Liverpool celebrates 50-year anniversary of Beatles first hit single

Fifty years ago this weekend, four mop-topped young men from Liverpool, England released the single that would become their first major hit, a song that would get girls screaming and propel The Beatles into the international spotlight.

Eventually, “Love Me Do” would reach No. 17 on the charts, but at the time the single was released, “no one then recognized a sound with power to change the world,” writes The Guardian’s Philip Norman.

In Liverpool, the anniversary will be marked by a weekend of celebrations, which include musical performances and an attempt to break a world record for the most voices singing in a round.

The previous record was 897 voices, reports BBC News. Using The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” to attempt a new world record is fitting, Marco Frigatti, head of record management at Guinness World Records, told the BBC. “Not only are they the best-selling music group in history, the band holds the honour of being the creators of the first song ever beamed into space,” he said.

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