september 1962

Photo taken 4th September, 1962, The Beatles second recording session for EMI at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. They recorded Love Me Do and How Do You Do It on this day after George Martin rejected Please, Please Me for being too “dreary”. He told them to work on it and bring it back next time for another go. 

Pic: Dezo Hoffmann.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1963 - “Please Please Me”, the debut album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from September 11, 1962, November 26, 1962 and February 11, 1963. Following the huge breakthrough success of the single “Please Please Me” in the UK, producer George Martin calls the group down to London for a one day session to record their first full length. The material recorded consists of six cover versions of songs the band has been playing in their live act along with eight original songs by Lennon and McCartney. Recorded live (with few overdubs) to one inch two-track tape, the three three hour sessions (on February 11, 1963) run from 10 in the morning until approximately 10:30 at night. In roughly 585 minutes (9 hours and 45 minutes), at a cost of only £400 ($609.85 USD), The Beatles create one of the best selling albums in British music history. The album spends nearly five months at number one on the UK album chart, before it is replaced by their second album “With The Beatles” in December of 1963. Originally issued both mono and stereo, the first edition UK stereo LP (black Parlophone label with metallic gold print) has less than 1,000 copies manufactured with this label, becoming one of the rarest and most sought after Beatles albums by collectors. One near mint copy sells for over $18,000 on eBay in September of 2011. Issued in different forms in the US during the 60’s (“Introducing The Beatles” and “The Early Beatles”), the original UK version of “Please Please Me” is finally issued domestically in February of 1987 when it is first released on CD. When the album is remastered on CD in 2009, the stereo CD uses the original Parlophone gold label for the first time since its original release in 1963.

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George Harrison during a Beatles’ publicity shoot, Liverpool, late September 1962. Photos by Les Chadwick, © Apple Corps Ltd.

“George was very quiet and shy but totally honest and truthful, a good person.” - Roberta ‘Bobby’ Brown, early Beatles fan and founder of The Beatles Fan Club, interviewed by Mark Lewisohn for The Beatles - All These Years: Tune In

Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you because
when you’re hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you’re flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shop and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it’s there and sitting down

on it
and because you are
forever making poems in the lap
of death Humanity

i hate you

“Humanity I Love You” by Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962)