The Beatles First Album Was Released 50 Years Ago Today

The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ was rush-released into stores on this day in 1963 to capitalize on the success of the title track in England, and has been continually in print since then.  While the vast majority of the album was recorded in a single day, it doesn’t sound sloppy or rushed, due in part to the steady hand of producer George Martin.  He guided the band through an amazing marathon session  that made up the bulk of the album’s songs.  Here’s a look at The Beatles first album ‘Please Please Me’  by the numbers – along with a mini-documentary video.

date of release: 3/22/63

date of marathon session: 2/11/63

number of songs on album: 14

number of songs written by Lennon-McCartney: 8

number of songs recorded on 2/11/63: 10

length of marathon session: 9 hours and 45 minutes

peak position (British chart) of Love Me Do: 17

peak position of ‘Please Please Me’ single: #1

length of album: 32 minutes and 45 seconds

date Love me Do/P.S. I Love You were recorded: 10/5/62

rank on Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time list: 39

amount the album cost to record (in American dollars): approx. $600


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