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NO GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SLUMBERS FOR BEATLES' "LOVE ME DO"

10/5/2012

The Beatles are releasing a special 45 rpm edition of their first single, "Love Me Do,"to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the song's release. The disc features "P.S. I Love You" on the B-side and replicates the original release, right down to the red Parlophone label. The song hit No. 17 on the U.K. charts in 1962. The single retails for $13 and can be purchased at the Beatles' official web site. Meanwhile, a new documentary -- "Love Me Do: The Beatles in '62" -- airing on the BBC on Sunday (October 7) details how Beatles manager Brian Epstein bought thousands of copies of "Love Me Do" himself in order to get the song on the charts. Joe Flannery, a friend and business associate of Epstein's, says in the film that Epstein bought 10,000 copies of "Love Me Do," which he kept in storage. Billy Kinsley of the Merseybeats, another band Epstein managed, adds that Epstein encouraged the group members to also go out and buy multiple copies of "Love Me Do" whiel they were touring around the U.K.


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