut album was followed up with their second UK album ‘With the Beatles’ in November 1963. The Beatles went on to become one of the most famous groups of their day, and its members - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - became international icons. The band’s influence continued long after their break up in 1970 and endures to this day.