Joe Elliott Shares The First Beatles Song He Ever Sang

The Beatles made a triumphant debut in the music scene, gave a new direction to rock music with their following recordings, and imposed their innovative approach on the next generation of artists. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot, who has proven himself with his singing over time, was one of these names influenced by the early creations of the band.

Elliot has contributed to his band’s prominence in the glam metal and hard rock scene with his distinctive voice. The singer’s early influences also inspired him to draw a road map for his future career as a frontman. As he explained in a recent interview with the Guardian, the first song he ever sang was a Beatles classic which affected his future musical personality.

The singer stated that he was just a little child when the band’s ‘Love Me Do’ was out, and he accompanied the song with his plastic toy guitar whenever he heard it. He did not know why this track affected him so much, but he could not stop himself from singing it, and it was the first piece he ever sang. Elliot revealed that the harmonica might be why he was so impressed by it, also naming another song with a similar vibe, ‘I’ll Remember You’ by Frank Ifield.

However, according to him, ‘Love Me Do’ was excellently better than any other band with similar accents, including Freddie and the Dreamers and Gerry and the Pacemakers. He addressed that the piece had a prominent place in the band’s career, although it was sidelined after the popularity of their future works. Def Leppard vocalist noted that the song still puts a smile on his face whenever he hears it, and he is proud that it was the first building block of his career.

Joe Elliot said the following:

“I was three years and two months old when ‘Love Me Do’ came out, but I had a plastic toy guitar, and whenever the song came on the radio, I would stand on a stool and sing along. I don’t know why that song, more than any other, would leap out at me, but it was the first song I ever sang.

It might have been the harmonica intro – the only other song I remember with a harmonica break back then was Frank Ifield’s ‘I’ll Remember You’ – but ‘Love Me Do’ was head and shoulders above Freddie and the Dreamers or Gerry and the Pacemakers or any of those bands with similar accents.

Lennon and McCartney’s voices weren’t swathed in reverb like records were then, and their sense of melody was phenomenal. In terms of what they did later, ‘Love Me Do’ is the bit that gets jettisoned once the rocket is in orbit, but it was vital to the whole process. It still makes me smile when I hear it, and I take enormous pride in thinking that it was the launchpad for me.”

‘Love Me Do’ was released as the debut single of the Beatles in 1962, which peaked at the top 20 in the United Kingdom. After it met its audience in the United States, it became a number 1 hit there, and the band started to turn into an act that took the world under its influence.

You can listen to the song below.