Today is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of The Beatles’ Love Me Do, the song that would help to propel the fab four into Beatlemania and pop music history.
You can read more about the story behind the song in our special Love Me Do blog here.
As well as being the first Beatles song to be broadcasted on public radio, Love Me Do is also memorable for the use of a harmonica, played back then by John Lennon.
Check out Love Me Do, the song that kicked off the band’s record of chart-topping dominance, below:
To celebrate the 50th birthday of this classic hit single we’ve put together a top ten list of songs by The Beatles that feature instruments other than their usual standard band set up of guitar, bass, drums and piano.
Unique instrument(s): a string octet.
Unique instrument: the sitar.
Unique instrument: a Moog synthesiser.
Unique instrument: a choir, added later in production by Phil Spector.
Unique instrument: Mellotron guitar loop.
Unique instrument: tape loops galore!
Unique instrument: Ronnie Scott taking a solo on the saxophone.
Unique instrument: tambura.
Unique instrument(s): timpani and swarmandal.
Unique instrument: harmonium.
Did we miss any? What are your favourite Beatles songs featuring non-standard instruments and sound sources?