Their fans in Liverpool bought lots of copies, but it didn´t really matter. They wrote tons of letters to radio stations asking to hear their record. It was played the first time on Radio Luxembourg. George´s mother stayed up late to hear it, but she fell asleep only to be awakened by George´s screams when it was played.
Their goal was to make the English top 20 list, and when they returned to Hamburg they were worried that "Love Me Do" would drop from place 27 to which it had slowly advanced. But while they were gone it advanced ten places, to number 17.
During this time George Martin was busy trying to find a new, better song for them. He found "How Do You Do It", a song he was sure would become a hit. He sent it to the Beatles but they said they didn´t like it. He said that they´d turned down a safe hit, it was their call but he told them to find a better song themselves. They were very sure of themselves and they did write a better song. And this is what according to me makes the Beatles so unique and special, they wouldn´t record a song they hadn´t written themselves. Not even before they became world famous, except when they played only as a back-up group. And not many bands would turn down a song that George Martin said would be a sure hit, but they did.
"Please Please Me" was recorded on November 26th, ´62, but wasn´t released until
January ´63. When the New Musical Express had its annual popularity vote at the end of ´62
the Beatles were in there, not in the top, but still they were there.