“Love Me Do” was a track that was recorded before their signing with the Capital label in America, similar to “She Loves You” and Twist And Shout.” Released on Vee Jay’s Tollie label it became the group’s fourth number one single when it spent the week of May 30, 1964 at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
There has always been controversy surrounding the song. Originally released in the U.K. October 5, 1962, it reached number 17 on their pop chart. Ringo Starr was the drummer on that recording. “Love Me Do” was re-recorded for release in the USA with studio musician Andy White on drums and that is the version that topped the charts in the United States.
While the song is rarely mentioned among the Beatles best works, John Lennon’s harmonica play is memorable.