The Beatles, left to right, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940 - 1980) arrive at London Airport after a trip to Paris, February 6, 1964.
Sixteen year-old Lennon formed a band, the Quarry Men, and invited Paul McCartney to join the group after meeting at a local church. Connections soon followed with George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. Buddy Holly's band called the Crickets was inspiration for the subsequent name change to the Silver Beatles from Quarry Men. In 1960, they became the Beatles.
The Beatles were then discovered by Brian Epstein in 1961. Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage and Best was fired in 1962. The band added a new drummer, Ringo Starr in August. "Love Me Do," in October 1962, was their first single. Their second song, "Please Please Me," topped the British charts and the Beatles quickly became the most popular band in the UK.
"Love Me Do" with the lyrics "Love, love me do You know I love you I'll always be true So please, love me do" had Lennon playing harmonica and McCartney singing a capella.