The Beatles had more hit records than anyone in the history of music ever had. Fran Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, the Supremes, and every other music legend takes a backseat to the Fab Four. The Beatles had 20 official #1 records from the year 1962 to 1970. 19 of the 20 songs written by Beatles were #1’s. They were composed and written by the most exceptional songwriting team and duo – Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Lennon and Paul’s friendship
Paul and John met in July 1957 – both were teenagers who loved Rock ‘n Roll. They both used to sit back and enjoy their unique self-written songs. McCartney’s first composition was called “I Lost My Little Girl.” It was soon after when John came up with his first solo composition – “Hello, Little Girl.” They shared a friendly and casual environment. Paul and John wrote of their rudimentary tunes together. In each newly written song, they proudly added the little phrase “another Lennon-McCartney original.”
The journey of The Beatles
It was in the year 1962, when George Martin, the group’s brilliant producer, had heard several songs from Lennon-McCartney. It was in September that Martin insisted the boys record a song called “How Do You Do It?” written by Mitch Murray. But Paul and John believed in singing their original songs and said, “No.” They adamantly only wanted to record original Lennon-McCartney songs. But as they were at an early stage, so Martin’s word was a law for them. The Beatles went for a fairly routine with a version of the pleasant yet unexciting song. Even though it was recorded neatly and done professionally, one could hear a very slight trace of sarcasm in Lennon’s voice. The record, of course, wasn’t released, which was a great relief for The Beatles.
What then happened to the song?
After the song sung by Beatles was not released, it was later given to a group called ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’. They happily did an enthusiastic and peppy version of the song that Beatles rejected. It was in March 1963 when Gerry & The Pacemaker version of “How Do You Do It?” was released hitting the chart records and becoming the first song the Beatles ever rejected and went to be at number one without them.
But the question arises, did they every regret passing on a number one? Well, probably not.
They definitely missed having a hit record, but the Beatles were starting to build up steam by early 1963. Of course, Gerry and his boys were the first group in music history to hit #1, but it was very soon that the song was knocked out of its number one spot by a song “From me to you” by a fresh new group called – The Beatles.
The Beatles went on, as we all know, to fame and riches beyond anything they could have realistically hoped for when starting. Lennon and Paul still have a huge fan following and will remain forever in the history of music.