The Beatles aren’t strangers to the Guinness Book Of World Records, gracing the pages with feats like Most Recorded Song (“Yesterday”), Most No. 1 Singles on the Hot 100 Chart (20) and Biggest All-Time Sales for a Band. And according to BeatlesNews.com, fans of the Fab Four are looking to take up a little more of Guinness’ real estate.
Fans will unite in Liverpool on October 5th in an attempt to break the record for largest number of people singing in the round when they belt out “Love Me Do,” The Beatles’ first single with Ringo Starr on drums. (“Singing in the round” meaning that each singer or group of singers begin at scattered times – think “Row Row Row Your Boat.”)
Their attempt at greatness will come about one month after the 50th Anniversary of the first recording of “Love Me Do” (September 4, 1962) and 50 years to the day of the U.K. release. The event is also part of Liverpool’s year-long celebration for a half century of Beatlemania.
“The Beatles are record-breaking royalty,” said an enthused Guinness representative, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. “Not only are they the best-selling music group in history, the band holds the honor of being the creators of the first song ever beamed into space. Guinness World Records is pleased to be adjudicating this record attempt and we hope their fans will be joining the event to help secure another place in the records books in the name of the Fab Four.”
The current record is currently held by “Danke Schoen,” which was sung by 897 people for the 25th Anniversary of the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The event on October 5th is expected to draw a crowd of participants in the thousands.
- E.J. Judge, WCBS-FM