Please Please Me (song), “Please Please Me” is a song and the second single released by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalise on the success of the single. It was originally a John Lennon composition, although its ultimate form was significantly influenced by George Martin.
It is a common belief that “Please Please Me” was never a Number 1 single in Britain but on 22 February 1963 the song reached number one on the singles charts compiled by the New Musical Express (the most recognised chart at the time) and the Melody Maker where it was Number 1 for two weeks. It only reached number two on the Record Retailer chart, which subsequently evolved into the UK Singles Chart and is the most widely quoted today.
The single, as initially released with “Ask Me Why” on the B-side, failed to make much impact in the US, but when re-released there on 3 January 1964 (this time with “From Me to You” on the B-side) it reached number three in the US Hot 100.