Lot 7001: Beatles Signed ‘Love Me Do’ 45 RPM

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2016-04-27 15:53:59

Lot 7001

Exceptionally rare and desirable Parlophone UK first pressing of the band’s debut single, ‘Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You,’ signed on the label in black ballpoint by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. This first pressing has the ‘Type 1’ label with “Made in Gt. Britain” below the Parlophone logo and has a “ZT” tax code and matrix numbers of “7XCE 17144-1N” and “7XCE 17145-1N.” In very good to fine condition, with expected wear to sleeve; vinyl is in nice condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks and an interesting letter of provenance from the original recipient, in full: “At the Cavern Club, Mathew Street, we were asked to vote for your favourite Beatles song, to be released as their 1st single. I voted for P.S. I Love You, which became the B side. I bought their first single—Love Me Do—from NEMS Record Store in Whitechapel, Liverpool, on 5th October 1962. I took it to the Cavern a few days later, and had it signed in front of me by all 4 Beatles at the back of the Cavern Club.”Perhaps most interesting about this single is the rarity of the music itself—only the first UK pressings used the ‘Love Me Do’ track recorded in studio with Ringo Starr as the drummer. Dissatisfied with Ringo’s work, producer George Martin hired Andy White as a session drummer and had them record a second version. All future British pressings of the single, the American release, and their Please Please Me debut album used the track featuring White on the drums; the version of the song on this 45 has only been sporadically re-released on compilation albums of rare or unusual Beatles recordings. A truly excellent piece representing the earliest days of the band.

Estimate: $25000-30000

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