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Please Please Me - The Beatles First Album

Updated on June 19, 2011

The Beatles first album Please, Please Me was released in March of 1963. The album was produced by George Martin and was on Parlophone Records.The songs Please Please Me and Love Me Do were hit singles in Britain and the album was released quickly to capitalize on their success. The album was recorded over 9 hours in one day. It remained on the UK charts at number one for 30 weeks, only to be replaced by their second album, With The Beatles.

The album features original songs by Lennon/McCartney and several covers of the songs of such people as Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Burt Bacharach, and Phil Medley.

It was just a year before the Beatles would make their triumphant entry into the United States. The Liverpool band were on their way to taking over the world.


Side One

I saw her standing there


Anna (Go to him)



Ask me why

Please, please me

I Saw Her Standing There

This has long been one of my favorite Beatles songs. It was written by Lennon/McCartney, mostly McCartney.

It was more of a tribute to the R & B that the band liked than their poppy songs such as I Want to Hold Your Hand which it was the B side of.


This song was also a Lennon/McCartney song, but this time it was mostly Lennon.

Please Please Me

This was the second single released by the Beatles  in the UK and reached number one there in 1963. The song was written by John Lennon.

This song has been covered by a few artists including David Cassidy.

The video below was filmed at their first US concert.

Side Two

Love me do

P.S. I love you

Baby, it’s you

Do you want to know a secret?

A taste of honey

There’s a place

Twist and shout

Love Me Do

This song was written by Paul McCartney in 1958 when he was 16. John Lennon helped to finish it off.

It was the first single release for the Beatles in the UK in 1962.

P.S. I Love You

This song was written by Paul McCartney.  As Lennon said: "That's Paul's song. He was trying to write a Soldier Boy" like The Shirelles. He wrote that in Germany, or when we were going to and from Hamburg. I might have contributed something. I can't remember anything in particular. It was mainly his song."

Baby it's You

I've always liked this song by the Shirelles. I think the Beatles do a great cover of this song. The song was written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon and Hal David.

John's vocals are right on the money as usual.

Do You Want To Know a Secret

George Harrison sings the lead on this song. It was written mainly by John Lennon.


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  • Uninvited Writer profile image

    Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for all the great comments, sorry I haven't commented sooner. I love the Beatles as you can tell :)

    Epigramman, the winter is okay for me. Not too much snow and I work from home right now so don't have to go out in the cold if I don't want to :)

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    epigramman 5 years ago

    ......I don't know too many people who don't like the Beatles - even the great grandchildren now of their greatparents who first saw them back during Beatlemania - and now with this hub subject I will try and create Facebookmania - lol - with a posting of this labor of love by you to my Facebook page and a direct link back here - so well researched and put together - the Fab four would be proud. And yes this is a small world my fellow Canadian I live not too far from you at lake erie time ontario canada 1:35pm and work in Hamilton at the Spectator and we print your city's daily newsapaper - how is the winter for you so far?

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    attemptedhumour 7 years ago from Australia

    Do you want to know a secret is one of my favourites too. There isn't much i don't know about the Beatles but i shall devour every morsel you put out. I'm going to a Beatles party in two days time and will try and video a couple of their songs for a hub. Cheers great stuff and keep it coming.

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    michael ely 7 years ago from Scotland

    Hi Uninvited Writer, Another very good Hub about The Beatles. Cheers. Michael.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    This was a very good hub about some of the history of the Beetles and I remember those songs well of course. Thanks for sharing some music that I enjoyed.

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    Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

    I love the Beatles and still own many of their albums. Great hub!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    I have this album, one of my faves. My cousin gave it to me the album for my birthday 2 million years ago. (I'm sad to say that it also has a scratch on it on the 'Do you want to know a secret') The funny thing is that I also own it on cassette and on CD. How ridiculous is that. I should look for one on 8track then I'd have the whole nine yards, hahaha

    Great hub UW as always.

    hope you have a super duper holiday season

    regards Zsuzsy

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    SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Love em! Thanks for sharing. Have a friend who has them all and they still make me tap my foot and sing along.

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    Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    My older sister owned this album and played it often. I always enjoyed "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" and I also remember trying to imitate the drumming on "Boys" with my toy drum kit. Great music and great memories.


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    Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

    I agree with Cagsil, this is outstanding post on Beetles.

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    Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

    Hey UW, you did an excellent job on presenting The Beatles. I learned more than I ever knew, which wasn't much to begin with, because I've never been a fan. But, I enjoyed reading the hub though. :) Thank you for sharing. ;)