One of the first songs that Paul McCartney and John Lennon ever wrote together was "Love Me Do." As McCartney recounted in The Beatles Anthology book, "We did 'Love Me Do' and 'I Saw Her Standing There' and got the basis of a partnership going. One of us would come up with an idea and then it would seesaw. So there was a mild competitiveness in that we were ricocheting our ideas." "Love Me Do" was the Beatles' first-ever single, released on October 5, 1962 in England (with Ringo Starr on drums), and nearly a year and a half later Stateside (with Andy White on drums).