Monday, March 5, 2012

Please Please Me - Ed Sullivan Show 1964


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"Please Please Me" was a Beatles song that also was the name of a Beatles album. The song "Please Please Me" was the Beatles' first hit in the United Kingdom, but when first released in the United States it did poorly. Written by John Lennon, "Please Please Me" marked a turning point in the band because it was the first song they submitted to George Martin that they had written themselves at a time when Martin was still looking for songs written by others (after their demo hit "Love Me Do"). "Please Please Me" also was the first song that the Beatles performed on a national television show, the ITV show "Thank Your Lucky Stars."

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The Beatles originally released "Please Please Me" as a single with "Ask Me Why" as the B-side in early 1963. It failed to chart in the United States, though it did peak at No. 2 in the United Kingdom - the Beatles' first Top Ten hit there. The Beatles then re-released it in the United States on 3 January 1964 with "From Me to You" as the flip side, and this time it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, by this time the Beatles were already a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic. It is often said that "Please Please Me" was the Beatles' first Number One hit despite the fact that it only peaked at No. 2 on the Record Retailer chart. That is because it did hit the top on the Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Disc charts. The Record Retailer chart, however, was the one that ultimately prevailed over the other charts and became "the" UK singles chart. For all intents and purposes at the time, though, "Please Please Me" indeed was a No. 1 hit in the UK.

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George Martin played a key role in the success of "Please Please Me":
We sang it and George Martin said, 'Can we change the tempo?' We said, 'What's that?' He said, 'Make it a bit faster. Let me try it.' And he did. We thought, 'Oh, that's all right, yes.' Actually, we were a bit embarrassed that he had found a better tempo than we had.
Stories like that show how important Martin was to the Beatles.

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The consensus is that John Lennon wrote "Please Please Me" entirely by himself. Now, why is "Please Please Me" on a site about Paul McCartney, then? Well, because "Please Please Me" had a profound effect on Paul McCartney that continues to this day and that will continue long after his death. The success of "Please Please Me" led Dick James to the Beatles with a proposal to form their own publishing company. This new company, Northern Songs, seemed like a great deal at the time for a fledgling group. However, Northern Songs ultimately became the bane of Paul McCartney's existence after the group lost control of it, and McCartney has spent the rest of his life rueing the day that he put so many of his hit songs into Northern Songs and pondering ways to get control of it back. So, "Please Please Me" ultimately cost Paul McCartney a lot of irritation, though only indirectly.

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The audience shots are the real star of the Beatles live appearances during the "Please Please Me" days. There was an obvious sexual subtext to the Beatles songs in those days that was obvious to the females in the audience.


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