Fifty years ago today – Oct. 5, 1962 – a new single titled “Love Me Do” hit record stores all over England. It was the debut 45 by the Beatles, “Love Me Do.”
As RollingStone.com reports, it was a surprise hit from the then-largely unknown band. It reached No. 17 on one of the many weekly charts around the U.K., a strong enough showing to convince EMI they had made a smart bet in signing the Beatles.
It was the beginning of Beatlemania, and in retrospect, it turned out to be a day when Great Britain had a big impact on the global entertainment culture. As reported earlier, Oct. 5, 1962 also marked the day that a modestly budgeted spy movie called “Dr. No” opened in theaters, marking the cinematic debut of “Bond, James Bond.”