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The Beatles, 'Please Please Me'

186. The Beatles, 'Please Please Me'

Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Released: Feb. '64, Vee-Jay
13 weeks; No. 3

"It was my attempt at writing a Roy Orbison song," Lennon said of "Please Please Me." He originally penned a yearning ballad while listening to Orbison in a bedroom at his aunt's house, but Martin suggested it would sound better sped up. Said Lennon, "By the time the session came around, we were so happy with the result, we couldn't get it recorded fast enough."

Appears on: Please Please Me (Capitol)


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