On this day in 1962, the Beatles recorded P. S. I Love You and Love Me Do, which were later in October of that year released as their first single.
The Beatles—pretty much unknowns then, but worldwide superstars later—were John Lennon and George Harrison on guitar, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums. Right?
Well, yes, mostly—but for this early session, Ringo Starr played tambourine in Love Me Do and a maraca on P. S. I Love You.
Who played the drums? Beatles fans might guess Pete Best, who was the Beatles' first drummer...but actually the drums were played by a session drummer named Andrew White!
Celebrate the Beatles!
Beatles songs have been covered by multitudes of musicians in many different styles, so no matter what your taste, you can probably find versions of Beatles songs that you love. Of course, most of us appreciate the originals the most!
You can try out drums and other percussion instruments while listening to music—just tap, shake, or bang instruments or household items along with the song. Or find someone who owns Beatles Rock Band for tons of fun! Dana Pannell's Beatles Karaoke is another possibility (but it's pretty hard, as the words are not highlighted as you sing them).
Most older teens and adults will enjoy the movie Across the Universe, which uses new remakes of Beatle songs as a soundtrack and for story inspiration.
Check out The Beatles Website.
Create a photo montage like the famous album cover for the Beatles' album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.