New Delhi: It is said that the rocker quartet from the British dockside town of Liverpool, The Beatles, started their big-league journey exactly fifty years back when on September 4, 1962, they recorded their first single 'Love Me Do' at the iconic Abbey Road Studios of EMI in London. Accordingly, tributes have been pouring in from all and sundry. People on social networking sites have had their profile pictures replaced by images of yellow submarines and Beatles album covers.
Before 1962, the Merseyside band had been playing in Liverpool and Hamburg for two to three years which gave them a kind of a toehold on the listeners' minds.
While it is not entirely true that September 4 was the defining date as the band recorded the same song at the same venue earlier that year on June 6 with Pete Best on the drums, it nonetheless presented the line-up Beatles fans have come to worship ever since - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Also, the version most of the world associate with this iconic number was recorded on September 11 with session player Andy White hitting the drums while a tambourine kept Ringo Starr busy. Producer George Martin was reportedly unhappy with Pete Bests June 6 and Ringo Starr's September 4 performances. Manager Bernie Epstein fired Best but Starr was spared. May be Epstein wanted to give the new entrant some time to get into the groove. Apparently, George Martin also
01:41 PM, Oct 05, 2012