“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.