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50 Years of "Please Please Me"

On 11 February 1963, The Beatles recorded their debut album, Please Please Me, in one ten-hour session at Abbey Road.
(“The second one took even longer!” - George Harrison ;))

“We’d been playing the songs for months and months and months before getting a record out. So we came into the studio at ten in the morning, started it, did one number, had a cup of tea, relaxed, did the next one, a couple of overdubs… we just worked through them, like the stage act. And by about ten o’clock that night, we’d done ten songs and we just reeled out of the studios, John clutching his throat tablets!” - Paul McCartney

Quotes: The Beatles Anthology; The Beatles - A Diary

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50 years ago, on 22 March 1963, The Beatles' debut album Please Please Me was released in the UK. It reached the #1 spot in the charts on 11 May 1963 and remained there for 30 weeks.

A debut that - half a century on - is still as electrifying now. From the "one, two, three, fah!" count-in to the final note of "Twist and Shout"... what a debut.