"Please Please Me" session

Monday, November 26, 1962 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Please Please Me / Ask Me Why 7" Single.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release

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From Wikipedia:

On 26 November, over a month after the release of the first single, the Beatles returned to Studio 2 to record their second. They also performed an original composition, “Tip of My Tongue”, but Martin was unhappy with the arrangement. They never recorded it again and, instead, gave it to Tommy Quickly, another artist managed by Epstein. “Please Please Me” and “Ask My Why” were mono mixed at an unknown time on 30 November, in Studio 2. An edit and stereo mix of “Please Please Me” and a new mono and a stereo mix of “Ask Me Why” were made on 25 February 1963, in Studio 1, for inclusion on the mono and stereo Please Please Me albums.

Last updated on September 15, 2015

Songs recorded


Please Please Me

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Takes 1-18

Unreleased track


Ask Me Why

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Takes 1-6

Unreleased track


Tip of My Tongue

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Unknown number of takes

Unreleased track



Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Norman Smith:

Going further

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

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The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 1: My Bonnie through Beatles For Sale (1961-1964)

Nominated for the 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

The first book of the series, "The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 1: My Bonnie through Beatles For Sale (1961-1964)" tracks the evolution of the band from their earliest recordings and initial hits, through "Please Please Me", "With The Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", and "Beatles For Sale". From the first take to the final remix, discover the making of the greatest recordings of all time.

Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the world's most successful pop music act.

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