First Recording Session at Abbey Road

On June 6th 1962 The Beatles took part in their first recording session at EMI Studios, on Abbey Road. 

Ringo Starr didn't join the band until August of 1962 so Pete Best was on drums at this session; his only known recording time at Abbey Road with John, Paul and George.

Between 7-10pm the Beatles ran through a few songs with producer George Martin.


  1. Besame Mucho
  2. Love Me Do
  3. P.S. I Love You
  4. Ask Me Why 

The only recordings to survive from this day were Besame Mucho and Love Me Do, which were later released in 1995 on The Beatles' Anthology 1. The other two songs were destroyed due to poor sound quality; a common practice at the time.

Sound quality issues aside, George Martin was sufficiently impressed with the group to offer them a recording contract. He was however, less than impressed with The Beatles' drummer.  

Best was sacked from the band on August 16th. 

Anthology 1 front cover,  1995.

Anthology 1 front cover,  1995.