The Beatles' First Hit Record Turns 50

50 years ago today The Beatles' first hit, 'Love Me Do,' hit the British airwaves.

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On this day a half a century ago, The Beatles first hit it big.

Oct. 5, 1962, was the release date for The Beatles' first hit, "Love Me Do." The song would rise to 17th on the British charts and marked the beginning of the group's illustrious career.

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In England, the occasion was celebrated with a Guinness World Record: the most people singing in a round. More than 1,600 Beatles fans sang "Love Me Do" at staggered starting points in honor of the song's 50th anniversary, BBC reports. The event broke the previous record, set by Chicagoans singing "Danke Schoen" in 2011 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Like so many of the group's hits, "Love Me Do" was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It never reached the top of the charts, like a record number of the group's songs did, but had been a key part of the band's auditions for a record deal. According to Rolling Stone, it also prompted Beatles' producer George Martin to ask the group to recruit a different drummer. A few months after the audition Ringo Starr was brought aboard, and the Fab Four was born. The group would go on to record 20 number one hits in the United States and 17 in the United Kingdom.

Seth Cline is a reporter for U.S. News and World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at