The Beatles' first single Love Me Do turns 50

The Beatles' first hit single Love Me Do reaches the milestone age of 50 today.
The Beatles' first hit single Love Me Do reaches the milestone age of 50 today. Photo: PA Pictures

The Beatles' first hit single Love Me Do reaches the milestone age of 50 today.

The 1962 release, which had P.S. I Love You as its B-side, only managed to reach number 17 in the UK but was a number one hit in the United States in 1964.

Famous for its harmonica riff, Love Me Do was principally written by Sir Paul McCartney and helped launch The Beatles in the UK.

On the same day 50-years ago, The Beatles played at the Co-op Hall in Nuneaton in Warwickshire.

Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society
The Beatles played at the Co-op Hall in Nuneaton in Warwickshire. Credit: Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society

The hall was built in 1938 in Queens Road Nuneaton, was a musical Mecca in its heyday.

On October 5, 1962, it played host to The Beatles, who were the support act to Tanya Day and the Vampires.

Other bands playing there in the 60s were The Rolling Stone, The Hollies, The Troggs, The Who and The Fortunes.

The Co-op Hall was also the scene of one of the town's worst tragedies.

In 1965, on New Year's Eve, four people were killed at the venue as revellers got caught up in a crush on the staircase.

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